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Mrs Donna Horwood - Donna's Bambinos

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Hello, my name is Donna and I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder and I live in Bletchingdon with my husband Simon and my 3 children who are 15, 12 and 5. I can provide care for all families seeking childcare within the Oxfordshire area for…

Hello, my name is Donna and I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder and I live in Bletchingdon with my husband Simon and my 3 children who are 15, 12 and 5. I can provide care for all families seeking childcare within the Oxfordshire area for children from birth to 12 years, this also includes children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

I currently have availabilty to take children from now.


My setting has been open throughout the lockdown providing care for keyworker families and therefore I am up to date with all the new procedures and regulations set out by the Government to have a safe and happy environment for children of all ages to attend.

If you are requiring childcare in a family home environment and you think my setting would suit you and your family, then I woud love to hear from you.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Donna Horwood
Contact Position
01869 350674
07903 758016

old email

Where to go

Donna's Bambino's

I offer a warm and inviting family home environment situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within a friendly village. A short walk brings you to the new and very welcoming primary school. Another short walk brings you to the park aimed at young children which joins on to the sports field for the more energetic child. The village has safe access all round and provides a safe pedestrian crossing at the start and finish of each schooling day.

Bletchingdon is situated within stunning Oxfordshire countryside. I am 10 minutes from Kidlington, 15 minutes from Bicester and 5 minutes to join the A34 going north and southbound to make commuting an ease. I live off the main road with ample parking to make drop offs and collections safer and more efficient.

I feel it is important to keep all children in my care stimulated and happy to enrich their development as much as possible and help them grow. I like to take them to beautiful open spaces which are available to us all year round for the children to explore and let their imagination go wild. Come rain or shine your child will be open to these opportunities, from running around freely like their favourite superhero, building up the courage to challenge themselves on something they would normally shy away from, learning about nature or just to have a great time in the mud with pots and pans. Wellies and rain coats at the ready!

Current Ofsted Judgment


Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.30 Per hour
£5.30 After school per hour
£5.30 Before school per hour

At dinner time I provide a balanced meal for the children if such meal is requested. A menu board is created weekly to offer a variety of meals which has lots of healthy fruit and vegetables included. I believe that teaching the children young about healthy living has a huge impact on their way of eating and their food choices as they grow. (Dietary requirements will be taken into consideration) each hot meal will be charged at an additional £2.20 per child.

Snacks, milk and water are free of charge.

Lunch is asked to be provided but can be hot or cold.



Age Ranges
From 0 months to 12 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)
4 - 11 years (primary school age)
11 - 16 years (secondary school age)
Disabled children/young people


I am registered to take 15 hours funding and i have dealt with many voucher systems.I am also in the process of setting up to offer the funded 30 hours to elegible parents. 

I am willing to be trained in all areas needed, to seek advice and guidance and amend my home accordingly if financially feasible.

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Vision impairment
Challenging behaviour
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
SEN Childminder Provision
Parking available near to house
Special needs experience based on children who have previously been in our care
Welcomes all children, no SEN/disability experience but happy to undergo specific training for specific needs
Willing to undertake further training to support specific needs as necessary
SEN Daycare Provision
Special needs experience based on children who have previously attended our setting
Whilst we do not have experience in all areas of need, we would contact different agencies and seek training in areas should the need arise
Experience with
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Glue Ear
Speech, language and communication difficulties

Childcare Information

Funded Places

2 year old funding

3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)

3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)

Opening Times & Facilities

When is childcare available?
All Year
Early Mornings
Emergency Cover
Full Time
Half-term holidays
Out of School Hours
Part Time
School Holidays
Spring holiday
Summer holiday
Term Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 7:30am 6:00pm

Other Availability
Open all year round including Bank Holidays and school Holidays and Inset days. I'm am closed on scheduled personal holidays, these are given in advance.

0 - 1 steps into building
Accessible toilet
Arts and crafts
Dressing up
Educational Toys
Messy Play Area
Pet Dogs
Pet Fish
Sleeping Area
Use of stairs is required to access all areas
Visit & Outings
Water play

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England Primary School
I am willing to do drop off and do collections from our local school and I can drop off and collect from nurseries after. For more information please don't hesitate to contact me.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
16/04/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Last checked on 25/01/2021

Record managed by Oxfordshire Family Information Service

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