Childcare by Esme Funnell

Ofsted registered childminder

Downham Market - Norfolk

Telephone 01366 381517

 Mobile 07771 632 958

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Brilliant Childminder

My son has been going to Esme's for 2 years now and he sees her house as a second home.

She is always so welcoming and cheerful, I don't think I have ever seen her in anything but a good mood. Every morning she welcomes E*** into her house with a smile and is always interested in what he has to tell her. She has looked after E*** since he was 1 and so has been part of his development in so many ways. She helped as he learnt to talk and more recently she was a big help when it came to toilet training. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is always very supportive with anything we want to do/try.

E*** has a lovely time with Esme and often asks to go and play at her house on my days off!

Esme has a lovely family all of whom engage with E*** as though he were part of their family. He is a big fan of *** who always goes out of his way to chat/play with E*** when he is home.

I would recommend Esme to anyone who is looking for a childminder.

by P on 3 August 2013


Brilliant Childminder

I'm so pleased that I found Little Squiggles as our childminder. Esme has looked after our son since he was 9 months old. Esme provides a happy, safe, stimulating environment and our son settled in immediately. His days are always filled with lots of activities and we are always given a detailed written report of what he has been up to all day. He always has healthy, homecooked meals and it really does feel like a home-from-home for him.

I am 100% satisfied with the care provided by Little Squiggles and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Esme. I wouldn't take my son to anyone else.

by Joey474 on 1 August 2013



I am delighted that we found Esme just as I was returning to work.  I was incredibly anxious about leaving my little one year old with anyone, but Esme made it as easy as possible, she even visited our home to meet G****** in her own environment which helped me a lot.  G******, who is almost two now, has been with Esme two days a week ever since.  I have found Esme to be very caring and sensitive to G****** needs; if G****** is having a slightly off day she cuddles her as much as she needs which I find very reassuring.  Esme is incredibly organised but relaxed at the same time and happy to adapt her plans to how G****** and any of the other children are feeling.  Something I appreciate greatly is that Esme prepares homemade food every day, and the days that G****** is with her she provides her with homemade vegetarian meals (we are vegetarian).  This is a great help as I catch a very early train and would really struggle to prepare meals for G****** to take with her.  I feel that Esme provides a lovely family home environment and the giggles I hear through the door when I arrive to pickG****** up are all that I need to hear to know that she has a great time while I am at work.  


Jeanette 2010.10.10 11:35

I have know Esme for around 13 years now. Esme used to help look after my girls when they were little and I was working before she moved to Cheltenham and I am sooooooo pleased she is back in Norfolk.  Although my girls are now grown up and not in need of childcare, they still love Esme to bits and remember the fun they had when Es helped to look after them. I can highly recommend Little Squiggles,- fun, patience, care, attention and love guaranteed ...


Claire 2010.10.6 20:49

Esme inspires me with the way she is so passionate about making life fun and creative. Esme is always making things and talking B******* on adventures. I really wish Esme hadn't moved up north because she would be my first choice for childcare. Esme did look after M***** for me before she moved and I can honestly say she was brilliant and her husband D*** even pitched in. Esme is very professional, organised and trustworthy. If you are looking for excellent childcare in a family environment choose Little squiggles.


Heather 2010.10.6 14:43

I would highly recommend Esme to look after any child. Both her and her husband D*** are wonderful parents to B******* and provided her with a fantastic home.B******* is a wonderful happy child and for me thats important as i know that my child will also have a happy surrounding.I have known them for many years and have left my little boy J**** in her care many times


Claire  2010.9.7 20:38

Having known Esme and her husband D*** for nearly 5 years whilst they resided in the Essex area, I have always found them to be both reliable, honest and hardworking individuals. With a 3 year old of my own and one on the way I would be more than happy to leave them in Esme's care and control - in fact had she still been living nearby she would have been our first choice.

My husband is a police Sergeant in Essex and worked alongside D*** and this is how we became good friends.

D*** and Esme are wonderful parents to their daughter B******* and any child would be happy and safe in their family



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