About Little Footsteps Childcare

There are two parts to the childcare service we offer. Firstly a childcare setting which cares for a maximum of 12 pre-school children with up to three of us working with the children at any one time.

We are a small team of childminders and child carers who work together to provide a very reliable, friendly and fun childcare setting.

We are also the first Ofsted registered childminder agency in Sussex which means we are authorised to register childminders who can work with us in their own homes [more].

Welcome to the team…

Sara Virgo

Sara has nearly 30 years’ experience in childcare. After gaining her NNEB Certificate in childcare in 1989 she managed a Day Nursery in Hove for 10 years, this nursery took children from birth to 5 years and employed 8 staff.

Sara left the nursery to care for her own children and then when they were at preschool she became Supervisor of the playgroup they attended. The playgroup took children from 2 and a half to 5 years.

Sara has been a volunteer at both the special school which my children attended and also at their Riding for the Disabled Group. Sara’s experience covers children from birth up to 18 years and

she has a wide range of experience with special educational needs and medical needs including experience with feeding issues, gastrostomy and nasal tube feeding and care, hearing difficulties, learning disabilities, global developmental delay, balance and coordination problems and speech, language and communication difficulties. Sara is the Agency Director for the childminder agency as well as continuing to take an active role in the childcare provision. To avoid any potential conflict Sara has retained her Ofsted childminder registration.

Jess Mundy

Jess, has a level 3 qualification in Childcare and 4 years childcare experience. Jess joined Little Footsteps in 2016. Jess is very popular with the children, incredibly well organised and a great asset to the team.

Claire Portnoi

Claire joined Little Footsteps in 2015 and covers holidays and absence. Claire is mum to her school aged som and loves reading with the children.

Connie Sayers

Connie is currently studying for a Level 3 childcare qualification on an apprentiship scheme with us. She has a wealth of childcare experience as her mum is a childminder and Connie has helped her for a number of years.

All childcarers are committed to undertake regular training to improve their knowlege and skills, they have an Enhanced DBS.


At a Glance

  • Well qualified childminders and carers (core team hold level 3 childcare qualifications or above)
  • Experienced professional childcarers
  • Ofsted and or Childminder Agency vetted
  • Multi provision experience
  • Links with other childminders
  • 16+ hours of training and CPD per year
  • Access to minibusses for trips
  • Experience of special needs
  • Good backup resulting in a reliable childminding service