Ann Bowyer Childcare

Ofsted registered Childminder since 1990. Offering high-quality care for your child, with an emphasi I have been childmiding for over 30 years.

I am an independent childminder, rated outstanding by ofsted on the last 2 inspections. I have 2 children, both making their own way in the world, with their partners and onw homes. I also have a wonderful cocker spaniel pup called Tilly. I have Paediatric First Aid, Outdoor First Aid, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety certificates as well as lots of other course, workshops and confere

Operating as usual


Beautiful female stag beetle wondering around my garden this morning.
I have relocated her away from danger and reported her on beetle watch, stag beetles are becoming endangered.

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post 11/04/2023

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 03/04/2023

March was a little wet but we didn't care πŸ˜ƒ

Rain, sun, snow, big puddles, mud and lots of fun πŸ™Œ


11th and 12th April - Easter holiday club

Children aged 5-11 can come and spend the day outside with us.

πŸ”ͺ Using knives to whittle items from wood;
πŸͺš Making items using saws and hammers;
πŸ”₯ Fire-lighting,
🌽 Preparing food and cooking on the fire;
πŸͺœ Running, climbing, swinging and exploring;
🌳 Hammocks, slackline, *new.zipline*;
πŸ‚ Labyrinth making
🐾 Animal tracking
🌿 Plant ID

Run by Level 3 Forest School Leaders - Kirsten (experienced Geography teacher and STEM tutor) and Ann (Ofsted Outstanding childminder and Early Years practitioner)

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 01/03/2023

February gave us lots of opportunity to dress up warm and have fun. We explored our usual haunts, Alice Holt, Bourne Wood and Frensham Ponds.
We also fed some ducks, geese and seagulls and visited a park.
We made a valentines gift for the garden birds and watched the tree surgeon pollard the trees.

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post 01/03/2023

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 06/02/2023

We are back after a little time off Facebook.

So far this year we have enjoyed exploring our local area, our favourite at the moment is Frensham Ponds which has a couple of great climbing tree, hills to climb and run down and lots of areas to hunt for bugs.
We have also been on a bus, visited the library and played in the park. At home we have used our imagination with den building, played games to build our number knowledge and colour recognition, used our fine motor skills to place small buttons onto pictures and learnt about oral hygiene.
Keep a look out for the next catch up.


Do you know the signs of a Strep A infection and when to seek help? ❓

Sadly 6 children have died from Invasive Group A Steptococcal Disease in England & Wales this season, with cases of Scarlett Fever also being higher than expected for this time of year

πŸ‘ΆπŸ» Most babies & children recover well from Group A Step infections, however, make sure you’re up to date on the signs and symptoms to watch out for and the signs you should seek medical attention πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Barnardos Big Toddle 2022 06/06/2022

Barnardos Big Toddle 2022

It's 'Big Toddle' time again here are Muddy Bugs on 20th June.

So dress up as an animal and join us in the woods for animalistic fun and games.
Book your place here -

Big toddle is a fund raising event for Banardos, please give generously for this fab charity.

Donate here -

Barnardos Big Toddle 2022 Help ann bowyer raise money to support Barnardo's

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 27/05/2022

So much exploring, discovering, learning and loads of giggles...

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 25/03/2022

Lots of outdoor fun on the sun over the last week 😍

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post 21/03/2022

Photos from Muddy Bugs Forest School's post

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 05/03/2022

I have been reminded today that I haven't updated my page with our activities lately.

So here is a little round up from the last few weeks

We celebrated World Book Day πŸ“š and joined in with Bird Watch 🐦.
We had some lovely adventures in the woods🌲🌲 at Alice Holt, Bourne Woods and Frensham Ponds and we visited Bird world too.
We played in the garden, been to the local parks. We enjoyed arts 🎨 and crafts βœ‚οΈand making lots of noise, singing 🎀, dancing πŸ’ƒ and playing musical instruments 🎡🎢🎡

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 24/01/2022

It's amazing how much fun we can squeeze into 3 weeks .. Lots of learning through play, exploring the local environment, investigating ice and water. Finding ice sculptures, listening to sounds our feet make on frosty grass. Learning to share and take turns has been one of our aims to start the year and it's going really well.
We started making bird feeders for birdwatch this week, so check back in to see what we get up to.


Happy new year πŸŽ‰

Unusal availability.
May suit someone needing childcare before starting preschool/school in Sept??
I have a temporary childcare space become available, from mid January to end July.
For a 2 to 4 year old, either full or term time.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Message me if you are looking for temporary childcare.


Hot chocolate with our snack this morning πŸ˜‹πŸ˜

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 21/11/2021

Lots of fun and exploring leaving over the last couple of weeks, in the garden and out on our walks.
We have started making a leaf wreath from a variety of different leaves. We looked at the different colours, shapes and sizes before threading them on wire.


Visits to Frensham Ponds to play on fallen trees, Farnham Park to run in the fields and play in the stream, finding puddles to jump in and finding conkers.
Just a few fun things we did over the last few weeks.


Adding the final touches to tomorrow's last session of the 1/2 term.

πŸ“… We still have spaces available for pay as you go.
So if you know that you have any Monday's free between 1st November and 6th December, guarantee your spaces and book now to join us for fun and games in the woods πŸŒ²πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸŒ³


A little catch up.
Fun with conkers, playing in Farnham Park, Frensham ponds and painting, big bubbles in the garden and lots more besides.

Muddy Bugs Forest School - Booking by Bookwhen 03/10/2021

Muddy Bugs Forest School - Booking by Bookwhen

Muddy Bugs Forest School have opened bookings for our 1st November to 6th December six week block. Running on Monday mornings, in Tilford, from 09:30-11:30 for children aged 0-5.

We have two ticket types for our Winter sessions;
1. Our normal six-week block (discounted).
2. Pay As You Go sessions (normal price). PAYG tickets must be booked at least 1 day before the session starts (cut-off is 11:30am on a Sunday morning).

We'll have a campfire, hot chocolate, snacks and lots of play to keep us warm. We'll also have by then our parachute shelter rigged up, and we offer lots of free play for the children to explore, make and do.

We have 10 tickets available for those wanting to book on as a six-week block, and five PAYG tickets available. We cannot guarantee availability of the weekly tickets.

Tickets are for one grown-up and two children aged 0-5.

Pop Kirsten/Ann an email at [email protected] for more information.

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Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 22/09/2021

Making nature sculptures at Frensham ponds 😍😍


Only one space left

πŸ‘€ Peek-a-boo! πŸ‘€

πŸͺ± We have unexpectedly got two spaces left (blasted Covid) on our final session THIS Monday for 5-11 year olds.
πŸ“ 9-3pm at More House School, GU9 8SZ.
🍫 Bring lunch, water and waterproofs.
πŸͺš We provide the activities, snacks, skills and fun.

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 15/08/2021

So much fun during the holiday and still time to make more memories.


⚠️ Kids sun cream test fail | Nivea’s Kids Protect & Care SPF50+ failed our SPF test, falling far short of the SPF50 claim on the bottle. A further test on a second sample found the measured SPF was even lower.

In an updated response, Beiersdorf, maker of Nivea, told us: β€˜The safety of our products is of the utmost importance. NIVEA SUN prides itself on decades of experience in sun care, and when this product was independently tested in December 2019, it achieved an SPF of 62. Additionally formulas with identical UV filter systems as this product have been tested multiple times during the development process and consistently achieved SPF values above SPF60. Based on this data and our quality requirements, we disagree with the Which? findings.


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Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 11/07/2021

Finger painting, spray painting, making elder beads, water play, puddles and climbing.

Just a few fun things from the last couple of weeks.


All these beautiful flowers (and a moth!!) On our little walk in Alice Holt this morning.

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 27/06/2021

Lovely week last week.
Investigations and explorations were the theme this week.

Muddy Bugs Forest School - Booking by Bookwhen 26/06/2021

Muddy Bugs Forest School - Booking by Bookwhen

Our full-day summer holiday sessions are now open for children aged 5-10.

πŸ•˜ 9am-3pm.
πŸ“… 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd August.
πŸ“ More House School, Frensham, GU10 3AP.
πŸ”¨ Activities will change over the sessions, but may include include tool work, nature fun, games, slackline, hammocks, tie-dyeing and many more.
πŸ‘› You can book individual sessions or all four (and save Β£20).
🚸 Limited spaces available.

Muddy Bugs Forest School - Booking by Bookwhen


Do you know anyone aged 18+ who would like to volunteer at our forest school-style sessions during the summer holidays?*

πŸ“…August 2nd, 9th, 16, 23rd.
πŸ“More House School in Frensham.
πŸ‘ŒWe'll arrange volunteer DBS for you.
πŸ”¨Willingness to pitch in, help with activities, understand and follow safety instructions.
πŸ“±Drop us an email, message or phone 07795 258535.


*Sunshine not guaranteed, but fun is!

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 22/06/2021

Last week we enjoyed playing in the sunshine and the heavy rain.

We also made peppermint creams, decorated fathers days cards and made pictures too.

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 22/06/2021

Some beautiful flowers on our walk this morning πŸ₯€πŸŒΊπŸŒΌβš˜

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 13/06/2021

Thank you to Crookham Craft for making this fab chime set ❀

We just had to borrow it from Muddy Bugs so the children here could play with it!!

Photos from Ann Bowyer Childcare's post 13/06/2021

Lots of playing in the garden last week as well as a visit to Alice Holt.

Photos from Crookham Craft's post 06/06/2021

Thanks Crookham Craft for making this lovely chime set, can't wait to show the children 😁

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