Toybox Childminding Tipton

Due to the current Covid situation and also Ill health, we regretfully have decided to retire from C

Operating as usual




Well folks, it's a sad day today but a happy one too.

Due the the Covid 19 pandemic we had to close, also due to the pandemic my regular medical attention was suspended.

We have had to make the difficult decision to close Toybox Childminding Services earlier than we would have done and bought our retirement forward. (Sad news)

So as of now Brian and I have retired. (Happy news)

We wish all of the children we have looked after all the best for the future. We wish all the parents joy of their children and we thank you for sharing them with us for a short while.

We would be delighted if you wanted to keep in touch from time to time.

It was lovely knowing you all and sharing part of your lives.

God bless you all.


Still not open - we are eagerly awaiting the Covid 19 vaccination.
We wish all our friends a Happy, safe Christmas and a healthier new year.


Dear parents in UK πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

We have come through nine full weeks since our country went into lockdown.

You have had your children home for more time now than you would if they were on summer holidays. People will say β€˜but they are your responsibility’ and while that is true no-one could be expected to have imagined this period before they chose to conceive.

You have protected, nourished, educated, supported and entertained your children during a period of national and international uncertainty and fear. You have experienced emotions for yourself and your family that you never knew existed, never mind experienced before.

Nine weeks is a long time.

Think about how you feel at the end of the summer holidays, how ready you are for routine, how badly your house needs cleaning, how much work you are ready to catch up on. Remember that exhausting feeling of having so little sleep, much less money and hearing β€˜mummy/daddy’ every time you happen to sit down.

And you wonder why you are exhausted after nine weeks of lockdown?

You are amazing! You have achieved something no other parent ever has! You have faced nine weeks unable to take your child or children anywhere, nine weeks of no parks, holidays to break up the boredom, no day trips, no family to help. On top of that you have juggled work demands, loneliness on a level never experienced before, information overload from the internet and emotional turmoil of not being able to see people you hold dear. Even getting food to eat has been a major drama!

So it’s ok to feel drained. It’s ok to feel like you would sell your soul right now for five minutes alone. It’s ok to feel uninspired about another day of homeschooling, another day of never ending laundry and cooking.

It’s ok to be so very tired.

Nine weeks is a long time.

But you have made it.

Be proud of yourself. Stand tall.

History will show you for your courage, your children will remember this period as a time knowing they were safe and loved and teachers everywhere are deeply grateful that you are there for your children when they should be but can’t be.

In short: you are awesome!

And so are your children. πŸ’•

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During the Covid-19 pandemic we are genuinely concerned both for our own safety and that of the children and families we serve. We feel that it would be impossible to ensure a safe environment for β€œchildren of all ages” on domestic premises. As a result, we will not be reopening 1st June or for the foreseeable future.

We deeply regret this – we have missed all the children tremendously during lockdown and hate having to let families down, but reopening is a risk we are not prepared to take.

Stay safe.

Carol and Brian Turner


Still in lockdown.
Stay safe, all of our children and their families.
We miss you all.


Still in lockdown against Covid 19.
Missing our children very much.
Keep safe.
Stay at home.


To all our children and their families, please keep safe.
We miss you so much.


Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic Toybox is still closed.
To all our little children and their families "please stay safe". We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.


Sad day yesterday, due to the Covid-19 situation Toybox closed until further notice.
We hope all of our children and parents keep well and safe.
We look forward to opening again and seeing all of our lovely little ones soon(ish).

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 18/03/2020

A game of spider throw.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 13/03/2020

Welcome to butterfly world πŸ˜€

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 12/03/2020

I feel like the White Rabbit,. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late....

Our characters from World Book Day.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 24/02/2020

The winners of the 'Make a comic' competition

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 14/02/2020

We have no valentine's but we have our moms and dads. They're the best anyway πŸ˜„. We Iove you moms and dads.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 10/02/2020

When I was one, I sucked my thumb,
The day I went to sea.
I climbed aboard a pirate ship
And the Captain said to me:
β€˜We’re going this way, that way,
Forwards backwards,
Over the Irish Sea.
A bottle of rum to fill my tum
A Pirates’ life for me’

If you know the song..... Sing along with us and join in the fun πŸ˜€.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 10/02/2020

Lots of fun with balloons.


This was passed on to me by one of my parents. If you know anyone who has children who go to school in the Q3 area please pass this on. Thank you.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 02/02/2020

Hide and seek πŸ˜„

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 31/01/2020

Our trip to the Dudley Canal Trust. We had a lovely snack, saw a barge disappear into the tunnel and 'found' a couple of 'lost' fluffy penguins. We had a great time.

Thank you all the staff at the Dudley Canal Trust and in the Gongoozler restaurant. They were very helpful.


A couple of our children off to Brigade at Grace Community Church, Tipton.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 27/01/2020

Watch out - future music stars practicing πŸ˜€

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 12/01/2020

Fun and games at Toybox

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 25/12/2019

Thank you to all of our children for your wonderful gifts this Christmas. We hope you have had a wonderful day and had loads of gifts. Have a happy New Year.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 20/12/2019

Christmas crafts at Toybox with a little music to help us along.

The children would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.


A budding musician please remember you saw her first at Toybox πŸ˜„.

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 10/12/2019

Christmas crafts, the children love them

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 10/12/2019

Making cards

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 10/12/2019

Reindeer at Toybox

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 06/12/2019

More crafts at Toybox, "owls about that" for Christmas πŸ˜‚

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 04/12/2019

More Christmas crafts at Toybox. I only hope parents have room πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„


Who's a clever girl

Photos from Toybox Childminding Tipton's post 03/12/2019

Christmas is coming, the crafts are coming along just fine. Such a talented bunch of adorable children. Stay tuned, more to come


Some of our children are taking the election rather more serious than the adults πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Hi everyone, just an advance notice that Toybox will be closed on the following dates for Christmas.

Wednesday 25th December
Thursday 26th December
Friday 27th December
Monday 30th December
Tuesday 31st December
Wednesday 1st January 2020.

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