History of Burbury Park Childminders Charity

Formation in 1974

Original childminder centre

Burbury Park over 40 years of Support for Childminders

In 1974 one person had a vision to provide support to Childminders and the under 5’s in the Lozells area. Chris Wadhams created the Under 5’s unit at Lozells Social Development Centre where activities and support was given.

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Jean Dixon became the Coordinator in 1976 and between Jean and Chris the project was driven forward. In 1987 changes came to the project when they moved into the scout hut in Burbury Park.

In 1994 at the AGM Chris Wadhams stepped down as chairman and Wendy Lock stepped into the position. Our other Chairpersons have included Evadine Philips, Gay Green and currently Tracey Jayne Whitehouse.

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Then in 1997 funding was secured from the National Lottery and changes were made to the community centre and in November 1997 the Burbury Park Childminder Resource Centre was born.

Childminders and their children have benefitted from various activities and trips through the years including :

  • 1985 – Weston Park
  • 1995/2002/2003 – Hatton Country Park
  • 1997 & 1999 – Essington Farm
  • 2001 - Strawberry Picking
  • 2003 - Telford Wonderland
  • 2005 – Hatton Country Park / Southport/ Conkers / Think Tank
  • 2006 - Walsall Aboretum, Sandwell valley and Telford Wonderland
  • 2008- Twycross Zoo/ Llandudno/ Western Super Mare and Telford Wonderland
  • 2009 - Barnmouth / Nature Centre/ Llandudno and Thomas Land
  • 2010 – Blackpool/ Southport
  • 2011 – Blackpool / Telford/ Weston Super Mare and LLandudno
  • 2012 – Llandudno & Barry Island
  • 2013 – Southport / Dudley Zoo / Llandudno
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    Burbury Park has also been proactive in providing training / workshops for Childminders including

  • First Aid
  • NVQ 3
  • SEN
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • StartWell
  • SEF
  • The Childminder Stay and play has continued to be successful too providing Childminders with peer support and the children with an array of activities to support their learning, development and their social skills.


    Burbury Park has been at the centre of the Childminding community for 40 years and continues to work alongside professionals to

  • 1. provide childcare to those that need it.
  • 2. provide expert support and guidance to Childminders

  • Other professionals Burbury Park work with include:

  • Health Visiting Teams
  • Social Workers
  • Children Centre Staff
  • Family Support and Safeguarding Team
  • Early Years Consultants
  • Aquarius ( Alcohol Dependancy Support Team)
  • Bromford ( homeless Support Team)
  • Pregnancy Outreach
  • Birmingham Crisis Centre
  • Nurseries & Schools
  • Burbury Park continues to go from strength to strength and is now supporting over 500 Childminders across Birmingham.