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Encourage Your Child’s Development

Holistic early childhood education is vital for the progress of any child as it addresses all their developmental needs. It should be able to foster a child’s growth and curiosity in a safe and caring way. If you feel that you would like your child to experience the many benefits of a nurturing, child-led play environment, then turn to Muddy Feet Childcare.

We are a registered childminding service in Broughty Ferry, Scotland with a special interest in facilitating outdoor experiences which encourages each child’s natural curiosity and propensity for learning. Feel free to explore our website or contact us for more information about our services.

Our Philosophy

Muddy Feet Childcare recognises that each child has the right to be cared for and respected in a nurturing and safe environment. Play in all forms is essential for healthy childhood experiences—it encourages development, brings a sense of achievement, and boosts self- esteem.

Messy or sensory play fosters curiosity, imagination, and experimentation and helps children to focus. Music is a wonderful medium for allowing children to have fun, express their feelings, develop social skills, learn discipline, and showcase their creativity.

Children require access to an environment that stimulates and encourages investigation and inquisitiveness. They have a natural affinity with nature and have the right to play outdoors, including in woodland areas, to assess risk and build resilience.

Play should be child led and staff will scaffold learning through observations and planning. Children are involved in their own learning, and they will be provided with a variety of open-ended materials, both indoors and outdoors, that promote choice and creativity. Caring for pets and living things can also provide children with invaluable lessons about kindness, responsibility, empathy, loyalty, and safety.

Working in partnership with parents to provide continuity and gain an understanding of the holistic needs of the child is essential for the child’s wellbeing and to ensure he/she reaches his/her optimal potential.

Moreover, good nutrition is essential for brain development and physical growth. Organic food produces fewer pesticides and toxins, therefore, children under our care will eat meals made from organic produce.

Who We Are

Muddy Feet Childcare was founded by Paula Ewen, a registered childminder. Under her guidance, we provide a wide range of child care services for children 1 to 8 years old.

Meet the Owner


“My name is Paula and before starting on this journey developing Muddy Feet Childcare, I was working as a Homebirth Midwife and Family Nurse (working with teenagers and their children) delivering the health visitor pathway of care.

In these roles, I gained a wealth of experience around brain development, child development, and the importance of nurture and play. I was fascinated by the benefits of good nutrition, messy/sensory play, music, outdoor woodland play, and caring for living things. 

This led to my decision to offer a high-quality childcare provision incorporating all the elements which I feel are essential for the health, happiness and wellbeing of children .

I contemplated opening a nursery; however, I decided that I would prefer to offer a smaller service where children would have the best of both worlds. A homely nurturing experience, with the benefit of access to a large well-equipped garden, with lots of open ended materials and regular trips to woodland areas to foster their natural affinity with nature.

To allow me to provide this, along with registering as a childminder, I completed my Level 3 Forest School Leader training. I may work with an assistant during busy periods to ensure your child continues to receive excellent care. All assistants are PVG checked and trained in paediatric first aid.”

Qualifications and Training Certifications

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  • Midwifery Degree
  • Solihull Approach Training
  • Family Nurse Pregnancy, Infancy, and Toddler Training
  • Partners in Parenting Education

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  • Dyadic Assessment of Naturalistic Caregiver-Child Experiences
  • Speech and Language
  • Adult and Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Infant Nutrition and Weaning

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  • Equality and Diversity
  • Child Protection Level 3
  • Infection Control
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Nurture Through Nature

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  • Level 3 Forest School Training
  • Supporting Families of Deaf Children
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

Qualifications and Training Certifications

*Childcare vouchers are accepted.

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