Clara McDaid

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Based in Southend on Sea

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At Clara McDaid Professional Childcare, I am dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing, stimulating, caring, happy and welcoming environment for all children within a home setting.

I have over 15 years experience in childcare and hold a First Class Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies. I am delighted to have been graded Outstanding by Ofsted in all three inspections.

The children learn through play, with activities and resources carefully selected in order to meet all of the objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This ensures that each child reaches their own developmental milestones at their own pace. This is done through keeping the child’s best interest in mind at all times, close observation and allowing for hands-on, experiential learning and creating targeted plans, when required.

To find out more about this childcare provision, keep reading or feel free to get in touch.


Accredited and a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years). 

Degree Educated

Enhanced DBS 

OFSTED inspected

Paediatric First Aid 

Allergy trained

Level 4 Safeguarding

Environmental Health checked

Full Liability Insurance

Located close to Southend Town Centre, the Civic Centre, Southend Hospital and train stations, I am in a perfectly central position for people working in Southend or commuting into London.

 On a daily basis, I take the children out on adventures. We visit playgroups, the library, parks, beach, farms, bluebell woods and Belfairs Woods, as well as enjoying socialising with children from other settings, thus allowing the children to form friendships and secure play-dates.

Whilst we are always risk-managing in relation to Covid, we are attending only one group setting each week (either a local Children's Centre or playgroup) and we are really enjoying making good use of our local environment and exploring the natural beauty on our doorstep.  We often meet up with one or other of two local childminders so that the children still get to make those social connections, fire up their imaginations with role play and make friends with whom they can build firm friendships. We also video call other settings to make contact and see our friends that way, which is great fun.

 Feel free to contact me with any questions!


Our Mission

At Clara McDaid Professional Childcare, our mission consists of providing a warm, loving and nurturing environment where children feel safe and valued. This professional childminding service offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each unique child’s growth. We love music and creating rhyme and rhythm using the array of instruments, piano and drums. We are also very keen on listening to and identifying birds on our walks, spotting which tree specific leaves belong to, naming and pondering the different functions and parts of our bodies such as the digestive system, respiration and other interesting bodily functions, separating and identifying different shells and seaweeds. But, our absolute favourite activity at the moment is scientific experiments, some of which you will see on the Instagram feed below. Through cooperative play and creative activities, kids reach their social, emotional and physical milestones naturally and with ease. Their imaginations run wild and their creativity knows no bounds.


Interested in learning more about Clara McDaid Professional Childcare? Please feel free to get in touch, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.