I am a fully qualified Early Years Practitioner with over 20 years of experience working with children aged from birth to 11 years old. I am kind, caring, reliable and above all I have a genuine love of working with babies and children of all ages.
I have lots of experience working in various child care settings including; schools, nurseries, special need schools, hospitals and home based child care. I have worked in child care for many years and in that time have built up an extensive knowledge of child development and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
I love working with children and this shines through in my work. I am creative, a great story teller and children of all ages have always been drawn to me. During my time working as a childminder I built up a great rapport with children and parents alike. I am still in touch with many of the families I worked with and often babysit the children, some of whom I looked after when they were very small babies.
I am a Mum to two lovely girls, aged 18 and 6. I believe my experience as a parent has really helped with my work as I am very maternal and see things from a parents prospective. I treat the children in my care in the same way I would want my own child to be cared for, with consistency, kindness and a sense of fun.
I currently work as a Preschool teacher three days per week. I have also been worked as a Night Nanny over the past two years, caring for babies in their own homes to give parents a much needed rest. I have nannied premature twin girls over the past year on an adhoc basis, at the weekend, during the day and overnight.
I have a folder full of cards and references from previous parents. I will share this with you when we meet but here are some snippets from some of them.
Katherine has been my son's nursery teacher since September 2011. She established a very strong relationship with both me and many other parents at the nursery. I believe that made a real difference to my son's development. Katherine was always keen to share his progress with me on a daily basis as well as letting me know what we could do to help him at home. Katherine exceeded expectations at all times. I found her to be dependable, reliable, conscientious and courteous. In addition to being a wonderful teacher, it was a real comfort having her as part of the Nursery team for me and many other parents as well. She is a very nurturing and caring person and always noticed if a child needed a cuddle or that extra bit of attention. She developed a strong rapport with many of the children, including my son, and it is clear they are very fond of her. In summary, I highly recommend Katherine for any position or endeavour that she may seek to pursue in respect to her capacity to teach or care for children. I believe that she will be a valuable asset to any teaching organisation or family.
Patricia Wentzell November 2012
In my opinion you couldn't find a better person to look after your child. Katherine is kind, responsible and very nuturing. She was amazing with both of my babies from when they were tiny. My second baby suffered with reflux and she was the only person other than me who could calm and settle him. Katherine really is wonderful, she just has the magic touch!
Mrs Griv July 2015
Katherine is an absolute godsend. Being new to the area and away from family and friends to help me I needed someone reliable and experienced. She is so calm and soft spoken she immediately settles my baby and miraculously my toddler too. Nothing is a problem and she throws herself in immediate on arrival at my house and clearly is good at what she does. She's a wonderful support to me and a wealth of knowledge and great advice. And so as well as helping me with my six month old, she now babysits both children for me two evenings a week.
Mrs Saliba September 2015
Katherine visited us as a night nanny shortly after the birth of our newborn twin boys. We have been extremely happy with the care Katherine has provided our boys. She is very attentive to their needs, always provides full notes of their feeds and other details of their nights, makes helpful suggestions on things that might suit the boys (leading to us changing bottles which has really helped the boys) and is very caring and nurturing towards them, she truly loves babies and this comes across clearly from her interactions with them. Katherine is also very punctual and reliable and proactively helps with things without even being asked (like cleaning bottles at the start or end of a night). She is a pleasure to have stay and we would recommend her to any new/existing parents.'
Ms Verity Thomas March 2016
Katherine has looked after our twin girls overnight as a night nanny right from when they were only a few weeks old and premature. She put our minds at rest that they were in capable hands while we got some much needed sleep. The girls were difficult to feed in the early weeks - Katherine handled all the feeds on her own despite these difficulties. She is very calm and knowledgeable and brings a wealth of experience to the job. Highly recommend Katherine to any parent - just wish we had known of her services with our eldest.
Mrs Braithewaite June 2017
I am a fully qualified Early Years Practitioner.
Working towards my BA honours degree in Childhood Studies
I hold a full DBS (CRB) check.
I hold a current peadiactric first aid certificate
I hold a certificate in diet and nutrition.
I have attended many courses over the years including: child protection, behaviour management, health and safety, the Early Years Foundation Stage, special needs, English as0 an additional language, extending outside provision, phonics and science in the Foundation Stage.
I am currently expecting a baby, due in February 2019. I will be looking for a nanny position which allows me to bring my baby with me to work from July 2019. I would like to work for a family in Leybourne Chase or West Malling. I can drop off and collect from Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase.
A full day with me includes; a healthy nutritious breakfast. Trips out to the local parks, to the library, toddler groups, music groups etc. A healthy nutritious lunch. Quiet time/nap time. Activities such as arts and crafts, play dough, painting, construction, jigsaw puzzles, small world play, role play and story telling. A healthy nutritious dinner. I always finish each session with story time or singing. I am keen to work in partnership with parents and am happy to follow any routines or wishes you may have for your child.
Before school care includes; a healthy nutritious breakfast, activities such as drawing, board games and free play.
After school care includes; activities such as cooking, craft activities, free play, trips to the local park, outdoor games in the garden, help with homework if required and a home cooked nutritious meal. I end each session with story time.
Please contact me for more details about my Night Nannying availability.
|Last Updated: 02/04/2019|
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
- Nannying from £12.00 per hour (net)
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Katherine has been childminding my daughter since she was 8 months old, she treats her just like one of her own and my daughter has settled straight in lovely. Katherine is very professional and keeps me up to date with everything that my daughter has been doing with her, she has helped introduce more solid food to my daughter and had encouraged her to try things that even I wouldn't be able to! Would highly recommend!
Katherine was my daughters childminder for 2 years. My daughter (Kali) loved going to Katherine's and both my husband and I were very happy that she was there. I originally planned for my daughter to go to aftercare club, we couldn't get her in and I am so glad as it absolutely worked out for the best.
Katherine always had engaging activities organised such as arts and crafts. Kali was always bursting to tell us what she did when she got home. In better weather Katherine would take the kids to the park after school where they could run around. In the holidays, they went swimming or further afield to different parks. Kali was always well fed with good, wholesome, homemade food.
Katherine is not only conscious and intuitive to a child's needs but also appreciates and understands parents. Occasionally, out of the blue throughout the day, I would receive lovely pictures of Kali enjoying her time which I felt was really special.
I always found Katherine to be flexible and accommodating. Kali was always dropped off and picked up on time from school.
It’s a difficult decision when you have to go back to work and entrust the care of your child with someone else, however, in giving a person like Katherine that responsibility it eases the transition knowing your child is in a safe, secure and environment that they will really enjoy.
I cannot recommend Katherine highly enough to any parents who are looking to place their child/ren in her care.
Katherine came to us via the recommendation of a colleague, and I thank my lucky stars every day for that conversation. She is softly-spoken, kind, gentle, creative, funny, and wise, and my baby daughter took to her with instant and obvious delight. Katherine is very experienced with children of all ages and has huge knowledge about how little people function and develop. She is genuinely interested in the steps of progress made by each individual child in her care, and works hard to achieve a good balance between stimulation, creativity, and quiet time/rest in her childcare practice.
I feel totally calm leaving my baby with Katherine, either at our place or at hers, because she cares for those in her charge with enormous patience and kindness. I am happy to recommend her very highly to other parents looking for a flexible, caring, knowledgeable childminder.
We have been lucky enough to have Kathrine as our childminder for the last 6 months and we are devastated that she is moving. If you live near her new address and need child care i don't think you will find better.
I knew i was leaving my son in kind, caring hands every morning and was always greeted with warm reception.
Kathrine is very attentive, she keeps you posted on any developments with your child and regularly sends us photos. This brings us peace of mind as well as a smile.
With her teaching background she will provide wide range of experiences and nurture the progression and education of your little one.
Katherine is a truly brilliant childminder. She looked after my 2- and 5-year-old daughters for around a year, and when we moved cities I wished I could have taken her with me.
My little one would spend all day with Katherine and her own daughter, who was also two at the time, and they'd visit play groups or the park together. Rainy days were never wasted; my daughter would often bring home cards or crafts they'd made together. My daughter was always happy to go to Katherine in the mornings, and was always tired but cheery when I collected her after work.
Katherine would collect my eldest from school and they'd all have dinner together. My eldest would talk about the books they'd read together after eating, and often also had a drawing or two to show me.
Katherine always took care to communicate what my daughters had been doing during the day. She kept a diary of the food they ate (which was always healthy), whether they'd been tired, whether they'd been happy or upset, or felt ill. She also took photos for me of their day trips and play time. I found this incredibly reassuring, and I loved reading about their day and seeing they'd been happy.
It's difficult to leave your children with someone else while you go to work, but with Katherine I knew they were happy, busy and safe, and we were lucky to have had her as our childminder.
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