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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 14 reviews)

We can’t recommend Sarah enough. Our boy has loved every second of being with her. I only wished we had found her for our eldest when we first moved here!

Sarah clearly loves what she does. She really cares for the children she looks after, and is super with supporting their needs through exploring, play and learning.

Rufus has loved his creative sessions and the artwork he comes home with is beautiful - he’s really proud of it.

Sarah really encourages the children’s love and appreciation of nature through their walks and adventures. They would often be out and about in the morning, discovering wildlife and loving the fresh air. It’s my favourite time of day when I receive updates from Sarah showing me what they’ve been up to.

We’re so sad to be finishing with Sarah this month. Rufus is going to miss her - I don’t think there is anyone I would have rather entrusted my child to. A truly fantastic person.

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by Avatar for Hawkins Hawkins about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 04/10/2021

I cannot recommend Sarah enough. My daughter started in 2019 and left 2021, Millie was always happy to go straight in without looking back to say goodbye!
Sarah always takes them out exploring the local parks and Millie has found a new appreciation for bugs and wildlife due to Sarah’s enthusiasm for all things nature.
Even though lockdown was difficult for everyone, Sarah made sure she kept in contact and sent videos and activity suggestions throughout.
She was always sending photos and communicating throughout the day she had Millie, and she is so creative with the artwork that was sent home, which is lovely to look back on.
I am so pleased we found Sarah, you could find a more lovely, understanding and supportive childminder.

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by Avatar for Samantha Samantha about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 08/09/2021

I have sent both my children to Sarah’s, my first son started with Sarah back in 2017 and my second son in 2019 and he is currently still there.

I don’t know where to start with saying how brilliant Sarah has been. She has exceeded my expectations of what you can get from a childminder by light years. It’s easy to see how Sarah has been awarded Outstanding twice by Ofsted because she is truly dedicated and passionate about her work, a complete natural. Both of my boys have loved their time at Sarah’s and I know it will be a wrench when we finally leave as she has been such a big part of their lives so far, as well as a big part of their development. Sarah is really supportive of your child’s specific interests and needs, what ever your child is into she will find way to play with them using their interests to help them learn. If your child loves trains, or animals, or dressing up etc, she will have toys and resources for everything.
Sarah encourages all the children to reach their developmental milestones using a huge range of resources that she has. I’ve been amazed at the things my boys have learned with her, knowing it hasn’t been me that taught them those things. Sarah also keeps a journal of your Childs developmental journey during their time with her which was amazing to read back on when I got given my eldest sons, so much detail in there that I had forgotten with time.

Sarah is always updating and creating fun new setups like teepee’s or mud kitchens for the children in her home, as well as having themes that the children learn about, and she makes beautiful art displays that regularly change. They simply can never be bored there!

As well as her lovely welcoming home and her big range of toys and books, Sarah has taken my boys out of so many great outings. She loves the Pheasantry at Bushey Park as well as Wisley Gardens, and she uses all the different local wildlife areas and parks to take the children out exploring, which is something my boys really love and need. Sarah herself is true lover of nature and she so much knowledge that she shares with the children that they learn along the way.

Importantly, Sarah has a really kind and lovely nature with the children. She has always been very nurturing and kind with my boys. Both of my children talk about her all the time with fondness and my youngest son who is still there now is always excited for his ‘Arnold’ day (what he calls her!), he goes in in the mornings with no fuss and gives Sarah a big cuddle as soon as he’s there.

When my boys have been at Sarah’s I have never had to feel worried while I was at work about them. Sarah send lots of beautiful photos and videos via WhatsApp of the children’s activities through the day, which I always look forward to, so I always feel like I have a good insight into how their days has been.

Sarah is very thorough with her policies and safe guarding and safety measures. Since Covid she has gone to a lot of effort to make changes to how she does things to keep everyone as safe as possible.

I could keep going on and on about how great Sarah is, but to round it off I would say that if you are lucky enough to get a space at Sarah’s then you have won the childminder jackpot! :)

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by Avatar for s_j_k s_j_k about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 21/04/2021

We would thoroughly recommend Sarah. Our youngest son has been in Sarah’s care a couple of days per week for the last two years. Every day he has come home having enjoyed himself and having experienced things he wouldn't have at home. Sarah’s planning, creativity and spontaneity have allowed him to flourish. Sarah focuses on the needs and likes of the child. She has taken him to Fairoaks to watch the planes, to various countryside and woodland walks to ‘jump in muddy puddles’ and they have done lots of arts and crafts. When he has been interested in something, Sarah has gone out of her way to provide resources for him - like magnatiles and extra jigsaw puzzles. Sarah makes sure they get outside as much as possible and exposes them to nature at every opportunity. Sarah has a robust set of policies and procedures in place, and keeps up to date with national guidance around childminding. Sarah plans lots of activities that stimulate and stretch the children. You can be assured that your little one is in the best hands. Having regular WhatsApp picture messages seeing the fun he is having is always reassuring. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better childminder - Sarah has exceeded our expectations by far!

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by Avatar for Nicola Nicola about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 15/03/2021

My daughter Lara started with Sarah at 10 months until recently and she is now 3.
I couldn't recommend Sarah enough. Lara wouldn't be the bright and intelligent girl she is, without the support she has had from Sarah. Also as a parent when it is hard to go back to work you need a childminder who is supportive to you as a parent and understanding. Well that's Sarah, I am happy to say she has become a good friend who we will stay in touch with.

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by Avatar for Kattykat Kattykat about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 04/06/2019

I am writing this reference as I really want to express how fantastic Sarah is. We came to Sarah just over two years ago when we already had two very bad experiences in childcare. Izzy was finding it difficult to settle due to these recent changes but she instantly took to Sarah and her family and ever since then has been so happy. Even after we go away on holiday for two weeks when you would expect her to find it difficult to go back, she runs to Sarah. It’s a great feeling to know that Izzy is so cared for when we are working.
Sarah provides a great range of activities and tailors them to each child, she quickly saw Izzy’s love of arts and crafts and allowed extra time, resources and flexibility to do this, which we really appreciate.
Throughout the year there is a new theme each month which means that nothing is ever the same and Izzy learns so much from all the different approaches to learning that Sarah implements such as the themed crafts, stories or toys.
Throughout the day through Sarah’s updates I really feel involved and part of it, through the pictures and videos sent. This is something I again I really appreciate as Izzy and I like to look through the pictures together and talk about her day.
At every key milestone Sarah has been so supportive both to Izzy and us, an example is the effort Sarah puts in to supporting Izzy learning German by purchasing special books, providing us with example resources and counting together. Another example is with potty training, Sarah saw how well Izzy was getting on and gave me the confidence to continue and extend to trying it at night. Without her insight and encouragement I believe we wouldn’t have made the move as quickly as we did and it worked out perfectly.
Sarah records all the milestones in very detailed learning journals and puts so much effort into these that are really a testament to how dedicated she is.
Sarah is thoughtful, caring, insightful, supportive and dedicated and we all love her and feel so lucky to have her looking after Izzy.
I honestly cannot rate Sarah highly enough.

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by Avatar for Adobbie Adobbie about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 15/03/2016

We feel very lucky to have Sarah caring for Finn and are constantly impressed with his learning and development under her guidance. He can’t wait for Sarah’s red door to open in the morning and we really enjoy seeing their strong bond.
We are extremely happy with the nurturing, educational and fun environment Sarah provides on a daily basis. He gets to explore and experience a great range of activities in and out of her home. Sarah continues to go above and beyond our expectations providing a range of resources and is always receptive to his latest interests.
Sarah is very organised and keeps us updated throughout the day with pictures and videos as well as a detailed daily journal. She also produces an extensive learning journal and book of key observations, achievements and impressive artwork. We appreciate the detail Sarah puts into the documentation and enjoy looking through the books which really demonstrate how he is excelling under her care.

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by Avatar for RuHew RuHew about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 14/03/2016

Jacquelien went to Sarah from a very young age (6 months) and has been with her for slightly over a year now. She's never found it hard to settle as she always easily settles where she's being loved. That's probably the most admirable element of being cared for by Sarah: she just loves your child and that translates into anything she does.

Whether it is going for a walk, to playing groups, going for a picknick or adventures on playgrounds, or playing at home. It seems there is no time for boredom, not even a second. Which reminds me: just contact her, make an appointment and visit her at home and you will appreciate the level of dedication she has to what she does.

Her approach combines all elements a parent looks for: having fun, learning good manners, a strong focus on development, ... Jacquelien (and ourselves) just love it.

Finally, she never forgets about the parents and provides a detailed diary to let us know how things have been, while on top of that she shares pictures and updates during the day via WhatsApp. Often just what's needed to brighten up a working day!

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by Avatar for DVds DVds about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 31/08/2014

We struck gold when we found Sarah and my son who was 2 and a half at the time warmed to her immediately. He had been to nursery before and I only wish we had found Sarah earlier because the quality of care she gave him was in a different league.

The daily diary was extremely detailed and the learning journals that Sarah put together were exemplary, far surpassing anything we had been given in the past.

Sarah cares deeply for the children in her care; she knows them inside out and tailors the activities and learning around their specific needs. She regularly took my son on a variety of outings providing him with one on one attention as well as the opportunity to interact with other children. My son’s development was noticeable almost immediately and he continued to learn and excel in all areas of the curriculum, as well as gaining social skills and confidence.

I have never met anyone so suited to their profession and I am very grateful that my son had the benefit of Sarah’s care for the time that he did. His happiness and safety were never in question and I would wholeheartedly recommend Sarah to any family.

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by Avatar for JKas JKas about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 17/03/2014

I started looking for childcare when Izzy was just 5 weeks old. After numerous nursery visits, we went to visit Sarah's and I knew the search was over immediately. Sarah is someone who creates a home from home environment, giving individual attention to each child in her care. She also has the knowledge of a child's potential which has been a great help in Izzy's development. She is creative and thinks outside the box finding fun ways capture a child's attention and imagination. I was quite new to motherhood and Sarah gave me some great advice on how to cope with some of the more challenging aspects of parenting. She is full of advice and tips - as a result we now have a child who sleeps through the night and has a daily routine! :-) I found the prospect of returning to work quite daunting after maternity leave but it was such a relief to know Izzy was in Sarah's care and I would often receive picture messages to show me just how much fun they have together. Every day I receive a full diary of their activities and every month I get photos emailed showing me their adventures.

Sarah loves to get out and about - to the woods, play groups, in the garden, shopping and Izzy's confidence has grown massively as a result. Izzy found groups of children overwhelming when she was little and so having more 1 on 1 care, Izzy has gradually been introduced to larger numbers and now she is thriving in groups of children. Likewise they have lots of fun indoors - learning to paint, draw, messy play, collecting shells on the man-made beach, an endless supply of toys for every age, building all sorts of things - head bands, binoculars! The list is endless!

Izzy loves going to Sarah's, her little face lights up when the door opens every morning. She has been welcomed by all the family and it's like her 2nd home. We only wish we could take Sarah with us. Thank you for all your help, you will be missed.

Lots of love

Liz and Izzy

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by Avatar for LizIz LizIz about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 17/03/2014

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