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Childminder in St. Albans

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2010 Last Updated Jul 2020 Last Login 18 Oct 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

No availability at this time.
Ofsted rated Outstanding for my past three inspections.
I have implemented new practises, policies and procedures to minimise risk during these uncertain times, strictly following the government guidelines.
I am still able to prioritise the children’s well being in my caring, learning environment. Enquiry visits and settling visits can and must still go ahead. You must spend time and chose the right setting for you and your child. Please contact me to discuss this further.

NNEB trained I have worked in childcare for 32 years.

Every child needs dedicated, nurturing and attentive care. During settling, and on going, I work closely with my parents, gathering information so my focus can be your child’s wellbeing. Making your child secure and happy is my priority and my passion.
Parents input is highly valued.

In a stimulating, clean, warm and safe setting, I offer a full childcare service, including home cooked meals.

I am based near - Wheatfields Nursery/Infants and Junior School, Marshalswick area.

We have lots of stimulating experiences together with a wide variety of activities, messy play, crafts, toddlers groups, park and outside play, rest times, story times, songs, dancing and laughter. All with encouragement and praise.
Promoting the 7 areas of learning, through EYFS (the Early Years foundation stages),

I communicate through individual daily diaries, including details of what and how they've eaten, sleep times, nappy changes, all the things we've done and how your child has been throughout the day.

I prioritise the wellbeing of the children in my care, providing consistency, support and guidance as they grow and develop.

Please arrange a visit, via FaceTime if required, to see how it all happens.

Francesca Jones

My Experience

Since qualifing as a Nursery nurse NNEB, in 1989 I have successfully undertaken many roles in the childcare industry.
I held positions as a maternity nurse, Nanny.
Nursery positions - Senior Nursery Nurse, Deputy and Day Nursery Manager then Regional Manager, before having my own children.

Working within the different childcare settings, I have extensive experience of babies and children's needs (and tricks up my sleeve) including the importance of parental wishes and getting the balance between care and fun learning.

Soon after having my daughter (now 15) I became an Ofsted registered childminder, and have returned to my passion of working directly with young, inquisitive minds, and have never looked back.

My Qualifications

NNEB 1989
First Aid
Safe guarding children
Health and Safety
Food Hygene
Ongoing child development training
Early years foundation stage (the national curriculum)
2 year check

Corona virus specific training-
- Covid 19
- Risk assessment
- Child Wellbeing in early years

Please contact me for my ofsted number, to enable you to read my Ofsted reports - graded Outstanding for my past three inspections.

My Availability

With two leaving for school in September 2020 I have two baby places available. (Under 5’s)

Working days/hours -
Monday Tuesday Wednesday 7.45am-6pm (please contact to discuss hours required)

All year round and term time only contracts available.

Visits are encouraged, FaceTime if required, to get an idea and feel of how I work and would care for your child.

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Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 25/07/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £7.50 per hour

Please call to discuss

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

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  • Full CV (added 11/07/2020)
  • Full CV (added 11/07/2020)
  • Inspection Report: Ofsted Outstanding Inspection Report February 2020 (added 11/07/2020)
  • Training Certificate: QA Level 2 Safeguarding Certificate (added 11/07/2020)
  • First Aid Certificate: Full Paediatric Certificate (added 11/07/2020)
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  • DBS Check (added 11/07/2020)


Below are the latest reviews for Fran. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

Fran has looked after my son since he was 11 months old and my 5 year old daughter before and after school. Fran is absolutely amazing and I couldn't have wished for a safer and more loving home to leave my children in.

As well as being incredibly professional, Fran also provides a very caring and fun leaning environment for the kids. Fran provides lengthy daily reports about the children's days and provides a lot of information about their development and achievements.
The children enjoy healthy fresh food and the home environment is always spotlessly clean.

My 5 year old daughter loves going back to Fran's after school and it is nice for her to come back to a lovely home environment after a long day at school.
Fran takes my son to toddler groups and meets with other child minders with young children so he can enjoy playing with toddlers.

Fran's children are lovely and my daughter loves playing with them and they take such a great interest in the children.

We have not for a moment felt worried about leaving our children with Fran and it made my return to work very easy this time around. We feel very lucky!!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Grete Ha about Fran on 24/06/2013

Response by Fran on 25/06/2013:

Thank you so much for your review. I'm really privileged to do what I do and have so much enjoyment and compassion for the gorgeous children in my care. It's so rewarding to see them play and learn and enjoy themselves.

Fran has been looking after our son Daniel for the past 14 months, since he was 11 months old. From the first day that I left Daniel in Fran's care I felt happy and confident that he was in a loving and happy home and he has always gone in with a smile on his face and been happy to see Fran and her lovely family.
Fran is so professional and provides the children in her care with a safe and supportive environment in which to develop. She knows Daniel so well and knows exactly where he is developmentally and provides good clear advise about where he needs to go next. In my opinion, Fran constantly strives to ensure the children feel happy and loved and they always have a range of activities that stimulate them and she takes them out to meet other children and experience a range of outdoor activities. She goes above and beyond and always has the children's well being at the centre of her thoughts and plans.
Throughout the time that that Daniel has been with Fran she has kept to his routine and helped through his 'fussy eating' and has been incredibly flexible and supportive (even looking after Daniel on a day that she doesn't work whilst i gave birth the my second child).
I can't thank Fran enough for what she has done for Daniel since he has been with her, in our house she is know as "Frantastic"!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Ruth Lov about Fran on 22/06/2013

Response by Fran on 23/06/2013:

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is an absolute pleasure to work for you, and having Daniel as part of our extended family is a privilege. We all love having him here and 'my two' always get excited for the holidays so they can spend time with him x

Francesca has looked after my daughter Eva since August 2010 to date (age 11 months to 26 months). I can honestly say that I can not fault the care she has provided. From the first time I left Eva with her I have had absolute confidence in her ability to look after her. Francesca is warm, friendly, experienced, child focussed, cooks wholesome food and ensures that Eva does stimulating activities each day both in and out of the house. She also has 2 delightful children who my daugther adores and who have been so lovely towards Eva. Francesca is very reliable and has never taken a day off sick. She has also always been flexible and understanding of changes to my working hours.

Francesca completes a diary each day which sets out a summary of how Eva has been, what activities she has been up ,what she has eaten, when she has slept and when her nappy has been changed. I have found this very reassuring and informative and this seems to be unique amongst my frends who use childminders.

It is a testament to how good Francesca is and how happy Eva is being looked after her that since moving out of St Albans in April I have travelled 25 minutes each way so that Francescan can continue to look after Eva. It is only now that I am going on maternity leave again that I will sadly no longer need Francesca.

In summary Francesca is a fantastic childminder who I highly recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall

by kfey about Fran on 06/12/2011

Response by Fran on 10/12/2011:

Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so glad that you and Eva have enjoyed your time with me as I love taking pride in my role and service. We will all sorely miss Eva and her amazing character and hope you still visit us and stay in touch.

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