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Childminder in Stevenage

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2010 Last Updated Sep 2020 Last Login 28 Oct 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

Hi, I am Lizy. I am 40 and a mum of two daughters, aged 9 and 6 years. We live in Symonds Green, and I cover the school runs at Woolenwick Nursery/Infants/Juniors, and Woodlands Pre-school & Nursery.

I am qualified in peadiatric first aid, and home-based childcare. I have full DBS clearance and am an Ofsted rated GOOD, fully insured and registered Childminder,

I run a professional and comprehensive childminding business, delivering a safe, welcoming and stimulating 'home-from-home' environment where your child will receive excellent care and development opportunities catered to their individual needs and personality. I have a passionate interest in child development and learning, and believe the key to creating a positive, happy and healthy childhood lies in building a child's confidence through play and learning, and secure relationships.

My Experience

I have over 20 yrs experience in childcare and Learning & development, working with children aged from 0-18yrs.

I am now in my fifth year of working as a registered childminder, and am thoroughly enjoying my role delivering Early Years care, and after-school services. It is by far the most interesting, rewarding and 'natural fit' childcare role I have experienced so far.

As a parent of two, I have deepened my understanding of child development and the variety of personalities and learning styles that children have, and this has led me to further study the field, with particular focus on babies and early years.

I also have experience of caring for children with additional needs - dyspraxia, aspergers & dyslexia.

My Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid
Home-based Childcare Award CACHE Level 3

My Availability

Usual 'opening hours' are 7am - 6pm. If you have childcare needs outside of these times please feel free to ask and I will consider your requirements.

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Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 21/09/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

Charges start from £5.50 per hour, and includes all snacks, meals and costs associated with activities.

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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Below are the latest reviews for Lizyl. 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.

Lizy was a breath of fresh air at a time when I wasn’t sure I would find what I was looking for in a childcare setting.
After our first interactions I knew that Lizy holds the children in her care and their families at the heart of her business. You can expect someone who is thoughtful, professional and who will prioritise getting to know your child as an individual.
Now a year on, my son feels entirely happy and comfortable in Lizy’s home. Both of Lizy’s daughters are wonderful with the children in Lizy’s care and my son is very fond of the whole family.
Lizy has always demonstrated a strong understanding that no child (or family for that matter) are the same. This has meant that Lizy always communicates professionally and sensitively. We will often discuss my sons progress and development and I feel that Lizy is not only there to support my child, but also to support me as I will often ask for her advice and trust her judgement.
When we first met, Lizy shared with me that she has a genuine interest in child psychology and this is evident in her solid understanding of child development and she will often share updates of my son’s development and information about how she is/will support him, which I love as it helps to know how I can support his growth too. To help with development and learning opportunities, Lizy provides a wide variety of toys and has a lovely garden area which the children make great use of.
Further to above, Lizy uses the Famly app to communicate developmental steps as well as the basic information in regards to meals and naps etc, so I feel fully informed of my child’s days even when I can’t be with him.
Something that has always been important to me is that my child has a good variety of food and Lizy regularly provides healthy, home cooked meals and has given my son opportunities to try different foods. Between the meals and snacks, I know my son is offered a wide variety of food.
One of the best things about Lizy is that she conquers that difficult task of being both professional and personable. She is so organised and efficient that we all know what is going on and when and this is important when I am so busy with work myself, but she is also kind and thoughtful which has also meant that she has been understanding with personal circumstances not always going to plan.
Considering we have used other childcare settings, I couldn’t be happier with the care that my child receives in Lizy’s setting, but most importantly, my son is safe, secure and incredibly happy there.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Kelly about Lizyl on 03/05/2020

My son has been with Lizy since April 2016 when he was just over a year old, he was born prematurely at 29 weeks and has chronic lung disease as a consequence of this. Going back to work was a hard decision but the right one and we certainly picked the right childminder for our sons needs and ours.

Lizy is highly professional and flexible when needed and asked, we chose Lizy as she could fit in with my partners shift work and there were no set days that we had to pick. Lizy has kept Logan on more than one occasion over time due to me being stuck in a meeting and has given him diner for me. I was taken unexpectedly, seriously unwell and Lizy offered to have Logan on unplanned days to enable my partner to visit me in hospital and also allow me time to recover.

For Logan going to Lizy twice a week is like home from home, he has the choice of an abundance of play and educational toys, games and puzzles.

Logan gets taken out for pre-planned days of fun but Lizy is always sure to include the educational side making it fun, interesting and interactive.

I love seeing what Logan has done on a daily basis when he gets home in his journal that she fills out and now by using the Famly App i can look on my phone at work and see what he is doing and what fun he is having, i can also see what he has eaten and if he has had a nap.

We are so happy with Logan's progress in all areas of his development with Lizy that we have decided to keep him with her instead of sending him to pre-school.

I would and have recommended Lizy to other people who are looking for a childminder that want their child to have a safe comfortable environment that they can learn and grow in and feels like home when they are in her care.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Lottie about Lizyl on 11/02/2019

Having my DD with Lizy started off great, however Lizy suddenly became rude and unprofessional. The first problem occurred when I arrived 5 minutes prior to the contract hours, knocked on the door and there was no answer, it took me having to text Lizy and waiting out in the cold and rain with both my children for a few minutes before I was welcomed in. However, I received a text that same day to state 5 minutes before was fine, but at that actual point I was left to stand outside until exactly 7:30am.
My DD caught chicken pox and after over a week off and being cleared with the infection (no new spots and all scabbed over) I took my DD back to Lizy. That day I received a text with concern of temperature which was right to let me know but my DD didn’t have a high temp (I got this confirmed by a medical professional that same day, confirming what is a high temperature and what is normal). When picking my DD up that evening, Lizy explained there was a spot on my DD’s hand and if was still there in the morning she would not be welcome at the setting. Lizy requested a letter from my GP which I wasn’t able to get until the end of the week due to having to work to pay for the childcare. There were no blisters or anything oozing which Lizy stated after being told she would not be welcome back with a single spot on my DD’s hand, then stated my DD could go back to the setting but was hours after notifying Lizy my DD was no longer contagious. After texts back and forth, Lizy became very ... the next day I took my DD back to the setting as she had been looked over and was no longer contagious, however Lizy took it upon herself to take my DD to a medical professional without my permission, with no written confirmation decided my DD was still contagious which was completely untrue and asked for my DD to be collected which she knew I couldn’t do due to working. Lizy contacted my mother to collect my DD and I found out that evening Lizy was extremely rude to my mother on collection of my DD and my mother felt the setting was dirty and not safe for children to be there. The garden was dangerous with anyone being able to fall over and after Lizy asking for advise a few months before regarding safety aspects to stop anyone sleeping, I advised strips on the decking which could be brought off eBay. This was obviously not done and my mother nearly went over on the way to the door to collect my DD that day.
Lizy then decided to moan to me about the fact I was dropping off my DD late on many occasions which was not true. If and when I was running a bit late for drop off I always contacted Lizy to let her know but was told as long as I was there by a certain time due to the school run it was fine. This was made into a huge issue. If I was 5 minutes early it was a problem and if I wasn’t on the dot (7:30am) it was a problem, but Lizy never made any comments to me when I picked my DD up 15/20minutes early.
Lizy went on to text me rude comments and decided that she was going to terminate the contract which I was happy with as my mother felt the care was not to standards and didn’t want her granddaughter at that setting and after the rudeness, I no longer wanted my DD at that setting.
After the above problems, it got worse with there being a strange man at the house one morning opening the door to me, Lizy was nowhere to be seen which worried me and I wasn’t notified that someone else would be opening the door to me, which I found unsafe and unprofessional. I explained this to Lizy and asked to see a DBS for this man which was refused- to me that feels as if something funny is going on. I was told if I wasn’t happy then to collect my DD as soon as possible.
A few days before the termination date, Lizy text me asking if I wanted to keep my space for my DD, after everything that had happened. I was gobsmacked. Lizy wanted to know a decision within a day or two which I couldn’t give her due to personal circumstances.
Once Hallie had finished in this setting I asked for a developmental book/ learning journal which I had been told right at the beginning would be done. I hadn’t seen anything the whole time my DD was in the setting, I never knew what my DD was doing day to day or even weekly. The only comments made in my DD’s diary was what she ate, drank and slept. It started off well with being made aware of daily activities but then nothing for months. It wasn’t until after I received my DD’s learning journey nearly a month after the contact terminating that I found out there were trips to farms and other activities, this had not been noted during her time with Lizy.
Once I had finally received my DD’s learning journal I could see it wasn’t complete and there was a whole month of unplanned observations missing. I asked Lizy about this and just got rude messages back stating she didn’t have to fill out anything and for me to leave her alone. I have left things there and am glad to say my DD is now with an outstanding childminder who respects the world of childminding and child development and I know my DD will be happy there for a long time.
I will not be recommending Lizy to anyone.

  • 2 stars Overall
  • 2 stars Setting
  • 2 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 1 stars Communication

by GE8 about Lizyl on 20/01/2019

Response by Lizyl on 27/01/2019:

Thank you for your comments.
I am very saddened that you have felt the need to leave such a twisted and fabricated account of your daughter’s time in my care – but I am not surprised, given the constant lack of cooperation and argumentative attitude I received from you in response to attempts I made to build a positive and professional relationship with you.
As you know, I take the health and wellbeing of all the children in my setting extremely seriously, and as such I have a very comprehensive ‘illness and exclusion policy’, that you were made aware of prior to signing contracts and which I stand by steadfastly.
I understand that you felt indignant at having the contract terminated, but your failure to meet your obligations regarding communication, policies, procedures and payments made it impossible for me to do my job effectively, and left me with no other option than to terminate.
For clarity to any prospective families reading these reviews, the ‘strange man’ GM8 speaks of, as she is completely aware, is my husband, who was there that morning because he was going to watch our daughter in her nativity play. There were no children other than our own at the premises at that point and as soon as GM8 arrived with her daughter, he went off to attend to our own children and I welcomed my minded child in and began our daily routine. Let it be clear that when GM8 asked later that day if he has DBS clearance, I confirmed that he did and invited her to see his DBS when she came to collect that evening (which she did not take me up on). I only refused her request to be given a copy of it, which I am not allowed to give out. Rest assured that safeguarding is my number one priority, and children in my care are never left unattended with any adult other than me, regardless of whether they have a DBS or not.
I extend my sincere apologies to your mother if she was offended by our conversation when she collected your daughter. As I remember it, I thanked her for coming to pick your child up (after you had not responded to the repeated attempts I had made to contact you), we spoke about how she is known as G**** instead of Grandma or Nanny, I answered her request for clarification as to why I had requested collection and then she agreed that it was difficult to get hold of you at work as your mobile had bad signal there (I suppose it must have just been very good luck all the other times you responded to my messages whilst you were at work). I was not aware of any near accident she had in my garden - she certainly didn’t mention anything at the time, and in my opinion the whole interaction was very pleasant and positive.
My setting is diligently risk assessed and has been confirmed as safe and fit for purpose by Ofsted. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions (ice/heavy rain, etc) can affect the safety of surfaces, and it shows me to be conscientious and professional that I am vigilant to changes in conditions, and that I warn parents when conditions threaten the safety of the path in the back garden, and is why I advise people to use the front door on those occasions. I appreciated your suggestion of the ‘sticky strips’ that could be laid, but when I looked at them it was apparent that they were not a suitable option and as such I disregarded them in favour of a more effective solution.
I am sorry if you feel that the 13 written observations and 2 developmental review’s I carried out during your daughters two-and-a-half months with me weren’t enough. As I explained when you queried this, whilst I do carry out written observations, they are not the only way I track children’s development and if any prospective parents would like further information on the ways in which I observe, track and plan for children’s progress and development within my setting, I am more than happy to elaborate on this. I also explained to you that during the 8 days your daughter was with me in December, I was focused on updating her trackers ready for her leaving the setting, so no, there wasn’t a month missing any observations, there was a final progress report instead.
I met all my legal and Ofsted regulated obligations during your daughter’s time in my care. I provided her with a safe, caring and secure attachment and many varied learning opportunities, in a welcoming, warm and enabling environment – as I do for all children.
I am very pleased that you have found a place for your daughter with another of the wonderful local childcare providers. She is a delightful girl and I have no doubt she will settle as happily and confidently as she did with me, and quickly build solid relationships with her peers and her key person, as she did here. I still feel that it is a real shame that she has been made to go through that upheaval - the only reason that I relented and offered her to keep her space with me seeing as she had settled and was progressing so well, but I understand that it would have been difficult for you to accept that offer and I bear no ill feeling at all at your choice to refuse.
Since my repeated and constant rational answers to your queries have been met with an ever increasingly personal attack on my business methods, yes, I have asked you to cease texting me and direct any further comments through the official complaints channels.
Finally, thank you for your acknowledgement of the high quality food I provide. I pride myself in serving a healthy and varied selection of meals and snacks and appreciate the recognition.

It was a tough decision to go back to work knowing our little boy who was 7 months at the time would be looked after by someone , however from the first meeting with Liz i was instantly put at ease! From the first step inside her warm and inviting home and her kind nature towards children we knew it was the right place for our little man to learn, grow and have lots of fun.

Her home is full of toys and games and fun things to do, Alfred loves going, even waving me bye once ive stepped in the door.  She has two lovely daughters who are brilliant and great fun to be around.

Alfred's speach and development has come on leaps and bounds since starting there. He is such a confident and intelligent  little boy and i have so much to thank of that too liz.

Its wonderful knowing he's in great hands when leaving on a morning. I am fully trusting on all judgements she makes, knowing my little boy is always safe in her care. As a first time mum she has also been a huge help to me also.

I would definately recommend Liz very highly, and appreciate all her help and flexibility she has offered. 

Alfred is only leaving her care due to moving home and we will miss her and the girls deeply.

I am happy to take calls if you wish to discuss a referance further.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Amanda12 about Lizyl on 25/03/2017

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