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Childminder in Worthing

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2010 Last Updated Mar 2020 Last Login 11 Jul 2020 Email

My Summary

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

About Me

Hi, I am Karen Rea of Freedom Childminding Service an 'Outstanding' graded Childminder. I am qualified with a BA (level 6) and am an Early Years Professional (EYPS) I have three children. My registration allows me to care for 6 children under the age of 8 years, of which 3 children can be under 5 years. I work my daughter, Karlie, who is also a Registeted Childminder and registered to care for 3 children under 5 years. I am also registered to care for children overnight. We offer a ‘Home from Home’ Childminding Service all year around. We are OFSTED registered and inspected.We have DBzs checks and have had a health check. We are First Aid trained. I live in a 3 bedroom house with a large back garden. Both inside and outside are equipped with lots of different toys for different ages. We also do activities with the children such as colouring, junk modeling, painting, games, singing etc. We are able to offer up to 30 hours per week free childcare for qualifying 2 year olds and all children aged 3 (the term after their 3rd birthday). We regularly attend childminder drop-ins and take the children out to various places of interest. We like to keep busy :) I run Worthing Playday annually which is a free local event in Worthing for children in August. We currently collect from Thomas A Beckett First School and Bramber First School. During school holidays we offer a full programme of activities and daily trips out :)

My Experience

18 years of childcare experience covering early years and playwork.

My Qualifications

Early Years Professional Status
BA Professional Studies in Learning and Development
Foundation Degree in Playwork
Level 4 – Certificate in Early Years Practice
Level 3 in Playwork
Level 2 in Playwork
Level 3 – NCMA Quality First
NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education
Registered Childminder - Initial Course
First Aid in Early Years Settings
Introducing Childminding Practice (ICP)*
Developing Childminding Practice (DCP)*
Extending Childminding Practice (ECP)*
*All three give the Level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practice.
NSPCC Certificate In Child Protection Awareness
NSPCC Certificate in Creating a Culture of Safety
Relate Stress Management

My Availability

8am - 6pm Monday to Friday (can work outside these hours if needed)
I offer All Year Around, Term-Time Only and School Holiday Only contracts.Please contact me for current vacancies.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 22/11/2018

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.20 per hour

NORMAL HOURS 8AM – 6PM Mon - Thurs
8AM - 5.30PM Friday

All Year Contracts;

Children Birth - pre school: £4.50 per hour (minimum 5 hours per day)

School age children: £4.75 per hour (minimum 2 hours per day)

Term Time and School Holiday Contracts;

Children Birth - pre school: £4.75 per hour (minimum 5 hours per day)

School age children: £5.00 per hour (minimum 2 hours per day, 5 hours in school holidays)

Fees for all contracts unless stated otherwise:

Outside normal working hours : 2 x normal fees

Full Contract – Parent’s annual holiday (3 weeks) : Half fees

School Holiday Only and Term-Time Only Contracts – Parent’s annual holiday : Full fees

Childminder annual holiday (up to 15 working days) : Half fees

Sickness of Child/Parent : Normal fees

Sickness of Childminder : No fees

Child/Parent occasional days off : Full fees

Childminder occasional days off : No fees

Bank Holidays (child not attending) : Normal fees

Bank Holidays (child attending) : 2 x Normal fees

Children at Pre-School : Normal fees

INSET days : Normal fees

Overnight Care : 2 x Normal fees

Late Payment Fee : £5 per day

Late Collection/Early Arrival of Child Charge : £3.00 per 15 minutes (charge will start after 5 minutes)

Late Collection/Early Arrival or Child before 8am and after 6pm : £5.00 per 15 minutes (after 5 minutes)

Dinner for Under 5’s - £2.00 per day

School Children – Hot snack - £2.00 per day

Fees are to be paid monthly (1st – 31st) in advance by cash, vouchers or direct transfer to my bank account. An invoice will be sent out around the 18th of every month. invoices are to be paid no later than midday on the last working day.

A non refundable deposit of £50 is required to secure a place for your child.

If we can offer a place immediately but you do not require the place immediately then a ‘retainer fee’ will be payable every week until you require the place. This is a percentage of the normal weekly fees. Percentage payable to be agreed between Childminder and parent. (Full and Term-Time Only Contracts)

School Holiday Only Contracts : All fees are to be paid by the 1st of the month for the holiday period required.

Four week’s notice is to be given to change or cancel a Full Time Contract.

Four week’s notice is to be given to change or cancel a Term-Time Only Contract. The four weeks MUST be term time dates and cannot include school holidays.

Two complete week’s notice need to be given for School Holiday Only Contracts – the two weeks MUST be school holidays.

If your child is receiving Early Years Free Entitlement Funding one complete term’s notice is required to change or cancel a Contract (Full Time or Term-Time).

I reserve the right to review my charges in line with other local childcare providers and will give 1 months notice.


My hourly fee includes the price of snacks and drinks. Hot meals are £2.00 per day for children.

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 Freedom Childminding. 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.

Our little girl started with Karen & Karlie in January, I was rather anxious about leaving her with anyone but Karen & Karlie are genuinely lovely people and all the children in their care seemed very happy.

They helped our daughter settle in with very few tears and she absolutely adores them and can’t wait to go there each day. Karen and Karlie take the children out almost every day for various days out and activities. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds in the 6 months she has been going and I have no doubt that this is largely down to the efforts of Karen and Karlie. They have a gentle approach and have an amazing bond with all the children they care for.
I always thought that a nursery would offer more than a childminder as far as education, but I was wrong, Karen and Karlie work really hard to help our daughter meet and exceed her developmental milestones just in a smaller more personal setting than a nursery.

We needed someone with experience and who we were confident could manage our daughters health condition and allergies, Karen and Karlie clearly take her diet and medications seriously and go out their way to make sure our little girl never feels left out.

If you are not sure about leaving your child with anyone- I promise you cannot go wrong with Karen and Karlie. We feel like we struck gold finding them!

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

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