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Childminder in Watford

Babysitter in Watford

5 stars
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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2010 Last Updated Nov 2020 Last Login 27 Nov 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Daytime Babysitter
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Hotel Babysitter
Tax-Free Childcare
Emergency Babysitter
Flexible Hours

About Me

*Under 5’s placement available Tuesday-Friday - flexible within those 4 days.After school care also available.

Hi My name is Kelley, I'm 40 years old KCS -Kelley's Childminding Services is my home childcare setting.
I have a 14 year old son in year 10 at Queens school and an 12year old daughter in year 8 of Queens. Both went to Knutsford and I continue with school/ nursery/ pre-school runs to and from there.
I am able to do drop offs/pick ups from other local surrounding pre-schools and nurseries depending on days/times.
I became an Ofsted registered childminder in
2005 after being a qualified nanny for 10years.I loved being a nanny and continued as one after having my first child ,before making the switch to being a childminder,based at home when planning child number 2.

I see our home as being a welcoming, fun,child friendly and laid back one planned out with the little ones in mind.We have an inviting play area with a varied selection of toys for the children's enjoyment and learning in their play.The area is very much the children's space where I aim to ensure all children feel very much a part of their setting and where suitable/age appropriate toys/equipment is available to them. It is ideal for the children's free play time,and for encouraged activities and play ideas.I also keep lots of other toys,equipment including arts and craft materials,for the children's use .
I am a member of the toy library which is great for bringing in new toys, games, puzzles etc for the children to play with - these may be linked to a theme or topic we are involved in at the time.

The garden is set up for the children to enjoy with a playhouse, sandpit and trampoline, ride in/ on toys such as cars, trikes etc, water play in the warmer weather and other garden activities.

Above all I like to think of our home as a happy,comfortable place for children to be while Mummy/Daddy/Carer is at work.

During term time we have a structured but flexible routine,with opportunity for children to take part in planned and varied activities as well as free play. We go to the local toddler group weekly.This is great for the children to socialise,meet and play with other children of their own age and of different ages. They have opportunity to take part in different play activities,arts and crafts etc..It is a particularly nice group where many children quite often find themselves meeting friends/knowing children they later go to pre-school,nursery and school with.We also go to a group which is on once a month for childminders at the childrens centre where we have access to all facilities indoor and out.
School holidays are fun, with lots going on including outings according to the weather! :)

During my time as a nanny and childminder I have built good relationships with both children in my care and parents,and have references available to view.
My Ofsted report (graded "good" in 2005,2010 and more recently in 2015 and 2017) are also available to view on request. I am more than happy to email over reports and references also.

My Experience

Being a nanny ,a childminder and of course being a mum myself for 14 years along with working in nurseries and on various placements I have lots of varied/gained experience in childcare. I have cared for children from newborn to the teenage years.This includes long term positions with families giving experience of caring for children from baby-to little person which I find very rewarding :).

I have always been interested and enjoyed learning and developing my skills and knowledge in child development.When first caring for children I did my first college course alongside this. The course ran for just over a year and I gained my first qualification from it- a 'Diploma in Childcare and Childhood education' at NVQ level 3.The course involved learning,training and teaching in all areas of child development. observing and assessing development,good childcare practise,managing child care settings,child protection,health and safety,first aid and more.As well as attending college to learn about all above in depth I had work experience and placements in various types of settings. I was assessed regularly in my own setting which for me was as a nanny caring for two children under 5 at the time.

I completed the 'Working With Children and Young People' child care course and gained the updated NVQ 3 diploma qualification in child care.The course ran for 18months and was an extremely in depth study of child care practise with every aspect of child care and child to young adult development covered. Detailed coursework was involved ,regular assessments in my childminding setting,presentations and exams.

Refresher training as a childminder is ongoing with young in herts providing training opportunities and courses- some of which are compulsory and must be up to date such as first aid training and child protection/safe guarding children and some optional.

My Qualifications

Diploma in Childcare and Early Childhood education-level 3
Introduction to Childminding Practise
Working with Children and Young People NVQ level 3

courses/certificates (available to view on request)

Paediatric First Aid
Child Protection/Safeguarding Children
Food Hygiene and Safety

Young in Herts training/courses including food nutrition/healthy eating,planning and practise in play activities,risk/benefit assessment,Early Years Foundation, Stage training,Planning,Observing,Assessing,2 year check training.

My Availability

Tuesday-Friday 8.00-6.00pm( hours can be flexible and discussed)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Morning no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Afternoon no yes yes yes yes yes yes
After School no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Evening no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 19/11/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour
  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour

Care costs to include activities/toddler groups) are £5.50per hour including meals

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.

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  • UK Passport (added 13/10/2017)
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Reviews

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Our 7 year old daughter joined Kelley's for after school care about a year and a half ago and is very happy there.

In the school year that she started, our daughter had been through a lot of change including moving to a new school, losing a close grandparent and then changing childminder after our previous one stopped working at very short notice, but Kelley was great at working with us to help with any of her anxiety.

The children all get on so well together and Kelley is brilliant at setting up activities that they can enjoy across a range of ages, especially the fab creative activities. The photos and updates we get from her are great and really give us an insight into the children's time there.

Our daughter is an only child and has often spent time with older kids among our family friends, but I definitely feel that being at Kelley's has given her a lovely experience of learning to play with younger children too.

Kelley is super reliable and has always been as flexible as possible around our requests to swap days from time to time if needed. The food is healthy, varied and has lots of child friendly options. I would absolutely recommend Kelley for after school care and hope we will be able to carry on using her until our daughter leaves primary school.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for emilyB emilyB about Avatar for KCS KCS on 08/11/2020

Kelley has been looking after my little man for almost 2 years, he settled in straight away and as enjoyed it ever since. Kelley as helped with his development, they do numerous activities indoor and out. I would highly recommend her.

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by Avatar for Kimberly Kimberly about Avatar for KCS KCS on 22/10/2020

I have had my 17 month old and my 5 year old with Kelley since February. Kelley is a wonderful childminder, she is attentive, fun, creative and a genuinely nice person. I feel complete ease with my children being with her. Kelley took my daughter at 8 months and helped with her separation anxiety and eating issues, Kelley also collects my son from school. My children will stay with her until it’s no longer needed.
Kelley genuinely seems to enjoy her job and the activities and crafts she does with the kids is amazing as well as keeping you updated daily as to what your child has done/eaten/slept. I feel lucky that we found Kelley when we did and couldn’t recommend her more.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Shannon Shannon about Avatar for KCS KCS on 08/10/2020

Kelley has been a great help to us and our daughter. She is Kind, efficient and very flexible. My daughter joined Kelley when she was a years old and with Kelley’s help she has blossomed into a very confident little toddler. The progress is evident and has come along in leaps and bounds, this wouldn’t have been possible without Kelley. Thank you so much Kelley, lots of love Karina and Priyesh

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by Avatar for Karina8 Karina8 about Avatar for KCS KCS on 03/01/2020

I personally as a mum I found looking for somewhere to leave my child stressful and left me filled with anxiety for months. I was too stressed to message places luckily Kelley messaged me don't know where I would be now without her. Kelley has made the transition so easy for us parents and our toddler.

After messaging back and fourth about our needs and dates and everything in between we met at the childcare setting. First thoughts were how functional, homely, clean and fun the space was. The whole meeting I feel as though we hit things off I felt so much at ease after meeting Kelley. You can tell when you meet Kelley how much she cares about her line of work and how she loves the kids that she works with.

Kelley made our toddler feel so welcome and within a week she was so happy to be taken to Kelley's. She loves Kelley and trusts her which really sets you at ease. One thing people asked me a lot was I sad to be leaving her in someone's care and with Kelley the answer is no. Our child loves it she is emotionally more forfilled spending time with other children, learning and being creative messy fun we haden't even thought about yet. She is less bored doing our daily habits and it will be very important going into winter were venturing out will not be a daily occurrence.

Kelley has supported our toddler and our family though a stressful change and is such a important person to our toddler now. I highly recommend Kelley she has gone up and beyond for us and I'm sure she would for you too.

(Putting 5 for food as korra does not eat Kelley's food we pack lunches and snacks but I'm sure it is very good as she has shown us her certificates for nutrition)

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Rhiannon Rhiannon about Avatar for KCS KCS on 26/11/2018

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