5 stars (4)

Childminder in Watford

Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2010 Last Updated May 2019 Last Login 15 Jun 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

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 no no
Morning no yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon no yes yes yes yes no no
After School no yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 21/05/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 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.

My Documents

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  • UK Passport (added 13/10/2017)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 13/10/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for KCS Kell. 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.

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 about KCS Kell on 26/11/2018

My daughter started at Kelley's just after her 1st birthday, as I returned to work. From the start Kelley was great - reassuring all my fears at leaving my clingy baby with someone else. Following a couple of meetings we agreed a settling in timetable that I was happy with that would have us settled before I started work. And it worked! I was able to return to work without worry.

Four years later my daughter is now in year 1 at school. Kelley helped prepare her for first for nursery, during which Kelley was able to adapt her routines to continue looking after my daughter, and then for a change to school. Once we started school we had to say goodbye to Kelley as our school didn't fit with pre-existing school runs. But we still return to Kelley during school holidays, and at short notice snow days etc. My daughter steps back in as if she was never away.

My daughter settled into Kelley's easily, and, over the years has really felt part of the family there. She enjoys the activities there and looks forward to returning there in holidays. Kelley is great at keeping me updated, and also offering advice and support from her years of experience when I have needed it.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Kelley to anyone looking for childcare.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about KCS Kell on 10/09/2018

Kelley is an amazing childminder. When Mae first sent she was quite clingy to me but as soon as we met Kelley at hers she absolutely loved it there. Kelley worked with me to get Mae into a sleeping routine and out of my bed!! It worked wonders...

Mae really progressed during her time with Kelley and I was able to see what she gets up too in the app that Kelley uses which Included photos and detailed descriptions of what they got up to during the day ...

Mae always enjoyed herself would often go to the park and playgroups and other great activities.

I would highly recommend Kelley as a childminder :0)

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about KCS Kell on 09/09/2018

Kelley has been looking after my little girl for 8 months now, since she was 9mths old and has been welcomed as part of the family.

When I first started looking for a childminder for my daughter, I meet with a few before I meet Kelley and I instantly knew she would be very happy & safe in Kelley's care. And I was right.....

Kelley is professional, very caring and a fantastic childminder. My little girl settled very quickly and is extremely happy. She always has a smile and gets very excited when we get to Kelley's home each morning and Kelley's children are just as excited to see her. Some days I wish I could stay and play instead of having to go to work.

I get a detailed diary entry for each day for daily activities, development, naps and meals and the occasional photo's along with drawings and cards.

Kelley takes my little girl to a number of Toddler groups each week and now that the sun is out, out door activities are part of the week.

Having said all of the above the best bit is that when I call to collect my little girl after her day at Kelley's she is always happy and excited to see me .....

I highly recommend anyone looking for a childminder to visit Kelley.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about KCS Kell on 23/05/2011

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