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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 11 reviews)

My daughter has been going to Christine for over a year and took us on really quickly after my last arrangement fell through. She is a lovely lady and my daughter loves her, she has always been really helpful and reliable. My daughter always has a really fun day with her and speaks about Christine everyday. We have unfortunately got to make other arrangements due to our own issues but hope to have Christine for school pick ups when my daughter starts school. Sad to be leaving :(

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by about christine sinclair on 08/07/2019

Christine has looked after our children (now 7 and 11 years old) for the last 4 years. She is a lovely lady - very caring, understanding and well organised - and the children have been really well looked after there. She provides a variety of activities for them including regular trips to the park, crafts and parties for special occasions such as Christmas/Easter/Halloween.

Christine is also really flexible, which has been a massive plus for us, given we both work full time. She took us on at a couple of days notice when our previous arrangements fell through, and has always accommodated our changing needs and last minute alterations - e.g., picking up the kids from after school clubs, ad hoc days during school holidays, inset days etc.

We are only now (reluctantly) moving on due to a change of schools, but the children have been very happy with her and I would highly recommend her to anyone else!

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by about christine sinclair on 08/05/2019

There's not much I can say apart from what a pleasure Christine has been.
I was dumped on her doorstep as my previous childminder went out of business so to speak. and without any doubt she took on my 2 year old. and then baby no 2. she puts in so much effort the children absolutely love her. she adheres to every need, extremely flexible and has such a lovely warming nature.
The environment is welcoming very educational and colourful. Highly recommend.

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by about christine sinclair on 22/08/2018

My daughter started going to Christine's when she was 6 months old and Christine has looked after her for 4 years. Chosing Christine was probably one fo the best decisions of our lives. Christine was very helpful through all the major milestones in her life, giving us advices on potty training, Nursery admissions, childcare, you name it and Christine would offer to help as much as she could. Christine is a very friendly person and makes you feel at home instantly which is very very helpful when you are leaving your 6-month-old to go back to work full time.

My daughter has grown into a very smart, confident, friendly and well behaved young girl under Christine. She loves Christine so much, she wants to spend even her weekends there. Christine takes her to various activities almost daily, looks after her and plays with her a lot more than either of us parents can. The other kids she cares about were also very well behaved and she got along well with them. The environment at her house is positive as well with kids having enough toys to play with and costumes for roleplay etc.

It was absolutely heart-breaking to move away from Royston because we were sad my daughter would no longer be going to her favourite childminder .Two months on, she still misses Christine and wants to go and meet her all the time.
If you are looking for a childminder for your kid, look no further, Christine is a great childminder and we as a family miss being near her.

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by about christine sinclair on 17/05/2018

Christine looked after my daughter Emma for a month between my other childcare arrangements and then for 5 months when I returned to work from maternity leave. Emma always looked forward to go to her, making life a lot easy for me. Emma loved the activities/parties (Halloween etc) arranged by Christine and the frequent park visits. My husband works long hours in London and I have to juggle between my family with two young children and a full-time work. Christine was very flexible with the hours and did her best to accommodate our needs, including giving Emma warm home-cooked tea (this was much appreciated as Emma has multiple allergies). Emma learned to play nicely with the other children at Christine's setting and was always happy when I picked her up.

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by about christine sinclair on 28/02/2018

Christine was one of the first people I met when I moved to Royston with my daughter who was ten at the time. It was a daunting time for both myself and my daughter who was feeling extremely anxious about moving to a new area, having to move school, make new friends and start attending a childminder. Christine invited me to go along to her house to meet with her and then to arrange for my daughter to visit on an informal basis before starting with her, she encouraged and reassured her that she would be fine and talked about other children close by that she would be able to meet and make friends with, she really was a god send in supporting her with the settling in process. Once settled in my daughter enjoyed her time with Christine who she went to after school and during school holidays, Christine has always been flexible working additional days and adhoc days when needed and has also been very supportive with late pick ups which happen from time to time.

For a while my daughter suffered substantially with issues which required medical help and was often sent home from school, during this time Christine was my absolute saviour, she would always offer support by collecting my daughter from school and taking care of her until I could get back, this was such a difficult time for both myself and my daughter and without Christine there to support I might not have had a job to go to! On more than one occasion Christine was in a situation where an ambulance was required so you can imagine my relief knowing I had her there to help keep my daughter safe and well and to take the necessary steps when dealing with an emergency situation!

If you are looking for a childminder you can depend on to support and care for your and your child then I strongly recommend Christine.

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by about christine sinclair on 20/10/2017

Christine looked after my little boy for nearly 6 years. I was really apprehensive about using a childminder back then, but thinking back I have never worried about leaving him there as I instantly warmed to her and the environment she provides.

He absolutely loves her and almost became part of her family and would regularly talk about her children (teenagers) who also treated him really well. When he didn't need to go to her in the summer holidays, he would ask when he was seeing Christine again because he missed her.

Christine is naturally very caring attentive, understanding and supportive. She celebrates all the children's achievements, and tells you when something good has happened and If my boy had had a bad day at school she would happily cheer him up and fill me in at the end of the day.
She takes the children out regularly and gets them doing arts and crafts as well. She has a play room with lots of different toys and also gets them in the garden in the summer. I've also known her to do little parties for them too! I found she accommodates for both the younger ones and the school children well and is perfectly situated for Roman way first school and Roysia middle school.

The hours and days I needed and his childcare needs changed as he grew and the years went on and there where times I had to ask her to cover extra hours and change things - Christine was always very flexible, accommodating and again supportive I can't lie there were times I really couldn't have lived without her!
I'm almost glad that although I don't need regular childcare I know there will be times I will need a little extra help, otherwise I would also be saying we where really going to miss her!
I can't thank Christine enough for all her help and for looking after my now not so little boy as well as she has!

I highly recommend her! :-)

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by about christine sinclair on 11/01/2017

I instantly warmed to Christine, it's like meeting someone new you just know that you'll get along with and will look after your child the way you would. She looks after my 7 year old and has even got my stubborn I don't like anyone 2 year old on board too. And that takes some doing as she is very particular!! Baby number 3 is due soon and in true fashion nothing is ever a problem and is on hand to provide extra hours at short notice if needed. Her home environment is really welcoming and gives you the feeling your child is in safe hands. She has a little play room with lots of toys that both my children bee lined for when we first visited and once in, I couldn't get them out! She takes the kids out at every opportunity, my 7 year old is always asking if she can go with Christine to the park even at weekends. If your looking for a childminder that gives you that gut instinct yep this feels right then Christine is your lady. I highly recommend her :-)

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by about christine sinclair on 26/05/2016

I always base a lot of trust in reviews so I hope this one does Christine the justice she truly deserves.....
Christine has looked after our youngest son for the best part of 18 months and also looks after our older son in the school holidays. Firstly I must stress how happy our children are (and always have been) going to Christine's house - they run in with a smile on their faces and run out as happy as ever ???? I have never been anxious leaving them as they are so happy being there! It is a perfect set-up, the children have their own playroom which is full of lovely toys, books etc. Not only this, the house has a wonderful cosy 'homey' feel...the boys have always been made to feel 'part of the family' which was particulary important to my husband and I. Christine has been happy to help me with my little fussy eater (!) and through the terrible toilet training stage! Always thoughtful, kind and happy to give a hug to my precious boys ????The boys enjoy doing lots of activities with Christine and their visits to the park together. There have been several times when I have needed extra days/hours childcare (due to work commitments) and Christine is always happy to help if possible. I am so sad our time together has almost come to an end (my youngest will be starting nursery in September). We will most defiantly be staying in touch, she is now a good friend to us ???? Anyone thinking of a childminder in Royston should most defiantly contact Christine, she is the best!

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by about christine sinclair on 12/08/2015

Christine is a lovely caring childminder. She has looked after my son for one and a half year now and I couldn't be happier. Firstly, i feel confident that my son is always safe and in a loving homely environment. He is always happy to run in to play with the other children. Christine is always taking them out to groups or the park and there is always a lovely atmosphere at the house when I drop him off or pick him up. The children get on well and look out for each other and are taught to look after the younger ones. I would recommend Christine to anyone!

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by about christine sinclair on 26/05/2015

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