My name is Katrin. I am a 40- year- old very active childminder in Tooting with excellent references.
I live very close to Sainsbury, St Georges Hospital and Tooting Leisure centre.
I have 2 grown up children on my own and I live in lovely 2 bedroom flat with garden.
We use Forest School and Te Whariky approaches alongside the EYFS. Therefore, we spend lots of our time outside in surrounding parks, such as Colliers Wood Parks, Tooting Bec Park, St Georges Park or Wimbledon Park. We are frequently on Deen City Farm. Apart of this, we visit library with children on regular bases to grown in them love for books.
Experience in babies and toddlers/teenagers
0-12 year old.
Foundation Degree in Early Years at Kingston University (L5)
Management in Early Years (L5)
1 space from MARCH/APRIL 2022
I do collection from Sellincourt Primary School only
|Last Updated: 12/10/2021|
- Childminding from £6.50 per hour
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
Ready to discuss with right family.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Broadwater Primary School
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Katrin is the kindest, calmest and most lovely lady and we feel so lucky to have found her to look after our little one (now 2.5 although been with her since 15months). Our daughter absolutely adores her, and her older children, and every morning asks if she’s going to ‘Kati’s house’ today! Knowing she is happy and well cared for makes having to leave and go to work work so much easier!
Katrin always makes sure their days are jam packed and full of fun. They spend as much time as possible out and about, leaning through play and lots of ‘real life skills’ which was really important to us and she puts so much thought and love into everything she plans, really taking into account the individual children and their likes etc. All meals are home cooked and fresh, communication is great and nothing is too much trouble or a problem - she is always on hand to help and support if and when needed and supports home routines etc.
Her love and knowledge of children is so clear. We honestly can’t recommend Katrin enough.
Response by mama15 on 21/09/2021:
That is wonderful! Thank you very much for your kind words.
We feel incredibly lucky to have found Katarina and have nothing but praise for her. Our 17 month old son started there 1 day a week at just three months and has been going full time since he was 10 months. He shrieks with excitement when he recognises the front door and happily walks in each morning waving and without a backward glance.
They are always out and about at playgroups and singing and in the park and have loads of outside time which was really important to us. Our son comes home tired and happy (and sometimes in a third change of clothes!) and obviously enjoys himself hugely. I have even more respect and admiration for Katarina after the last few months of lockdown with no playgroups or parks; how she has managed to entertain a group of pre-schoolers in those circumstances is simply unfathomable. They have done crafts, played in the garden and with sand and water and learnt songs, our son happily hums the tune to "twinkle twinkle" and knows all the actions to countless other songs.
Katarina treats them like little adults as soon as they are capable and it is delightful to watch him trying to make his own sandwiches, put shoes on or tidying up after himself. She sends home the words of songs so that we can compound the learning at home and lets us know if there is something we need to work on (saying "no" without him laughing, walking whilst holding on to the buggy, not taking other people's food!).
We have a communication book with what activities they have done and food/naps which is completed daily, all food is home cooked and when my son was being weaned Katarina copied what he was having at home which was a huge relief to a working first time parent trying to do things right.
My job can be erratic in terms of last minute meetings and hearings and Katarina is always really understanding when I have to change plans at the last minute or am late home.
Our son absolutely loves Katarina and also her two children who are simply fabulous with him and treat him like a little brother. They are so kind and patient and (especially since schools have been closed) it is like he has three people there looking out for him rather than just one.
Really we cannot offer enough praise or thanks, which is a good job as he learnt to say "Katty" before "Mama" (which we are still working on...!).
Katarina is the loveliest person I know and has so much patience with children and us parents. She always has a smile on her face and from the moment I met her I knew my son was in safe hands, she is incredibly caring. It is obvious she was born to look after children as they all love her and are so well behaved in her care. She takes them out to different parks/places inc deen city farm, introduces them to different cultures, she visits playgroups and also does a lot of arts/crafts/songs at home. She cooks all her food from scratch and I get a daily report of my son's activities, meals and naps. She has been flexible when I've need to change this at the last minute and is very competitively priced. You can't go wrong with her, she's like Mary Poppins.
We've been with Katarina since my little girl was 1 year old and we really love it there. They always go to play groups, parks, farm or library. My daughter really likes it there and enjoys her meals there which is very important.
Katarina always responds to my question and is very flexible with drop offs and pick ups.
Response by mama15 on 02/05/2020:
Thanks very much! It lovely to hear that both, you are happy with us!
Katarina has been looking after my two daughters for the past 3 years.
It’s always an anxious time trying to find a good childminder and we struck gold with Katarina.
She is a lovely person who provides a caring environment and has the patience of a saint!
All the children are always happy in her company and she ensures that their days are filled with a variety of trips to parks, libraries, playgroups and playgrounds.
I’m very impressed with her ability to enforce discipline in a kind and subtle way, something that is needed sometimes with my 4 year old who is learning to test boundaries!
Katarina keeps us up to date with a daily diary so we are aware of activities, naps, meals and any other important information which is reassuring.
I don’t know how we would have got through the past couple of years without her, juggling different demanding jobs and getting used to being away from the children. She is very understanding and accommodating and I really could have not wanted more from a childminder.
I would not hesitate in recommending her as a childminder, she is an absolute star and I’m so thankful that she had availability when we needed her. I will be eternally grateful for her positive impact on all our lives
Response by mama15 on 30/09/2019:
Thank you very much! It always melts my heart ...
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