I am an Ofsted registered childminder. I am well qualified with many years experience and an NVQ3 in Early years care and education. I relocated to Burnham on sea TA81LE on November 11th 2020. My new home offers a lovely airy spacious childminding environment with a large enclosed garden. I have had many years childcare experience and have been a registered childminder since March 1993. I am registered with and inspected by Ofsted. I offer the government funded 15 and 30 hours. I live with my husband who works with me part time as my registered childminding assistant. I love caring for children....seeing them develop, progress and most of all happy is very rewarding!I particularly enjoy educating the children through play and we enjoy many group
craft,dancing and outdoor fun.We take the children out to local parks, softplay etc and we are 5 mins from the beach in Burnham in our new setting.
I have some part time availability.
I have had over 30 years childcare experience as a mum and have been a registered childminder since March 1993.I can provide excellent references.Some are on this site under reviews. I have extensive experience delivering early years education for 3 and 4 year olds and I am also qualified for this. (NVQ3 Early Years Care and Education).
I have an NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education(achieved January 2003),current Paediatric first aid, current food hygiene qualification.My husband also has current Paediatric first aid, we have experience with diabetes.We have completed the Welcomm course and safeguarding courses.
From September 5th 2022...Open 7.30 to 5.30,Mondays to Thursdays 38/39 weeks per year, no bank holidays.Term time only contracts are available with no retainers payable for school holidays. Nursery and pre school runs are not available .School runs are not currently available, but this may be reviewed. We are offering non funded places, funded places or places where you will be entitled to funding at a later date. We do not plan to offer over 5 years care currently but this may be reviewed.
Some part time term time only availability.. please contact with your requirements.
Either can be a non funded or funded 2, 3 or 4 year old place.
|Last Updated: 20/07/2022|
- Childminding from £4.75 per hour
From January 2022...£45 per day ( up to 9 hours)£47. 50 per day(10 hours)Hourly £5.25 per hour overtime, we do not offer hourly places. Breakfast,lunch,snacks,drinks and all equipment ,nappies,wipes etc and trips out inclusive in daily fees.Shorter fixed sessions also available for session fees £27.50 (5 hours)which can include breakfast and lunch. I offer the government funded 2,3 and 4 year old 15 and 30 hour funded places and accept vouchers and tax free childcare payments.
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We were so pleased with the time our daughter had within karens care.
My daughter started at karens inbetween lockdowns so wasnt as confident as other children as she had missed out on a lot with everything being closed with the pandemic. Karen took her into her care and made her feel so welcome and treated her as part of her family. She took her to local parks, the beach etc she had lots of fun in karens garden. The days always seemed to be very well organised and great fun for all the children. I was always sent lots of photos of what my daughter had been doing throughout the day which was always lovely to see. Karen made all games educational as well as fun so the children were always learning. My daughter has grown and flourished in the time she spent with karen. I would highly recommend her childcare to everyone.
10/10 for a clean, homely environment that is 100% safe. Its always difficult as a mum to leave your children somewhere while you go to work so i think recommendations are very important. Thank you karen and James. Evie still talks about you a lot and we hope to still see you around the town to keep in contact.
Response by karen cr on 31/03/2022:
Thank you for your lovely review!
It was lovely to care for your daughter and see her grow in confidence and progress so well during her time in our care.
She enjoyed all of the activities and opportunities on offer in our setting and also loved to go out. I think the beach was her favourite closely followed by various parks. It was disappointing that due to covid restrictions we were unable to take her to indoor places. Happily this has now changed.
Your daughter made some lovely friendships with other children in our care who still talk about her and we all miss her.
She especially loved to party and dance here too! Thinking of how happy she was always makes me smile!
Best wishes to you all.
I am sure we will see you soon!
My daughter now 3 and half years old, has been with Karen and her husband James since she was 18 months old and has loved every minute of her time with them (Even tells me to go to work so she can see them!)
I was extremely anxious about going back to work but Karen gave me and my daughter the most amazing support we needed for a smooth transition and very quickly become part of our extended family. Karen invest so much of her time into the children the mind to ensure they all thrive, develop at their own pace and make it fun along the way.
Karen's individual learning portfolios and developmentals for each child are amazing sharing continuous photos, many skills they have learnt along the way and so much love given throughout.
The environment is most certainly home from home which was extremely important to me having previous experience in nurseries I was looking for something not to overwhelming which Karen for sure provides on a day to day basis and excellent cleanliness.
Certainly as a family will be treasuring our memories with Karen and James forever.
Karen always goes above and beyond, at times I truly would have been lost without karen in our life. Karen has shaped our daughter into the little lady she is today and prepared her for her next chapter.
We would highly recommend Karen and James they truly are the best! If we could give them a 10, we would !
Burham on Sea you will be very lucky to have Crewswick childminding in your area, we are going to miss them so much x
Response by karen cr on 06/12/2020:
Thank you so much for your lovely review.It has been wonderful to care for your little girl and get to know you and your family. Your daughter grew so much in confidence during her time with us,ready for her next step into a more formal environment. It was such a privilege to help her grow and learn and it was especially pleasing to see her form a special friendship with my granddaughter,they loved spending time together especially dancing and dressing up!
There is no goodbye really with us moving to Burnham on sea , as it is see you later when you are able to visit us next year...I am confident that your princess will love the seaside and we will be all be friends for life!
Karen is an amazing Childminder, she cares for the children as if they were her own. She has cared for both of my daughters and they both loved her. Karen helped and supported me too, and with her years of experience always had brilliant advice. I always knew when I dropped the girls off they would have a fun filled day, be safe, learn and have a lovely home cooked meal. I honestly couldn’t recommend Karen enough and any child that goes to her, I’m sure, will love her as much as we all do.
Response by karen cr on 26/10/2020:
Thank you for your brilliant review! It has been wonderful caring for your two lovely,well behaved girls and you have been so great as a parent to work with! Thank you for your total confidence in me,it has been superb.
Thank you also for all of the recommendations over the years which I have really appreciated,I can’t believe your eldest is nearly 14!
As you know, although it is the right time for us to relocate, it is still a decision with some regrets,especially not to be able to have your little one any longer, we are missing her already!
However,on a positive note,friends forever and we look forward to you visiting us for a day at the seaside!
Karen was a local childminder to the school I taught at, so I was able to see how she worked from a professional view, seeing how she interacted with the children when no parents were present. Because of this, I didn’t hesitate to reserve a space with her for my little boy, whilst I was actually still pregnant! Being a teacher, I have rather high standards in regards to childcare!
Karen has had my little one since he was only 5 months old and he is now 4 in a couple of weeks. Sending such a young baby to another adult, who isn’t family, is a terrifying prospect but I honestly had complete faith and trust in Karen. Turns out, I was completely right to.
My little boy absolutely adores Karen and James and we were absolutely devastated to learn they were moving and wouldn’t be able to take care of him anymore, nor have our new baby. My boy is the kindest, sweetest little thing who is very well behaved and this is partly due to the input Karen has had on him and the patience James showed him when playing in the garden! We were very much on the same page in terms of behaviours, education and expectations and now my little boy is set up and ready to start school next year... And would easily cope if he had to go now.
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second in recommending Karen (and James!). They are more than just childminders and have been like our extended family and we shall miss them terribly!
Response by karen cr on 24/10/2020:
Thank you for finding the time to write such a wonderful review ,especially when time is so precious with your new little one!
It is such a compliment when someone like yourself chooses my childcare, initially based on your own professional observation of me with mindees, because my interaction with them day to day was just normal for me and I had no idea that you were aware of it!
As for your amazing little boy, it has unreservedly been an absolute pleasure to care for him and you are right, by last Easter he was academically prepared for school 4 terms early as he absorbed all of our learning activities and was so keen to learn and very proud of his achievements! I am definitely missing building on this foundation of learning with him. His behaviour is exemplary and he is so kind to others too! Thank you for always supporting our ways of working with your son and working with us, it has been really appreciated.
It is such a life changing decision for us to relocate which although right for us now, as you know still comes with some negatives ,one huge one of these was no longer being here for you and your family who we really care about! James and I both really miss caring for your son, he made us smile frequently every day with his happy smiley personality! However, as your little boy is absolutely adamant he will be visiting us at the seaside, we will really look forward to welcoming you all as visitors!
Karen wasn't the first Childminder to look after my son, so he started at 3 years old. I can honestly say I wish she was the first because the care she provided right up until he was in secondary school was by far the best we experienced. When my daughter was born there was no other person I would have chosen and she started when she was 6 months old.
Karen's environment offered the perfect balance of a stimulating setting to support and encourage development and also the home from home care that I wanted for my children. Her knowledge of caring for all ages is extensive and she played a huge part in every success my two achieved, she was also a great support to me as a parent and could always offer advice when asked for.
My children always went happily to Karen's because they had such a great time and were made to feel very secure. Like all children we went through a number of behavioural challenges over the time and managed to deal with them together, because we both agreed on a plan and worked to provide consistency.
We are genuinely sad that Karen is no longer offering care locally and I can say with confidence that our loss is Burnham's gain.
Response by karen cr on 24/10/2020:
Thank you so much for spending time writing this excellent review. It has been a wonderful experience caring for both of your children for so many years and we will miss you all! It is really appreciated when parents like yourself work with us and clearly are on the same page in the best interests of the children.Thank you for your confidence in me and my advice and for choosing us to care for them both.They have both grown up so much now and are such a credit to you too.We look forward to you all visiting us.
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