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Childminder in Horsham

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

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

NEW vacancy from Nov '20 and from Jan '21 :: Three-times OFSTED Outstanding, many years of childminding experience. What will you find here? Creativity and imagination, learning through play, following the seasons, natural open-ended resources and an eco-friendly approach to life. We grow our own fruit and vegetables in our garden and on our allotment: the children learn to sow, grow and harvest there- finding out where our food comes from and discovering the creatures who live there too!
Our piano provides plenty of musical fun and we love snuggling up on our big sofa for stories and songs. My background is in art and design so we are always creating, making and being inspired by the world around us. We love putting on our wellies and waterproofs and spending time out in the natural environment: our garden, the woods, beach, farm visits and countryside. I am an active member of Horsham's 'Octopus Childminding Group' for social get-togethers for the children, outings and also professional development and peer support.
I specialise in the 0-4 age group, at a maximum of 3 little ones at a time, so there is a lot of 1:1 attention, spontaneous adventures, flexibility and a small, calm family-feel to our setting, all year round.
I provide a secure on-line Learning Journal so you can see up-to-date photos, videos and information about your child's progress at any time which parents (and grandparents!) love.
Our home is in Trafalgar area of Horsham with easy access to the A24 and train station.
All employer childcare vouchers schemes and HRMC Tax-free Childcare accepted.

My Experience

I started out in my childminding career at the beginning of 2011. I am married with 2 sons at senior school. I have experience of being a full time working parent, so I understand the challenges and opportunities you face. I can provide stable and reliable care for your child so you can enjoy your day at work with peace of mind. Feedback I have had from my families has been very enthusiastic- see my reviews- and other references are available.

My Qualifications

I am Ofsted Registered. I am a Fellow-Ambassador member of the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). I have my Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare, Paediatric First Aid qualification and Level 2 in Foods Safety. I build on my knowledge and experience with regular training courses, self-development, network events and conferences. I have a full, clean driving license. I have been graded 'outstanding in all areas' at all three of my Ofsted inspections.

My Availability

New vacancy from Nov '20 and from Jan '21 (8hrs per day minimum). Please contact me with your requirements. Open Mon to Thurs, 8am-5pm, 0-4yrs. Sorry, no school or pre-school drop-off/pick ups. All-year-round childcare only.

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Last Updated: 30/09/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

Contact me for details.

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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  • DBS Check (added 10/01/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 21/08/2016)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 21/08/2016)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Caroline. 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.

Our two year old daughter hadn’t been left with anyone other than family until she started at Caroline’s, naturally we were slightly apprehensive as to how our daughter would settle but we needn’t have worried.

Caroline provides a safe, fun and happy environment for children to grow in confidence and learn.

Painting, visits to the allotment, muddy walks, baking, garden games and attending various groups are just a few of the activities. Caroline consistently puts the needs of the child first and is incredibly conscientious to do the best for your child. Our little girl talks on a daily basis about Caroline and her friends which shows us the happy memories she has with Caroline. We have been able to go to work with complete peace of mind which is a real blessing.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by LBuck about Caroline on 21/08/2020

We cannot rate Caroline highly enough. From the first time we met her we know we wanted her to be taking care of our little girl once I was back at work. I can honestly say we go to work knowing that our daughter will have a fun filled day with Caroline and her little friends, we don’t have any worries! Our little girl started at 9 months and she quite often carried her on a sling to make sure she felt comfortable and close. She’s almost 2 and she blossomed into the girl she is also thanks to Caroline’s amazing work.

Caroline truly knows children and she provides an amazing range of activities. The children get to spend lots of time outdoors, doing so many different activities from going to the allotment, going out to groups or the woods. This is just a small part, she has loads of ideas for educational activities.

She know the children very well, she is very caring and so is her family. Our little girl has the best time there and we get to know about her days and progress through a diary and through an app called Tapestry. The rest of our family can access the app too so they can see the progress and pictures of her fun filled days. Caroline is very focused on development, she ensures children get the best start.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by Roberta about Caroline on 23/07/2019

We can’t express enough just how lucky we are to have found Caroline; it really takes so much stress away from a busy working day knowing that our son is really well looked after.

After visiting many local nurseries, it was only after meeting with Caroline at her home did I feel completely sure about leaving Luca & returning to work. Not only do I know that he is having a great time but I know he is safe & comforted by Caroline.

Luca & his friends get up to lots of great activities - including those outdoors. I love the thought of Luca playing outside in the fresh air & looking around the allotment!

Caroline ticks all the boxes for a great childminder! Thank you for giving us a space!

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Katy about Caroline on 08/01/2018

We were looking for a childcare that provided a home from home environment for our little boy. He has been with Caroline since he was 15 months old and settled in very quickly as he feels safe and comfortable with her. It is nice that he can spend the day with a couple of other children of a similar age, and they can all play together and also get plenty of individual attention.

Caroline has a wide range of toys and activities for playing indoors, as well as space outdoors in the garden and allotment for playing outside and exploring nature.

I would highly recommend Caroline as an excellent childminder, particularly if you have a young baby or toddler and are looking for childcare which feels more like a family home than a nursery setting.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by KNagel about Caroline on 08/01/2018

Our daughter has been with Caroline since she was nine months old and she is now nearly 15 months old.

At every drop off she is so happy to see Caroline and the other children (including Caroline's two sons), and at collection she has clearly had a wonderful day with everyone – all smiles and chatting away on our walk home. We've never had any issues with drop off at all, which is partly down to the steady build up of time over the first week or so that Caroline offers and also because Caroline is just so wonderfully kind and caring. When our daughter started, Caroline had two spaces but would not accept another child until she knew our daughter was settled. This meant a lot to us. In the first couple of weeks Caroline took her around in a sling for a few hours a day to allow our daughter to slowly connect and embrace her new surroundings when she needed to feel secure.

Life at Caroline's is similar to life at ours and that was so important to us. Our daughter enjoys plenty of outdoor activities in their wonderful garden as well as local woods, the beach, lakes etc. Caroline builds in a lot of time and provides wonderful resources for the little ones to be creative. They have mornings down at the allotment where they learn about where their nutritious lunch comes from. They have plenty of messy play and I have learnt some great 'not quite as messy' activities from Caroline that we now use at home, much to our daughters delight. There is a fabulous piano which the children are allowed to use, or sometimes they just enjoy a concert from one of Carolines lovely sons who plays brilliantly.

Caroline has great focus on your child's development. We are updated daily via the Tapestry app and also a written daily journal on anything new our daughter is doing and how we can help her develop in other ways. We also use this journal and app to keep Caroline updated – she really cares!

Our daughter has truly come on in leaps and bounds as I am sure a lot of this is down to Caroline and her structured fun-filled days.

My mum was a primary school teacher for her entire working life and is continually amazed by what Caroline does for the children she minds. She says we couldn't have picked better and we agree! If Caroline has a space you should definitely visit and see the magic for yourselves.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Claire about Caroline on 31/05/2017

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