5 stars (23)

Childminder in Edinburgh

Babysitter in Edinburgh

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2011 Last Updated Jan 2020 Last Login 18 Jan 2020 Email

My Summary

DBS Check
Scotland Care Inspectorate Registered
First Aid Training
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

I am a Social Care Social Work Improvement Scotland registered Childminder living in the Leith Links area of Edinburgh with my Husband and 2 Daughters. Last inspection 2016 Graded 5 - very Good with no recommendations to be carried out.
I have a very happy and outgoing personality and provide a nurturing, happy and safe environment for all children under my care. An environment geared to learning through fun and giving children the ability to express themselves freely. I provide a Home from Home that is welcoming and safe. A place that children feel happy coming to and where Parents/Carers are happy and confident in the knowledge that their childs welfare and happiness is paramount to me. I provide daily diaries, with pictures giving details of what the children have done during the day. Pictures with paint, lentils, pasta shapes, salt dough decorations, seasonal pictures and home baking are often taken home by the children in my care.
My Husband was added onto my registration as an assistant in April 2013 and has brought his positive, happy, outgoing nature to the care setting and he is a welcome asset to my care service.
We both have updated PVG disclosures 2015.

My Experience

I have been child minding for 10 years and have two Daughters aged fourteen and ten. I truly believe that there is no better experience than bringing up your own children to be happy and confident individuals. Parenting is a daily learning experience and we bring all we have learnt and what we are constantly learning to the children our my care.However it is also important to be continually looking at improving your service and keeping up to date with current practices and legislation. Please see my qualifications below.
I love arts and crafts and encouraging creativity in all forms is an important part of the day as is exercise, be it in the park or dance time in the house. Baking, reading and learning through fun also features in our day. We visit a wonderful Toddlers group on Tuesday at South Leith parish church and another wonderful toddler group on Wednesay mornings and sometimes Thursday mornings at St Marys Star of the Sea. I believe that interaction with the other children is imperative as it helps to form valuable social skills and provides lots of fun. We also visit New Street Park in Musselburgh and the Parks and Beach at Portobello on a regular basis when possible in the car.
I also did volunteer work for a year under the auspices of the Church of Scotland when I was 19 years old in Nazareth, Israel and worked in the nursery there. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to meet me and chat about the service I provide.

My Qualifications

Scottish Childminding Association Induction Course June 2010
Paediatric First Aid Course November 2010
Child Protection Course December 2010
North Edinburgh Mini Childcare taster course August 2010
Enhanced Disclosure September 2010
Childcare Diploma Level 3 - Passed with Distinction 2011
Social Care Social Work Improvement Scotland Grading 2011 - Very Good
Level 2 Award in Food Safety for catering and registered with Edinburgh Council Food Hygiene and Safety
Growing Awareness - Positive Parenting Course attended May/June 2012
Social Care Social Work Improvement Scotland Grading 2012 - Excellent/Excellent/Very Good
SCMA E learning courses Child Led Planning,Getting it right for every child, Child protection and Infection control and planning Completed June 2013
3 year refresher paediatric first aid course attended 22/09/13.
SCMA E learning course Developing children's self esteem completed February 2014
Food Standards Agency Online Allergen quiz completed October 2014
Promoting Positive Behaviour course October 2015
Data Protection Course October 2015
Child Neglect Course December 2015
Equality and Diversity course January 2016
Food Standards Agency Level 2 - Completed to refresh and up date knowledge if necessary - April 2016
Edinburgh council Food hygiene and safety inspection April 2016
Effective 1st Aid course November 2016
Essential 1st Aid course November 2016
Partnership with parents course November 2016
Understanding children's Rights November 2016
Observing children course January 2017
Outdoor Play course February 2017
Course on ADHD and the autism spectrum June 2017
Refresher paediatric first aid course attended by myself and George 18/03/18
Child protection Level 2 course Completed February 2019
Child development A childminders role course February 2019

My Availability

We are available Monday to Thursday 07.45am until 17.45pm
Pick up and drop off from St Mary's Leith
Registered for 4 children under 5 and 2 children over 5. We have spaces coming up in the near future.
Please feel free to get in touch and query availability if you are interested in meeting up.

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Last Updated: 02/01/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £5.00 per hour

£5.00 an hour which includes all healthy snacks,drinks and admission to toddler groups and play areas.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for Kitz. 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 little one has been with Kirsten and George for about 6 weeks now and although he is still not completely settled when I drop him off he is obviously having a lovely time there, judging by the smiles and chatter when I pick him up. He always seems like he has been having a lot of fun. He is coming on really well with his mobility and is clearly benefiting from being around other children on a daily basis.

Communication has been good throughout. They really helped me to get used to leaving my little one in someone else's care and I now leave him with confidence knowing that he'll be really well looked after.

Nice homely environment and great that they get to mix with kids of different ages both at K &G's and at the 2 playgroups they attend each week too. K & G seem to go out of their way to make each day varied for the children in their care with lots of trips out to different local parks and day trips out along the coast too.

Happy to have found them and would recommend for anyone looking for daytime childcare.

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by about Kitz on 13/10/2019

Kirsten, George and their family are just great. We had never left our son with anyone apart from family before (20 months) but he took to Kirsten and George straight away. They provide such a nice home environment with lots of outdoor activities, crafts, baking. He comes home with new words every day and you can tell he really enjoys being there. He gets lots of personal one on one attention but also gets to socialise with other children. I feel like he has come on leaps and bounds since being with them.

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by about Kitz on 30/09/2019

Kristen and George are just fantastic. Before meeting them I was quite worried about leaving my 7 month baby boy with a stranger, but my mind was put at easy straight after meeting them both. They add a nice personal touch and love to caring for all the kids. I feel confident leaving my son with them and know he will get the best care possible. He doesn't actually seem like he wants come home after, i guess he just loves all the extra attention. Honestly I'm extremely happy I found kristen and George and so lucky that they are the people looking after my son while I'm at work.

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by about Kitz on 21/06/2019

Kirsten and George are brilliant and lively. They gave my son Alex such a great time. Their place is so cosy and welcome for the kids. We thank you very much and would love to go back again.

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by about Kitz on 28/05/2019

My daughter goes to Kirsten and George's beautiful home for almost 6 months, enjoys every time she goes there. my daughter gets along well with their daughter goes to same school same class - makes the difference. in addition, my daughter learnt lots of creative arts, involved in festive decoration skills - Halloween, xmass etc.
simplicity, approachable and flexibility are the key aspects I found on Kirsten and George. I recommend !

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by about Kitz on 16/02/2019

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