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. Recently awarded The Certificate of Excellence by Childcare.co.uk. We both have upto date pvg disclosure checks. I have been childminding now for 10 years and my husband George has been working with me as an assistant since 2013. We enjoy an honest and open relationship with parents and work together with them nurturing and bringing out the best in their children through encouragement, enthusiasm and dedication. We provide a nurturing, happy and safe environment for all children under our care. It is an environment geared to learning through fun and giving children the opportunity to express themselves freely. Our care setting provides a Home from Home that is welcoming and a place that children feel happy coming to and where Parents/Carers are happy and confident in the knowledge that their child's welfare and happiness is paramount. We 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 our care.
Both of our PVG disclosures and First Aid requirements are up to date as well as the care setting passing all fire safety regulations and having a carbon monoxide detector.
We have both had our 2 covid vaccinations
I have been child minding for 11 years and have two Daughters aged sixteen and eleven. 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 in our care. However it is also important to be continually looking at improving the service and keeping up to date with current practices and legislation. Please see courses completed below. We encourage creativity in all forms and arts and crafts plays an important part as does exercise, be it in the park or dance time in the house. Baking, reading and learning through fun also features in our day. We have a large variety of educational and fun toys which the children can choose each day as well as a large variety of books. Due to covid 19 we are not attending any of the toddler groups at the moment but when they start back 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. We believe that interaction with the other children is imperative as it helps to form valuable social skills and provides lots of fun. We visit the Links play Park, New Street play Park and the beach in Musselburgh, Victoria Park at Trinity, Lochend Park, and the Parks and Beach at Portobello on a regular basis. When possible in the car we go to Vogrie country park Dalkeith, Beecraigs Country Park in Linlithgow, Archerfield and North Berwick.
I 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.
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 completed February 2019
Speech, Language and communication course completed February 2020
Supporting Early Language Development course completed February 2020
Promoting positive behaviour course completed February 2020
Child Protection refresher course completed February 2020
Understanding children's rights course completed February 2020
Understanding Anaphylaxis April 2021
Infection/Prevention control June 2021
Learning through play June 2021
We are available Monday to Thursday 08.00am until 17.30pm
Registered for 4 children under 5 and 2 children over 5. We have a space coming up in the near future.
Please feel free to get in touch and query availability if you are interested in meeting up.
|Last Updated: 08/07/2021|
- 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
- I provide drop offs at St Mary's RC Primary School (Edinburgh)
- PVG Check (added 06/07/2021)
- Care Inspectorate Certificate (added 27/02/2017)
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We begun looking for a childminder or nursery around a year ago, and didn't have much luck. Desirable nurseries were either fully booked with a year or more waiting period or they didn't measure up to our requirements. We pursued childminders foremost, as, they would be able to offer the best care and not spread thin with staff to child ratios found in large nurseries. My partner found Kitz, and was immediately won over by the supremacy of her qualifications and reviews. It took a bit of back and forth as due to covid, things were a little uncertain to say the least. Eventually lockdowns eased and we met. Kirsten and George are such lovely and warm people, and with being offered a place, we couldn't have asked for a better match. They have a lovely home geared towards a safe and fun place for children to be. Their own kids are happy to help out and open their rooms to the children to come in, explore and play music with them. They go on daily walks to the parks, sing songs, enjoy storytelling and generally do things that little ones enjoy. Our little guy took very little time to settle in (despite the vast change incurred in his life experience to that point), and would mention their names and get excited on the journey over. If you are granted a spot to this childminder, you will not regret it. We are very blessed.
We are so happy our daughter spends her days with Kirsten ang George. She has such fun doing lots of activities, trips to the park, reading stories, arts and crafts. We are regularly updated throughout the day and K+G are very attentive with any changes in routine. It's a lovely setting in a caring family home. We would highly recommend.
We were understandably nervous about sending our little boy (9 months) to a childminder but need not have worried. He has settled so well with Kirsten and George and we are delighted we found them. They are so welcoming and caring and we really appreciate all that they do for our little fella. They provide a variety of activities to engage him and they keep us regularly updated on how he is doing throughout the day, which is great. He is so happy with them and so are we!
I couldn’t imagine anyone better to look after my little boy (who just turned 1). He is so happy and settled and it feels like we are dropping him off with family, despite him only attending for about a month. Our boy started with Kirsten and George as lockdown measures were eased and I think we were all anxious about how it would go, with him not being left with anyone but us since lockdown begun. I was so impressed by the extra measures they took to make sure everything was safe in line with new regulations and they made us feel so comfortable and reassured to leave our boy with them. He settled practically instantly and now I feel almost guilty picking him up to take him home, as he clearly he has the most fun there. I love how he gets the chance to mix with their older daughters and because they work together as a husband and wife team he really does get to be with another family and have all sorts of experiences he wouldn’t get just at home with us. The communication is brilliant, with them sending us photos throughout the day and he is a diary updating us on what he has been up to daily. It is so reassuring that he is happy and you get to feel a part of his day.
It has been a pleasure leaving our 9 month old daughter with Kirsten and George, they were brilliant in every aspect of caring and providing support, from small little detail to big things on day to day basis they were really involved in taking care of our little one. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for any childminder Edinburgh.
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