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.
I have been child minding for 8 years and have two Daughters aged fourteen and nine. 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 Wednesay mornings at St Marys Star of the Sea and believe that interaction with other children is important 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 under the auspices of the Church of Scotland when I was younger 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 February 2019
We are available Monday to Thursday 07.45am until 17.30pm
Pick up and drop off from St Mary's Leith
Registered for 4 children under 5 and 2 children over 5. We have one under 5 year old space available now
|Last Updated: 14/07/2019|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £5.00 per hour
£4.70 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
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- Care Inspectorate Certificate (added 27/02/2017)
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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.
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.
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 !
Kirsten and George are quite simply brilliant. Our son has settled in with them wonderfully after having never spent more than a couple of hours with anyone other than us since birth! He's always coming home with crafts and smiles, they send us gorgeous photographs of him playing happily and he's even started eating his lunch properly. I cannot find a bad word to say about them and would (and have) recommend them to anyone.
Our daughter has been going to Kirsten & George’s home since January 2018 and we couldn’t be happier with the care she’s getting.
Being in a warm, friendly home with 2 other toddlers as well as Kirsten & George’s daughters is clearly good for Mara’s development. They do a variety of activities every day and we love reading her diary at the end of the day.
I was slightly apprehensive about returning to work but Kirsten & George’s warmth, communication and professionalism have made the transition smooth and worry-free. We know that Mara is happy in their home, so we’re happy too!
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