4.93 stars (15)

Childminder in London

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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2015 Last Updated May 2019 Last Login 19 Sep 2019

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

I am passionate about caring for children. Childhood is very important to me, I believe it is a child’s right to have fun, be treated equally and to have a bright outlook on the world. Each and every child that comes into my care has a great start to life through positive nurturing, learning and development.

I am a very warm, calm, responsible and caring person. I offer a high level of care in a secure, safe, stimulating, fun loving home environment, offering well-planned play opportunities for all children to develop positive relationships and to reach their full potential.

I am also known for the quality, balanced and varied home cooked meals provided for the children on a daily basis. All activities are based on the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum. I have a variety of age-appropriate toys and a garden for outdoor activities. The children learn through play which is fun, educational and both child and adult led. I take the children to the local library on a weekly basis so that they can participate in reading activities and take books home.

I am a married mother of three sons, two grown up and a 16-year-old (DBS cleared) who is currently at home. I live in a four-bedroom house where the ground floor is used for childminding. I have a spacious garden with a wide range of garden toys to suit all ages.

I am situated in close proximity to the local library and a few parks. I am approximately 7 minutes from Sydenham and Forest Hill Station and about 10 minutes from Catford Station and a short walk from the local buses (194, 202, 181,356,352, 450).

My Experience

I have been a Registered Childminder for the past 20 years, During this time I have successfully minded many children, most of which have been in my care on a long term basis. I have minded children from the age of 6 weeks old right to the age they start secondary school.
As my motto says "Children Spells Love T-I-M-E" I am a childminder who minds from the heart and really believe in investing time into the children I look after along with fostering good relationships with parents and carers.

My Qualifications

Childcare Level 3 Diploma
First Aid
Safeguarding Level 2
Food and Hygiene Level 2
Special Educational Needs Level 2
American Sign Language and Makaton
Art and Design Diploma

I am always seeking ways to gain more knowledge and to develop new skills in the area childcare and development and so along with the above qualifications I have undertaken various short courses and attended numerous workshops.

My Availability

I am available from Mondays to Fridays from 8am-6pm my normal hours of work and from 7am - 8am and 6pm - 8:00pm (unsocial additional hours).

I am also available to do care on occasional Saturdays.

I do pick up and drop off at the following schools;





Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes yes no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes yes no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 21/01/2018

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.50 per hour

My fees are; £65 per day for a full day 8am-6pm including meals and snacks.

£7 per hour for half day attendance 8am-1pm and 1pm-6pm.

£9 per hour for unsocial hours 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm

£10 per hour for occasional Saturdays

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Inspection Report: DONNETTE HINDS-GRIFFITHS INSPECTION REPORT JANUARY 2019 (added 21/08/2019)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 10/07/2017)


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Safehands has been the most reliable and professional childcare service we have experienced, being parents of 3 children. As experienced parents we were very cautious about leaving our youngest in full-time childcare. However, any doubts were immediately removed from the first encounter until today. Over the years Safehands has provided care and supported our children's development to a high standard. Most importantly this was done in a safe and caring environment complimented with a smile and encouraging parenting advice. Our child was always happy and contented and was stimulated through creative play, social interactions, reading, music, art and a healthy and yummy menu of food. If we were to expand our family Safehands would always be our number one choice. Thank you for everything.

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

by about SAFEHANDS on 26/03/2019

Response by SAFEHANDS on 29/03/2019:

Dear Dee Dee,

Thank you for your kind words. I am encouraged. As the popular quote reads “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — ...
My aim as always is to try to give every child I care for the best opportunity.
Thanks again for trusting my care.
I will see the young man over the holidays I am sure.

Working in the childcare profession myself, I was very particular in my preferences about who would be taking care of my child while I was at work. Safehands level of professionalism as well as her caring and nurturing demeanour won me over from the outset.
Needless to say, over the years as my family grew, my three children were all booked into her setting.
She has provided my children with delicious home -cooked meals, some of which I have had the honour of sampling myself. The planning for the month is in line with their development and feedback about their activities are provided on a daily basis through messages,videos and through verbal communication. My youngest child is currently still in the setting and despite being there for quite some time still gets excited in the mornings to go there. She is caring and understanding and it's a huge plus that my children enjoy being around her even the older ones who have now graduated from her service.
I would highly recommend her services and for all three of my children to have been there for a period stretching way over ten years and still going, says a lot about all the things she is doing right.

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

by about SAFEHANDS on 05/03/2019

Leaving our first child with anyone was a very anxious thing for us to do. We wanted to make sure that whoever looked after our son had extensive experience in looking after very young children, had the same values as us and whose home felt like home. Safehands shares all those qualities plus more! From home cooked food to structured plans for each child’s development. Parents are kept informed with the theme of the month and encouraged to work with their child on it at home. Worried about missing your little one during the day? Don’t worry Safehands will send you a photo of what they have been up to that day. All this coupled with the professionalism, care and genuine love is the reason why we would highly recommend Safehands’ service to anyone seeking amazing childcare.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by about SAFEHANDS on 15/02/2019

My husband and I are absolutely delighted with the care our son receives at Safehands. Returning to work when my son was a year was an anxious time for me and Safehands made it so much easier knowing my son was going to a such kind and loving environment, a real home from home. The professionalism at Safehands is also impressive; immaculate paperwork and structured plans for the children’s development, all with plenty of communication with the parents. We have a great relationship with the childminder and build on as much of the learning at home as we can. My son has so much fun and clearly loves the childminder and I’m so happy we have found them for our childcare! We feel very lucky.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by about SAFEHANDS on 05/09/2018

After a year off work for maternity i decided in a career change and return to university, this whole experience was made easier by choosing a childminder that gave me peace of mind. Safehands gave me the reassurance I needed, always updating me throughout the day with pictures, messages and is possible video calls. My daughter settled with no problem. She was one years old then and now 6 months on runs up the path to the door and almost closes It in my face before I get to say bye, this shows me how much she loves Safehands. As well as her A class caring for my daughter I cannot forget to mention how jealous of the meals my daughter has throughout the day, most evenings she is so full she can just about manage her bedtime milk. My daughter is blossoming into a very bright, polite and confident little girl with a well structured routine which has been supported by Safehands. Forever grateful

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

by about SAFEHANDS on 28/01/2018

Response by SAFEHANDS on 29/03/2019:

Dear WjW,
What can I say? Your little, now getting much bigger girl has left an indelible mark. She has no doubt created some unforgettable memories not only for herself but for us her carers and also for the other children in the setting. It is such a pleasure working with your family. Thanks again for entrusting your little diamond in my care.
Much appreciation.

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