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Karen Childminder

Childminder in Great Ashby

Babysitter in Great Ashby

4.43 stars

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Member since Mar 2011 Last Updated Feb 2022 Last Login 17 Aug 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Daytime Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

I have been a registered childminder for over 20 years.
During this period I have cared for children of all ages and needs. Normally achieving at least a good.
My house offers a separate playroom dedicated to the children's activities, toys and learning equipment. Fully fitted with latest computerised learning aids. It is a warm and welcoming environment, were the needs of the children are always put first. All meal times offer a range of fresh ingredient's with variety at the fore front. I speak several different languages and am able to assist children with their education,
There is a large garden offering many outdoor activities, being securely fenced on all sides.
My husband and I have bought up our own two daughters, who have both finished university, one lives in London the other in France.
My whole family DBS checked through Ofsted.
I prepare all of my own foods.
I also offer a seven seater car with all safety features for transpotation of the children,

My Experience

Have over the years completed a multitude of courses and refresher, these include for example: Paediatric first aid, Child protection awareness, Safeguarding Children, Food safety and Hygiene,and was originally a nurse in France.
As mentioned I have been a registered childminder for over 10 years now, and have satisfied all the relevant checks.
Over these years I have gained much experience through all of the children I have cared for.

My Qualifications

As listed above plus other associated courses and am currently progressing with NVQ.

My Availability

Most times can be accommodated, I appreciate that the modern working week has to be flexible.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 11/02/2022

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour


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 Ofsted Inspections

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Requires Improvement
23 August 2017
26 January 2017 - Inadequate
7 April 2013 - 3
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Below are the latest reviews for Karen Childminder. 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.

Karen and Keith are both excellent, professional and my daughter loves them both.
My daughter has been going to Karen since January 2022, where she started as part time and quickly grew to a full time arrangement. Karen has been very flexible with accommodating my needs if things change last minute. I get really cute photos both for day-to-day services as well as when they go on outings.
I would not look else where for a better child minder. I do foresee my daughter staying with Karen until she is at least school-going age.

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

by Avatar for Shan Shan about Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 22/06/2022

My daughter is 17 months and has been going to Karen since just before Christmas for 3 days a week. First of all she cried when being dropped off but soon settled. She loves going to Karen’s and often shouts at Keith when he leaves or just because.
Karen is French so sings a lot of French and English songs to our daughter. I love the fact she is gaining a new language at such a young age.
Karen takes her out once a week for lunch and I often get lovely park pictures when the weather suits. My daughter always eats Karen out of house and home but she never complains (only when it comes out the other end).
I would recommend Karen to anybody as she is just lovely and enjoys having the kids about.

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

by Avatar for Mandy Mandy about Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 10/02/2022

Leaving a review for Karen; she is one of the most caring people I have ever met. She childminded both of my children and although they no longer need a childminder they still see her often. She took them out everyday to the park, swimming, out for lunch etc. My job often necessitated longer hours which Karen always accommodated without question; nothing was ever too much trouble for her. She is engaging, caring, kind and considerate and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her wholeheartedly.

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

by Avatar for Heidi Heidi about Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 09/02/2022

Leaving another review for our fabulous Karen. Although we have moved to the North of England our work has required us to at times be back in London. I did not hesitate to ask Karen if she would look after my 1 year old and 5 year old. And of course the reliable and kind hearted woman she is she has stepped in to cover weekends and school holidays. Thank you Karen! My kids adore you!

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

by Avatar for Aly676 Aly676 about Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 09/02/2022

My son went to Karen for approximately 6 weeks, and although Karen is caring and good with children I feel that communication and reliability was a big issue for us which is why I had to find someone else. Messages would not be replied to for hours on end, and trying to arrange time and days beforehand was always more stressful than it needed to be. Karen actually cancelled on us on the most recent occasion, then did not offer any alternative day or time and we were still charged for the day, which is not acceptable.
When trying to resolve the issue, she was very rude and told me to go elsewhere, which of course I did as I had already been looking for someone else by this point.
Within the first week she told me she could not do an agreed upon day as she was in Paris, and only told me once I had contacted her first, which meant I had to take two days off of work.
She would also leave my son with her husband when she had to run errands, and he is not a registered Childminder so this is not acceptable for us either.
She would not attend Childminding groups or take the children out to soft play as agreed at the beginning of the contract. It was never clear what my son had eaten that day, and communication throughout the day was lacking so I had to chase for information.
The additional costs we were charged were not mentioned in the contract and Karen charges 5 pounds per drop off within Stevenage, which was not agreed upon at the beginning of the contract and is expensive on top of her £6 per hour fee. She was aware we needed drop offs twice a week and sometimes was either late or would be ‘busy’ with other children so we had to make alternative arrangements to collect our son, but still be charged.
The last thing I want to mention is that my son came home with a very bad bruise and bump on his head, which Karen said over the phone was a ‘little bump’ I completely understand that children especially little boys hurt themselves at this age but when I saw how bad it was I was angry and feel it could have been avoided with more care.

Overall I would not recommend Karen as a reliable Childminder and would advise to look elsewhere if like me you need clear communication and reliability.

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

by Avatar for Danielle Danielle about Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 08/02/2022

Response by Avatar for Karen Childminder Karen Childminder on 08/02/2022:

In life one should always look for the positives – I scored 5 stars for Setting and 5 stars for cleanliness. The other criteria at least received a star.

I have enjoyed the profession of childminding for over 20 years now and only had rave positive reviews about my care. Most of the parents I have been associated with over these years are still close family friends.

My Initial response was that how could anyone sit down and write such a review? For the sake of good measure, I will deal with the points.
• Paris was for my birthday and of course they were informed – why not?
• We go out most days weather permitting but due to covid we visit parks and other places of less risk. I never requested any remuneration for trips out. Despite the lunches etc.
• My husband was on several occasions asked for a lift.
• He arrived with a bump to his head, and I was told this happened at his relatives.

There are always negatives one can bring up if a person if so minded – he often came without a coat, and I would lend him one so that we could go out.

Let us put this into perspective I have childminded on a full-time basis for over twenty years – this was 8 part time days, and the child was often late.

The care was indeed for six weeks but unfortunately the child did not attend for two of these weeks.

One was the Christmas holiday week and I failed to receive payment and the other being the last week when they had family difficulties and again I was unpaid.

This was a young family who I wanted to help in life. When Danielle initially came to see me, she was absolutely frozen as she had walked pushing the pram from the town centre to Great Ashby. I drove them home to save them another cold journey.

As any child minder will tell you these opening weeks are to settle the child in and to make sure they adjust accordingly to the new setting.
In this case the settling in period was not easy.
We spoke at length many time and agreed to continue and monitor the situation.

It was further complicated by the fixed days changing most weeks. Monday became Tuesday etc
At my setting I have never offered collection or drop offs all the children are dropped off and collected by the parents.
Due to my initial kind gesture on the first day, I was then requested to drop him off home. I didn’t know what to say a cab for this distance is £10 one way, so I halved it and hoped that would cover the petrol for both there and back. That same initial week I was requested to take home on the second day which I was not paid for. I must point out the I didn’t even receive the five pounds as it was always rounded down to £4. If I was owed say £16 pounds in fees, I would receive £20. They were young I thought and just looked the other way.

But I stopped the lifts when this happened for a second week. Relatives eventually arrived late but again I never considered any charge. Now reading the great review - lifts were expected for free!

On the last week of this escapade Danielle rung me minutes before the arrival time and said there had been some sort of altercation at home and the partner was not around to bring the little boy over to me. Then I was offered £10 to collect. I was unable as the car was in for its service.

We must remember I am a child minder not a free taxi service and this could potentially impact on other children. Subsequently the child did not appear at all that week and no payment was forth coming.

As the situation was becoming intolerable, I rang a child-minding colleague explained the situation and she kindly agreed to take over. This information I duly gave to Danielle when she made contact the following week and childcare remained seamless.

I have never sort to collect the four unpaid days or for that matter the unpaid lifts as they are a young family at the beginning of there lives and I wish them all the best.

Yet despite my kindness I received this review. I do hope prospective parents will put these eight days into context when reading other reviews from my 20 years of childminding.

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