5 stars (4)

Childminder in Great Ashby

Babysitter in Great Ashby

Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2011 Last Updated Apr 2019 Last Login 17 Oct 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Daytime Babysitter
Registered in Northern Ireland
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

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: 07/04/2019

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £5.00 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 Documents

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  • Ofsted Certificate (added 29/09/2017)


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 has been responsible for the welfare of our daughter on a full-time basis for several months now. During this time Karen has provided a safe and clean environment. Her professional outlook on her role as cover ensures the children get involved in different play activities, receive a well-balanced diet and best practices i.e. sitting at the table for meals. However, the most important quality Karen possesses is her ability to provide a happy and loving home where our daughter always feels part of the family as well as an individual. At all times Karen supports and organises our daughter’s activities and provides us with 100% reliability and support.

If there were a degree in childminding then Karen would pass with distinction! When we were searching for a childminder, we interviewed many, but none felt 'right'. We had already heard great things about Karen and we couldn't believe our luck when we met her. Our intuition told us that she was just perfect and she has well exceeded our expectations! Our daughter has some fantastic times with Karen and we could not do it without her. We are convinced that there are very few childminders who would make the effort to do all the things Karen does. We don't know where she finds the energy! We would highly recommend Karen to any prospective family.

We are extremely happy with the care our daughter receives, and the great progress she has made whilst in Karen’s care. Karen’s amazing home is always welcoming, clean and well organised and children have great fun playing with all the toys available and with the other children. Beyond all this though, it is Karen’s warm and friendly and fair approach which sets her apart from other childminders.

During her time with Karen our daughter has grown into a happy and confident little girl. Karen has played a huge part in her development in that she has given our child guidance in manners, play, sharing and of course her loving care. She has also successfully potty trained her in no time and taught her how to eat good and healthy nutritious meals (her home cooking is amazing, and she also provides healthy snacks) and her speech has developed amazingly fast with Karen. Karen ensures good personal hygiene in encouraging all the children to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet. We cannot stress enough how we would not hesitate to recommend Karen as a childminder and have found her to be extremely competent and conscientious. We have 100% confidence that she would be able to offer any child in her care everything that is required and more.

Karen is an amazingly capable individual, extremely reliable and trustworthy. She is caring and nurturing but also instils good discipline in our daughter and has a great sense of fun. She has a wide breadth of experience in looking after children and always makes us feel confident in her ability to look after and care for our daughter. This is important to us because our daughter is our first child and Karen always provides good advice and sets a fantastic example. She provides a wide, fun range of activities including plenty of outdoor exercise in her beautiful and fully equipped garden and out of the house. Karen is excellent at planning activities for the children, with daily activities such as play time and crafts. Children under her care enjoy sand and water play, drawing and sticking, reading and puzzles as well as outings to the park, trips to feed the ducks and walks in the woods and forest, farm, shops, etc, and we know and feel confident that she is well supervised and has a lot of fun.

Karen has bonded extremely well with our daughter who has in return developed a close bond with Karen very fast, and we have been able to discuss with her progress and care on a daily basis. She is always happy to be dropped off in the morning. Karen provides a home from home environment. At no time has my daughter not wanted to stay with Karen and we have left for work relaxed every morning knowing that she is in a caring and safe environment. We will not hesitate to leave our daughter with Karen until it is time for her to go to school as we know just being around Karen and also the other children she looks after has benefited her enormously and we know she is fond of all of them. We have found Karen's home to always be a pleasant environment and the facilities, toys and learning tools are excellent, plenty and of the best quality and in excellent condition. Karen is a very generous and kind individual. We regard her now as part of our family.

Karen is a great communicator and has no trouble in gaining children’s confidence and therefore encouraging good behavior and kindness and compassion to others, skills which are important to us at home. When our daughter is hurt or feeling under the weather I know that she feels happy to be comforted by Karen and I am confident that she can administer either first aid or medication following all the correct procedures and completing the necessary records to ensure her health and safety.

Karen completes a diary detailing what our daughter has done each day. From this we have a complete picture of her whole day including what she has eaten, how long she has slept and all her activities. This helps us to feel involved with her care and we can talk to her about her day afterwards.

All in all we are thoroughly happy with the level of care our daughter receives and we are certain that being in such a positive and happy environment is helping her develop into a confident and self assured little girl.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Karen to look after your children, as she is a great and reliable childminder. We are more than satisfied with everything she does for and with our daughter and all the advice Karen gives us as a first time parents. Please look no further. We cannot thank Karen enough for all her support. We could not have wished for a more professional, caring and dedicated cover.

Heartfelt thanks to Karen!

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

by about Karen Childminder on 26/05/2016

Karen’s childcare services are second to none.

I used Karen from 2005 - 2010, she looked after 2 of my eldest from 6 months. I have always wanted a big family and when number 3 came I decided to give up work and therefore no longer needed Karen. However Karen still plays a big a part of my children’s lives and am positive this will stay this way. She is fantastic with children and has raised 2 wonderful girls herself, she is passionate about everything in life and made sure both my children where healthy safe and educated. Being French the kids picked up on Karen’s’ mother tongue, she was happy to educate them and now both have French lessons to continue you this.

I can’t recommend Karen enough, thank you for your services.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Karen Childminder on 05/09/2011

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