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Karen P
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Childminder in Luton

5 stars
(9)

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Female Member since Oct 2016 Last Updated Mar 2022 Last Login 15 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder in the Bushmead area of Luton. I have cared for children aged from 9 weeks old to 11 years and I have 2 children of my own. I provide a fun and friendly home from home environment for the children in my care.

I have a lovely selection of books, toys, puzzles and games for all ages and stages of development and we do lots of messy play, arts and crafts, gardening and cooking activities to ensure the children in my care have a stimulating and fun time in my home. I have memberships for 360 Play, ZSL Whipsnade, Mead Open Farm, English Heritage and the Forest Childcare Association for our regular outings.

I provide homemade meals to ensure the children are provided with healthy, balanced and nutritious meals in my setting and during outings.

I have a cat and small dog, both are neutered, child friendly and fully vaccinated and receive regular worm and flea treatments.

My Experience

I have professionally cared for children aged from babies under a year to 12 years and I have 2 children of my own and I also have experience of dealing with children with a hearing impairment, visual impairment and learning difficulties.

I am a member of PACEY and The Early Years Alliance.

My Qualifications

I have completed the following courses and I attend regular training including the Early Years Educator diploma (in progress) to ensure I remain up to date with changes within the childminding field:
- Emergency Adult and Paediatric First Aid
- LSCB Approved Single Level 1 Safeguarding for Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years Staff
- Home Office Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)
- Community Dental Services: Oral Health in Early Years
- Home Office FGM: Recognising/Preventing FGM V1.3
- PACEY Level 2 Basic Food Hygiene
- Virtual College Prevent Covid-19
- Childcare.co.uk Covid-19 Risk Assessment
- PACEY Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
- PACEY Supporting children's emotional wellbeing
- PACEY Delivering the EYFS
- PACEY Introduction to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
- EduCare Online Safety Level 2
- EduCare Promoting Positive Behaviour
- EduCare Supporting Early Language Development
- EduCare Improving Children's Learning Through Play
- PACEY Raising Developmental Concerns with Parents
- Makaton
- Childcare.co.uk Characteristics of Effective Learning
- Childcare.co.uk Schemas
- Tubes of Life and Safe at Home Workshop
- Childcare.co.uk Working with Parents
- PACEY Schemas
- Forest Childcare Provider
- PACEY Expectations of Behaviour
- PACEY Effective Partnership Working with Fathers

My Availability

Please contact me for EYFS spaces from 0800-1730 Monday to Wednesday only, subject to availability, 8 hours min per day. I am not currently available for school or nursery drop off/collection.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes no no no no no
Afternoon yes yes no no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 21/03/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

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Good
4 October 2017

My Documents

  • First Aid Certificate (added 12/01/2021)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding Certificate (added 12/01/2021)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 12/10/2016)
  • DBS Check (added 12/10/2016)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 12/10/2016)
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Karen P. 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.

I returned to work in January 2019, after a year on maternity leave. Before having my daughter, I hadn’t ever considered childcare and the logistics of finding someone you trust to look after your most precious thing, as you would!
I visited a couple of nursery settings and felt they weren’t for us - I decided a childminder would be the best option. Thanks to fate, I came across Karen’s profile and the rest is history! I spoke to Karen over the phone, before visiting her and speaking about our requirements... From the very first visit, I knew she was the right person to care for and nurture my daughter! Her house is strongly geared towards play and learning and her garden is fab for the little ones! Karen’s family are also amazing - Poppy adores her two children (and husband!), along with the family cat and dog!
I can’t even describe how much Poppy has learnt from Karen and I definitely couldn’t have asked for a better childminder!
Karen uses an app to update me on Poppy’s day and also sends pictures and regular updates. Her policies are also very clear, professional and align with my values and requirements.
The other minded children are wonderful too and I’m always happy that Poppy has so much fun with them!
Karen’s home cooked meals are excellent and although Poppy is a stubborn eater for me, I know that she is always well fed at Karen’s!
Pre Coronavirus, Poppy enjoyed regular outings to the zoo, libraries, soft play etc and I love that she had those opportunities! Since lockdown, Karen has managed to make staying at home, super fun and educational for all the children - water play and den building are particular favourites of Poppy’s!
I’m genuinely so pleased to have met Karen and for her to have played such a big part in the clever little girl, my daughter is growing up to be! She’s also provided me with valuable help and support, which I am very grateful for!
Poppy calls her “My Karen” and I think that says it all!
Thank you, Karen!
Gemma

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by Avatar for Gemma Gemma about Avatar for Karen P Karen P on 02/09/2020

Karen has been looking after my two boys for two years, one after school the other during the day they absolutely love going to Aunty Karen’s and are really made to feel one of the family.

Karen puts a lot of time into tailoring activity’s and outings to each child’s individual needs and capability’s and we’re kept up to date throughout the day via the baby connect app with pictures and updates of what they’ve been up too which is great especially if your leaving a little one for the first time!

As well as all the fab activity’s one of the main things kids love is all the homemade food a great varied and healthy menu I have had to steal recipes from Karen on the request of the children!!

I would definitely highly recommend Karen as a childminder.

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by Avatar for Sarah Sarah about Avatar for Karen P Karen P on 30/09/2018

Karen has been childminding for our little one from the age of 8 months, and first started with her in November 2017. We were very apprehensive about leaving him with someone due to his age, but after meeting Karen and her family we were put completely at ease. She has from the offset always made us feel welcome and comfortable and she genuinely has a love for all of the children she looks after. Her own children are fantastic with him and they have taught him so much in the 11 months he has been there. His development has come on leaps and bounds and he really enjoys being with and playing with the other children at the setting.

Karen ensures that they have activities that support their development and produces a lovely, I formative journal of activities and milestones, which as a first time parent has been invaluable. She has always been very helpful and thoughtful with any questions that we have asked and found out information regarding activities and things that we can do to support our child at home. We also use communication on a daily basis through ‘Whats app’ and ‘Baby connect’, which in the first few months was lovely as we got to see what his routine was, photos of activities that he had been doing and really kept us in the loop whilst we were at work. Even now we both love checking our phones at lunchtime to see what he has been doing, so we don’t miss out.

Karen ensures that they have lots of outings throughout the week, which we love as he really enjoys the outside. They have been on trips to Whipsnade Zoo, Wrest Park, Wardown Park, Dunstable Downs and Stockwood Park. She also takes him to one or two classes a week such as mininastics and rhyme time at the library, which I used to take him to and he still really loves – especially now he can dance to the nursery rhymes.
Overall, both myself and my husband are very happy with our son's childcare. Karen made the process so easy and clear, the policies were all easy to understand and any questions we had were answered quickly.

We would both very happily recommend Karen as a childminder.

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by Avatar for Chawky1 Chawky1 about Avatar for Karen P Karen P on 28/09/2018

Karen has looked after both my children on an after school basis for nearly a year and will continue to childmind for my son now that my daughter has gone off to High School.

Karen is a very kind and caring childminder who holds the highest standards of childcare. Both my children love being at Karen's and even though they are a bit older Karen connects with them brilliantly. I feel totally happy and confident being at work knowing both my children are being cared and nurtured for by Karen. My son has some medical issues and Karen is always very conscientious and supportive of these.

Karen regularly reviews all aspects of my children's needs and care with me on a regular basis and also asks how she can support their development needs.

If I asked my children what they love most about Karen it would probably be the amazing home cooked food she provides and has managed to get my children to eat things they flatly refused for me!!

I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Karen

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by Avatar for SabsMag SabsMag about Avatar for Karen P Karen P on 30/08/2017

Absolutely amazing. My son has come on leaps and bounds since being with karen. She talks you through everything and gives regular updates / feedback. She always offers a variiety of activites and no 2 weeks are ever the same.

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by Avatar for suzie83 suzie83 about Avatar for Karen P Karen P on 27/08/2017

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