My name is Kate (Katharine) Edwards and I am an Ofsted registered childminder near Fiveways in Brighton. I am a member of Pacey and DBS checked, with up to date paediatric first aid and safeguarding training.
I live with my 4 year old boy and our two cats in a sunny garden flat. We love going out and about to parks, toddler groups, the farm, the library, soft play, the woods, the beach and on adventures! We have just as much fun at home; I have a range of toys available such as construction, small world, dressing up, role-play equipment, train tracks, Duplo, vehicles & dolls, puzzles & games, play dough, messy arts & crafts activities, musical instruments. Activities are very much led by the children and I take their inspirations and interests as starting points for exploration.
We have a good sized garden that children have access to all year round, with a play house, slide, sand and water tray, trikes, balls and lots of garden toys. In the warmer months we plant seeds and do gardening activities. I also have a large modern, insulated studio in the garden which is set up as a play and crafts.
I provide a safe, secure home-from-home environment and work closely with parents to meet your child's individual needs. I am available to look after children aged 12+ months during the day. We enjoy welcoming new mindees into our home and having lots of fun together.
My boy is very friendly, curious, chatty and caring. He loves playing with and helping the younger ones. He has just started Balfour so we do school pick ups most days.
I also offer school collection at Balfour Primary School (Reception & KS1 only) as well as adhoc day care for children during most school holidays.
I am passionate about learning through play and providing children with stimulating and nurturing experiences. I am a qualified primary teacher with QTS and I have over 15 years experience working with KS1 and EYFS aged children. I have taught in nurseries, Reception classes as well as many years in Year 2 and I have a working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and child development. I am also a qualified and experienced TEFL teacher and I have worked and lived abroad.
As a mum of a 4 year old (and recently having taught part-time) I can understand the stresses and demands of parenting and working. My aim is to help you feel that your child is well-looked after in a caring and joyful home environment.
BA (Hons) Primary Education (3-7 years) with QTS
Childminding UK Certificate
Safeguarding Children Certificate
Paediatric First Aid Certificate
***** UPDATE SEPT 2019 *****
DAYCARE for under 5s
I currently have spaces available for after the Christmas holidays. Minimum of 7 hours per day.
|Last Updated: 23/09/2019|
- Childminding from £5.50 per hour
Please contact me for information about my fees and terms & conditions
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Our son loves Kate and looks forward to going to hers. He is now two and a half and has been with her since he was only 11 months old. Kate has nurtured and taken care of him for three days a week. She is caring, nurturing and stimulating, thanks to her teaching experience. Kate keeps us up to date with our son's developmental stages and makes sure children have age appropriate toys, activities and environment to stimulate their little brains. Whether the weather is good or horrible, Kate goes the extra mile to make sure our son goes out to some interesting place, from soft play or play groups during the winter to fun filled outdoor activities such as visiting the farm, parks or seafront when the weather is good... and of course we never get enough of those texts of funny pictures and videos of my son playing and having fun during the day. What could be more refreshing in the midst of a busy day at work? Kate has been flexible and fantastic with my daughters’ random school pickups as well. Kate’s is a home away from home, our son is very happy and that gives us as parents great peace of mind. Happy toddler- happy mum and dad!
My daughter started going to Kate when she was 18 months old and has been comfortable from the start. This was a huge relief for me and meant I could return to work with no worries and knowing my daughter was in safe hands. My daughter asks to go to Kate's each morning and I am so happy with the care that Kate provides, which is a calm, nurturing, and creative environment. I have seen my daughter blossom there and it feels like a second home for her. I couldn't recommend Kate highly enough.
My son loves spending time with Kate! He goes home with her after school twice a week and feels like its a genuine home from home. There are so many games and activities that he can choose from, and she often takes her mindees to the park after school which he loves.
As a parent, I find Kate to be warm, reassuring and genuinely lovely. I have no hesitation in recommending her to others.
Kate is an excellent childminder. Our son started with Kate just as he turned 1. He started with a couple of mornings and built up to being with Kate for 3 days.
Kate is caring, kind, intuitive, nurturing and great fun for the kids. Our son is so excited to go every day he’s worn her. We know he’s in safe hands but she has also been amazing at accelerating his development with the EYFS. Kate’s experience as a teacher makes her setting above and beyond any others we’ve experienced. The activities are varied, engaging, fun, with lovely take home work and surprises for us parents!
Kate has been flexible with our needs and always helpful with every situation.
We couldn’t recommend her more highly enough.
Our son was about 21 months when he started with Kate two mornings a week. He walked into her flat quite happily the first day and had a great time. He was always happy to go there and felt comfortable. We also felt comfortable in Kate's home, and were very happy with the care she provided. She has a lovely play shed at the end of the garden, and she sent us some lovely pictures of our son drawing at home, or playing in the park with her other children.
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