Childcare provider, primary teacher and forest school leader trainee. My name is Kate Edwards and I am an Ofsted registered childcare provider living near Fiveways, Brighton. I have full public liability insurance & enhanced DBS, as well as up-to-date paediatric first aid & safeguarding training.
I offer adhoc childcare for children aged 5 to 9 years old (Year Reception included) during school holidays. I can also offer occasional drop off and pick up service to Balfour Primary School (please call to discuss availability).
I live with my 6 year old boy and our two cats in a sunny garden flat near popular Fiveways, not far from Balfour Primary School. We have a good sized garden with a small pond, mud kitchen, log play, tree swing, outdoor toys and a fully insulated studio for arts, crafts, games and chilling! I have taught primary children for many years and can also offer homework support if needed at an extra cost.
We often visit the seaside and local parks (especially Hollingbury) and the nearby Hollingbury Woods, which is just a 5 minute walk from our home. I am currently training to be a forest school leader and will often include forest school activities as part of my provision eg. den building, crafting with clay/sticks/natural items, bushcraft skills, knot skills, creative, imaginative child-led play & games, nature identification and education, fostering a respect for our environment and building confidence and self-esteem.
Occasionally I organise special day trips, for example to local farms, nature reserves, a countryside picnic in our campervan, the seaside, Sealife Centre, bowling, soft play etc at an extra cost.
I have many years experience as an educator, teacher and childminder and can offer children holistic care in a secure and friendly home-from-home setting, catering to your child's needs and interests.
Please call or email for a chat, thanks.
|Last Updated: 13/05/2021|
- Out of School Clubs from £10.00 per morning
- Out of School Clubs from £15.00 per afternoon
- Out of School Clubs from £50.00 per day
Please contact me for information about my fees and terms & conditions
-Childcare vouchers accepted
-Tax free childcare payments
- Ofsted Certificate (added 12/03/2018)
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My little girl first came to Kate after the first lockdown when she was around 16 months. She had only been looked after by me for the previous six months so I was expecting it to take a while for her to settle. From the first day we met in the park, Kate's calm and reassuring manner put her immediately at ease and we've never looked back. Kate does lovely things every day and my little one comes back beaming from her day. She plays in Kate's mud kitchen, spends lots of time outside in the woods and does lots of painting and creating. Kate gives detailed accounts of her day and her milestones which are so lovely to read. Kate comes highly recommended, I really couldn't have hoped for post lockdown childcare to feel safer, easier and more reassuring than Kate.
Kate childminded for my 12-month old for three days a week for several months (until Covid-19 very sadly put a spanner in the works). She made sure that both he and I were comfortable with her and the setting, and she greatly reduced the worries I was having about returning to work and leaving him in childcare. He clearly enjoyed his every day with her, he would go off to play in the mornings with a big smile for her and without looking back at us and would come home a happy and tired boy, having experienced lots of new and fun things. Kate clearly nurtured him and took care to report on things she knew I worried about – whether he had eaten much, slept enough, etc. His development came on in leaps and bounds in the short time he was with her - and so I know she had an eye out for this - and his confidence expanded. Kate is relaxed but organised in her approach and the children she cares for always seem very comfortable and happy. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a home-from-home for their little one.
I would highly recommend Kate to anyone looking to feel at ease that their little one is being left in the safest hands.
The atmosphere in her house is just so nice, the moment you arrive they feel at home and tinker off to go and play with some of the many toys, games and entertainment available. I was so happy about the cleanliness and tidiness which make a perfect environment for toddlers to learn and play.
Our daughter learnt so much whilst there, and her development came on so much which was amazing and she just loved the little crew there (and the 2 cats!)
She had lots of lovely outings and did loads of art and craft activities, she always came home happy and tired !
Couldn't recommend more.
Thanks so much Kate x
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.
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