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Dawn Harron
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Childminder in Luton

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Female Member since May 2011 Last Updated Feb 2022 Last Login 25 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Key Worker Childcare
Outstanding Rated

About Me

Hi my name is Dawn.

I am an OFSTED registered Childminder in the Bushmead area of Luton.

I achieved my second Outstanding grade at my last Ofsted inspection (11th March 2020).

I am an Accredited member of the quality assurance Childminding Network hence am able and qualified to offer 2 year funding (15 hours p/wk x 38 wks) and the 3-4 year Government NEF funding (15 and 30 hours p/wk x 38 wks a year).

I have an NVQ3 in Children's Care, Learning & Development and have attended courses on Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Children, FGM, PREVENT, Learning and Development on the EYFS, speech and language, Children's Behaviour Management and Covid 19.

I have a lovely home setting containing lots of toys and activities for the children to enjoy and a secure garden with Astro turf, CCTV and lots of play equipment, a climbing frame and sports activities. I have a beautiful purpose-built play room and quiet rooms for nap times. I visit local parks, soft plays and have stay and plays at other Childminder’s homes and my own. I take pride in being a motivated, sociable and active Childminder.

Please be aware that I do not have any before and after school minded children except for my own two children (15 and 13), hence I offer a calm, home from home environment.

NO VACANCIES

I have had all of my Covid 19 vaccinations.

Thank you very much Dawn

My Experience

I have two older children of my own - Izzy (16) and Charlie (13).

They are great kids who are happy to share their home, their Mum, playroom and garden and help out when they are at home with the minded children during the school holidays. Izzy is just going through DBS checks and is going to become my Childminding Assistant.

We have a friendly 4 year old cavachon dog called Dexter and a 6 month old cavapoochon Daisy. Both are very sociable and great with children and adults alike. My existing minded children all adore Dexter and Daisy and learn about the importance of developing confidence around dogs and taking care of them, as well as enjoying fun in the lounge and garden with them day to day. All of the parents have also embraced the pair. However, please be aware that the children are never left with the dogs unaided.

I have been a Childminder for 12 years now and I love my job. I am hardworking and honest and take pride in my work. I am constantly looking for ways to improve my existing services, playroom and toys and I believe I offer the highest service possible.

I believe my setting offers a home from home feel as well as being set up like a nursery with a purpose built playroom and garden. My garden has astro turf specifically purchased for the minded children. I have a climbing frame and lots of toys, activities and sport games outside and ensure the children get plenty of fresh air and physical exercise daily.

I do meet up with other childminders and have a weekly project group where we do a variety of topic based activities and trips out to parks too. We also take it in turns weekly to host play dates and we follow the same topics so will get the children all participating in craft making, nursery rhyme time, story time etc. The children all learn the routine of tidy up time, mealtimes to match that of school and I start preparing them for the transition to school reception year when they reach 3 years of age.
We visit the Olde Barton Watermill on occasions, go to local parks when it’s warm weather so all of my minded children get lots of new experiences, surroundings to explore, physical exercise and lots of new friends to play with. They also get lots of opportunities to socialise and interact with other children and adults to help develop their confidence and get them ready for the school transition.

My Qualifications

G.C.S.Es, NVQ level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development

I attend regular network childminder meetings and training sessions and also do online training to keep myself up to date.

My Availability

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Before School no no no no no no no
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Afternoon yes yes no yes 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: 21/02/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

£5.50 per hour

My Local Schools

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My Ofsted Inspections

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Outstanding
11 March 2020
13 April 2015 - Outstanding
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Dawn Harron. 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.

Dawn has looked after two of my children, the last three years. I am so happy with the level of care that Dawn really puts into her work. My children have truly flourished. My first child came to dawn in 2018, with poor speech, Dawn told us not to worry and before we knew it our daughter was talking and was up to date with where she needed to be. I really like that Dawn always keeps us on board and up to date with what the children are going to be doing and the things they will be learning, there was never a dull moment, whether that being days out or at her setting.

Dawn has prepared both of my children for reception, which was a big worry of mine, she put my mind at ease.

The setting is age appropriate, my children were stimulated with toys, books and learning time.
I would definitely recommend Dawn, especially to worry parents like myself.

My children still talk about Dawn and look back on all the fun photos we have.

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by Avatar for Jess922 Jess922 about Avatar for Dawn Harron Dawn Harron on 08/02/2022

Dawn has been looking after our daughter since she was 1 and she is now ready and heading into Infant School this year. Dawn treats her minded children like her own, an extension of her own family and us included in that as parents. She develops the children, works with us as parents with hints and tips and spots everything about their emotions, their development, their skills and their needs.
She is extremely organised, well structured and yet also does so many creative things and activities with the children. She keeps us completely informed throughout the day of how she is getting on as well as scrap books and updates on her development that fits with EYFS.
She provides a completely balanced meals and snacks throughout the day and always goes the extra mile to help us and all the children.
Her contribution to our daughters development and progress is quite frankly priceless and she is not a service provider to us, she is an extension of our family too. I would and have recommended her to anyone not only above a nursery setting but any childminder and we are so glad to continue with Dawn over the school holidays so our daughter can continue her relationship with her as she grows.
Thank you Dawn!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Jenna Jenna about Avatar for Dawn Harron Dawn Harron on 05/08/2020

I approached Dawn in early 2016 to potentially look after my Daughter Lara when I returned to work after nearly 3 years. It was a hard decision to make to leave my little one and I felt very anxious about it. I started searching childminders on this website and a few stood out and so I started to make contact and view their settings. It was Dawn who out of all the Childminders I visited made me feel confident and even for the first time excited about going back to work. More importantly Lara took to Dawn and her home straight away and I then knew that Dawn was the person I felt confident leaving my Daughter with.

Dawn has a happy and calm home with a daily routine for the kids. The children are taken out to soft play areas, parks, Zoo and other childminder settings where they often put on a joint party for Christmas/ Halloween etc. Lara made some friends with the other children from other settings and would look forward to seeing them.

The other children in Dawns setting were all lovely and Dawn will ensure that any child added to her setting will compliment the other Children and vice versa.

Dawn is highly engaged with the children, she will always talk and explain what they are about to do and describe what is happening and then reflect. I noticed this almost immediately about her and could then see this benefiting my Daughter after a few months as her communicative skills really improved. Also I believe this is essential when talking to children as it sets their expectations and then helps them identify what is going on in their surroundings. This is probably why Dawns minded children were in happy, calm and played nicely with one another.

Dawn also helped look after my older Son in the summer months and he too enjoyed going to Dawns house.

Dawn has two older children who are really good with the kids. Isabella enjoys baking with the little ones and Charlie likes playing in the Garden with them. Not to forget cute little Dexter (Pet Dog) who is friendly and great with the kids.

Lara stayed in Dawns setting full time for 2.5 years until she stated school this year. Dawn is a highly committed, fun and loving professional child minder. She would try and do her absolute best to help you and she treats you and your family like an extension of hers. We really miss Dawn and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Becky Becky about Avatar for Dawn Harron Dawn Harron on 05/11/2018

Dawn has been looking after my 1 year old for 3 months and what can I say ...... She's amazing ! Her own children are polite and Jess loves having her diner with them. Nothing's ever to much bother. She's really come on since being with Dawn. I love the parents what's app page she's set up so all the parents can keep in touch & she sends me pictures and updates throughout the day of what Jess has been doing and eating. It's such a shame that we are moving and both Jess & I will really miss her - I've tried convincing her to move with us ! Couldn't recommend her highly enough xx

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Krisbear Krisbear about Avatar for Dawn Harron Dawn Harron on 19/09/2016

Our daughter, who is now 3, has been looked after by Dawn since she was 10 months old.
Dawn and her children are fantastic, Isla loves being with them. The level of care and affection that Dawn provides means that my husband and I have peace of mind and can relax and focus on the working day knowing Isla is safe and happy.

Dawn is very knowledgable about the needs of the parents as well as the children; she provides me with texts and photos during the day which I find very helpful and help to include me in his day. We also get regular updates which enables us to reinforce activities and skills at home.
Dawn follows the EYFS framework closley and ensures that we are kept up to date with Islas learning and development.

Dawn really understands what makes our daughter happy and provides activities, games and toys that ensure she is stimulated and engaged.
Dawn has a lovely home from home setting and Isla loves bring part of the childminded 'family.'

I highly recommend Dawn and will really miss having Dawn as Islas childminder, due to us moving house. Dawn has played a vitial part in all our lives and we are forever grateful for the care and support that she has provided for our family.
Words cannot really express how truly grateful we are to Dawn, she has made our lives that bit easier knowing our daughter is being looked after so perfectly.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Lisa N Lisa N about Avatar for Dawn Harron Dawn Harron on 10/03/2016

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