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4.5 stars (8)

Childminder in Sutton-in-ashfield

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2011 Last Updated Aug 2020 Last Login 14 Aug 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

My name is Kathryn but please call me Kate. I live with my two grown boys (25and 20yrs of age) who are very independent young men brought up single handedly by myself whilst running my childcare business.

My life now revolves around my childminding business,hence reliability and flexibility, all day, every day, learning through play with educational resources for all ages and abilities within the safe and secure playroom which is the dining room and conservatory which leads straight onto the large secure adventurous garden. We live on a quiet street off the main road to Kirkby-in-Ashfield so parking is safe and easy for little ones to be dropped off and picked up during the day. My setting and home environment is non smoking and has lovely fragrances and safe and clean environment to welcome all potential families.

My Experience

Chimpys Daycare (Kathryn Birks) has now been up and running and OFSTED Registered since September 2004,Environmental Health Inspection for Food And Hygiene Graded with 5*.
Chimpys Daycare(Kathryn Birks) is fully insured with PACEY and CHILDCARE.CO.UK and also CRB/DBS checked along with my two sons as they also live on the premises with me.

My Qualifications

Introducing Childminding Practice Levels 1-3
Birth to Five Training for Childminders
Early Years Safeguarding Children
Paediatric First Aid
Special Education Needs Training for Childminders
Managing Behaviour of Children Ages 0-8 years
Level 2 In Food Safety In Catering
EYFS training
An Introduction to Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Delivering The EYFS
Expectations of Behaviour
Raising Developmental Concerns with Parents
Safeguarding Children
Starting Out-Supporting Childrens Emotional Wellbeing
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Getting It Right-Spring 2015...meeting the needs of the EYFS framework
Basic Food Hygiene-updated 2015
EHO 5* Grading

My Availability

Chimpys' Daycare setting is open regularly Monday-Friday 7am-5.30pm and will also consider weekends when needed with separate weekend contracts.

Chimpys' Daycare is also available for full/part-time,term-time and school holidays, inset days,emergencies or even parent/carers time!

Just a phone call away and Chimpys' Daycare will help you as much as possible.

School/nursery pick-ups available from the following:

Abbey Hill Primary School

Greenwood Primary School

Kingsway Primary School

St. Andrews School and Nursery

Hillocks School and Nursery

Dalestorth School and Nursery

Croft School

Forest Glade School

Priestsic School

Leamington Primary School

Brierley Forest Primary School

Chimpys' Daycare may have places available, please contact me for more details.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
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: 06/08/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour

Chimpys Daycare is very competative and value for money, just phone Chimpys Daycare for your personalised contracted fees.

Chimpys competative fees include breakfast (7am-8am), healthy and nutritious snacks, unlimited milk/shakes, juice, diluted or just water and hot homemade/cooked tea (4.00pm-5.30pm). Parents/carers to provide a healthy, nutritious lunch/picnic (no sweets or chocolate) with refillable bottle but no fizzy drinks please.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for CHIMPYS DAYCARE. 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.

Kate is a fantastic childminder. My son has been at Chimpys daycare from 10 months old and has come on leap and bounds thanks to Kate. They are always doing a wide variety of activities and learning and it really shows. As a parent it is lovely seeing how happy my son is there, it is a lovely clean and child friendly environment. Kate is flexible in her hours, accommodates amazingly and couldn’t do enough for parents and child.

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

by Beth about CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 02/05/2020

We started using Kate's services since our younger daughter went to different school than older one. Kate took her in, with very short notice without a problem and was looking after her untill end of May this year. Only reason we left, we won our school appeal, so our girls could be together at the same school, otherwise we would stay with Kate. She is very warm and friendly person. Kids love her instantly. My daughter enjoyed her time at Chimpy's daycare, always was going and coming back with smile on her face.
Will definetly recommend Kate to everyone !!!

Renata and Hristo

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

by Renata about CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 13/07/2017

Response by CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 21/10/2017:

Thankyou Renata.....it was a pleasure looking after your very polite and gorgeous girls...hopefully I will see and maybe look after them again if you are stuck for childcare...

I work in children's services and have known Kate for around 6 years now as she looked after my nephew from being around 6 months old. Upon finding out I was pregnant I contacted Kate for a space, there was no way I could envisage anyone else looking after my son. Kate has been just amazing, my son has been mined by her since he was 11months old, she accommodated settling in sessions in order to get to know my son. I have never felt so confident in someone caring for children as I am in Kate she is simply fantastic I would highly recommend her. Kate is thoughtful kind and will always go the extra mile to help even at short notice due to the demands of my job. My little one has always had a smile on his face going to Kate's and he has come on leaps and bounds with his development, I love the written and verbal handover, photos and progression logs my son in particular loves Kate's cooking and messy play!!! it's a fantastic service!!! Outstanding in my opinion!!!

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

by Zillah about CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 08/07/2017

Response by CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 21/10/2017:

Thankyou Zillah!!!! It's nearly a year in February 2018 that your little man has been with me! hopefully many more to come too!

Kate has been looking after my two children for the past 18 months whilst I have been doing my midwifery training, and I can honestly say that without her support, I would have really struggled! My youngest has been going since she was 7 months old, and thanks to Kate is growing up to be a beautiful, intelligent and confident little girl. She has also worked extremely hard dealing with my son who has gone from being a complete mummy's boy who would not leave me side, to an outgoing (noisy!), funny little man, who is very settled and relaxed despite being in full time childcare. I would have no problems recommending Kate to anybody else. She has always been reliable and flexible (including helping out on the weekends at last minute!), and I can go to work knowing that my children are happy, safe and most importantly having fun. Kate has always gone the extra mile to ensure my children thrive under her care, whether its baking cakes or going for walks round the forest, and my children are always excited to tell me about their day. Thankyou for being a fab childminder :) xxxxx

  • 5 stars Overall

by Stevilin about CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 17/02/2015

Response by CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 21/10/2017:

Thankyou Stevie! i'm soooo glad you still choose me to look after your beautiful and respectful kiddies when you need emergency care as I get to see the many changes in them both from when they were toddlers when I looked after them couple of years ago!

Reading a previous review from a discontented parent I could not recognise the lady our family knows as "my Kate" from the description! All I can say is, that from the earliest times Kate has been a wonderful support for my daughter - a single working Mum, who is working hard as a nurse to give her little boy the stability, love and security that is every child's right. Kate has been a constant source of help, advice and love to us all. She has been there for us through some dark times, always cheerful and encouraging. I am a primary school teacher and feel that my standards are set somewhat high when looking at childcare !. Kate has never failed to rise to every expectation. She has given my grandson wonderful opportunities for socialisation, learning and has provided an extended family along with her lovely sons. To all those who are simply considering handing over their child to Kate's care I would simply say "Don't hesitate - just do it!" The woman is a treasure, and my grandson has thrived under her care.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Jan B about CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 15/02/2015

Response by CHIMPYS DAYCARE on 21/10/2017:

Thankyou Jan!!! and yes I can't believe that awful response as many of my parents know me toooo well that I'm not unprofessional in my job at all and i'm always very organised!! anyway at least I get to see my big and not so little little man and now his baby brother who both visit me when they can!

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