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Childminder in Bicester

5 stars

Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2011 Last Updated Oct 2020 Last Login 07 May 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

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We are a husband and wife team, both registered Childminders, living on Langford Village, Bicester.

I (Katey) have been a registered childminder for 14 years. I have 5 children of my own, ages 11, 15, and three grown up, 20, 25, 28 years. I initially trained as a nurse. I got remarried and had a good think about my own work/life balance. I love children and decided to change career to become a childcare provider, working from home.

My husband joined me full time from April 2012. Previously he was one of our registered Childcare Assistants helping out on his days off and holidays, but from April 2012 he joined me fulltime and upgraded to registered childminder.

We have a slightly larger practise than most childminders as we have Childcare Assistants who are OFSTED registered, DBS checked and First Aid Trained. They have gone through the same rigorous checks by OFSTED as we did to be registered to care for children. Our adult to child ratio, at the moment, is 1:2.

We care for children from birth onwards but, I (Katey) am also an EYE (Early Years Education) and TYE (Two year olds...) Specialist Childminder. So, we are registered to be able to offer parents, 15 hours of funded care and education for qualifying 2yr, 3yr & 4yr olds, alongside their daily childcare requirements, including the extended 30 hours.

My Experience

We have a large warm, welcoming, friendly family home with secure fully enclosed gardens. We offer a safe, secure, structured, child led environment, with lots and lots of toys and activities to keep even the busiest of children occupied all day. We have lovely local parks and a pond which has resident swans and many ducks for the children to visit & feed.

We have a large 7 seater vehicle with full entertainment system & rear screen DVD for the children to watch, whilst they travel with us on outings. We have many different car seats for all ages, complete with Isofix security seating if required.

We have planned outings and activities every week. The activity planners, daily routines & activities are posted on our kitchen wall for everyone to view. These are tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and are therefore not rigid plans as each child chooses what they would like to do each day, following their interest, stage of learning and development.

My Qualifications

I initially trained as a nurse. I am a qualified practice Manager. I am OFSTED registered including overnight care, DBS checked, First Aid Trained, holding many childcare qualification including, Cache level 3 Diploma in Childcare, the Foundation Degree in Early Years (Level 5) & the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood (Level 6).

I am a member of the Trio childminding network and a Trio GEM (mentor for newly registered Childminders).

I am registered with Oxford County Council to provide EYE (Eary Years Education) and TYE (Two Year olds..). I am an EYE/TYE Specialist Childminder and offer parents, 15 hours of funded/free care and education for qualifying 2yr, 3yr & 4yr olds, alongside their childcare requirements, including 30 hours extended.

We are registered with Environmental Health as a Food business with Oxford/Cherwell County Council.

We are fully insured, Public Liability, Employer Liability, House & Buildings insurance as Business, Car insurance as a business, specifically for carrying the children.

My Availability

We currently have full and part time vacancies 0-5 years.

Before and After School, Holidays & Overnight care

Our normal hours of business are 8am - 6pm Monday to Thursday.

Unsociable hours negotiable, emergency childcare, school holiday cover, registered overnight carer.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 29/10/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.65 per hour

Further information on application

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for SafehandsChildmindin. 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.

Our little person joined the Safehands family when he was just 3 months old, and now at 14 months old, I couldn't imagine doing it without Katey and the rest of the Safehands team. Our little person lights up every morning when we pull into the Safehands driveway, and that gives me such a sense of relief, because I know he is happy being there, and that means he is being cared for and loved.

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

by Avatar for Joanne Joanne about Avatar for SafehandsChildmindin SafehandsChildmindin on 06/03/2020

Harry (my son) attended Safehands for two years. Being our first child we were very nervous about what childcare to go for and found selecting a chilminder quite daunting. Katey made us feel very welcome and took time to explain all involved getting to know Harry in the process. This set the scene to what has been a great time for Harry. Not only has he enjoyed it at Safehands his development has much to do with the practices which are undertaken there. His speech, manners and behaviour has much to do with the way that Katey and her assistants care for the children and we would not hesitate to reccomend Katey for anyone who is looking for childcare in Bicester. On top of providing amazing care for Harry, Safehands always conducted themselves in a professional way and Katey is a credit to her profession. Harry will miss Katey and Safehands a great deal and if we weren't relocating we would definately not be leaving.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for DB11 DB11 about Avatar for SafehandsChildmindin SafehandsChildmindin on 22/03/2012

Response by Avatar for SafehandsChildmindin SafehandsChildmindin on 09/04/2012:

Thank you so much for your lovely review! Harry will be so missed by everyone!!! We wish you all the best with your move and new home. Good luck when the new baby finally arrives.

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