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Karen Wilson

Childminder in Calne

5 stars

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Member since Jun 2009 Last Updated Nov 2021 Last Login 31 May 2022

My Summary

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
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

..Hello.....I am Karen, Mum of 2 and Nanna of 2....
I am able to offer 30 hours per week to children who are 3, free to parents the term after their child`s 3rd birthday as i am able to access the government funding, giving you the choice whether to send your child to a nursery or pre-school or to a smaller setting like mine )
My son was born in 1993 and my daughter in 1997 my grandson in 2015 and my granddaughter in 2019....
I have been married to my husband Rob ( who is a retired police officer ) for 34 years. Rob is also registered with Ofsted and is able to work with me if necessary...
I also have an assistant.... Charlotte (my daughter ) who does 3 days a week.
I used to be in the RAF as a stewardess but left prior to the birth of my son. A couple of years after my daughter was born ,and after I had been a stay at home mum for 7 years I knew that I would never be able to return to my previous job choice, so decided that a full time career change would need to take place ,I considered myself a good mother and role model and thought I could use these skills to provide childcare for others and here I am 20 years later still doing what I do best!
I run my business Karen Wilson Childcare from our lovely 3 storey house, with a dedicated childminding room on the ground floor. We bought this house with my business in mind as it gives me the downstairs family room as a work space, and our living room is on the middle floor, this works well for my family and business alike. There is no compromise on my business working area or our own living room arrangements as the 2 are separate.
We have 1 cat, a smoky grey tabby called Tiberius who wanders around the whole house at his leisure !! I believe it is very important for young children to have a healthy respect for animals, so the children are encouraged to interact with him.
I am registered with OFSTED and am a member of PACEY. At my last OFSTED inspection I was graded Good, this was October 2019, I am very proud of this and of the results and achievements that the children at my setting achieve. I keep very good `Learning Journey`s` for each child under 60 months which keeps both myself and the parents up to date with their development. These journals are also a wonderful keepsake of your child's early years for you to keep when they move onto school.

My Experience

27 years of looking after children, my own 2 and approximately 60 childminded children over the years. I have fantastic support from my husband in my job choice, which without I would not be able to provide the excellent service that i do. Both my own children are now of an age where they do not need me as much, this benefits my business as there is no conflict of interest with my own children being little
It is also commitment from me that I still do this job because I love it and NOT because I have to be at home to look after my own little ones.
My son and daughter both now live in their own homes.

My Qualifications

First aid in childcare
Safeguarding children
Anti bullying
Food hygiene Level 2
NVQ 3 Iin Childcare, Learning and Development
Managing Behaviour(For Childcare Workers)
Moving and Handling in the Child Care Setting
I have also completed EYFS ( Early Years Foundation Stage) training, which is now mandatory and which all childminders must work towards, and the new revised EYFS that will be implemented in September 2012
Block Play
Safeguarding Level 2
Clean, Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle that has Class 2 Business Use,
Health & Safety for childcare workers
SALT Speech and language training ( in children )
2year check training


But most importantly, Good common sense that only comes with years of experience in looking after children.

My Availability

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Last Updated: 04/02/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

My fees are in line with other childminders in the area, which are changing to £4.50 PER HOUR WITH EFFECT FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 please call to discuss your needs. Full details can be discussed upon enquiry.

I currently am not doing any school drop off or collection

I am happy to provide all meals if necessary, again this can be discussed if relevant to you

My normal working hours are 8.00am-5.30pm, however i am happy to be flexible outside of these hours, ( fees can be discussed upon enquiry )


My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents


Below are the latest reviews for Karen Wilson. 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.

My two daughters benefitted from Karen's care, meals, and activities until they went to school. She always made time if I wanted to discuss their progress, and knowing that they would be given balanced nutritious meals included in the cost made my life so much easier!

Karen has been so reliable, in the four years I think she only needed to call me with her own family emergency once.

We'd thoroughly recommend her and her five star service!

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

by Avatar for VG88 VG88 about Avatar for Karen Wilson Karen Wilson on 16/09/2021

My daughter went to Karen from the age of 1 for a year before we relocated. Karen helped her to thrive in all areas and Isla loved going there. Karen provided everything we needed for Isla in a home from home setting and we regard her as a member of our family for this reason.

Upon searching for new childcare for my daughter it has become clear to me that Karen was truly 1 in a million when it comes to childcare settings and I am sure we will never find anyone like her. I highly highly recommend her and her setting to any parents.

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

by Avatar for Joanne_m Joanne_m about Avatar for Karen Wilson Karen Wilson on 27/02/2019

My husband and I chose Karen based on excellent childcare reviews, OFSTED report and flexibility with childcare hours. We took a risk of transferring our child from nursery to a childminding setting as we wanted to settle our son in Calne and liked the idea of a small group setting with activities not limited to one setting.

Karen is a friendly and bubbly mother of 2 grown up children. She is flexible and reliable (she has never taken a sick day during our year with her). Ad hoc sessions have been easy to arrange.

Activities include gingerbread men baking, paddling pool, soft play and my son even got to sit in the back of a real police car! There is a well stocked playroom with a small table for the children. Children are encouraged to be independent.

We believe that Karen is the best childminder in Calne and would recommend her highly.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for SmythN SmythN about Avatar for Karen Wilson Karen Wilson on 05/09/2013

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