Francine's Reviews

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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 15 reviews)

Francine has been our 18 months old's childminder for 4 days a week since he started in childcare at 12 months old. We have been so lucky finding her.

When looking at childcare options, we wanted our son to be in a family environment with people who love and care for him and with other children of a similar age to interact with. Francine is incredibly warm and loving, always giving cuddles and reassuring words. Rex has made lots of friends with the other, all pre-school aged children in her care. She is clearly motivated to provide the best care, doing a range of daily activities including visits to playgroups, circle time, reading, painting...the list goes on. My partner and I are in awe of her energy. She also has the loveliest family who clearly love having the little ones around - her teenagers are such fantastic role models for the little people (and great for fun games in the evening!).

Our son has thrived during his time with her. He absolutely loves going to Francine's, often taking his bag to the door and grabbing his shoes long before it is time for us to leave in the morning. When he arrives, he always gives Francine the biggest hug and in the evening sometimes doesn't want to leave. We try not to take it to personally!

Finally Francine is an absolute baby magician. Our son is a super energetic ball of energy and she's managed to channel this so that he loves doing things that can be a struggle with toddlers. He happily walks along the road holding our hands, loves showing us how to put his coats and shoes on, is always ready to brush his teeth and even doesn't mind getting his nappy changed.

Thank you so much Francine for all your love and support with our little man!

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by Avatar for Maia Maia about Avatar for Francine Francine on 07/12/2021

The first thing that strikes you about Francine is her enthusiasm and energy. She is so warm and bubbly and her genuine love of children really shines through. Her setting is homely and organised and she makes a real effort to provide varied activities, whether it's counting in French or baking. Our son loves the time he spends with Francine - we are very lucky to have her.

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by Avatar for Christin Christin about Avatar for Francine Francine on 23/11/2021

We left our 9 month old son in Francine’s care full-time after an incredibly short settling in period, due to having postponed his start at nursery because of Covid fears. It was an emotional time for me, going back to work and changing childcare plans last-minute, and Francine couldn’t have made the transition easier. She sent updates on the first day, with pictures, and continued to provide daily pictures and summaries for the three months our son was in her care.

Francine is so warm and caring and the kids feel safe and happy in her presence from the start. She is creative and inventive with activities, and encourages learning and fun, and plenty of outdoor play, which our son loved.

The meals are varied, home-cooked and wholesome, and the environment is warm and loving. Francine’s kids are brilliant too, and it was lovely to see them also looking out for our son. We were gutted to have to finally switch to the nursery and wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.

Can’t wait to have her babysit!

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by Avatar for Katie Katie about Avatar for Francine Francine on 01/04/2021

We found Francine more by luck than judgement and we couldn't be happier with the care she provides our 17 month old son. She is an amazing mix of warm and caring, but full of fun and energy as well. Our son loves the time he spends with Francine and has developed so much whilst in her care. From the very beginning we knew she was special and would become more than a childminder to us. She spent lots of time getting to know us before I went back to work, and I had absolute confidence that he would be fine once I left him. Leaving your child with someone who you know truly cares about them is so important and we feel incredibly grateful for Francine every day! We cannot recommend her enough.

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by Avatar for Amy Ryan Amy Ryan about Avatar for Francine Francine on 13/11/2020

I cannot recommend Francine more if I tried. From our first meeting, my daughter basically ran to her and never looked back. Francine provides such a warm and inviting atmosphere that immediately puts both parent and child at complete ease. She is amazingly patient, provides nutritious meals and educational play and most wonderfully for parents, sends pics and videos with updates throughout the day.

She was amazingly accommodating to our changing needs and her support through tough times was so helpful to us. My daughter misses her terribly and if not for a change in personal circumstances, we would have happily continued on with Francine for many more years.

Cannot recommend enough!!!

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by Avatar for Corinne Corinne about Avatar for Francine Francine on 08/11/2020

Francine is brilliant- she accommodated my request for emergency childcare last minute and was extremely accommodating. She is very kind and understanding. She gave me updates on how my son was getting on during the day, which was very reassuring. My son is often shy in new places, but he settled in quickly. The most important feedback of all- my son said that he really enjoyed his time with Francine and asked when he could go back to play at her house :)

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by Avatar for Emma987 Emma987 about Avatar for Francine Francine on 20/07/2020

I had to find a childminder at very short notice returning to work after my maternity leave as a key worker in the NHS and Francine was only too happy to help.

My daughters have quickly adjusted to being in her care and that is testament to her caring and warm manner and the fact that she cares for them as she would her own children.

I was nervous about leaving them after being home with them for so long but with the daily updates on what they’ve been up to along with the pictures of them looking very happy indeed, my mind was quickly put at ease.

My experience with Francine has been second to none and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone!

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by Avatar for Colette Colette about Avatar for Francine Francine on 01/06/2020

I had to find childcare at short notice and I had been introduced to Francine. Well what can I say I was afraid to leave my daughter with anyone but with Francine she treated my daughter as if she was her own and made me feel so at ease. Francine has been a godsend for us and I can not recommend her enough, you know that your child will be cared for.

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by Avatar for Gina106 Gina106 about Avatar for Francine Francine on 18/05/2020

We are so so grateful to have found Francine!
We were originally going to put our little boy Theo into a nursery but started the settling in process and just didnt feel happy with it.
We wanted him to be with someone who genuinely cares about him and his development and we have found that in Francine a million times over.
Francine is so focused on giving the children in her care the best day and Theo is truly thriving.
He has only been going for 3 weeks and has settled amazingly well, is now eating 3 meals a day with her, having naps and has grown in confidence already.
They spend lots of time outside, go to play groups or soft play, the library, farms, painting, songs, learning circle...the fun is endless!
Francine has also taken on using reusable nappies which is fab!
So very happy to have found a genuinely lovely, motivated and driven childminder.

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by Avatar for Becky Becky about Avatar for Francine Francine on 28/01/2020

Francine is great! Our 15 month old son has been going to her 3 times a week since November and settled in quickly. He now happily waves us off at the door in the morning! Francine is very warm and caring, and naturally great with children. She makes a real effort to take him to different classes and does so many activities with him. He has lots of food allergies which made me very nervous about leaving him but Francine has been great, always sending updates and making special meals for him.

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by Avatar for Tiff Tiff about Avatar for Francine Francine on 09/01/2020

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