Childminder in Caterham

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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2011 Last Updated Jan 2020 Last Login 25 Feb 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

Hi, I'm Karen Foley and I have been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2005.

I have 3 children of my own aged 24, 22 and 17. We live in a 4 bedroom house in Caterham on the Hill (Hambledon Park). We have a playroom full of toys, puzzles, cars, dolls, games, dressing up, happyland, Lego, arts and crafts - too many to mention!! We also have a study/quiet room which the children are more than welcome to use to do homework or have a little lie down if they are tired or just simply wish to chill out for a while after a busy day at school! We also have a large conservatory which provides another room for playing/quiet time and a flat secure garden.

I currently pick children up from the following schools - St Peter and St Paul in Chaldon, St. Johns, Audley, Oakhyrst Grange, Warlingham Park and Caterham Prep & Pre Prep (not all in the same day!!) but I am happy to collect from any school or nursery in Caterham and the surrounding areas . I also offer a morning school drop off service to the above schools on a regular or an ad hoc basis if needed.

The previous families I childminded for were for 6 years+ and I considered them to be part of our family. Sadly they have now left my care and gone off to high school but they still come and see me regularly and I always love cooking them their favourite tea!! The families that I currently look after their children for have also been with me for quite a few years now and I am sure any one of them would happily provide a reference if needed.

I offer a happy, safe, home from home environment with a home cooked meal every night. I am very reliable and flexible and treat all children in my care with the same love and respect as I would my own children. We do many activities such as baking, painting, reading, play doh, trips to the local parks,making nature collages, etc (too many to list!!).

I am also happy to take/drop off any children to any after school activities they may have i.e Brownies, Beavers or collect from after school clubs they may belong to which is included in my hourly rate.

I am also available for holiday care for parents that need a bit of extra help throughout half term, inset and end of term holidays. I understand that the private schools do tend to have such long holidays and parents cannot always cover it all with their annual leave so I am available to help out on a one off or adhoc basis if needed. I am happy to take children on day's out, to the cinema, bowling, museums, to the local park, pond dipping etc (or whatever is age appropriate) all with parental consent. I aim to change my car every 3 years in order to keep it as reliable as possible and also to be up to date with the most recent safety features as safety for the children in my care is a priority.

My Experience

Ofsted Registered childminder 2005 and I find my job very rewarding as there are never two days that are the same. References are available from parents for whom I have childminded for. I have a clean driving license and I regularly go on council run training workshops to keep me up to date with current legislation.

My Qualifications


My Availability

I am available from 7 am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday (negotiable)
plus inset days/school holidays on a one off or adhoc basis. I can also offer emergency cover if required.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
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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: 22/06/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

Please contact me to discuss fee's. I am happy to accept childcare vouchers.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric first aid certificate (added 03/10/2017)
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Below are the latest reviews for karen foley. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other users and not of 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.

I can not recommend Karen enough, If only I could give more than 5 stars!!!
My son was so shy and didn't settle into nursery at all. After a year of upset we pulled him out and went down the childminder route instead. Literally the best thing that could ever have happened to all of us. Within a really short period of time he settled in, he was excited to go to Karens, he played with the other children confidently and he generally just came out of his shell.
Karen takes them out to lovely places and they are always partaking in some great activities. We have often then as a family gone to places where she has taken him as he has enjoyed it so much.
Karen is so flexible and always so reliable. I trust her with my child 100% and never had to worry when she had him. Not only is she great with my son she has been great for the whole family, I see her more like an aunty!!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about karen foley on 10/01/2020

Karen has been a brilliant and totally reliable ChildMinder for both our son (now 5) and daughter (now 7) since they were 3 & 4 years old.

Karen came highly recommended and she has certainly lived up to and beyond this recommendation.

We felt Karen treated our children as part of her family with a strong ethos of caring, the right disciplines and always keeping them active.

Our children never once didn’t want to go which is testament to how they enjoyed their time with Karen.

Highly recommend therefore and happy to give further details.

And to echo the reviews of others...... Karen really is a Mary Poppins!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about karen foley on 08/09/2019

Our Daughter Marianne who is now 6 has been looked after by Karen for 2 years now. Karen has become an integral part of our family. She has a genuine passion for children. She is caring, loving, patient, full of attention and also has a natural authority. Marianne loves staying at Karen's every day.

As working parents we had to rely heavily on Karen's support and often with last minute changes. Karen has always been extremely accommodating, flexible and 100% reliable. She goes above and beyond her duties as childminder. She is truly a superstar, always attentive, smiling. Just a joy!

She is fun, loving, creative and will always look for different activities to support children's development.
She takes them out to the farm or to the park or library and the children always get along well and have become true friends.

Karen provides a home and Marianne has been adopted by the entire family... including Bella, Karen's lovely and gentle dog :-).

I feel so grateful to Karen for her amazing warmth, generosity, love and attention towards our family. Living far from France and the family Karen has been a stable force helping us create a loving, caring, stable and fun environment for Marianne.

Karen is the real Mary Poppins and we can't thank her and her family enough for all they have done for Marianne and us.
She is one in a million!!! Thank you Karen.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Communication

by about karen foley on 16/07/2018

Karen has been the most wonderful childminder to my 2 girls. She has become a great friend and has been my rock over the years. She has always gone above and beyond in her level of care and I have always felt so reassured that they were with her.
Her house is spotless and they have lovely meals every day. Karen marks every occasion like Pancake Day and Chinese New Year which they all love! They do lots of crafts and in the summer trips to the park. More often than not they don’t want to be picked up!
Karen is a very kind and lovely person, nothing is ever too much trouble. We feel very lucky to have found her and now that we have moved on we will miss her very much.

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

by about karen foley on 23/04/2017

When I was looking for a childminder for my 4 year old and came across Karen's reviews I thought she sounded too good to be true - but a year and a half on, I can say that Karen is Truly Too Good ! And she is true !!

My daughter had spent most of her school holiday times plus 2 days after school care with Karen. In addition I have bothered Karen with lots of random ad hoc pick up & afterschool care requests and she had never let me down.

My daughter loves Karen and so do we. She had not only been like Mary Poppins, Maria (sound of music ) and all the favourite characters kids love but she has also been like a Agony aunt , friend and a support for me too. She's like a mother hen protecting the children but also an amazing friend and family to parents.

From yummy cookies to, pumpkin carving, Christmas deco, Mother's Day cards, candles , home made pizza the list is endless in terms of activities Karen does with kids. In addition the holiday activities are fun packed and different with trips to aquarium , science museum, parks etc.

I can write a book about how amazing Karen is ! She's just too amazing !!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about karen foley on 08/11/2016

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