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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 10 reviews)

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.
Emilie

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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.

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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 !!

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by about karen foley on 08/11/2016

I wish I had found Karen a lot sooner, she really is a Mary Poppins!
My son absolutely loved being with Karen, whether out and about playing or at her home.
I knew as soon as I met her that she was the one to look after my son. She's caring, funny, amazing with children and I knew that my son was being looked after in a fun and safe environment.

I cannot recommend Karen enough.

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by about karen foley on 17/09/2016

My children have been going to Karen for about 18 months now and love her. I can genuinely say she has been great!

Karen has a way with kids and her beautiful clean and tidy home is set up perfectly with toys, arts, crafts and a nice sized garden to keep them entertained all day.

Karen is very down to earth, friendly accommodating and FLEXIBLE!! There have been a number of times where she had helped me out last minute with childcare and is always willing to help and work around me when she can.

I 100% recommend Karen she is fabulous!!

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by about karen foley on 03/09/2016

We have used Karen for almost a year now and she has been absolutely wonderful with our son. As I said in the title she is professional but so caring and lovely with it. Our son loves going to Karen and looks forward to his time with her.

She has taken him on visits, completed activities together and even gone to the aerodrome because he wanted to watch the gliders.

My relationship with Karen has been fabulous. We have communicated regularly about my son's needs and she has listened and responded every time. She ticks every box I have when thinking about a person to entrust with my son. Thank you Karen xx

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by about karen foley on 09/07/2015

Karen has been my childminder for my two children (now aged 9 and 6) for around 3 years now. She is fabulous! I am a single mum with a busy job, and Karen has made life so much easier for me. Karen has helped me out on numerous occasions at the last minute during term time when one of my children needs to stay off school and I have a client meeting!

My kids spend a fair chunk of their school holidays with Karen and she takes excellent care of them. They have fun packed days either out and about or playing in Karen's very child friendly home/ garden.

Karen provides a warm and friendly environment for the children she cares for, and her lovely own children are testament to her skills as a mum too.

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by about karen foley on 01/07/2015

I met Karen through this website last summer and it was clear straight away that she would be the one to look after my 4 year old daughter. Its the 'Peace of Mind' factor when you go to work that your child is being looked after and enjoys the environment.

Karen has been looking after my daughter since Sept 2012 and has never let me down and is always contactable if I need to call her whilst I am at work.

Karen is very kind, great with the children and easy going but firm when needed which I think is very important as my daughter will be spending a lot of time with her.

Karen has a lovely family and home and they are all very welcoming making us all feel like part of the family - her daughter also babysits for us. I trust Karen implicitly and I feel that I can go to work and not have to worry about my daughter.

Karen's home is spotless - even though shes does lots of activities with the children - especially cooking and crafts with 4 year olds!!! My daughter is always coming home with Karen's lovely cakes.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karen - as my daughter says 'when is it Karen day'.

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by about karen foley on 29/01/2013

I met Karen 5 years ago thru' word of mouth and as a busy single parent to an only child, she has been a godsend. My daughter loves going to her house and when I go to pick her up she invariably asks 'Can I stay a bit longer?', which to me says all I need to know about the level of enjoyment and care she receives.

Karen has always been reliable, accommodating and trustworthy and is always calm even when I'm in a panic about being late. She has a lovely house which is somehow always clean in spite of all the activity that goes on there!

I have no hesitation in recommending Karen as I have none nothing but complete confidence in her, she has been everything I wanted in a childminder and more. My daughter has loved her time with her and is sad that now she is off to secondary she will no longer be spending time with Karen and her family.

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by about karen foley on 24/06/2012

Finding someone you trust to care for your children when you can back to work can be a daunting task. I spent weeks searching for a childminder and met several but non I really "clicked" with. Karen was recommended to me by chance or it could be down to fate :) by the estate agent selling my house!

We met over coffee in the garden and the relief I felt was immense. Karen is one of those people you can't help but love. Her house is a family home where children are very much at the heart of it. She is kind, warm and welcoming; a feeling you get instantly you walk in the house. Although how she keeps it so pristine with the amount of baking and activities that go on I'll never know.

She has a great sense of humour and a fun and relaxed personality. As well making her approachable by the children, it also makes it easy to work with her to manage any issues that arise.

My children have now been going to Karen after school for 4 years. In that time she has never once not been able to collect them. My children love her to pieces and she has become a great friend and confidant to me.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karen to anyone in the same position I was 4 years ago. With Karen I have complete trust, and peice of mind that my children are safe and happy.

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