Childminder in Swindon
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Female Member since Sep 2011 Last Updated Oct 2021 Last Login Mar 2022
Hi, my name is Caroline I am Ofsted registered, (gaining GOOD at my last inspection) I have been caring for children for 20+ years. I have one daughter who is in her 20s and is adored by the children I care for, she also has obtained a DBS check. I have a happy, friendly and welcoming home from home setting providing plenty of stimulation for little ones to grow & develop. There are plenty of play parks within easy access, west Swindon providing many opportunities for outside walks, exploring, picnics and duck feeding to name a few. Town Gardens is one of the places my children love to visit, they enjoy feeding the squirrels and seeing the birds in their aviary. I regularly get together with other childminders to give the children in my care the opportunity to play and interact with other adults and children of different ages. My goal is to give the children happy and enjoyable memories whilst providing parents peace of mind whilst they are working.
I can provide references from both past and present parents.
June 2021 Both myself and daughter have been double vaccinated against Covid-19
I qualified initially as a Nursery Nurse before taking the leap to become qualified childminder when my daughter was little and have not regretted my decision. The satisfaction in seeing babies grow and blossom is very rewarding and knowing that I have helped in that process for them to reach their full potential brings a smile to my face. I have worked in private nurseries/kindergarten, SBC Creche, pre-school and as a Deputy Manager of Swindon Borough Councils holiday club. My main love though is to care for little ones as a Registered Childminder.
I pride myself in providing a high standard of care and work in partnership with parents to ensure that all the children’s needs are met, both educationally and developmentally.
All the children in my care started when they were between 4m-1yr so I have many years experience caring for babies. As my own daughter was born at 33 wks I have premature experience too.
Qualified Nursery Nurse
Enhanced DBS Checked
NVQ 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development
Paediatric 1st Aid
Child Protection Level 2+
Health & Food Hygiene
Full Clean Driving Licence
Stage 2 Trio Quality Childminding Network
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Transition to School
Children returning to Childcare post Covid-19
I also attend various training courses run by Swindon Borough Council and Webinars on Childcare.co.uk to keep my practice up to date.
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|Last Updated: 07/10/2021|
- Childminding from £4.80 per hour
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 22/07/2017)
- DBS Check (added 22/07/2017)
Below are the latest reviews for Caroline. 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.
Jessica has been going to Caroline since she was 8 months old and took to Caroline straight away with no fuss or tears and came home a happy little bunny. She’s been like this to date, she can’t wait to get in to play and sometimes doesn’t want to leave!
Caroline does lots of activities (covid permitting) including arts & crafts hand/foot print cards for special occasions, which is lovely as I don’t get as much time to do these things at home.
Jessica loves Caroline and absolutely loves her daughter Lissy who is so good with the children too.
I heard about Caroline through word of mouth and from other Childminder’s. Caroline’s years of experience show and I couldn’t recommend her enough. I like the fact, if available, she dies baby sitting at the weekend too.
Caroline has been looking after my 1 year old for around 3 months now and they love going to ‘Caroline’s’ they have learnt loads, they go out during the day and are occupied at home.
Caroline is a very friendly, fun, practical and genuine lady and I would recommend her to anyone!
We have used Caroline as our childminder for nearly a year and a half (since March 2019) and could not have been happier with our choice. Caroline was recommended to us through my sister who had sent both of her children to Caroline's care previously, so to us this was a tried and tested relationship, and felt like keeping things in the family. And that's how it's felt really, Caroline has been completely invaluable to us. I was nervous to leave my quite clingy little one, but knew that in a smaller childminder setting she could feel more like a home from home, and learn some social skills in a more intimate environment rather than be overwhelmed in a more noisy manic nursery type setting Ever since my daughter has been going 3 days a week she has gained in confidence, speech, and manners to name but a few. You can tell the little ones adore Caroline, as will go off merrily into the house and happy to sit with and cuddle, but also respect instructions and behaviour boundaries as no nonsense is tolerated - which has been great as I can on occasion be too soft and happy to know the line is being towed! It's clear Caroline has been in the profession for some time as she is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to many aspects of the children she cares for. It's such a relief to know your little one is in great hands and with someone who takes a personal interest in their development and well being. Caroline always takes the time to provide important information and feedback, has kindly acted as a sounding board provided advice when requested. I feel we have gained a lifelong friend and support in Caroline and could not recommend her enough.
Caroline has looked after our son since he was 9 months old, she's been absolutely amazing and the perfect choice for us. She has been a childminder for over 20 year's and he experience certainly shows. Her home is immaculate, she is extremely professional, meticulous with her governance and communicates with us each day. More importantly she is a loving, kind person whom has been instrumental in the upbringing of our little boy. With Caroline's experience come all the extras you just don't get with other child minders. She's a font of knowledge, full of helpful tips and brings out the best in you as a parent... Super nanny doesn't do her justice.
We were extremely anxious about leaving our little one with a Childminder as we previously had only a very brief experience with a nursery that did not go to plan.
From the moment that contact with Caroline was made we were instantly put at ease, and taking the time to have that telephone conversation about our routine and needs alongside the opportunity for a visit and taster session went a very long way!
We have been with Caroline for 5 months now and our little one has settled like a dream. He is so much happier in a home environment and is developing so well. Caroline provides regular updates and occasional photos of days out or activities, and even takes the time to ask after them when they are not with her which is very much appreciated.
Overall we cannot be happier with Caroline taking care of our little one, it takes a lot to trust a stranger with something so precious but we are extremely grateful to have found her.
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