4.95 stars (19)

Childminder in Kempston

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Sep 2019 Last Login 23 Oct 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Free Smear-Test Childcare

About Me

1 full time place/days within this available. I'm Loretta Young and I'm situated in central Kempston just by Sainsburys. I have been a fully insured Ofsted Registered Childminder for 27 years. I live with my husband and 2 daughters. My son has his own house nearby.

I am a fully Insured NCMA/PACEY Member and hold an Enhanced CRB/DBS Disclosure. I am Ofsted Registered and Inspected with almost 28 years of continuous Registration. I'm also I.C.O. Registered and hold full Public Liability Insurance with PACEY.

I am extremely experienced, extensively trained and offer quality and fun childcare in a happy, home from home setting at sensible low ratios of adult to children. As like Nurseries I work within the EYFS Framework to ensure all your child’s progress is monitored and recorded and next steps are planned from my observations. I now use the UK’s largest on-line childcare portal Babysdays instead of A4 paper and journals. This is fully interactive with for parents and everything from contracts to invoices are available at the touch of a button on your phone or wherever you choose to log in from. Here you’ll also find daily notes where full information is also included along with photographs of your child’s day.

All childcare can be tailored exactly to your childs individual needs and your specific requirements.

I have undertaken extensive further training gaining over 60 Certificates of further training undertaken and also offer a vast portfolio of excellent parental references for which I can send you links for should you wish to view these prior to deciding whether to visit my setting.

I am a fun person, very friendly and approachable and your child's learning and development and both your happiness are my main objective. Our days are fun and varied. We do lots during the day both inside and outside of my home. Daily, we visit various toddler groups, local library, various community projects, music & rhyme times, soft play, messy play, a dance and movement group. We also regularly visit various Childrens Centres, 2 Childminder Support Groups, we could go bug hunting, feeding ducks, visit farms, numerous parks, go for a nature walk, garden centres, the local museum, feeding giant fish, visit pet shops etc. Nothing is ever set in stone....for example if a child has a current interest in trains or fire engines-we could go to the Train Station or Fire Station. We have done this many times and often wangle an exclusive guided tour of each! All of our trips out, visits, past times and attractions and all admission costs are included within your fees.

At home I have numerous educational toys and resources and we do lots fun and educational activities following the EYFS Framework and the children's interests such as singing and music sessions, dressing up and role play, gardening, computers/iPads, arts and crafts with glue and paint, basic baking and cooking, projects, model making, age appropriate scientific experiments, general free play and much more.

My home is warm, large, clean and welcoming. My garden is fully enclosed and has various swings, slide, trampoline, sand pit etc in addition to general items such as play tents, paddling pools, golf, skittles, ride on bikes and trikes etc. We have tortoises which the children love feeding and also some very tolerant cats which love to be fussed. Please bear this in mind if your child may have allergies.

I provide all the essentials with regards to pushchairs, car seats, travel cots, car seats etc. All my toys, resources and equipment are regularly checked for safety and kept in a good and clean condition. Please ring to discuss your individual requirements or message me for free via this site.

*** As I'm a Gold Member my phone numbers are freely available to you within my profile plus section should you wish to ring me. My Gold Membership also allows you to initiate messages to me within this site should you wish to message me ***

My Experience

I have 29 years experience of bringing up my own children and 28 years helping many happy families with theirs!

I have a special interest in behaviour management and also speech and language development and can help your child with problems regarding this in order to develop them further should you have any concerns about this.

I have also minded babies from 3 weeks old, twins, children with behaviour problems, teenagers and special needs children.

My Qualifications

(Certificates of further training in no particular order)

Paediatric First Aid (numerous renewals tailored especially to babies and young children renewed every 3 years maximum over 27 years)

C.O.E.L. Characteristics of Effective Learning

Child Protection

Safeguarding (Refresher to the above with 100% passmark)

Home Fire Safety Training

Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse V3

Oral Health Awareness and Nutrition Training

Working with Babies

The Prevent Duty ( Level 2)

Early Years Foundation Stage

Speech and Language Disorders in Pre School Children

English as an Additional Language

Allergy Awareness

The Prevent Duty Level 2

Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect-Core V4/R4MV5/V7.3

Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect-Core Refresher R4MV5

Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect-Core Refresher R3MV14

Data Protection Level 2

Inclusive Play, Disability and Early Years Workshop

Prevent Duty and British Values

Supporting all Children's Speech, Language and Communication

Disability Awareness

Supporting all Children's Speech, Language and Communication

Common Assessment Framework

Supporting all Children's Speech, Language and Communication-Introductory Level

Using Visuals to Support Communication

Child Development in the Early Years

Sensory Play and Learning

E.Y.F.S. Planning Observations and Planning

Autism, Aspergers Syndrome and Semantic Pragmatic Disorder

Nutrition and Oral Health

NCMA Behaviour Management and Emotional Development for 5-12yr olds

Drug Awareness

Compulsory Paperwork

Supporting Children with S.E.N.D.

Smile Award

Allergies and Anaphylactic Shock

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

E.Y.F.S. Moving On

Behaviour and Self Regulation

Inclusion and Diversity

Under 5's Learning Through Play

C.A.F. (Common Assessment Framework)

Early Learning Goals

Allergy Awareness

Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

Developing Young Childrens Speech and Literacy

Observations of Childrens Learning

Teach the Foundation Stage (through Block Play)

Happy Handz Non-Verbal Communication

N.C.M.A. Activities for 5-12 year olds

A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Birth to Three Matters

Portfolio Workshop

Using Visuals To Support Communication

Risk Assessment and Enabling Environments

How to Drug-proof your kids

C.A.F. Raising Awareness

Common Assessment Framework v3 e-learning course

Administration of Epi-Pen

Policy and Procedure Writing

Compulsory Paperwork

Data Protection Level 2

E.Y.F.S. Briefing Sessions

Level 2 Food Safety in Catering (Food Hygiene)

Are you Ready for your Inspection?

I.C.P. (Introduction to Childminding Practice)

Early Mathematics

Mark Making

Phonics for Pre-School Children

Health and Self Care

2 Year Progress Check

Tracking Children’s Progress

Transition to School

Sustained Shared Thinking Webinar

Child Development in the Early Years

Sensory Play and Learning

Introduction to the E.Y.F.S.Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Working with Babies

English as an additional language

Supporting Children with S.E.N.D.

Local Authority Registered Food Business Establishment for Food Hygiene (England) Regs 2006

I.C.O. Registered

N.C.M.A/P.A.C.E.Y. Member for almost 28 years

Inland Revenue Small Business Support Team-Income Tax for Registered Childminders

Advanced Training Course covering all aspects of the Baby's Days system including: Progress, Observations, Planning, Next Steps, Policies, Permissions, Medical, Book keeping, Attendance, Contracts, Registers, SEF, Photographs, Risk Assessments & Diaries.

My commitment to ongoing training is very important to me as it constantly updates my knowledge and keeps me up to date with latest methods and legislation.

My Availability

* One full time childcare place available (or days of this) Preferred age is approx 2yrs +

* After school collections are currently available from any local school either with/without holiday care and teacher training days.

* Holiday only places are also available for school children.

In addition to offering 15/30hr funded places, all workplace childcare vouchers are accepted and as I am a Registered/Approved Provider you may be able to claim the Childcare Element of WFTC/Universal Credits depending on your household income. I have also recently pre-registered for the new Government initiative of 20% tax free childcare incentive for higher earners. Please ask for further details about either of the above schemes.

I also offer early starts/late finishes and weekend childcare at enhanced rates for those who may need this facility. I occasionally offer overnight childcare. Placements can be all year or term time only. Holiday only care is also available.

My preferred method of contact is by phone as I feel human conversation is better than endless messages. However, if you would prefer to message me on this site-please clearly state your requirements in full including preferred days, times, childs ages and any other relevant details etc If you require school care PLEASE state which school with the same information-thankyou.

*** As I'm a Gold Member you can easily access my phone number within my profile plus section. This Membership also allows you to initiate messages to me within this site should you wish to message me ***

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Last Updated: 11/10/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Fees start from £5 per hour for a standard full time placement and also for 5 day a week holiday care. However, this can vary depending on your requirements. Factors to consider are:

How many children
Which days
What hours
How regularly
Long/short term arrangement
Term time only or all year

Early mornings, late nights, overnight care and weekends are available and offered in addition at enhanced rates. (Standard rates are between 8.00am-5.30pm Monday-Friday)

Please call to discuss your individual requirements or message me on this site but do PLEASE clearly state your requirements in full.

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

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  • Training Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • Utility Bill (added 26/10/2016)
  • UK Passport (added 26/10/2016)


Below are the latest reviews for Loretta Young. 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 year old daughter had an overnight stay with Loretta. She made me feel at ease by sending her qualifications, sending videos of where my daughter would be staying etc and kept me updated while she had my daughter. She was able to pick up and drop off (as I do not drive) and my daughter came back very smiley.
100% recommend!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Loretta Young on 20/06/2019

Response by Loretta Young on 21/06/2019:

Awww many thanks for the lovely review. I try to reassure parents as much as possible by sending pics/videos throughout the time their child is with me. Also I try to help parents by offering transport if I can. Girly was so sweet, smiley and well behaved so please contact me again if the need arises.

Our 5-year old son has been staying with Loretta for over a year now after school and during school holidays and absolutely loves it. Loretta always tries to find new activities (seasonal) to entertain the children and our son never gets bored. He has also met lots of new friends as Loretta cares for several other children and they all get on very well. I highly recommend Loretta's services if you are looking for a "feel at home" place for you child in the Kempston area.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Loretta Young on 03/10/2018

Response by Loretta Young on 21/06/2019:

Thankyou for your lovely review. We always have lots of fun and there’s never a dull moment! He’s a very sweet, well mannered boy who’s a pleasure to care for.

Prior to meeting Loretta, my daughter was afraid of cats, but Loretta found a way to make her feel comfortable and reassure her - by the end of her first day she enjoyed being around her fluffy cats and looked forward to going back.

My daughter always talks about Loretta and the various activities she enjoys with her such as Lego Club and going to local parks. She also likes playing in her garden, playing with the other children that Loretta cares for and looking after the cats. Loretta is chatty and always thinking about activities to do with the children and always suggests activities that I can do with my daughter on the weekends.

  • 4 stars Overall
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by about Loretta Young on 20/09/2018

Response by Loretta Young on 21/09/2018:

Thankyou for your review. She's a lovely polite and helpful girl and a pleasure to care for.

Our little one is with Loretta since mid April 5 days / week and loves it! She has so many activities for him and the rest of the children that he never wants to leave in the evening! There are activities in doors when it is raining but most of the time she is bringing him to groups, parks (water park in the summer) museums etc. My sister in law's childminder doesn't even do 1/3 of what Loretta proposes! A good mix of Nanny Mcphee and Mary Poppins! Very happy and very glad we found her!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Loretta Young on 14/09/2018

Response by Loretta Young on 16/09/2018:

Thankyou so much for your kind words and yes we love being busy outdoors. It’s always lovely seeing Baby Boys happy little face every morning but not so sweet when he doesn’t want to leave at home time!

Loretta is a wonderful childminder. Very passionate about her work, with years of experience and my daughter absolutely love her. She puts a lot of effort to entertain children and make them feel happy and safe. My daughter Laura was staying with Lorreta for the school holidays and she absolutely loved it. I am so pleased that this is not a stay at home childminder. They always do something and never get bored. She takes children to the park, playground or even to the Play House with no extra cost. She also have a big garden with swing and a slide and many toys to keep children entertain at all times. So far this is the best childminder that my daughter ever went to and for me this is very important as I want her to feel happy and I know she is in good hands. We definitely come back in October half term.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Loretta Young on 03/09/2018

Response by Loretta Young on 04/09/2018:

Thankyou so much for your kind words Kasia. I do try to give the children plenty of outdoors activities aswell as those at home. Today for example was home play, then the giant sand pit visit, Danish Camp bouncy castle and nature walk, feeding the ducks and fish at Wixams, the sand park, picnic in the garden, making play doh then a trip to the vets! I love being busy :-)

Laura is a lovely, sociable girl and she got on brilliantly with the other children. It would be a pleasure to welcome her back.

Thankyou again.

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