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Loretta Young
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Childminder in Kempston

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Mar 2021 Last Login 21 Apr 2021 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

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** Easter holiday places available ** Situated in central Kempston just by Sainsburys, I have been a fully insured Ofsted Registered Childminder for over 29 years. I live with my husband and 2 daughters. My son has a 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 29 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 monitor ed 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 70 Certificates of further training 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. Prior to lockdown, we regularly visited various toddler groups, local library, various community projects, music & rhyme times, soft play, messy play, a dance and movement group. We also regularly used to 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. Of course these have all been stopped for the time being so we’re currently out and about in the fresh air a lot more, having lots of exercise, exploring nature at its best, making the most of what is available and finding our own entertainment basically! 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.

*** 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 also 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 29 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.

Oral Health in the Early Years

The Learning Walk

Cultural Capital

Coronavirus-Health and Safety

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 29 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.

......quite a few more to add still!

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

* 1 immediate daytime or 2 part time childcare places
* 2 after school collections (with the option of holiday care)
* Easter holiday places for school children
* A September under 5’s place is also available to reserve as little ones move onto school.

PLEASE NOTE: The current standard daytime places are for children 18 months upwards in order to fit in with existing children. (Excluding Easter holidays)

In addition to offering 15/30hr funded places, all workplace childcare vouchers are accepted. As I’m a Registered/Approved Provider you may be able to claim the Childcare Element of WFTC/Universal Credits depending on your household income. I am also registered for the new Government initiative of 20% Tax Free Childcare Scheme which is an incentive for higher earners with a household income of up to 100K per year. This gives you a permanent 20% discount by using the Government Scheme to pay your childcare fees. Please ask for further details about either of the above schemes.

I may offer early starts/late finishes and weekend childcare at enhanced rates for those who may need this facility. I may occasionally offer overnight childcare Holida y only care is also currently 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-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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After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 10/04/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

Fees start from £5.50 per hour for a standard full time placement (including all costs for any activities/trips/admissions etc) 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 may be available and offered in addition at enhanced rates. (Standard rates are between 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday)

Please call to discuss your indivi dual requirements or if you message me within this site 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

  • Training Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 26/10/2016)
  • Utility Bill (added 26/10/2016)
  • UK Passport (added 26/10/2016)
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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.

Loretta, is a lovely child-minder, she looked after our little girl two days a week when I returned to work. The level of communication we received made the whole process so much easier, every day we got a full diary of everything she had done that day. This included lots of photos of her and her friends happily playing which is lovely and reassuring to see when you are apart from your child, especially in the early days. They are always out and about, socialising with other children and days full of varied activities. I would highly recommend Loretta to anyone looking for child care.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Deb_C Deb_C about Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 08/06/2020

Response by Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 08/06/2020:

Thankyou for your kind words! We’re defiantly going to miss sweet girly as she’s been an absolute star and made our Grasmere Gang complete. As you said, hopefully she’ll be back soon once everything has settled down.

My son went to Loretta for 3 days a week, and every day he was with her he came home a very happy little boy, and he couldn't wait to tell me what they done that day. Loretta has taken him out every day he was with her, from going to feed the ducks, to train spotting, he loved going to her. On the days he was not going to Loretta he would ask me in the morning when i get him dressed:"mommy am i going to Loretta today?", and i say no, he would cry and say, but i love Loretta.
Thank you Loretta for being so loving and caring person. This little monster is missing you every day.
Jolene Lyons

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by Avatar for Jolene Jolene about Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 31/05/2020

Response by Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 01/06/2020:

Awww thankyou I know he loved his time with us as you told me nearly every week what he used to say when not coming to me! Always a happy chappy and we’ll definitely miss his happy smiley face too!

My son is at Loretta for only one week and I can say that now I know how a Childminder should behave with little ones because I had a very bad experience before with another Childminder.
Loretta is lovely, the kids loves her, she’s tacking them each day to a different place, and they do lots of activities, go and feed the duck or go to soft play with no extra cost. I can tell that she is very passionate in what’s she’s doing, she’s not doing just for the money like others Childminder I had before.
Every day I received a picture or Christmas ornaments and lots of pictures and videos.
My little one was crying in the first days but she always was sending me photos reassuring me that after a few minutes he was fine, and it was really good for me, I could do my job that day without thinking if his still crying or not.
Thank you Loretta!

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by Avatar for Daniela Daniela about Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 15/12/2019

Response by Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 17/12/2019:

Thankyou for you lovely words. I can’t believe how well he’s settled-it’s like he’s been with us forever and fits in with the other children so well. I always try and reassure parents in any way I can and I’m so glad you’re happy with the service I provide. He really is a pleasure to care for :-)

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!!

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by Avatar for Tasha Tasha about Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 20/06/2019

Response by Avatar for Loretta Young 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.

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by Avatar for Olivier Olivier about Avatar for Loretta Young Loretta Young on 03/10/2018

Response by Avatar for Loretta Young 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.

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