4.33 stars (6)

Childminder in Torquay

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Feb 2020 Last Login 26 May 2020 Email

My Summary

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

About Me

My name is Carol Ferris I am a Registered Childminder in Torquay. I offer a quality childcare service to parents and children from birth to 5 yrs. On my last Ofsted Inspection (January 2016) I recieved the highest grading of "Outstanding" for the third time.
I offer a caring, warm environment. A wide range of activities are planned according to children's individual interests. I believe that spending time outdoors is very important. The children go outdoors everyday, I provide waterproof suits and wellies for wet weather play. We also enjoy local outings to the zoo, living coasts, the beach, Cockington and local parks.

Collection and after school care now available from Upton St James, Term time only.

My Experience

I have 28 yrs experience of working with children of various ages both in a private nursery and as a childminder. I am also able to offer The Nursery Education Grant funding for children aged 3 & 4 and qualifying 2 year olds as well as childcare vouchers.

My Qualifications

I am continually updating my qualiications and have completed NVQ levels 2 and 3, NVQ level 4 in children's care, learning & development. The Foundation Degree in Early Years level 5, as well as keeping qualifications such as first aid and child protecting up to date.

My Availability

1 Space available Wednesday . Half days considered.

Free Local collection and drop back may be possible depending on times and location.

Please contact me for further information and to discuss your childcare requirements.

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Last Updated: 10/02/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Fee's are charged at £5.00 per hour and are inclusive of all activities, outings, healthy snacks and drinks.

I am able to offer the Nursery Education Grant Funding for all 3 & 4 year olds (15 free per week, 38 weeks of the year) and qualifying 2 year olds. Please contact me for more information.

Collection from Upton St James School, Torquay, Term Time only, up until 5.30pm £15

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


Below are the latest reviews for Carol Ferris. 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.

Carol has been looking after my 24 month old daughter for 3 months now and it was the best decision regarding her childcare that I have made! She is always happy to be left and often talks about Carol at home. Carol's home is really welcoming.

Carol fills in a daily diary so we know all about Our daughter's day and she always takes time to communicate when we drop off/collect. I always love to hear about all the trips and visits that they have been on and look forward to seeing the photographs of their adventures!

Carol is a very kind and approachable person and the children she cares for have a wonderful role-model to learn from. I would definitely recommend Carol to anyone looking for childcare.

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

by about Carol Ferris on 14/04/2016

I contacted this childminder for my son we arranged times placement available and the day we got given by childminder and time was good for me , to then recived a text message to say placement was now taken son was looking forward to coming .. must new another family was going to turn up 9am to take this place ... :(

  • 1 stars Overall

by about Carol Ferris on 25/01/2016

Response by Carol Ferris on 14/04/2016:

Im sorry that you felt let down. Unfortunately the space got taken so there was little point you coming for a visit. I messaged you as soon as I had the call from the other family saying that they would like to take the space.

As a childminder Carol has the perfect balance of professionalism yet always warm, friendly and welcoming.

Carol is very caring with a gentle manner and I have to say one of the kindest people I know – always thinking of others.

Carol was my eldest son’s childminder (he is now 8 years old) and has been looking after our youngest (20 months old) for the last 7 months. Our decision to go back to Carol was an easy one. Carol set a very high standard for anyone to follow and although we were hoping to find a childminder in Paignton I couldn’t find anyone that even came close to Carol. The extra journey time is well worth it knowing that I have peace of mind that my son is happy and being looked after by someone that I have absolute faith in.

I would highly recommend Carol.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Carol Ferris on 26/03/2014

My husband and I both work full time.
After maternity leave I went back to work when our son was just 8 months old; it was very important for us to find someone experienced and trustworthy who will take care of our son when we can not be with him.
We were looking for a person with who we will be comfortable to leave our precious baby for most of the day. Safe environment was also a priority for us. We both agreed that homely atmosphere (not a nursery) will be the best for a little boy.

We found three childminders in the local area - but there was always 'something' which we did not like. When we went to visit Carol we knew almost from the beginning that she will be the right person for our little boy - and we were right.

Our son is 4 years old now and he loves Carol to pieces!
Carol taught him so much (she was even helping with potty training) she is always there with her advice and help. Sometimes when we as parents weren't sure what to do she always supported us and showed the best way for the child.

Our son is always happy and smiling when he is about to spend time with Carol. He is proudly presenting us his painting and drawings. He is never bored (and he is very active little boy). He is talking about his day, where he was and how much fun he had. He loves trips to Living Coast, ZOO and Cockington.

We can 100% recommend Carol!!
Sometimes we are joking that it is a shame that our little boy can not stay with her till at least his 16th Birthday ;)

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Carol Ferris on 12/07/2013

I am a single parent, who works full time so finding the right child care for my little boy was very important to me. I wanted some one who would be able to look after my boy and guide him in his developement and encourage him to grow and explore. I also wanted him to feel safe and loved and to enjoy his time with his childminder, as his time while mummy worked.

Carol ticked all these boxes and so many more!! She is truely amazing with my little boy and he loves her to bits! He's always bringing home lovely pictures and telling me about his day, he even says 'carol brings me here' when we're out and about in places like cockington or living coasts. He is always so pleased to know when he's going to Carol's and excited to see her.

Carol is also very easy to talk to. Any concerns i've had about my boy, ive been able to discuss them with her and she always reassures me and puts my mind at rest. Carol keeps me very well informed with what my boy has been doing and how he's getting on.
Its great to know when I cant be with him, he's happy and safe in a nice family home and environment, with a lady who has his best interest at heart!

In all she's just amazing and we love her to peices for making it such an easy task for me and a really enjoyable experience for my boy! :0) xx

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Carol Ferris on 15/11/2010

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