review of Kate Linehan - Childminder in Chislehurst
Kate Linehan looked after my son Freddie for almost 2 years, following the end of my maternity leave. This was his first experience of being left by mummy and Kate put him at ease immediately with her humorous and loving approach. The whole Linehan family made him very welcome and he developed a great relationship with them all. We were very sad when it was Freddie's time to move on.
Kate's home has been transformed provide a free flow between the inside and outside environments. Decking leads straight out of the rear doors to a wealth of fantastic outdoor activity toys, should they ever tire of the many toys and craft projects Kate provided inside.
Kate ensured that the little ones in her care participated in many varied activities outside of the childminding environment. She took them to parks, sports classes, drama classes, day trips to museums and organised play groups. I felt she provided the breath of experiences I would've chosen myself. Freddie experienced all this with a little close knit group of peers and I couldn't see this being achieved through any other childcare option.
Kate runs a tight ship in terms of routine and discipline when required. As a parent this meant what was expected of us and Freddie was clear and we were kept up to date via the 'Babysdays' online system. This is fantastic for keeping everything in one place and as a historical reference point, the photos and videos always brought a smile to my face when at work.
Kate was also very conscious of the Ofsted development guidelines. She kept us informed on Freddie's progress and provided a fantastic and informative document to pass on to his pre-school. I will never forget the 'People who help us' topic - cue very cute Fireman and Doctor fancy dress outfits.
In summary, we were extremely happy with our choice of Kate, we entrusted our most precious possession to her and never regretted it.