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Childminder in Preston

Female Non-smoker Member since May 2012 Last Updated Jun 2020 Last Login 08 Jul 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

I have a vacancy become available Monday- Thursday full days
I am able to offer 30 hours free funding.
Hi, Im Helen and I am an Ofsted registered childminder who has been working with children for 30 years, I have two grown up children and a granddaugter.


I live not far from the M6 motorway ( Junction 31)

I have my own transport, and regularly take the minded children out to playgroups, the park, animal parks, swimming, stables (my daughter & granddaughter have 4 horses) - the list is endless!!!

I meet up on a regular basis with other childminders for support and to share experiences,

My Experience

I have worked with many lovely families over the years and have enjoyed the challenges and experiences that came with them, I have worked with some of these families for 10 years, leaving their 4 children in my care until they went to school,
I have also looked after two sets of twins on seperate occasions, one set being as young as 9 weeks old when they came to me,
Many of the children have come from reccomendations from previous parents, which is a testiment of my committment to childminding.
I have also worked as a Nanny when I was younger, and lived in with a family, looking after their 3 young girls.

My Qualifications

An assortment of Gse:s from secondary school, ranging from A - C's

Attended Tusan College on a Nursery nursing course,

work experience in a nursery, and live in nanny to 3 children

First Aid certificate

I regularly update the required courses for childminding eg, safe guarding, risk assesment, food hygiene.

I implement the EYFS to all children under the age of 5yrs.

My Availability

I am open 48 weeks per year,

I have availability Mon - Thursday

Opening times

8am - 5.30pm

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes no no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 17/06/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

£34.00 per day, x8am- 5pm

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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  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 21/04/2020)


Below are the latest reviews for helensta. 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.

Our little girl has been with Helen since she was 8 months old, she has always enjoyed going and Helen has always provided an excellent level of care. She mets all of Aebha's needs effectively and promotes all areas of her development.

Aebha has had lots of experiences that we certainly would not have had with a nursery or possibly another childminder. She loves to go to the stables, she grew in confidence going swimming and she loved going sledging when it snowed.

Helen keeps us informed every day both verbally and through a weekly written diary.

It will be a very sad day for us when Aebha goes to primary school, Helen is an excellent childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about helensta on 22/10/2012

Helen is a very professional childminder and would recommend her to anyone. The only reason we did not use Helen was the distance we would of had to travel from home,work and Helen's . Wish this was not a problem as i would of been very happy to leave my son with Helen.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about helensta on 16/09/2012

From October 2009 we required the services of a childminder for our daughter Intan who was coming up one year old. Like all parents, we were apprehensive about leaving our daughter with someone else and we thoroughly researched our options. We drew up a shortlist of recommended childcare providers in Preston including Nurseries, Registered Childminders or a Nanny, that we were to visit. This was not going to be easy because not only did we have the general wellbeing of Intan in mind but she also had a good few allergy problems, including a Cows milk allergy and a nut allergy.

After visiting all of the childcare service providers on our list it was obvious to us that Helen was going to be the correct choice. Helen was based in Preston just round the corner from us, the childcare setting was clean, the other children under her care were happy, progressing well and were also kept clean. We would highly recommend that you visit any childcare service provider at the setting before you commit yourself.

Intan will be starting at Nursery in September 2012 in readiness for starting Junior school. She is a confident little girl with a wise head who is more than ready for any challenges ahead. This, in part at least, is down to the three years that she has spent with Helen and the individual attention all the children in her care get.

The trips out, groups they frequent and activities they get involved in have all added to the value that Helen provides as a childminder. A special note should be made of how Helen has dealt with Intan’s allergies. Always vigilant and taking the correct actions as necessary.

Both Anih and myself would like to take this opportunity to thank Helen for all her help. Intan has enjoyed herself whilst she has been with her and we are pleased with the way she has progressed and the values that Helen has imparted to her.

We are recommending Helen without any reservations to anyone who is looking for a Childminder in Preston

  • 5 stars Overall

by about helensta on 08/08/2012

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