5 stars (23)

Childminder in St Albans

Babysitter in St Albans

Female 43 years old Non-smoker Member since Jan 2010 Last Updated Feb 2018 Last Login 17 Feb 2018 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
Weekend Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

Are you looking for a child minder based in St Albans look no further!

Hi parents.. Annette and Edward would like to offer their professional services as providers in the comfort of their own home.we provide a warm reception-to all families. We are a family run business, offering a touch of class service as We work as a team. Combining the advantages of childminding with the small modern day nursery. Our home is welcoming,clean, smoke free,safe secured,stimulating,we are patient and understanding, fun and happy. It is so rewarding to hear from parents and see from children how much we enrich children's lives as they grow happily beautifully in our care. The satisfaction of seeing this makes it all so Worthwhile as we dedicate our time to supporting parents and their children. As we are parents too and appreciate and understand, how important it is for our precious children to be well taken care of.

It is nice to see all children in our setting playing together happily and enjoying each others company and also meeting new friends at the different venues we attend.

We are ofsted registered in 2013 we had our last inspection we done exceptional well.

We offer individual care, we interlink our routine with yours. We have a full range of modern facilities, equipment and toys.... We have all the relevant qualifications to enable us to care for your little ones; we are knowledgeable, we are passionate about providing quality care, we work in partnership with parents. we have three beautiful loved children of our own. A diploma level three in child care and education, paediatric first aid, social care, years of voluntary service to schools, nurseries playgroup. We are a husband and wife team combined with over 17 years in the child care sector.

additional information

My hobbies

I enjoy family events such as restaurants, holidays walking, socializing. I go to a local gym, I enjoy different types of music. craft exhibitions, Theater,reading

working with children

I studied child care for many years and gained recognized qualifications.I am always updating my knowledge in child care. and Intend to be in this field for a very long time!


For your convenience we can come to you, and support you by offering you a pick up and drop home service. Parents have commented how much this helps them.We have a clean driving license a seven seated people carrier and are experienced drivers.

Our Meals

At Lillies of the valley we serve nutritionally balanced meals made with fresh, local ingredients.We consults with families to produce good food that the children want to eat. A variety of fresh seasonal fruits are also offered daily.

come and see us......

You are welcome to come and see our setting you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. You can relax and know that your child/children are well taken care of....... you may be reading this and you may be asking your self, what happens next....

Face to face meetings

The 1st meeting is at our home. If we are both happy we then arrange a further meeting as we feel it is important to familiarize our selves and get to know about your requirements and your child's needs. In the comfort of your home and I can see the child//children in their home surroundings..

Out and about

The child/ children get ample amount of exercise in the fresh air? local parks play groups, farms, aquariums, libraries,educational trips.

Settling in

We believe that children need time to settle as both carer and child/children bond. We understand that Parents are in trusting us with their precious ones..... we endeavor to make them apart of our happy family....

Teddy bear's room

A wide range of equipment and resources is provided to stimulate your child’s imaginative development. Your child will be encouraged to explore and develop their own creativity through painting, cutting and sticking, collage, pattern making, modelling.

Children will be able to investigate their environment and the world incorporating an understanding of different cultures, seasons and appreciation of animals, wildlife, eg willows farm daily routines.

Talking and listening skills will be developed through books, song, rhymes, music, role play, writing and reading; enabling your children to progress with confidence.

Investing in child future by giving them the best possible start

We encourage independence and confidence, enabling your child to establish effective relationships in a small homely environment. whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of others. We will teach an understanding of right and wrong behaviour and manners. Personal skills such as brushing teeth, washing,

Indoor/Out door play/nature

opposite where we live we have the advantage of an open space; where children can play safely with adult supervision. In a country and woodland setting.

A child’s healthy physical development is encouraged through a daily routine of exercise...

My Experience

I am a loving mum, married to a loving devoted husband. prior to becoming a registered child minder I volunteered in nursery schools, schools and playgroups in the area of Hertfordshire for many years, being parents we set good standards for our children. we feel that it is as parents duty whether the children are yours or not to provide Good standards. to all children. We are very proud so far with our 18 year old Girl who inspiring to be a lawyer and who is set for university sep2015. who is such a role model to her siblings . We have a Eight year old girl who enjoys reading and would like to be a dancer and a writer. last but never the least a 2year old boy who enjoys out door activities. Caring for other children who are not ours are still our duty and passion they become apart of our lillies family. As parents ourselves we know how important it is in supporting the children and parents; our aim also is to do well and succeed with a good support system in place.

My Qualifications

A a DCE in Childcare and Education, Level 3,qualified in Social Care, Child Protection and have a current First Aid Certificate and Counsellor... Ofsted registered and Ncma registered

My Availability


if you need earlier start times or later finishing times that will need to be discussed and you will be charged for this extra service.

Emergency child care available eg childminder on holiday/ is your carer unwell... it is always good to have a back up plan in place.

birthday parties

Tell us what you want and we will provide and organise it for you...

Are you getting married? and need me to organise your children's entertainment tell us what you want and we will organise it for you.... nothing is impossible at Lillies of the valley...... just a email away..... happy days!!!

New at Lillies of the valley

Birth coach July 2016

I am also offering you a qualified birthing coach I am a qualified counsellor, child care and educated I am a mother of 3. I have and still do care for children. If you are looking for the extra support I am available.

My Fees

email/ or phone for prices contact provider for details

We do accept all types of child care vouchers...

0-1yrs home food brought to setting as parents may still be discovering how a child reacts to the foods they are given.

over the age 1yrs food is included in prices.

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

This member has provided us with electronic copies of the following documents that have been reviewed by Childcare.co.uk and are held on file. The documents have been certified by the member as being true and accurate. We recommend you ask to see original copies of the documents before you hire them in order verify the true accuracy for yourself.

  • Ofsted Certificate (added 07/07/2017)


Below are the latest reviews for Annette 26. 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.

I sent my 13 month old son to nursery when I returned to work following my maternity leave and he attended three days a week. Despite him being miserable every time I collected him, I persevered for over four weeks, thinking that it was just a case of him struggling to adjust to having not been apart from me for a year and friends assured me that things would get easier for us both. The final straw came last week when the nursery called me to say that he just would not settle and I walked out of my job thinking I might have to give up work because I could not bear the guilt of leaving him there every morning. The numerous positive reviews on this site led me to contact Annette and straight away, I felt that she understood my struggle and we arranged to meet her, Eddie and their lovely children at their home on Sunday. We were sold immediately and my little boy had his first day with Annette and Eddie today. I cannot believe the change in him! He was so happy and content and was actually upset to be leaving! I had lots of updates and photos of him having an absolute whale of a time as well as a lovely picture with his little handprints and I can finally sleep tonight knowing that I will not have to dread the drop-off anymore. I cannot thank them enough for giving us hope!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Annette 26 on 06/02/2018

Response by Annette 26 on 06/02/2018:

Dear Alex thank you so much that means so much to us we really had such a great day. We are so glad you asked us to look after your little one.We will do our very best. Can't wait to see you all soon. Your little boy done amazing today. Credit to you both. Thanks again!

Our regular childminder let us down again but this time we could not take time off work. I contacted Annette on the off chance that they could take our two year old for the day (less than 24h notice) and up she stepped and boy did she step up.

Phenomenal service, sent us loads and loads of photos, our boy looked to be literally having the time of his life, returned to us in a fantastic mood, well fed, well changed, full confidence in Annette.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Annette 26 on 19/01/2018

Response by Annette 26 on 19/01/2018:

We really really had a fun day thank you so much for using our services. Your little boy is so adorable. Played well with others happy sharing with others dancing loved play group and farm our home! Loved all food given. Thank you so much to you both for using our services.
Kindest Regards
Annette & Edward Finn

Having written two reviews here, I thought I might write a final one before my little girl leaves Annette for her first school by the end of this week. My daughter has been with Annette for nearly two years. She has been enjoying every hour with Annette and her lovely family! Annette and Eddie are constantly looking to improve their house to make it a fun place for children to learn, play and grow. they always thinking about new or thematic activities for kids to get involved. They have done a fantastic job to train my little girl up to be an independent but caring little lady. Annette and Eddie are always very calm yet passionate, which has set a great role model for both the kids and us! We will miss you so much and you’ve already become our family here! Hope to visits you regularly in the future xxx

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Annette 26 on 12/12/2017

Response by Annette 26 on 12/12/2017:

Dear Max and Teng your lovely princess has grown so much only just a short time before we say good bye for now. She came to us a small baby and is leaving a young lady. Prepared for school. We thank you so much for giving us that opportunity of taking care of your precious young lady. We wish to share with you something so special you can keep for ever little surprise! Our little lillies of the valley family keep in touch. Xx we miss you so much 😍

Our baby girl has been staying with Annette and Eddie for 16 months now. She has been developing very well and has just finished her potty training. Annette and Eddie have been very caring for my daughter and always let me know how she does every day. When her speech was lagged behind a bit, Annette was even more concerned than me and has actively but gently encouraged her to repeat words that she likes. Now my baby girl is like a recorder and seems to never stop to express herself, and loves to repeat whatever her older brother is talking! Two months ago Annette told me she should be ready for potty training even before we thought about it. With Annette's very helpful advice, my daughter finished potty training within one week, which is a really big relief for us! Thank you very much Annette and Eddie for the wonderful cares. My daughter loves your whole family and always mentions everyone of you like a truly family member! I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a caring place for their little ones.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Annette 26 on 20/06/2017

Response by Annette 26 on 24/06/2017:

Oh my thank you so much!!!!! we are so grateful for your positive review we actually really enjoy every moment of looking after your daughter. You all have become apart of our life's and you are now family. Thank you so much we will endeavour to keep on working hard. Many thanks again Annette and Edward Finn

Annette and Eddie have been like a family to us and our daughter. I was very concerned when I went back to work after my maternity leave because my daughter was very attached to me, but Annette and Eddie immediately made her feel like home and the transition was super smooth. They have a very warm and welcoming home, full of new toys every day! I was very happy to know that my daughter was in a homey environment but at the same time have a week full of activities like playgoups, parks and farms to keep them entertained. Our daughter was super excited to see them every morning and she missed them terribly during holidays.

They were very accommodating with our circumstances as well, picking up and dropping off our daughter from our house every morning and afternoon. They also helped us with babysitting on emergency situations which was great help for us!

We have no doubt recommending Annette and Eddie for your childcare and we wish we could take them with us now we are moving! please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by about Annette 26 on 03/10/2016

Response by Annette 26 on 04/10/2016:

Thank you so much for a lovely testimonial we are very sad that you are leaving as your child has come a part of our lives and peers. Your child is not only such a good girl. But she now developed in so many areas . We wish you all the best in your new home and job! Anything you need we are on the other end of the phone. Many thanks for everything and trusting us to take good care of your little girl.

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