Childminder in Plymouth
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Female Non-smoker Member since Oct 2012 Last Updated Mar 2019 Last Login 09 Nov 2019
Hi, my name is Katie and I'm an Ofsted Registered childminder based in St Judes in Plymouth. I have a "good" grading from Ofsted and have Early Years Teacher Status having completed my post graduate studies in 2016. I can claim funded hours for eligible two year olds and three/four year olds.
I live with my husband and three children (14, 12 and 9) in a lovely, sunny house with a secure garden and four parks within walking distance. We have two little dogs, Tilly and Rosie, who the children love and enjoy throwing balls for but who can also be kept away from the children if needs be.
Our ground floor is split into an open plan sitting and dining area and an open plan kitchen/diner. This means the children have lots of space to move around and crafts or activities don't have to be put away immediately - allowing us to share them with you at home time.
My focus is to care for your child in a loving, relaxed and happy atmosphere where they can be free to play and develop. As well as activities at home, I take children out on most days - to groups or activities - and we'll be regular visitors at libraries, museums and the aquarium, Dartmoor Zoo and the moor and beaches (I have a car so we can access these quite easily).
My children attend Lipson Vale Primary School, so I can pick up/drop off there.
I can provide home cooked meals which we eat as a family at the table. We are a non-smoking house.
My husband is registered as my assistant and so has undertaken the paediatric first aid course. He is excellent with the children. He works full time away from our home, but starts and finishes early so is often back before the children leave and enjoys playing with them!
I've named the business Merry Monkeys as I believe children should be children and that being able to "monkey around" and have fun is what being a child is all about!
I have been minding since September 2012, and with three children of my own, two girls and a boy, I'm certainly not new to looking after children! I used to work full time in a professional capacity and so can relate to the pressures and challenges of balancing work and family.
My children have been cared for by both nurseries and a childminder, so I understand that it's going to be important to you as a parent that you know your child (or children) is safe and happy and that their childcarer is reliable, trustworthy and takes your wishes into consideration at all times.
I have a good network of other mums and childminders to share both ideas and play dates with.
Paediatric First Aid
Food Hygiene Certificate
Understanding Child Protection, 1 Day course with Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board
Level 3 Diploma in Home Based Childcare
Early Years Teacher Status (Achieved 2016)
(and many other half and quarter day CPD sessions!)
My core hours are 0800 - 1700, but I can be flexible.
I am permitted to care for your child overnight but would need to build a good relationship with you first!
Please contact me to discuss my current availability.
|Last Updated: 14/03/2019|
- Childminding from £4.00 per hour
Please contact me to discuss fees.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Lipson Vale Primary School
Below are the latest reviews for Katie Durrell. 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.
Finding katie has been a complete blessing! I work from home and thought it would be fine, I could do both, and I really wanted to. Turns out doing both is quite difficult, especially as work gets busier. I was really apprehensive about handing my little boy over to someone i didn't know, but katie made it very easy. Max had a little taster session which went swimmingly, and its just gotten better and better ever since.
Max loves going to katie's, they do all sorts of things together, go to different parks, different groups, go on walks and outings as well as just hang out at home with all the MANY toys they have.
Every time I go to collect him I can tell he has had a fabulas time and is so happy.
Katie tells me what he's been up to each day as well as putting it into his daily diary - which I love- and takes pictures so I can also see what he has been up to. She is a lovley friendly person who works very professionally and treats Max, and other children she cares for, like part of the family - and she has a great family!
I would recomend Katie in a flash!
I finaly get some time to myself and I feel absolutley confident that max is in the best hands whilst I do. I think he even enjoys himself more at these groups with Katie then he does with me, as apparently he doesn't do any whinging!
Katie is an excellent childminder, my son loves his time with her and her family. Her home is warm and welcoming and she treats my son like one her of her own. Charlie settled into life with Katie straight away, he smiles every morning as we walk up the steps to her front door, he does not look back!! Katie and her family have made my return to work easy, by welcoming Charlie into their home. He is happy, safe and content in her care and all his needs are catered for. She provides many activities both in her home and outside to entertain him and aid his development.
I feel very lucky that we have found Katie and feel completely relaxed when I leave Charlie with her for the day. This is an new experience for me, as with my first child I never felt truly happy leaving him at his nursery, I just wish we had found her sooner!
I would highly recommended Katie's childminding services, she is thorough, professional, kind and honest but above all will treat your child like her own and welcome them into her family life.
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