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Childminder in Lincoln

Babysitter in Lincoln

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Female Member since Jan 2010 Last Updated Sep 2021 Last Login 03 Jan 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Free Smear-Test Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

I am currently full and dont have any spaces until late 2022. Many Thanks

Hi I am Sam, I have been an OFSTED Registered Childminder for 11 years and I live on Monks Road.
I have nurtured 5 of my own children - ranging in age from 31yrs down to 12 yrs.

My Latest Ofsted was in February 2020 and I was again awarded GOOD in all areas.

I'm more of a Nanny McPhee than a Mary Poppins I've been told and the children I look after are kept safe and are well behaved and kind to each other and help each other whilst having fun. Most of them are only child families so have the hustle and bustle of children here is like being part of a larger family with siblings and teaches family values and sharing and caring.

I am a small, home from home, child care setting. I have a large house with a lounge, dining room, playroom, downstairs bathroom and lots of space as well as a small, purpose built outdoor area, where your child can play, rest and feel safe and cared for while you are at work.

I am now the only REGISTERED childminder available to serve Monks Abbey Primary school and provide a flexible before and after school service and pick up and drop off from Monks Abbey Primary School on Monks Road I have limited numbers and usually have a waiting list.

For after schoolers I offer craft activities as well as Tv and Xbox with parents permissions. I want them to feel as though they are at home and be able to chill out after a hard day at school and while I cook their tea ! People who visit us always comment on how it immediately feels such a happy, warm, friendly atmosphere here. We are all like a big, happy family, helping each other, taking turns to set the table, make drinks and "waitress" at dinner time. Also helping with clearing away and tidying up.

Im situated very close to Lincoln Hospital and Lincoln Prison as well as Anglian Water and Lincoln College. The number 3 bus runs along monks road and the stop is outside.

I do not offer the 15 or 30 hours funded places - I do accept tax free childcare and childcare vouchers.

My Experience

My experience is that of a mother of 5 - who has worked for the last 30 years herself as well as bringing up my own children who are brilliant role models and proof of my parenting skills.

Having built up my childcare business over the last 11 years I get most of my work from referrals and not advertising as my Mums and Dads and also the staff at the school speak highly of me and recommend me to their friends which is fantastic.

I know what makes a good child care provider - having used nurseries, childminders and after school clubs for my own children during my previous career - so I know from both sides how important flexibility is as well as your child being happy.

I can provide excellent references from current and previous happy customers including medical professionals, teachers and prison officers.

My Qualifications


My Availability

I am currently full and have a substantial waiting list- sorry

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no 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: 20/09/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour
  • Babysitting from £5.00 per hour


£5.50 for 8am or after, drop off at school.

£11 for 7 am - drop off at school at 9am- including Breakfast

£15 from 6.30am - drop off at school at 9am- including Breakfast

£16.50. for Pick up from school until 6pm including tea ( no reductions for earlier pick up or no meal - this is the session price as places are limited)

£55 (10 hours care) all ages during school holidays. Including all drinks, snacks, 3 meals a day



My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Good Provider Logo
25 February 2020
6 September 2019 - Inadequate
21 April 2016 - Good
8 December 2014 - 3
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My Documents

  • Inspection Report: Inspection Feb 2020 (added 13/07/2020)
  • First Aid Certificate: 3 year Pediatric first aid (added 05/08/2019)
  • Inspection Report: 2016 Ofsted report (added 09/01/2019)
  • Inspection Report: MRS SAMANTHA EDWARDS (added 18/09/2018)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 18/09/2018)
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Below are the latest reviews for HippoHol. 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.

She is very experienced in childcare with so much caring and affection to kids with excellent communication.My daughter enjoys her time and feels home with lots of nice activities and excellent tea

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 4 stars Communication

by Avatar for Rabab Rabab about Avatar for HippoHol HippoHol on 07/03/2021

Sam is a wonderful childminder, we have had our oldest there for 7.5 years now and since had 2 more babies who have grown up having Sam as their childminder.

If we could take Sam and the family with us when we move we would.

My children have blossomed with support at Hippo Hollow with all early years support and reports back on children's progress.

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

by Avatar for LIANNE LIANNE about Avatar for HippoHol HippoHol on 24/10/2020

Response by Avatar for HippoHol HippoHol on 25/10/2020:

Awe Thankyou xx Were going to miss you all so much xx

Sam treated my daughter as one of the family. My daughter settled straight away into the environment and was happy. She really grew and developed in the time she was with Sam and I had no worries at all leaving her in Sams capable hands. She was flexible and took on board all the little things that make my little girl happy and she always filled me in be it photos or verbally or in her book what they had gotten up to that day. Fantastic person, lovely setting and welcoming family. Xxxx

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

by Avatar for Sonia Sonia about Avatar for HippoHol HippoHol on 15/01/2016

Edith has been with Sam and her family since she was 9 months old. Her house is like a home from home, and we are gutted that this will be our last year with her before we start school. (Unless I can convinced Sam to move house, but we will be at a Primary school outside her area)

I cannot recommend her highly enough. When I met her, I was embarking on starting up a new business, and my partner works long hours so the prospect of organising any form of childcare was a huge headache. Sam has been patient with us, flexible with our needs and ever changing schedule and has been my right arm of support through the whole process. She has become a wonderful friend and her girls, like sisters to Edith.

The only time I can get her to put her shoes and coat on without a fuss, are the days we are off to Sams!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for CafeHero CafeHero about Avatar for HippoHol HippoHol on 15/10/2015

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