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Childminder in Mitcham

5 stars

Usually responds within 2 hours

Female Member since Jan 2010 Last Updated Apr 2022 Last Login 10 Aug 2022

My Summary

First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Karen Lucas from Mitcham (Tonstall Road). Suitable for parents who would prefer to have their child looked after in a family home rather than in a busy nursery, with a very happy, relaxed, fun and calm atmosphere. I offer full time places and part time places from birth onwards. I also offer 15 hrs of universal free childcare and 30 hrs extended funded entitlement for eligible parents of funded 3 & 4 yr olds.

I have been registered with OFSTED since 2003 so i have been childminding for many years now with lots of experience. I treat the children in my care as I would my own and from the very first day that they walk through my door, they are welcomed into and treated as part of the family. So much so, that it's extremely difficult for me to say goodbye to them and their families when they leave, move away or start school for example, a very sad time!!

I am married with two children aged 22 and 27. No pets! I would describe my location as easy/quick access to central Mitcham - located 1 minute away from Mitcham Eastfields Train Station. 5 minutes away from St. Mark's Primary School, St. Mark's Church and Family Centre, St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School and Lonesome Primary School. (Tonstall Road runs off of Lansdell Road and Lammas Avenue) is close to Grove Road and Tamworth Lane and is 6 minutes away from Figges Marsh.

Local buses are: 264, 280, 118, 463, 152, 127, 200 and
Mitcham Eastfields Train Station is literally 1 minute away

I offer a home-from-home environment for your child with the warmth and comfort that they deserve. Their safety is paramount. From day one they are treated as part of the family! Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries, I would love to hear from you!

I will answer any queries as soon as possible, usually within the same day.

My Experience

I have been registered with OFSTED since August 2003 and I am a member of PACEY (formerly NCMA). I was rated as GOOD in my latest Ofsted inspection which was April 2018. I am up-to-date with courses such as Safeguarding, LEAD Safeguarding, SEN, First Aid, Literacy and Maths course for 2.5 yrs to 5yr olds, WRAP - Prevent Duty training, Phase one Phonics, Supporting Positive Behaviour for 3 to 5 yr olds and FGM awareness.

I have two grown up children of my own with no pets. I find that being a childminder is an incredibly rewarding experience and it's so nice to watch as the children have fun, learn, grow and develop. I do not drive so, unfortunately, we do not travel far but we do visit local parks, feed the ducks, play football and ball games, visit local playgroups, go for lovely walks learning about nature, the weather and seasons etc.

My Qualifications

ICP (Introduction to the Childminding Practice)
Child Protection Awareness Programme (NSPCC) modules
Basic Child Protection Awareness for Childminders (Merton Early Years)
Introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage for Childminders
Observation, Assessment & Planning for Childminders
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
Updated Revised EYFS
Lead Safeguarding
Maths and Literacy
First Aid
WRAP - Prevent Duty training
Phase One Phonics
Supporting Positive Behaviour
FGM Awareness

My Availability

I have one full-time vacancy

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Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 26/04/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

£28 for the day
£5 per hour after school

My Local Schools

My Documents


Below are the latest reviews for Karen. 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.

Karren has been looking after our son for nearly 3 years since he was 9 months old. Karen is an excellent childminder. Karen provides a homely environment for our son where he can grow, develop, learn and have fun. Over the last couple of year Karen has supported our son in developing his numeracy and literacy skills and we are astounded how well he doing, we can not thank Karen enough for this.

Our son loves Karen and we couldn’t ask for a more caring and supportive childminder for our child.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Carly Carly about Avatar for Karen Karen on 10/03/2019

Karen is a lovely lady who loves children. She is a very enthusiastic lady with a very friendly and welcoming approach. My little girl used to go there for over a year and she had so much fun and thanks to Karen's calm nature her self-confidence grew so much over the year. She now loves to pop in a see Karen every now and then.
Leaving my girl with Karen was always stress-free as I knew she was always safe with her and being well looked after.
Karen is extremely patient with children and she just loves working with little ones- you can notice it straight away. Childminding is not just her job but her passion so I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for monique monique about Avatar for Karen Karen on 11/01/2017

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