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Helen Hornsey

Childminder in Welwyn Garden City

Female Member since Feb 2010 Last Updated Nov 2021 Last Login 28 Jan 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

We have no vacancies until summer 2022 as it stands

We have limited availability for after school collection from panshanger primary school

We collect from panshanger primary school and attimore barn pre school only currently.

Hello, my name is Helen and I have been an OFSTED registered childminder since 2007. I have three children of my own - Lucy is 20 Luke is 14 and Evie is 13. We have a friendly labrador called Dexter.
I work from my home alongside my assistant Joanne. Joanne has over 12 years of childcare experience and is NVQ Level 3 qualified. We have good experience of looking after all different age ranges and can provide excellent references to any prospective parents.

I am flexible and work together with the parents to provide the type of care you want for your child. I have a separate playroom with lots of toys for all age ranges, a secure large garden with plenty of play equipment. We take regular trips out to toddler groups, local woods, soft play areas, the park and the lakes as well as having memberships for both Willows Farm and Paradise Wildlife Park. As a parent who has used a childminder myself I know how difficult it is to find good childcare and will do my best to meet all your requirements.

My Experience

I have over fourteen years experience of childminding as well as the obvious experience of being a mother of three! I have looked after all ages from 3 months to 12 years. In my last OFSTED inspection I got a mixture of "Good" and "outstanding" ratings in all categories.

My Qualifications

I have undertaken all courses to meet OFSTEDs requirements including First Aid, Safeguarding Children and Food Hygiene.

My Availability

We have availability on a Monday only from September.

I work 4 days a week (Monday to Thursday) and am flexible with my hours. I can start from 7.30 to 6.00pm

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 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: 04/11/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

Please contact me to discuss costs in detail. The hourly rate covers all cooked meals and snacks and all outings/trips.

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 Ofsted Inspections

The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.

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23 October 2018
10 November 2015 - Good
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Below are the latest reviews for Helen Hornsey. 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.

My son has just left the care of Helen and Jo after being with them just over 2 years. I always felt very nervous about leaving my baby with anyone but Helen always made this easy. It is like a home from home for my son. He enjoyed every aspect and always came home happy. Helen and Jo go above and beyond and seriously care about the children they look after. They communicate regularly and are flexible. I would highly recommend them to anyone that asks. I will always be grateful for everything they have done to help us with the care of our boy. Charlotte and Ed Barnes

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by Avatar for Char Char about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 23/09/2021

Our 4 year old daughter has been going to Helen and Jo since she was 1 and I can’t even put into words how much my partner and myself love the care they provide. They are both so loving, caring, kind and wonderful - my daughter loves them both and has so much fun with them! The kids go on fun days out, do exciting activities and are constantly learning key skills as they go!
My daughter is going to school in September so unfortunately has to leave but luckily our son will be starting with Helen and Jo next year!
We never leave our children with anyone except Helen and Jo and we trust them whole heartedly.
They keep us updated with photos of the activities they get up to and the communication is second to none.
I’m so grateful we were recommended Helen by a parent friend as I cannot imagine sending my children anywhere else.

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by Avatar for KellyM KellyM about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 03/08/2021

Our son started with Helen and Jo when he was just 3 months old and very sadly will be leaving almost aged 5 in August 2021. As a teacher I knew I was always going to be particular about who looked after our son. Cliche or not I literally just knew when I first met Jo and Helen that they were ideal, what I didn’t realise was how they would quickly become an extended family for our son. They have such an incredible way with children, from caring, listening and understanding to guiding, developing and shaping. Their Instagram account (helenandjo_childcare) will show you some of the play and development activities they do, often centred around a theme which really helps engage and make it memorable. If the school our son was going to was near Helen and Jo there is no way he wouldn’t still be there everyday for after school care. It will be an extremely sad day when he says his final goodbye to Helen and Jo as I couldn’t have asked for better people and they truly have helped raise our son, for that I will be forever indebted! Our son wouldn’t be the little man he is without their care. When looking for a childminder, in my opinion, you won’t find better, they are trustworthy, reliable, experienced, knowledgeable, caring and quite frankly absolute diamonds!
Mr and Mrs Ridgeon

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by Avatar for Mrs R Mrs R about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 05/05/2021

My daughter has been with Helen and Jo since she was 4 months old. I was reluctant to go back to work so early but Helen definitely put my mind at ease and my baby was most definitely in safe hands. They do so much for the children - they are always out and about learning and playing. My daughter learnt so much in preparation for nursery and big school - probably more than I could ever teach her at home!
We have some absolutely wonderful memories and miss Helen and Jo very much :)

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by Avatar for SMitchel SMitchel about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 03/10/2020

I honestly don’t know how I would have coped managing a busy job and raising two children if it hadn’t been for Helen and Jo. They have been incredibly professional and reliable for the whole three years we’ve been with them. Both of my children formed strong bonds with them and it’s been very hard to say goodbye, now that my eldest has gone to school and my youngest is starting nursery next to the school. I really feel the excellent care Helen and Jo provided has made both of them confident resilient children who have not struggled to make the leap to school/nursery. Thank you again so much, we will definitely be calling lots for babysitting!

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by Avatar for Corun Corun about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 06/10/2019

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