5 stars (17)

Childminder in Welwyn Garden City

Babysitter in Welwyn Garden City

Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2010 Last Updated Nov 2019 Last Login 12 Dec 2019 Email

My Summary

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About Me

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 18 Luke is 12 and Evie is 10. We have a labrador called Dexter as well as a cat and guinea pigs!
I work from my home alongside my assistant Joanne. Joanne has over eight 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 a large trampoline, slide, swing and climbing frame. 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 twelve 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

I work 5 days a week and am flexible with my hours. I can start from 7am to 6.30pm. I am also available for weekend and evening babysitting.

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Last Updated: 11/11/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour
  • Babysitting from £7.00 per hour

Please contact me for costs. I do give reduction for siblings and a reduction is also given to a child taking a full time mon-fri space.

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.

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Reviews

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.

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 about Helen Hornsey on 06/10/2019

My now 4 year old son has been with Helen and Jo since he was 10 months old. They have been absolutely fantastic childminders and were his extended family. Both Jo and Helen love our son and this is obvious in how they speak to him and always give him cuddles. We wanted a Childminder that would love and care for him and we totally lucked out with Helen and Jo.

His development throughout the years has been supported by these wonderful ladies and their activities, while at the same time instilling positive boundaries.

They are always out and about with the children, whether it be to the farm, the zoo, the park or out for walks in the woods, there’s no opportunity to get bored! They also helped to support my little boys interest in animals and nature with big hunts and simply by having very friendly pets.

It has also been lovely to have my son in a setting with different age ranges so that he could interact and make lots of friends. He has grown into a confident and caring little person due in no small part we are sure to Helen and Jo’s influence. He has made friends with children from Helen’s that I hope will last now that he has moved on to school.

It has been a wrench to leave this wonderful setting and we hope to keep in contact which I think is testament to how amazing these women are. Thank you so much!!

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by about Helen Hornsey on 07/09/2019

My son Bobby has been coming to Helen and Jo since he was 1 years old, and i could not recommend them enough! Having previously only used family members for help with my daughter growing up, i was a little worried how i would feel leaving Bobby with people we didn't really know, but from day 1 they treated him like their own and we felt so comfortable with him being left.

Helen and Jo both have such a relaxed, calm nature. They clearly love what they do and care so much for the children they look after. Communication is amazing, we were always kept well informed with what Bobby was getting up to, where he had been and who he played with, and were sent photos of him enjoying his fun days out, or making crafty bits at Helen's house.

I have built a lovely friendship with Helen and Jo, and me and my children are going to miss them so much. Due to Bobby starting big school we are having to say goodbye to regular childcare with these lovely ladies, but i will keep in touch and hope to see them in the school holidays as we all need to keep having our regular 'Helen and Jo' fix xxxx

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by about Helen Hornsey on 16/07/2019

My daughter Evelynn Kay has been attending childcare with Helen & Jo 4 days a week, since the beginning of June 2018.

From day one both my fiance and I have been incredibly impressed with how welcoming they're. We were made to feel at complete ease during the settling in period and Evie has loved being involved in so many activities and adventures. Her development has come on leaps and bounds since joining.

Helen and Jo are incredibly due diligent at keeping us informed on the progress of Evie, any concerns they may have are always raised in a timely and efficient manor.

Our daughter has specific dietary requirements which Helen and Jo have managed closely to ensure there has never been any issues with regards to cross contamination. We're now working with them to slowly introduce certain foods back into her diet, Helen and Jo have been beyond helpful with this whilst insuring Evie's well being at all times.

Evie is extremely happy and settled with Helen and Jo. It was her Birthday this month and they went to the extra effort to arrange a celebration for her. This clearly demonstrates how thoughtful they're for the children in their care.

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by about Helen Hornsey on 19/11/2018

Helen and Jo looked after my son Jake from the age of nine month's old up until recently when he started nursery. I was so worried about finding childcare for Jake when I went back to work after my maternity leave but from day one Helen and Jo put my mind at ease. I was sent pictures and daily updates during Jake's first few weeks and knew that Jake was being well cared for in a safe and loving environment and was enjoying his time with Helen and Jo. Jake has loved every minute of his time with Helen and Jo and on many occasion did not want to leave when it was time for me to pick him up!

Jake has become such a confident boy and I put that down to the time that he has spent with Helen and Jo. He has been on so many days out from farms, soft play, days at the park and walks in the woods. On rainy days Jake has always been busy with various different activities, crafting, baking cakes or reading books. There was also so much thought put in to the various Mother's Day/Father's Day/Xmas gifts that Jake has made with Helen and Jo and brought home with him.

We were so very sad when Jake had to leave (although we have been lucky that Helen was able to help with some last minute childcare recently so Jake was extremely happy to see all of his old friends again and to dress up for the Halloween party!)

I feel very lucky to have found Helen and Jo and honestly believe that you could not find better childminders.

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by about Helen Hornsey on 07/11/2018

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