5 stars (15)

Childminder in Welwyn Garden City

Babysitter in Welwyn Garden City

Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2010 Last Updated Jul 2019 Last Login 16 Jul 2019 Email

My Summary

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About Me


I 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 eleven 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 6pm. I am also available for weekend and evening babysitting.

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Last Updated: 26/04/2019

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.

My Documents


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 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

Lincoln started with Helen and Jo when he was about 8 months. I spent months worrying about childcare before I went back to work but after Lincoln's first day I realised I had been worrying for nothing. Not only did Helen and Jo support Lincoln's routine and needs they also had a really positive effect and helped improve it. Lincoln was really hard work getting to sleep but then helped get him to sleep in the day and into a good routine.

Helen and Jo have a genuine care for all the children look after. They do so many fun things like the going to the zoo, farm and doing crafts. I felt less guilty about working when I knew he was being loved, cared for and was having fun.

Lincoln has just stopped going to Helen and Jo as we moved county. We wish we could have taken them with us!

Trusting someone with your child can be a scary thought but Helen and Jo have always been kind, trustworthy and honest people. They will really be missed!

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by about Helen Hornsey on 29/10/2018

my daughter Sophie has been looked after by Helen since she was 10 months old. Sophie settled in great with Helen instantly and I automatically felt at ease leaving Sophie with Helen.

Helen and jo are a brilliant team, really friendly and energetic. Sophie loves both of them.

She was always coming home with arts and crafts bits from projects they have been doing. They visit parks, zoos and garden centres.

Helen and jo go out of their way to ensure the children are happy. I am gutted Sophie is leaving, but she is starting nursery.

highly recommended childminders!

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by about Helen Hornsey on 29/12/2017

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