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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 20 reviews)

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

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 Avatar for Amy Amy about Avatar for Helen Hornsey 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 Avatar for Taylorg5 Taylorg5 about Avatar for Helen Hornsey 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 Avatar for Jennifer Jennifer about Avatar for Helen Hornsey 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 Avatar for Amy Amy about Avatar for Helen Hornsey 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 Avatar for KatieW KatieW about Avatar for Helen Hornsey Helen Hornsey on 29/10/2018

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