The following comments are taken from some of the many thank you cards and letters received from parents (past and present). You may view the originals when you visit me.
Karen has always provided excellent childcare in a safe and caring environment, she offers a wide range of interesting and stimulated activities and my children have both enjoyed going.
Karen isn't just a childminder, she's sweet, caring and genuinely one of the nicest people my children could have had looking after them and always has all sorts of fun things to do with the children. From day one I knew they were going to be loved, looked after and most importantly they were going to be safe with her. Karen is the most reliable person that I have ever come accross, not once has she let me down, she's always been there.
Karen has a good understanding of the needs of children, physically, educationally, socially and emotionally and has consistently liased with both my husband and myself.
In our opinion, Karen's childminding abilities are of the highest calibre and we fimly believe our children benefitted greatly from their time with her.
To ensure confidentiality I have only used first names in the statements below.
Karen has been an excellent childminder for my son. It is reassuring to drop my son off knowing he is being well looked after, he is safe and happy. On picking him up he is always very happy and talkative about his day with Karen and the other children.
I couldn't wish for better childcare for my 22 month old son. He settled in almost immediately and has never been really upset or fretful when going to Karen's house. Although I do talk to him a lot and encourage him to talk, I put a lot down to Karen who gives him lots of love and encouragement.
Karen has a warm and friendly but no-nonsense approach, so that the children respect and listen to her, something which I feel is paramount when dealing with children.
I would recommend Karen as a childminder to anyone.
I do have the full contact details of the various parents mentioned below and you are welcome to contact them directly should you wish to.
Karen has cared for my 2 children for the last 15 years. Karen has always been welcoming, kind and caring. My children have always been happy to be minded by Karen and often had to be persuaded to leave.
Karen has looked after my daughter for 3 years. I've found her to be very helpful and extremely patient and I would always highly recommend her to anybody. Karen always made my daughter feel like part of the family.
Karen looked after my little boy for almost two years and she cared for him as she would her own, in fact we became almost part of the family. She went above and beyond the role of childminder. I would not hestitate to recommend Karen as a childminder.
I have always found Karen to be caring and at the same time professional. My son has progressed extremely well in his speech, singing nursery rhymes and communicating with other children.
I think that Karen has far exceeded her duties as a childminder.