Caroline was childminding my daughter from the age of 9 months to 2 years and 5 months. She looked after her for 3 days a week initially, which we then increased to 4 and 5 days for 6 months while I was recovering after a surgery.
I am extremely happy with the care my daughter received and the great progress she made whilst in Caroline’s care. Caroline has played a huge part in her development in that she has given my child guidance in manners, play, sharing and interaction with other children and adults. Caroline’s home was always welcoming, clean and well organised and my daughter had great fun playing with all the toys available. Beyond all this though, it was Caroline’s warm and friendly, but professional approach which set her apart from other childminders I interviewed.
Childcare is truly her calling. Caroline is extremely well organised in terms of looking after the children, running her setting and managing communication and relationships with parents. We received monthly invoices with clear outline of next month's cost and plenty of time to arrange payment. Regular letters and emails kept us up to date with any new developments, planned outings, any arising issues, etc. She would always give us a few weeks' notice for holidays and helped arrange cover if required. When I was unexpectedly admitted to hospital and later unable to look after my daughter, Caroline went above and beyond the call of duty to provide emergency care, which was very much appreciated. From the first visit I felt that I could happily leave my daughter in Caroline's care and even during my first day back at work I wasn't worried about her as I was confident that she was happy and well looked after. Caroline managed settling in very well, both for my daughter and for us as first time parents. She soon established a close and loving relationship with my daughter who was very happy and excited when we announced in the morning that it was time to go to Caroline. Caroline provided a wide, fun range of activities including playgroups, outings, play dates almost every day, even indoor playground in bad weather. I know my daughter enjoyed arts and crafts, baking cakes, building train tracks (her favourite!), reading and puzzles as well as trips to the parks, zoo and farm. Caroline helped Julia make lovely cards and presents for us for various occasions, very touching! Caroline is great at communicating with children and therefore encouraging good behaviour, kindness and good manners. When my daughter stepped outside her boundaries she responded with firm but kind discipline explaining what was expected of her in a given situation, in terms which children understand. Caroline provided healthy, home-made food and snacks. I am also aware that Caroline ensured good personal hygiene in encouraging all the children to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet. Caroline completed a diary detailing what my daughter had done each day. From this I had a complete picture of her whole day including what she had eaten, how long she had slept and all her activities. This helped me to feel involved with her care and that I could talk to her about her day. All in all I am thoroughly happy with the level of care my daughter received and I’m certain that being in such a positive and happy environment was helping her develop into a confident and self assured little girl. Caroline was my first childminder and if I had any doubts on account of her young age, they were all proved unsubstantiated as Caroline's caring and confident manner assured me that my daughter was in good hands. Caroline has a wealth of experience in childcare in various settings and she is using it really well in her role as a childminder. We were very sorry to see Caroline close her setting in York due to moving, as we would love to have her care for our daughter until she goes to school and beyond. Caroline was very supportive of me as a parent and was always more than happy to discuss any concerns I had about my daughter and I consider her knowledge invaluable being based on her extensive experience. I highly recommend Caroline's childcare which is fully supported by my daughter's happy smiling face at the end of every day he had spent in her care. I am happy to be contacted by Caroline's prospective clients and answer any further questions they may have.
It was the first time we had used a childminder and Caroline put us at ease right from the start and made settling in really easy for us and our 18 month old son. She has a lovely manner with the children in her care and was always extremely patient, calm and kind - she made Max feel very welcome and we always knew when we picked him up he had had a great time. Max quickly formed a close bond with Caroline and we could go to work knowing he was in a caring and safe environment. She provided regular updates on Max's progress and was always happy to answer any questions we had.
Caroline always cooked nutritious meals and was fantastic at encouraging our son to eat properly. He went from being very picky to really enjoying his food! Potty training also went smoothly largely down to Caroline's patience.
She took Max to daily playgroups, parks and other outings and we were always confident that he would have a fun-packed, busy day when he went to Caroline's.
She really helped Max build relationships with the other children and we can see how his confidence has grown over the 18 months in her care. Caroline is a wonderful childminder and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
Caroline has worked for me part-time for two and a half years. She has been a great nanny. Caroline has 'mucked in' more than a nanny would and she cares for the children under my supervision and on her own. I have two sons one is 4yrs old and the other is 14 months old. She is a happy, bubbly, outgoing and caring person.