My name is Karen Cantwell and I am a childminder graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted at my last two inspections in June 2012 and October 2015. I live in the Lee Chapel South area of Basildon, and have been a childminder and registered with Ofsted since 1999.
I have 4 children of my own aged 9 - 21 and offer a real home from home childcare setting, with a huge amount of toys, resources, arts and crafts, and other activities for all ages from birth to teenagers.
I work with my 19 year old daughter Amy who is doing an Early Years apprenticeship here. This is a long term arrangement as once her apprenticeship has finished she will continue to work with me as my assistant.
I try to provide a home from home for the children I care for, and work hard to create a safe, fun environment for children to learn, play and enjoy mixing with other children.
My hours of work are 6.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. I do not work Bank Holidays and do not charge for these days. I cannot care for children after 6pm unless in very exceptional circumstances.
I work term time only and aim not to take any holidays during this time.
We are very reliable and trustworthy with excellent references. My Ofsted report is available to view online.
I provide absolutely everything your child will need in the time he or she spends with us, at no extra cost to parents. If your baby is bottle fed I will provide new bottles to be used solely by your child and make up the formula milk that you recommend. Baby food will be provided according to you and your child’s preferences. Nappies and wipes are also provided at no extra cost. All I need is a set of spare clothes to be used by your child if needed.
If you would like further information, to check availability or to arrange a visit please ring me on 07879 616010 or email at
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