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In Safe Hands Childcare
Rural Childminder near Frome
About Me and My Family


I am a qualified Early Years Educator and mother of three grown up daughters, I live with my husband Mark (a retired police officer). We have all been DBS checked. I have over 30 years hands-on experience of childcare including working with children with additional needs. During these years I have learned so much about caring for children and I continue to learn!

As well as bringing up my daughters I have worked in local schools and nurseries, tutored children at home, and been involved in setting up a Baby and Toddler group and Pre-school in my village. After completing my Degree in Early Years Education and working as a nursery teacher in a private school since 2007, I have decided it’s time for me to set up my own home based childcare service where I can put into practice everything I have learned and believe in.
 Karen Smith with her husband Mark and daughter Lauren
“My main aim is to provide a service where ‘children can be children’ and have fun exploring and learning in a safe, secure and happy, home from home environment.”
 
I am flexible with my working hours to suit parent’s needs; I provide healthy meals, collection from the local school bus and overnight care by arrangement if required. I work in partnership with other agencies e.g. local pre-schools, nurseries, schools and other childminder’s, to support your child’s transition from one child care provider to another.
 
Leaving your child in the care of someone else is a big decision. I pride myself on providing a safe, happy home based environment where children are well cared for and can play, learn and grow, to gain confidence and self-esteem in their own abilities.
 
"I welcome visits to my home so that you can see for yourself what ‘In Safe Hands Childcare' has to offer you, your family and your child."


Experience and Qualifications
  • OUTSTANDING Ofsted Registered Childminder
  • First Class Honours degree in Education Studies
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years
  • NVQ 3 and 4 in Early Years Education
  • NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care in Children and Young People
  • Advanced Forest School Leadership Award
  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate
Training in:
  • Food Hygiene
  • Child Protection
  • Somerset Total Communication
  • Special Eduction Needs
You are welcome to view my training portfolio anytime.