Katherine Abbott

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I am an experienced Outstanding Ofsted Registered Childminder providing home from home childcare dedicated for Early Years children, aged from birth to school. 

As a parent, when you chose my setting for your child, you can be assured that your child is safe, having fun, learning and developing through play and will be nurtured and supported to develop their unique character and independent skills.

All children in my care develop in partnership with their family, in a caring environment and at their own unique pace. We learn whilst we have fun.  I adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage, so our play is both child initiated and adult led. 

* Ofsted Inspections - Outstanding - 2022.  Outstanding 2016.   Outstanding 2011.

* NVQ3 qualified

*Complete SEND Diploma

*Forest Childcare Association

* Reading Quality Improvement Award

* Fourteen years Experience

* References available

*Hygee Wanderlust Training

I am very flexible and try to meet the needs of the families that I work with. Please contact me with any questions.  I would love to help you and your family.

Age range 0 to 4 years.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Katherine Abbott (Kate)
Contact Position
01183 482 612 01183 482 612 07939436645 07939436645
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Where to go

RG30 4AZ
Directions to RG30 4AZ

Cul-de-sac location by Lousehill Copse


Time / Date Details

Session Information
Monday to Thursday 7.30am - 5pm
Friday 7.30am - 4pm


£6.20  Per Hour
Fees include all food. Minimum contract of 7 hours per day Minimum contract of 2 days per week


Wheelchair access
Other notes

I am very happy to discuss your childcare requirements and answer any questions you may have.  


Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Access is via steps to the setting
Special Needs provision
I have completed a "Complete SEND Diploma"
Provision for special dietary needs
Can make special cultural provisions

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Early Years Spaces only **Part time spaces may be available subject to requirements.

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
When are the additional 15 hours available? (e.g. Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm)
To be discussed
How many places are available for the additional 15 hours to meet the 30 hours childcare
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 17:00
Tuesday 07:30 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 17:00
Thursday 07:30 17:00
Friday 07:30 16:00

School Pickups

Offers school pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY356795Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
07/12/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
19/05/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
27/01/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer


My setting is inclusive and I have a Complete SEN Diploma.  Please discuss your child's needs with me and we can work together to ensure that they are best supported in the setting to achieve their best outcome. 

Contact Name
Katherine Abbott (Kate)
Contact Telephone
01183 482 612 / 07939436645
Contact Email
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Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


I run a childminding setting close to St Michaels Primary School.  This is a home from home environment where children learn through playing and having fun.  I adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage and work in partnership with parents to ensure that each individual child in my care has the best possible experience and outcome.


Last Reviewed - April 2023

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

I make observations on the children in my setting and complete a learning journal in partnership with parents.  Should any behaviours be identified, I encourage the parents to seek professional advice to fully support the individual child.  With parental consent I can liase with professionals to seek support.  The child's best interests are always paramount.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

I work in partnership with parents.  I use a daily diary system where information about each day is shared and sent home.  Parents are encouraged to share what has happened at home too.  Learning Journals are completed for each child under school age, observations are linked to Early Years Outcomes.  These are sent home reularly and I welcome parental contribution.  

I have open discussion with parents to ensure that everyone is aware of what is happening in the setting and that everyone is happy with the care provided.  Feedback and ideas are very valued.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and this is mainly child led learning, activities and play.  But there is so adult led teaching opportunities.  I use a child's interests to achieive learning objectives, this is so that they get the most enjoyment out of their time here and learn without realising it.  Thus giving them enthusiasm and motivation to learn and an interest in learning.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

I would work in partnership with parents to identify any requirements and to ensure all needs are being met.  It is difficult to give a definitive answer as every child is unique and therefore each child will need different level of support.  I think it is best to discuss this with me on an individual basis.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

I fully support each child to the very best of my ability - it is best to discuss your indvidual needs with my directly.

However, I have steps to access my propery and only a first floor bathroom - therefore children, or families that are wheelchair users or have mobility difficulties may not be able to use my setting.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

As mentioned earlier I provide a daily diary which is completed and sent home daily.  I encourage parents to contribute to this.  

Observations are made on a child's starting points and progression in a Learning Journal and this is sent home.  Parents are actively encouraged to partipate as their involvment in their child's learning is essential.

I also like to send home photographs of the child so that the families can share and discuss their experiences.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

I risk assess every activitiy and trip and ensure that it is suitable for all the children in my care.  

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

I am afraid due to the access steps and first floor bathroom, I cannot accommodate wheelchair users or children with mobility difficulties.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

I work with  families, any pre-schools and the child to ensure that the child is fully supported and enthusiastic about starting a new school or setting.  This may involve visits, books, role play and lots of communication. 

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

I have an effective Self Evaluation process and I seek feedback from the children and the parents that I work with.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Kate Abbott

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

I have a Feedback, compliments and complaints book.  I welcome feedback in open discussion or in writing.  It is important to me that I am fully aware of the opinions of the families in my care and I strive to provide the best possible service for all.  


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