My husband, Rob and myself have placed our baby daughter in the care of Helen Gallacher for approximately six months now. We consider we have struck gold in our choice of childminder and hope very much B will grow up under Helen’s care whilst we are at work. Helen has proved patient, understanding, helpful and flexible to all our personal circumstances and wishes and we feel she works with us as a team to develop B……B has flourished under Helen’s care, growing into a happy, sociable, confident and loving toddler who loves mixing with other children and partaking in all activities, outings and fun things Helen frequently arranges. Equally, B enjoys the quiet times and cuddles which make her feel safe. Helen is extremely caring, conscientious, loving, creative and responsible and the highlight of my day is reading B’s diary of what they have done during the day…..As a mother out at work all day and away from her child, I find this a lovely way of feeling involved and not missing out on B’s progress.
Also, being a first time mother, I have found asking Helen’s advice on various issues invaluable, be they seemingly daft, small things or more important matters of health.
Twice now, Helen has taken the time to come round in the evening to discuss B’s development, food plan, activities etc which just highlights Helen’s commitment to our daughter.
I cannot recommend Helen enough – any child will thrive in her care.
By Claire Coster 2006
Helen looked after my son and daughters for a year and a half. I was extremely pleased with the care they both received. She treated them like part of the family and was both loving and fair with them.
She provided a wide range of activities. During the day she often took my daughter to toddler groups or local parks. Also, she had plenty of craft-based activities organised at home. In the holidays Helen would often take the children for days out to the beach, Paradise Park, Tilgate Park etc which was really nice for them.
Helen provided tea for my children and I was always impressed with what she cooked and that all the children were sitting eating together and enjoying it.
Helen is a good communicator, both with the children and parents. Both my children formed strong bonds with her and were happy going there.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Helen as a childminder.
Katie Kelly Sept 2010
When I went back to work when M was 6 months old it was with a real sense of trepidation. We looked at a number of childcare options and Helen stood out head and shoulders above the others. Helen from our first meeting put us very much at ease that our daughter would be well looked after and thrive. And M certainly did, loving her time and getting really personal attention and stimulation. We never once had cause for any concerns or anxiety and communication with Helen was always straightforward. Helen and her family are all delightful, providing a home from home and we can not recommend her highly enough.
Rachel Weller and Justin Cuckow, November 2012