Catherine Franklin

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Childminder located in Chesham in the District of Chiltern.

I am NNEB qualified and have worked in many Early Years settings. I have been a childminder for 18 years. I am married with two (grown-up) children. I am qualified in first aid, child protection, and food hygiene.

I plan my days according to the needs of the children in my care and with reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage. I offer a homely and safe environment that has plenty of space for play and activities. I also have a safe and secure garden for outside play.

We have outings to local toddler groups, the library, and the park. We have creative activities such as painting, junk modelling, and play dough on offer each day.

Additional cultural and or dietary requirements are catered for via discussion with parents and carers and liaising with other involved agencies.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Catherine Franklin
Contact Position

Where to go

Venue Notes

I am within easy walking distance of the centre of town, close to the station and bus stops. 

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AgeAmount £Cost Type
Under 2s 5.50 Per hour
3 to 4 years 5.50 Per hour
5 to 7 years 7.50 Per hour - Before/After School
8 years and over 7.50 Per hour - Before/After School
Cost Description
  • £35 minimum daily rate. 
  • Childcare vouchers accepted.
Age Related Price Differences
  • £5.50 an hour for children under 5. 
  • £7.50 an hour for children aged 5 and above.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

3 and 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Childcare

This Provider is offering 30 Hours free childcare places

Age ranges
From 1 year to 8 years 6 months
When is childcare available?
Half term
Full Time
Part Time
After School
Summer Holidays
School Holidays
Term Times
Easter Holidays
No. of weeks a year we are open
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7:30 18:30
Tuesday 7:30 18:30
Wednesday 7:30 18:30
Thursday 7:30 18:30
Friday 7:30 18:30
Other Availability

This setting is closed on Bank Holidays and weekends. 

School Pickups

Pickups/Collections offered
Thomas Harding Junior School
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
Maryland Pre-School
St Mary's Pre School (Chesham)

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


All children new to this setting are assessed to give a starting point to see individual progression. I have extensive knowledge of child development. This has been gained through training and via 40 years of working in childcare in a variety of settings. Any concerns I may have will be discussed with the parents and any further advice and support, with parental permission, would be sought from professionals.

Contact Name
Catherine Franklin
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Needs Level
All Needs Met
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

Early Years Local Offer Response

1. What recent SEND specific training has been completed by practitioners in the setting?

Autism and Play, completed September 2010

Supporting children with speech, language and communication needs, completed February 2015

Supporting children's emotional well-being, completed March 2015

2. How are parents involved at the setting and how can I be involved?

I work in partnership with parents and share information about their child's/children's development and progress. This is done regularly in an agreed way to suit the parents. I ask parents to share information regarding their child's likes and dislikes, activities that they enjoy the most and those they may be having difficulty with. This information is used when planning activities and to offer support so that children may reach their potential within this setting. I share ideas with parents for use at home.

3. How will practitioners work with me to share information about my child's progress? What is additional for children with SEND?

I observe and assess all children in my care. Where a need is identified I support the parent/parents with preparing and implementation of a joint action plan for their child . If appropriate, and with parental permission, other agencies may be involved.

4. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by the setting?

All registered childminders have a key contact within the Early Years Service and, from this contact, advice and information can be accessed. They can also answer questions and offer advice on other appropriate services. Professionals are very welcome to meet the child at this setting if that is desired.

5. How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)?

This setting is accessible to most children. Steps lead from street level to the front door. These steps are wide and can accommodate prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

6. What are the transition arrangements for supporting children and families?

I have formed links with local pre schools and schools and we work together to support children through transition. I am happy for practitioners from other settings to contact me. I encourage parents to make use of settling in sessions for their children.

7. What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND?

I am aware of the need for flexibility within this setting to ensure that all children reach their full potential and that all their needs can be met. I keep updated with new guidance from the Local Authority and use their website regularly. I acknowledge the need for training where appropriate. 

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