What parents say
Little Footsteps is great and provides a fantastic home from home environment where I know our little boy is safe and secure and enjoying new experiences that they wouldn't necessarily experience at a full time nursery.
Our son has been with Little Footsteps for the past 14 months. When he first started he had delayed development, Sara has worked closely with us on his development and he has now almost caught up with his peers (exceeding in some areas).
The fact that he arrives (and leaves) with a smile every day and can't wait to shut the door behind me as I leave says it all and makes me feel (slightly!) less guilty about leaving him to go to work!
Everyone says how confident and happy he now is and I know we can't take all of the credit for that – Thank you so much for everything you do.
Very happy and satisfied Daddy and Papa
Great learning at home environment *****
My two children aged 3 and 18months have been cared for by Sara for the last 8 months. We find that Sara's broad experience of caring for children of different ages and needs enable her to provide the perfect balance between structured learning and a home environment. Both children settled very quickly and very much look forward to their time spent with Sara. Great flexibility is offered to suit our working patterns which is great. Sara's husband Simon is also registered to help with the children, this is great as it means the older children don't miss out on trips out and about while younger children might stay at home to nap. The kids are always taken to local groups and trips out which gives them a really varied experience. We love the level of detail we get with regards to what the children have been doing/learning. Sara provides diary sheets of what they have done/eaten/slept/behaved etc and there are photos of their art work, trips out and just playing in the house.
We recommend Sara very highly if you are looking for a childminder that provides a wonderful learning environment with all the love and care of a home from home. "
Review by Alice198 (Parent) on childcare.co.uk
"From the minute we went into visit Sara and Simons, we knew that it would be a lovely place for the kids to be looked after.
Both our children (including our new born baby) have been there for around 6 months now, and they love every minute they spend there.
Both Sara and Simon are very positive influences on them and as both me and my husband have no family living around us here, so it has been a godsend to have someone you can rely on at all times to look after our children.
They have never let us down and always go above and beyond & we can’t recommend their/her services highly enough.
KJ & PB (Parents)
“As a working mum knowing Sara is there for Charlotte is the next best thing to being there myself, her calm, friendly, easy going manner and the fact that she so clearly cares deeply for the children she looks after made her an obvious choice.
Her home set up is very professional whilst still keeping a home from home experience for the children which is wonderful; the children have lots of stimulation with all the toys and learning aids.
Sara's husband Simon who is also has enhanced DBS (CRC) checks and holds an up to date Paediatric 1st Aid certificate is also great with the children, Charlotte has taken to Simon very quickly and I love the balance Sara and Simon have between them when looking after the children.
I would highly recommend Sara to anyone who is looking for a Child-minder, not only has she got experience as a parent of two lovely children, she also has previous experience as a nursery supervisor and Playgroup Supervisor.”
"I knew as soon as I met Sara that she would be perfect to look after Freddie. She was warm, sincere and very easy going so I knew Freddie would be in good hands.
Although Freddie was only with Sara and Simon for a short time he loved the time he spent there and always greeted them with a smile in the morning.
Sara is excellent at communicating on a daily basis and was very tolerant of my 'first time mum' anxieties!
I would recommend Sara and Simon to anyone looking for a childminder in the burgess hill, particularly for babies."
"Our son Ben had struggled at nursery, requiring much more attention than the setting could offer due to his challenging behaviour. My husband and I decided to try a childminder hoping that Ben would flourish better in a smaller group.
Sara was personally recommended to me by another childminder aware of her experience of supporting children with behavioural problems. Upon meeting both Sara and her husband Simon we felt comfortable that she would be able to provide Ben with a safe, stable environment and the level of attention that Ben needed.
Ben thoroughly enjoyed his time with Sara and instantly became very fond of her two teenagers Jack & Lottie. He was always very excited about going to see Sara and playing with his new friends in Sara's brilliant large, clean playroom and enjoyed chatting about his time there. Various activities including baking, snail finding, going to the park, gardening, playing with toys and water in the lovely enclosed garden and trips to the wood which all kept him entertained whilst the level of supervision and attention was superb.
Sara was very flexible which we very much appreciated, she would often take Ben with very little notice due to my work commitments and she was happy to pick him up from nursery. Sara and Simon were always very happy to give a thorough handover both verbally & written and often provided lovely photos of Ben happy in play.
Sara & Simon were always helpful and were both very kind; when Sara helped Ben make a fathers day card & frame she drove to our house and personally posted it after I forgot to take it home. Another time she drove Ben home to me when I was without a car for which I was very grateful.
Ben is starting school in September so is no longer being looked after by Sara, when he left she made a beautiful leaving book filled with a fabulously detailed record of their time together, lovely goodbye cards and his very own copy of a book that was a favourite of his from Sara's bookshelf.
I highly recommend Sara as a childminder and feel that Ben's level of care was excellent. Her house was always clean, the children happy and she never once let me down. I am happy to be contacted for a personal recommendation."