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Our Little Beans Balham incorporates our founder's (Caroline) philosophy of childminding - the full EYFS curriculum and creating a comfortable home from home environment.
Our Balham childminders are fully trained, and work alongside Caroline, which look after children from 6 months to 2.5 years old, 7:30am-6:30pm Monday-Friday, minimum 10 hours per day.
Our intake is small so there’s always plenty of us to go round.
Little Beans Balham is:
✓Fully OFSTED registered (EY537821)
✓A member of PACEY
We're happy to discuss fees once you are ready. Childcare vouchers and government funding are welcome.
We welcome children with special needs.
✓Circle Time – we use singing and finger rhymes to develop children’s vocabulary.
✓Free Play – with nudging and encouragement, this allows the children to explore their own interests and instincts.
✓Messy Play – working with water, cornflower etc. to discover textures and shapes.
✓Story Time – by following along with the pictures they begin to grasp the fun of written words.
Circle Time – we use singing and finger rhymes to develop children’s vocabulary.
Free Play – this allows the children to explore their own interests and instincts.
Messy Play – working with water, cornflower etc. to discover textures and shapes.
Story Time – by following along with the pictures they begin to grasp the fun of written words.
No day is the same
In our playroom and garden room you can see they’re well stocked and this will be where your child spends their time with us. This, of course is where they'l be when they're not out and about or in the garden.
The toys, books, arts and crafts, dressing up clothes and musical instruments in this room will support your child’s learning and be an outlet for their artistic sides.
Typical Daily Timetable
Breakfast & Brush Teeth
Free play & various optional activities
Music & Singing & Story
Snack & Water
Free play & sleep
Structured activity relating to topic of month & educational games
Snack & Water
Free play & Various optional activities
Free play & Story
More about our founder, Caroline
Hello, my name is Caroline and I am an OFSTED approved child minder in Balham, and a mother.
My philosophy is that all children thrive in a stimulating, nurturing and caring environment. I live with my husband and our 4 sons aged from 3 to 20. I have had lots of experience with childcare throughout my life, having been a governor for our local school and having worked in a local orphanage when I was still living in South Africa. I have been a working Mum with a career as a psychologist so I fully understand the stresses and strains of balancing home and work life.
Lucky Beans Childcare has been operating since January and as well as a lovely Playroom at the back of the house, large amounts of books and toys and safety-conscious modifications to all the areas the children are allowed in, I have a lovely garden and a separate Garden Room for the children to develop and explore.
Having sent my children to nursery, a child minder and had nannies/au pairs, I fully understand the variety of options available and the value that such a service can provide. I am a member of PACEY and hold a certificate from them in basic food hygiene (Level 2) and a certificate from Wandsworth Council for home-based care and Safeguarding and in paediatric first aid (Level 3)
I know how important it is for parents to go to work knowing that their children are well cared for. I also understand the need to provide parents with the information and support they need to feel satisfied and supported by their childcare provider – I want to involve you as much as possible!
My pride and joys - the boys with their cousins in Cornwall! They are a pretty independent bunch – except for the littlest one, and even then just you try keeping him away from a puddle!
My husband, Simon
I first met Simon at university and he is my husband and best friend. He is very supportive of my childminding, and will lend a hand if a parent is unavoidably delayed picking up their little one or if a game of cricket in the garden is in the offing!
Our dog, Milo!
He’s 13 years old, has no teeth left and is as friendly as can be. Animals are great for young children – they‘re on the same wavelength! They help them learn compassion and nurturing and while Milo probably won’t be around much at home he’s great fun to play with in the park.