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"Happy as can be!"
I do not have words that can describe my relief to know how safe and happy my children are with Nikki and Anton. I can honestly say that my children have had a better life for being able to stay at their home. Enriched and loved and taught how to be kind build friendships, build confidence and have carefree fun. Where else do you get to cook, plant seeds, hatch butterflies, climb log obstacle courses cut from reclaimed wood you have brought back from your walk down the woods with a dog and a football after having painted your favourite firework and played imaginary marshmallows and bonfires, sung songs in a circle, cuddled up with books, played dress up with friends after a snack in the cafe followed by a bouncy castle bounce. I don’t think a more genuinely nurturing and holistic home from home can he found. Nikki is the most empathetic and generous person you’ll find. Her knowledge and experience make her work look effortless when it’s anything but. I am so grateful to her for her courage to ask me to seek health assessment which has lead to my eldest receiving invaluable input. I am so grateful to her in so many ways. Child and parent are cared for equally. I could not recommend Nikki and Anton more highly. My expectations are only ever exceeded and my confidence increased. I could not be happier. Nor could my children be. My experience is 3 years of excellence which continues. Thank you both.
I would highly recommend Nikki’s childminding services. The thought of leaving my first-born child in the hands of a “stranger” after my maternity leave was a very daunting and stressful experience but I couldn’t be luckier and happier to have found Nikki’s Childminding services. Nikki cared for our little boy since he was a year old for almost two years and he would have stayed for longer if it weren’t for the arrival of his sibling. In fact, we quickly realised how superior Nikki’s services are compared to some of top rated nurseries in the area after a few visits for a pre-school place. Nikki and her husband Anton provide a welcoming, clean and secure environment for the children and our son quickly made their setting an extension of his own home. He quickly established himself and made very good friends including the family pet dog Oscar. Nikki is a genuinely warm and caring person, who is very passionate about her job. She is always cheerful, ready to engage the kids in creative art, dramatic play and other fun and age appropriate activities. She took the kids on outings, to the local toddlers club and frequent walks. All the children in her care looked happy, well behaved, engaged in activities and played well together. Nikki is incredibly organised in all areas of her work. We have the highest confidence in her trustworthiness and professionalism. Meanwhile her husband Anton, as well as supporting Nikki, prepares delicious, freshly cooked meals for the children and provides the authority figure.Our little boy transformed into a lovely, confident and sociable young boy. We owe it to Nikki and Anton who played a big part in our son’s development. We highly recommend their services without reservations.
Simply the best! Highly recommend.
My daughter has been in Nikki's care since she was 8 months old (now 14 months) and I have nothing but praise, admiration and gratitude for her. Handing over my little one to return to work was a real wrench at first, but her settle in has been very quick thanks to Nikki that made the process very easy and reassuring. Nikki's just a wonderful person. She's always positive, happy, smiling, patient and her positive energy is contagious. She's always been very professional and has always taken the time to listen, understand and help, going above and beyond to meet our family needs. My daughter has always loved her, from the first morning she attended Nikki's care. She's learnt so much especially considering we're talking just Italian at home. Now my daughter understands clearly English and she's starting talking few English words on top of Italian's ones. Her confidence and independence have developed a lot and Nikki's been a great help with my daughter's stranger anxiety too. Nikki's house is very clean, safe and organized, with two big gardens set up with lots of toys for the kids. She offers the kids a lot of different activities everyday. It is in walking distance of Downham Library and some other children centers and parks/woods where they often go. It’s such a kind, warmth, fun and loving environment but with a mindfulness concerning key elements such as manners, sharing and being kind to others. Both my daughter and I feel it is a home away from home. A diary note for each child is written daily to give us a snap shot of the activities they have been up to, what they have eaten, meals and naps time and how many nappies they have gone through (and we get an update when collecting at the end of the day too). Nikki is very organized and manages a routine with the children according to their age/interests/needs. She also maintains a separate folder with records for each child which includes individual development records, photos, emergency contacts, medical information, etc. She sends me pictures of my daughter once a week too and it's wonderful seeing how happy my daughter is when she is with Nikki and her little friends. Healthy and freshly varied snacks and lunches are provided thanks to Nikki's husband Anton. He's also helping Nikki with the kids and from the pictures Nikki's sending me I can tell my daughter is really attached to him too. Nikki's got a dog and a cat: Oscar and Oliver. Kids just love them! I've never seen a such well behaved, obedient and clean dog. My daughter keeps calling him every time we walk down the woods and every time she sees him, she blows him kisses! Nikki and Anton have given my daughter everything I would look for in a childminder: plenty of opportunities to play with children of varying ages, a lot of different activities like painting, reading books, both girls and boys games and toys, messy activities, trips in the neighborhood,... , routine, and most importantly lots of fun! Overall, I am more than happy with my daughter being with Nikki and Anton, I would recommend them to anyone.
I would highly recommend Nikki to other parents looking for someone who is child-centered, professional and has excellent childminding skills. My little one was introduced to Nikki from around the age of 4.5 months. Nikki made the transition of care very easy. My girl took to her and her family immediately. My little one loves it at Nikki's and I think she thinks that's her second home. Nikki engages her in various age appropriate activities and keeps parent informed of the child's development. My little girl is very alert, interactive, loves to dance and very confident in her interaction with others. This is a testament to to Nikki's care and the loving environment which she provides for the children. Nikki is very attentive to my girl's needs and has been a great support to myself in terms of advice and recommendations. Nikki provides quality care at home in a friendly and homely atmosphere. In addition, Anton her husband is a chef and provides wholesome and lovely dishes for the kids. Overall Nikki's childminding services are excellent & 1st class!!! Do not hesitate to contact her if you are in need of childminding services.
"I could not ask for more"
I think it would be very hard to find the warmth, kindness, patience and fun that greets you at Nikki and Anton's house. All the children seem so confident, secure, cared for and happy and my little boy is settling so quickly. The children have a home from home. The food smells amazing. Lovely to have seen how squabbles were resolved by both children being treated with kindness and affection. Nikki and Anton work so well together and both offer unique benefits for all the children. The activities are so varied and creative too and there is also lots of fun and play too, indoors, outdoors in the garden, in the woods and on lots of trips. What is also so exceptional is the flexibility offered to the children. They can take part in as much as they can manage but are able to rest at home if they need to whilst others are on trips out or are able to nap at different times or for longer as needed. I have seen that the routine creates a really calm secure environment but also affords quiet time for extra support to be offered to new children etc. Attention to needs of parents is also amazing. So organised, attentive and Nikki's empathy is exceptional. My post will not have done justice but I could not have been more impressed and happy so far.