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Abbas, Karen

NNEB qualified Nursery Nurse, with 30 years childcare experience who has been working as a Childminder since 2009.  I have my own son, Alexander aged 13 who attends Charters Senior School.  Playgroup, music group, and at home activities available within a fully kitted out playroom at the back of the house, which leads onto a safe and secure garden with trampoline and outdoor equipment.  School run every morning and afternoon. Lots of fun and excellent references available. Ofsted report available. I am an Outstanding Minder (2015/16).

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Abbas
Contact Position

Where to go

Lakeside Childcare

The setting is on a private cul-de-sac with a large double driveway to park in.  We have a beautiful pond directly opposite where we feed the ducks on a daily basis and watch the wildlife coming and going.  The wood park is only a 5 minute walk, where the children have access to safe up to date play areas in the middle of the woods.  


I offer the 30hour funding for 3-4yr olds

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.00 Per Hour
£2.00 for siblings Per Hour
£5.00 for after school care Per Hour
£2 per hour for siblings with the child using most hours to pay the full £6.00 All meals and snacks are included with the raate.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Childcare Information

Funded Places

Offers 2 year funded places
Offers 3 & 4 years (15 hrs) funded places
Offers 3 & 4 years (30 hrs) funded places
Offers Tax Free Childcare


Range of vacancies
Age rangePlaces
1 – 4 Years 2
I have all day Fridays available as from May 2019
Date updated

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times Details
i work all year round with 6 weeks holiday taken over 12 months. All holidays are taken in the school holiday period.
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07.30 14.00
Climbing Frame, DVD, Colouring, Educational games & activities, Visits & Outings, Baking, Enclosed Garden, Baby changing, Children work to the early years foundation stage, Dressing up, Construction toys, Constructive Play, Bikes, Bird Watching, Cooking, Board Games, Computer Learning/video games, Computer(s), Sleeping Area, Outdoor Play, Barked Play Area, Breakfast available, Pets, Activity table, Quiet Area, Books, Songs & Rhymes, Access to computer and internet, Creative area, Toys, Decking area, Dedicated Playroom, Sand and Water Play, Arts & Crafts, Chalk and colouring board, TV/Video, Detailed report of childs day and meal plan., Changing facilities, Adventure playground, Cat

School Pickups

Offers pickups
School Pickup
School Pickup
Ascot Heath Infant School
Ascot Heath CofE Junior School
I also drop off and collect children from Ascot Cranbourne Pre School 9.30/2.30

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
15/12/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
13/05/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
24/07/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Local Offer Record
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Junior (7-11 years)
Needs Level
Local Offer Description

A 4 bedroom detached house with a large lounge and fully equipped playroom at the back of the house with a flat lawned garden leading straight from the playroom, which has a trampoline and many other toys and equipment to play with.  The garage is equipped for older children (8yrs plus) with a snooker table, numerous bikes and scooters, tennis table and bats.

Lakeside Chidcare believes 'IT'S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN'

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

Each 2yr old has a 2 yr progress check which will be discussed with parents once completed, any issues will be brought up and discussed and a program will be drawn up to address the issues (if any).

Regular observations are done and written up, placed in the childs Learning Journey (LJ), with Next Steps written up underneath it, with ideas from parents included if required.

Information sharing from other settings are invaluable, and again all will be written and included with the LJ. 

Before the child starts at the setting they will be observed and parents asked if they have any concerns about the child, and a starting point for the childs development will be set.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

Each child under 5 has his/her own Learning Journey which is brought home at the end of every term (every 12 weeks), filled with work, reports and monitors where your child is in his/her development.  Every 2yr old will have a 2yr check and will be written and available to read in the LJ.  As well as this the children have a daily diary, filled with photos and news of the day.  I send texts, photos and information when and if required and I am available throughout the working day to take phone calls if anything is worrying you or your child.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

My planning is very much child led, interests that they bring to the setting will be included with the planning that has already been set for the term.  Targets are set for all children, small so that they can be achieved, and these targets are celebrated by all at the setting.  An award board is up in the playroom 'Star Of The Week' where all childrens achievements are celebrated.  

Acitivities are adapted for each individual child, allowing them to acheive, Every Child Matters.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

Although at the present time all children in my setting do not need additional needs, I am confident that I can provide needs if required...I can adapt activities to meet the needs of all the setting, and by a phone call could access help to put needs into place.

Sadly adjusting the building would not be an option, this is a family home after all, but I would do my very best to accomodate SEND if required.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

I hold a SEND policy which is available to read at any time and I have attended courses over the years concerning children with special needs.  Risk assesments are written and in place, but again they are flexible to suit the childs needs.  

Although no specialist equipment is at the house, after observational and meetings with parents things could be brought in (if it didnt effect others in the setting)

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

I track the childs development on a weekly basis, write reports, keep a Learning Journey and a daily diary and if the parent requests it meetings can be arranged on a termly basis.

I am always available to chat on the phone or at the end of a working day, and have always had excellent relations with other settings ie nurseries and schools in the local area.

The 2yr check is done and written in be found in the LJ.


7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Risk Assesments of the local parks and outdoor areas are done and written, with outings further afield thoroughly checked out before the trip is done.  I am aware of the Equality Act and believe that everybody has the right to do everything and anything.

Although there is only myself in the setting I would make sure that the activity/outing to be taken that day would be practical and helpful for the children on that day.


8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

The house has a little step into the flat garden and a side gate that has access to the driveway which is also flat.  We have 3 steps into the front door, but once in the ground floor is step free, flowing into the hall, kitchen, lounge and playroom with a downstairs bathroom.  Wheel chairs would be difficult as the door frames are only at a standard width.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

The child's Learning Journey would be handed over to the new setting with a meeting to discuss the child available if required.  I would be happy to write a report on the child and it's time in my setting, it's goals, achievements and needs.

School/nursery/home visits are available along with activities to help the child transition as smoothly as possible.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

I have excellent feedback from previous and present parents about their childs development and experience at Lakeside.  I have had excellent feedback from other minders in the area, and have had many referrals from minders who need a new setting for their families. 

I try and update my SEF as much as possible to help my own development and to improve my setting and keep update with new policies and procedures.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?


12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

I have a complaints/feedback book, I display the parents poster, I try and send out a yearly questionnaire to all parents and encourage feedback at any possible moment.  I have a folder of references and thank you cards going back 30yrs and my Ofsted Report is always available to read.

Parents can contact me through email, text, phone, letter or even better over a cup of tea and a chat.


Last updated: 14/05/2019

Last Update: 06/08/2019

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