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Lucky Beans Balham Childminding

Lucky Beans Childcare was founded from my home in Balham September in 2016 when I started my childminding business. Since then I have had nothing but happy parents and a record of helping children develop. By operating a forest school ethos within my nurseries we focus more on developing children’s skills and curiosity through learning outdoors. As a positive psychologist I also place a lot of emphasis on children's personal and emotional development.

Due to the success over the past 6 years and the growing demand from parents for places at Little Beans Balham Childminding, I was able to grow the business. I now have seven additional nurseries:

- Little Beans Balham Nursery - Not to be confused with childminding at my home, this is a boutique nursery around the corner I opened to offer a similar type of home from home care in a small setting. It opened in September 2021.

- Little Beans Tooting is a boutique nursery, similar to the childminding setting in Balham offering childcare in Tooting. This was opened in January 2019 and caters for children from the age of 0 to 2 years.

- Growing Beans Tooting on Mitcham Road is a nursery and preschool catering for children aged 0 to 5 years, which opened it's doors in September 2020.

- Growing Beans Streatham is a nurseryl, which was opened in September 2018 and caters for children from the age of 0 to 3 years.

- Growing Beans Streatham Preschool opened in January 2023 and cares for 3-5 year old children.

- Growing Beans Norbury is also a nursery which caters for children from 0 to 3 years, this setting opened in January 2020.

- Growing Beans Norbury Preschool is a preschool which provides care for children aged 3-5 and opened in January 2022

Each of our settings in Norbury, Streatham and Tooting have dedicated, hard-working staff who are all passionate about creating a home away from home, all our children are thriving and excelling, but most importantly they are all loved and treasured by myself and my team.

If this sounds like what you need please don’t hesitate to contact me for a chat or visit our website which has more information about Lucky Beans Childcare and a full prospectus for this and out other settings:


Lucky Beans Childminding

“I want my child to be treated as part of the family”

Then you’ve found the right place! I’m not like every other child carer/ nursery, I’m also a mother raising my own family and I’d like you to join us. I’m not the childminder you’ve had who’s always late, or off sick, or who your children grow to love but who has to leave after 6 months. I’ve lived in our home for 15 years and hope to be there for many more raising my boys – and if once in a while you’re a bit late because a meeting overran, you’ll know they’re safe and happy with us.

My fully trained assistants and I have a philosophy of childminding that incorporates the full EYFS curriculum but which is about much more than box ticking – it’s about creating a safe, secure and loving home from home for your child. We look after children from 6 months to 2 years old Monday-Friday 7.30am-6.30pm. Please note that we welcome children with special needs.

I am a Chartered Psychologist, PhD and was a working mother for many years so I understand the needs of busy parents who need the peace of mind that their children are being well looked after. 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 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!

Here's some of the things we will be doing in my home:


Circle Time – I 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 discovering textures and shapes

Story Time – by following along with the pictures they begin to grasp the fun of written words

Spanish teacher - this gives the children a different perspective, even if they're not speaking yet

Phonics lessons - we offer phonics lessons to all children in order to help develop their speaking and pronunciation.


Caring For Others– I put a great emphasis on learning to appreciate other people, their space, wants and needs, through play and example.

Gardening  –tending to plants helps inculcate a gentle nature

Arts & Crafts And Musical Instruments – by giving children encouragement to develop their artistic side and to have fun and be messy we nurture the soul as well as the mind


Cooking – learning to associate cooking with pleasure early stands children in very good stead later on in terms of their health

Books Everywhere – the love of reading is probably the most valuable life skill a child can have, and it all starts with associating simple books with fun stories

Sport – games in the garden and the park help them learn to cooperate with others

Our greatest strength - our child-carers

The team of registered assistants that I have assembled have a huge range of childcare skills and have been trained and developed extensively by me. They are as committed as me to caring for your children and you will see that your child will have a lot of attention from a dedicated, caring team.

We also bring in outside providers suggested by our parents to run classes, including music, singing and dance. They add a real extra dimension to our care.

Local amenities and being outdoors

I am a great believer in the benefits of learning and play outside as well as inside of the playroom. As well as my spacious garden, we make frequent trips to local amenities including:

Tooting Bec Common

Balham Library

Triangle Playground

We also sometimes go on longer excursions to places like Battersea Zoo. We are also well served by public transport, which puts all the educational possibilities of London within reach!

External classes

Included in your fee is the provision of several classes run by external providers. Some of these take place at our other settings and the children will be transported there and back for these classes:

Adventurebox - a music and dance class

Spanish language teaching

Baby Ballet



Food and nutrition

The importance of good nutrition to children can't be overestimated. Quite apart from the fact that it's necessary for healthy physical development a healthy balanced diet gives them the energy and concentration to learn and play well. The food I provide is healthy and nutritious and mostly organic, and I work with you to accommodate any allergies or intolerances your child has. If it would make you feel more comfortable you are of course also welcome to bring your own food for your child when you drop them off in the morning. We have rotating weekly menu’s that change throughout the year.

And how do I manage all this? With my little helpers of course! You can involve young children in cooking in many different ways by letting them help you mix things, measure out ingredients, add herbs and spices and ice cakes, to name but a few. My first concern is obviously safety so I would never allow children near knives or hot pots and pans.

I am also very aware of allergies and I take great care to work around any allergies that your child has. If it would make you feel more comfortable you are of course also welcome to bring your own food for your child when you drop them off in the morning.
I am fully trained in food hygiene by PACEY, holding a Level 2 Certificate.
There is also water available all day of course. If your child is weaning don't worry, I have weaned my 4 sons, I can work with you on this.

Involving you

I mentioned earlier I want you to be as involved as possible. Apart from liaising with you about any health/dietary issues and chatting when you pick up your children there are several others ways I will endeavour to get your input:

See what your little one is doing in their My Learning Story folder - Every child gets a folder with pictures that documents the progress they make and the things they enjoy. Through this you get a good idea of what your child is enjoying and how they are making those daily little breakthroughs. By going through this with me at our catch up sessions (see below) we can work together to reinforce your child’s progress.

Regular catch-up/development meetings - While I would be delighted if you wanted to come and have a quick chat with me when picking up your children if you have any particular idea or concern, we will be having regular catch-up meetings every couple of months to review your child's progress, work on their individual development plans together and ensure that you are happy and make sure that we’re all on the same page.

Meet everyone at our parents parties - Your child will be interacting daily with other children I’m caring for, as well as my own family, so why not come and meet us all? We will hold occasional casual get-togethers so we can all get to know the other important people in our children’s lives .

A Whatsapp group - for each family we have a Whatsapp group for you and me where I can keep you up to date with your little ones triumphs and accomplishments and so you can quickly let us all know anything important for that day you forgot to mention at drop-offs.

Some comments from our parents (children's names withheld)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, for looking after [child], me and [partner] could not be happier with the loving, caring and supportive environment [child] has been part of.”

“[partner] and I love being able to drop her off everyday and know that she will be so well looked after, she has so much fun taking part in all the activities you provide.”

“Finding Lucky Beans has made my return to work (which I was dreading) an absolute doddle and I have all of you to thank for that, so THANK YOU x1000 for making [child] (and in turn me) very happy.”

“Thank you for your continued love and care for [child], we are thrilled with how well she has adapted.”

“Thank you so much for all your amazing care of [child]. It came at such a crucial and important time and made the transition back to work so much easier.”

“Thank you for all your efforts over the past few weeks with [child], you and the team have been wonderful and she seems to be settling in well”

“Thank you Caroline for looking after me when mummy is at work, you are now my second mummy, I love all your cuddles and hugs. I also look forward to all your tasty lovely food you prepare for me”

“Since joining Lucky Beans, I have noticed a significant improvement in [child]. She may not be able to articulate and express how she feels verbally, but her actions depict pure happiness and joy from the moment I unbuckle her car seat belt to the point when you and Milo (the dog) open your front door to greet her she is full of smiles and squeals and claps in anticipation.”

Who to contact

Contact Name
Caroline Curtis
Contact Position
Nursery Owner/Childminder

Where to go

Little Beans Balham Childminding

A little about our home

I am 57 years old and live with my husband and 2 of our 4 sons (aged from 8 to 27). 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 a Phd and 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. My family is the centre of my world and I believe that I have translated much of what I have learnt bringing up my boys into the childcare environment I have created.


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£9.20 Per hour
Closed for Bank Holidays (paid) Please note the rates below are calculated on the basis of the £9.20 an hour rate, which applies during Standard Opening Hours. The regular scheduled hours for your child must be within the Standard Opening Hours, any care outside these hours is provided only in emergencies and fees for late pick-ups are outlined in the contract. Please note the minimum charge per day is for 10 hours. The provision of food (breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner), wipes, milk, snacks, nappies and fees for playgroups are included in all fees, the cost of one-off excursions and sun cream. Anything else not listed is not included in the fees. A 10% sibling discount is applicable for the child attending the least. A non-refundable £200 registration fee is required to secure a place.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
No steps into the house from the front door and access to the garden via a gated side ally

Special Needs

Has Provision
We are very keen to accommodate children with special needs and have two special needs children at the moment. We focus on providing them with the same opportunities as other children by working closely with their parents and with the other professionals involved.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
I can accommodate most allergies/intolerance's in co-operation with the parents

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
We have a theme each month that we base the children's activities around and these themes are often based on minority culture's significant events, such as Eid


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Additional 15 Hours (30 Hour Offer)

3- and 4-year-old

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 7:30am 6:30pm
Songs and rhymes
Soft toys
Free play
Soft play area
Sports equipment
Sports day
Friendly environment
Healthy Eating
Sports, music and drama lessons
Tennis coaching
Home cooked food
Indoor play
Terraced House
ICT Facilities
Toys for Children w Visual Impairments
Toys for Children w Physical Limitations
Toys for Children w Hearing Impairments
Toys for Children w Developmental Disabilities
Toys for children with visual impairments
Toys for children with physical limitations
Toys for children with hearing impairments
Large garden
Toys for children with developmental disabilities
Kitchen and cooking
Library visits
Toys for mixed abilities
Letters and sounds activities
Local play park
Messy play
Water Play
Music and movement
OFSTED report obtained
Out-door play
On site psychologist
Outside Garden
Outdoor play area
A large range of age appropriate toys and activities
Arts and crafts
Paddling Pool
Own premises
Ball games
Baby Unit
Baby Facilities
Ballet sessions
Pet Dogs
Board games
Bilingual learning activities
Play area
Climbing Frame
close to recreational facilities
Cooking and baking
Creative play
Craft activities
Doll houses
Dressing up
Equipment for Children With Developmental Disabilities
Sand play
Educational toys
Sand and water play
Early Learning Goals Teaching
Equipment for Children With Visual Impairments
Equipment for Children With Physical Impairments
Sensory play
Equipment for Children With Hearing Impairments
Short Tennis
Face painting
Sleeping area

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Search for latest inspection report at Ofsted
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/10/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Last updated: 01 Dec 2022