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Lucky Beans 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 operating a forest school ethos within my nurseries means we focus more on learning outdoors and developing children’s curiosity. As a positive psychologist I also place a lot of emphasis on children personal and emotional development.

Due to the success over the past 3 years and the growing demand from parents for places at my setting in Balham, I was able to grow the business. I now have four additional nurseries:

 Little Beans Tooting a boutique nursery, similar to my childminding setting in Balham offering childcare in Tooting. This was opened in January 2019 and caters for children from the age of 6 months to 2 years.

 Growing Beans Streatham is a nursery and preschool, which was opened in September 2018 and caters for children from the age of 6 months to 5 years.

 Growing Beans Norbury is also a nursery and preschool which caters for children from 6 months to 5 years.

 Growing Beans Tooting on Mitcham Road is a nursery and preschool which also provides after school on request.

My fifth site, Growing Beans Tooting, opened in September 2020, takes Lucky Beans Childcare to another level leaving parents spoilt for choice. Each of my nurseries 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.


Lucky Beans has been operating since 2016 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 great garden and a separate Garden Room for the children to develop and explore. I also make frequent trips to Tooting Bec Common, Balham Library and Triangle Playground.

I create a My Learning Story folder for each child so you can see the progress your child is making. I am also happy to hold regular catch-up and development meetings to discuss your child's progress. I hold occasional, casual get-togethers for parents to meet each other, and I create individual family Whatsapp groups so I can keep you up to date with your child's achievements.

I am fully Ofsted registered, a member of PACEY, I am currently training to be a qualified nursery school teacher , and am first aid trained and have a level 2 food hygiene certificate. I hold certificates from Wandsworth Council for home-based care and safeguarding, and am also a fully qualified Chartered Psychologist.

Please see the document under 'Downloads' or contact me for any more information or visit my website

Who to contact

Contact Name
Caroline Curtis
Contact Position
Nursery Owner/Childminder

Where to go

Little Beans Balham

A little about our home

I am 53 years old and live with my husband and our 4 sons aged from 6 to 23. 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 am 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
£8.75 Per hour
Closed four weeks a year (unpaid). Closed for Bank Holidays (paid) Please note the rates below are calculated on the basis of the £8.75 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, sun cream and anything else not listed are not. A 10% discount is applicable for your second child if the first child is attending 4 days a week or full time on a regular basis. Five days fees is required as a deposit when booking a placement.

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

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/10/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Last updated: 25 Mar 2021

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