Who supports our childminders? Meet our Childcare Quality Coaching team

You might have noticed that supporting childminders and families is incredibly important to us. To help children get amazing childcare, childminders need great training and ongoing support. During the first stages of our free childminder training, you will have had an application advisor. They helped you get through background checks and your enhanced DBS, and answered questions about the online segments of the childminder course.

But heading into registration can be a scary step for a childminder. Even after all the support and preparation from the rest of our team, you might not feel ready. So our Childcare Quality Coaching team will reach out over the phone to help you prepare for your childminder registration visit. They’ll make sure you do great. And they’ll stay with you throughout your journey as a childminder with Koru Kids. So who are the childcare experts helping you?

Kelly – Childcare Quality & Community Lead

After studying and working in performing arts, Kelly went down a completely different career path and qualified in Childcare and Family support. She spent the next 12 years supporting children, families, and professionals, both emotionally and practically within Children’s Centres and Early Help Hubs for the local authority. After having her own children, Kelly used her experience to set up her own childminding business, as well as an after-school club. She also set up a network to support others wanting to become a childminder. Kelly went on to work for the NSPCC delivering the ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme to primary school children, and working as an online Childline counsellor.

Outside of Koru Kids, when not looking after her own children, Kelly loves to go to yoga, paddle boarding and to explore the many coffee shops that the Cotswolds have to offer!

Emma – Childcare Quality Coach – Home Nursery 

Emma joined Koru Kids with a background in social care recruitment, and school nurseries. More recently, Emma worked in a preschool setting, progressing onto deputy manager and SENCo. She completed a BA Honours degree in Early Years, specialising in SEN and Inclusion, centred on parent partnership working. 

Emma lives in Solihull with her husband and two children—11 and 9—and their cheeky, fox-red Labrador! When she’s not playing taxi driver to her children, Emma loves walking through the stunning local countryside, grabbing a coffee with friends, and just hanging out with her family.

Lianne – Online Community Coach 

Lianne worked in pre-schools before she did a Masters in Business and Enterprise. She ran a successful business as a childminder, which naturally fueled her social media business. She brings all that expertise into her role at Koru Kids.

Lianne is married with two children, 5 and 3, but no pets—her kiddies and husband make enough mess! They currently live in the Cotswolds, but Lianne misses the sea in Cornwall where she grew up. She spends her spare time training for a half marathon, watching sports, knitting and crocheting, making silver jewellery, or pottering away in the garden. 

Sarah – Childcare Quality Coach, Home Nursery & Nanny Service 

Sarah trained professionally to become a primary school teacher, and worked in several pre-schools. She’s excited to share her educational experience with the Koru Kids team. 

Sarah’s married, and lives by the seaside with her two teenagers, a dog, cat…and horse!

She loves spending time with her family, travelling when possible, and at the yard helping with her daughter’s horse. 

Love to join the crew?

We know our childcare quality coaches are amazing. We work with them! But if you feel the same way, why not see if childminding is for you? If you’re not currently a childminder with Koru Kids, you can find out more and apply here.