I am a loving, friendly, trustworthy childminder, with a very good work ethic. I try to adapt myself to each family and their unique individual needs, values and beliefs, tuning into their learning style and providing an enabling environment in which all children learn and achieve. I used to be a Secondary school teacher, but for the last 10 years I have been working for professional families as a nanny, looking for a great age range of children, from newborn to 8 years old.. I am 37 years old and I have two young daughters, that’s why I know how hard it could be for parents to leave their little treasures into a setting. Every child feels welcome, loved and looked after, into a home to home atmosphere.I like stimulating children’s imagination and creativity by organizing exciting activities,games, play, both indoor and outdoor. I implement EYFS curriculum and help children become happy, confident, well behaved people. I help older ones get ready to start school. I live in a nice, clean house with a nice garden a few minutes walk from Barnet Hospital. I have a degree in French so I can introduce it to your little one. I try to do cooking with children once a week.I offer healthy snacks and fresh cooked dinner.I offer weekend baby-sitting at your place.I do school run to and from Whittings Hill School 5 days/ week and most of the nursery, reception, Year 1 teachers can give you reference as they have been knowing me for the last 3 years.I will be having one pick up space from Whittings Hill from. Sept, ideally October.
I used to be a secondary school teacher.I have all teaching qualifications. I was a nanny for 10 years, and a childminder for the last year, looking after children 0 to 14 years old.
Teaching qualifications, First aid, childminder course, safeguarding, Food hygiene.
Monday to Friday, all year round, sometimes weekend if agreed in advance.
|Last Updated: 26/08/2020|
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Our son started going to Simona for two days a week when he was 8 months old. He is now 19 months and goes for three days a week. He absolutely adores Simona, as do we! Although he can be clingy with me at home, our son never minds leaving me when he is going to Simona - in fact he runs away from me happily the moment i drop him off at the door and is always in a great mood when I pick him up again.
Simona keeps us regularly updated throughout the day with pictures of what they are getting up to. She prepares creative and imaginative activities, which are stimulating, fun and educational for the children. I love finding the drawings/artwork in our son's bag at the end of each day! She prepares fresh, healthy meals so I know our son is eating well.
It was such a relief to find someone so trustworthy and loving to look after our son while my husband and I are working (we are both professional classical musicians) - we couldn't have asked for more and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Simona most highly.
We feel incredibly lucky to have found Simona when we did, our daughter was soon approaching her first birthday and my return to work from maternity leave was looming. After a year of the world standing still because of Covid I hadn’t left my daughter for longer than two hours so as a first time Mum I was feeling very anxious about organising her childcare.
Simona invited us round to her house to chat and to meet Nina and as soon as I met her at her front door my gut instinct was that I could trust her to look after my daughter implicitly. She has a warmth and kindness that radiates from her and my daughter was transfixed. It was meant to be.
As a first time Mum I struggled leaving my daughter at first but Simona was an incredible support, what became evident was how happy my daughter was with Simona and the other children and she still beams and giggles when we ring Simona's bell at the start of the day (Nina has been going to Simona’s for three months now).
Simona really looks after your children as if they were her own and I don’t think you can ask for more than that. It is a kind, nurturing and stimulating setting for a child. Simona’s house is beautiful and clean and she is always coming up with new activities for the children.
What was very special for us was Simona organised a birthday party for Ninas first birthday and she came home happy with beautiful home made cards from all the children. So it feels more than a child care setting and much like an extended family.
Simona is excellent at her job and her heart is in everything. She really listens to you and caters for everything and anything.
They say it takes a village to raise a child so I am incredibly grateful to have Simona on my team.
Simona cared for my son when he was 19- 23 months old last year for just under 6 months. My son was in her care from July - December 2019. She was absolutely amazing and the only reason we left was because I am now home with our children. Simona was such a kind, attentive and generous childminder and my son loved his time with her. She was a great communicator, was flexible when I needed it was always reliable. I miss her and wish so much that my son was still in her care. She's highly trained, always available and gave me extra support when I was pregnant. She really was an angel to our family when we needed it the most.
I have known Simona for 5 years now. She was my son’s best friend nanny and now she is my friend. I have always been impressed with the way Simona looked after H. and his older siblings. Always with high standards in the most nurturing environment! Simona is very committed to her job, she does it perfectly and with pleasure. She can easily identify any issue/development stage children might be experiencing (emotional/physical/social/academic), set realistic goals and implement the most variety of fun/interesting ways to work through it. Super effective communication skills and huge heart! For several times I have heard people referring to Simona as the little boy’s mom and I guess that shows a lot of the relationship she has with the ones she looks after :) Finishing this review I would like to add that Simona is a wonderful mom of two gorgeous girls and that you can see in them all I have detailed above. Having Simona as your childminder will make you an even luckier and grateful person, believe me!
Simona looked after my premature twins when they were toddlers, to give me a break. I never once worried whilst Simona was in charge and the children loved her. She played many stimulating games and introduced us to a family with whom our children are still best friends. The house was always spotless when I came home, which was very welcome. Simona sets high standards for herself in terms of being a super nanny - and meets them. We still keep in touch and our children like to play together. You won't go wrong, trusting your children to Simona.
Response by Simona V on 13/05/2019:
Thank you very much, Elizabeth!
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