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 , a nanny for 10 years and I have been a childminder for the last 2 years.
I am 38 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 do school run to and from Whittings Hill School 5 days/ week and many teachers can give you a reference.I will be having 1 full time, ideally term-time only from April for a little" owl" to join in the fun and excitement of learning.
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 2 years 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: 16/02/2021|
- Babysitting from £12.00 per hour
- Childminding from £7.00 per hour
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 16/07/2018)
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Simona has been a godsend for our little family, when I needed childcare during the pandemic. As an educational psychologist I visit a lot of settings, and I’m quite selective about my own childcare! From her very first message, Simona replied reliably and answered all my questions fully. I was surprised by how easily my daughter settled in, and she is always happy that it’s a Simona Day. Simona sends photos throughout the day, and I love being able to picture what my daughter is up to. Simona’s professionalism has meant that I feel able to raise any concerns I have, confident that we will still have a good relationship.
Simona has boundless energy for setting up engaging activities, and although she is a qualified teacher, she makes sure that everything is play-based, which is important to me. My daughter spends hours each day playing independently, as well as joining in with singing, stories and structured craft activities.
Simona and her family are incredibly kind. Her girls come to the door in the morning, eager to see my daughter, and my daughter especially loves her big girl, who plays beautifully with the little ones. Simona’s kindness extends to the whole family, like providing lunch for my daughter the week of our house move, and posting a card from my daughter to her granny for Mother’s Day. Simona has been very flexible to our family’s needs, and is supportive of my summer-born daughter starting Reception at five.
I have especially appreciated Simona’s calm approach to the pandemic. The children are well informed about the virus and take all sensible precautions but their day to day lives are filled with play and normality. Simona holds a party for each child’s birthday and celebrates every occasion and event, which has filled the huge gap left by restrictions and cancellations in the wider world.
I am so grateful for Simona’s skilled and kind care of my daughter, and I hope our families will be friends long after my daughter leaves to start school.
We were initially thrown into looking for a Childminder when our eldest son was starting Reception at Whitings Hill and whilst we had always planned for him to go to After School Club this was not available due to the COVID pandemic, let the stress begin.
We searched around for a Childminder and visited a few but did not feel comfortable with those ones as we were looking for someone who would replicate a home environment for our son and not just be an after school club. We then found Simona and thank god we did. We popped over to her lovely warm, clean and safe home and instantly felt that gut feeling you get when you know its the right person. Our son warmed to her straight away and our 2 yr old didn't want to leave which is always a good sign. An important thing for us was that as our son wasn't going to be getting hot meals at school due to COVID that he would get one in the evening and Simona is more than happy to cook every evening for him, even catering to his fussy nature with food.
We get regular Whatsapp photos with him practising his reading and writing there and SImona constantly keeps him entertained with far more imaginative games than we come up with at home. He also has a lot of fun playing with the other children including Simona's daughters.
We honestly couldn't recommend Simona highly enough. She is naturally caring and very professional. Our boy Is extremely happy there and always has a big smile on his face when we pick him up surely that's the only sign you need to know you've made the right choice.
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.
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