4 stars (7)

Private Tutor in London Borough Of Barking And Dagenham

Babysitter in London Borough Of Barking And Dagenham

Usually responds within 24 hours

Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2015 Last Updated May 2020 Last Login 23 May 2020 Email Website

My Summary

DBS Check
Weekend Babysitter
Maths Tutor
English Tutor
French Tutor
Music Tutor
Primary up to 11 years
Secondary 12+
Special Needs Tutor
Languages Tutor
11 Plus
Emergency Babysitter

About Me

I am a graduate (since 1995) and worked as a full-time teacher in the UK and overseas for many years, with a proven record of having increased students' level remarkably and consistently. I have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) available upon request.
Please don't wait until your child is 10/11 to do something about it.

My Experience as a Curriculum teacher: I worked as a private tutor, teaching KS1 and 2 the curriculum, as well as the French language up to GCSE levels.

+DBS presented upon request
+Mothers are permitted to wait with their children on the premises.
+Parking Facilities Available.

My Qualifications:
A good degree qualification that helped me teach with ease and achieve maximum results.


*Maths & English: Key Stage 1 and 2
*French tuition for all ages up to GCSE

What can we help with?

Pre-school - from one year old to Reception: I have the ability to work with children from as early as two years old, to give them a head start and prepare them for the challenge ahead.

SATS: KS1and 2
Curriculum: Maths, English and any other added subjects.
Children from the age of six work towards their SATS exams during the two stages of primary education.
This will involve mainly maths and English.
Learning music or/and a foreign language like French can be a bonus if you're planning an academic future for your child as foreign languages especially have become part of the Baccalaureate; a must requirement to apply for any Rustle University after A Levels.

The Pre-GCSE Years
Years 7 and 8 and in some schools year 9 as well.
Efforts will be made to strengthen the pupils' weaknesses in French and to prepare them to become more confident, motivated and self-reliant.

I have the tools, the skills and the eagerness to make a change in your child's level and grade. I will keep a record of progress for you to witness and your child will definitely increase in confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

My Experience

I have taught in secondary schools in the UK (Swanlea school in Whitechapel) and abroad. I also worked as a private tutor to pupils in KS1, 2 and 3 strengthening all areas of the curriculum and especially the French language.
In the last ten years, I have taught children of all ages and helped them improve in Maths, English and French.

My Qualifications

Maitrise NARIC comparable to British Bachelor degree standard
Counselling Level 2 - 2004
IELTS 2003

My Availability

Days available:

Every day

I have a DBS certificate available upon request. However, when holding one-to-one lessons, mothers are encouraged to wait for their children in my premises, especially with children under 12 years of age.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Morning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
After School yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Evening yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 15/05/2020

My Fees

  • Tutoring from £8.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £8.00 per hour

Fees - Based on an hourly rate.
Free off-street parking available outside our premises.
One special offer applies at a time.


One-To-One contact: £15 (in our premises) instead of £20 (in your accommodation)

Group tutorial for three children and more: £8 per child per hour.


£25/h instead of £30


So, Without special offers, the flat rate required -if you are attending our location- is £15 per hour, per child. Free off-street parking available outside our premises.

If you wish the tutor to attend your location, and if you have a parking space dedicated to us, then £20 is the fee per child per hour.
If your street runs free parking policy but you don't have a parking space that you own in your garden dedicated to us, an extra charge of £5 or £10 may apply, depending on the traffic and safety of the road.

More about Special Offers

1- Group Learning:
If your children are going to be taught in a group of at least three pupils, at the same time, at the same table and by the same teacher, the fee of £8/h per child will apply.
This deal is suitable for those who have three or more children (their own or theirs and their friends) and who are happy for their children to be taught with others at the same table.

2- Siblings:

A special offer of -£2 for the second sibling will apply. Thus, the total fee will be £28 instead of £30 per hour-lesson, whether they are taught at the same time or not.

3- Monthly Standing Order & Advance Payment:

There is another special offer of -£4 deducted (£26 instead of £30) if you are planning to pay monthly, in advance, via standing order. Though, with this special offer, unattended lessons will be charged in full if cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the lesson.

My Documents

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  • DBS Check (added 14/05/2020)


Below are the latest reviews for Sonia_M. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

Would have given a ZERO Star rating, if there was an option. Lots of promising emails and messages to look after our 6 year old over the weekend. Soon after the very first weekend, decided to triple the price, which was not the agreed rate as per her email confirmation in Black & White and Invoice. We personally think she is very reliable and is straight forward. When questioned, came up with lots of excuses and suggested us to use different services if we cannot afford the new rate.. All in all a very bad experience and warn all parents to be mindful.

  • 1 stars Overall
  • 1 stars Communication

by about Sonia_M on 20/10/2019

Response by Sonia_M on 14/05/2020:

I am sorry you felt that way.

First, you have never shown any commitment for regular use of my service. You were very vague and reluctant to fix any future appointments. My understanding was that my service may OR may not be used again hence the decision of free commitment from both sides.

Second, the first weekend (and last) was supposed to be a trial weekend and your wife (who was the one to attend the initial meeting) consented to that. This means that I have never given you a final promise for long term service and I am, as a self-employed business, entitled to do so.

Third, I did not triple the price or even ask you to pay the extras that I had to pay for your daughter from my own pocket. I simply told you that I am no longer able to provide childcare for your daughter meaning that the trial was not to your favour as I could see that you were already not abiding by our agreements.
Our agreement was that if you were not to pay for dinner, you have to provide your child with the food she was actually willing to eat, not the food you were hoping that I could FORCE her to eat. We don't force-feed children here. And since we can't keep a child hungry at our premises I had to cook two lunches and two dinners, specifical for your child as mum said she doesn't want her child to eat junk food (which what my family and I eat usually). The same goes with the desert that came mushy and rotten. As you know, soft fruit such as berries don't keep very well. These meals and snacks I had to cater for and the cost was never reimbursed neither did I even request reimbursement.
You have agreed that I take your child to workshops and buy her things in the street but you never offered to pay the extra charges.
You came very late to pick up your child and you were acting rude, shouting at your daughter in our presence to wear her shoes instead of putting her shoes on her yourself since you could well see she was very sleepy.
I wasn't able to prepare her beforehand because you were extremely late and her shoes were taken off after I put them on her. And also because I went to get you her things from the kitchen.

So, as you could see, there were many reasons why it was not a good idea for us to continue working together.
I am sure you found a better nanny by now and I wish your daughter the best of luck.

I pre arranged for my daughter to have English and maths tuition and was told that Saturdays was the only day available and having taken my 5 year old daughter on Saturday as agreed and making the payment I was later messaged to state that the agreed hours were no longer suitable. I'm quite disappointed as I have wasted valuable time and money and am back to square one.

  • 2 stars Overall

by about Sonia_M on 11/06/2017

Response by Sonia_M on 11/06/2017:

Dear customer,

I am sorry that this is how you feel about what happened. I can assure you that if you have explained before hand that you are not flexible, I would not have booked you in. The 2pm slot you were given was intended for initial assessment but further discussion was required to establish our availabilities. I have since offered you a 10 am starting time on Saturday because that is the only realistic time for us to tutor your daughter but you declined.

Regarding the fee you paid, even though we charge £15 per hour for primary level, regardless on whether it is a lesson or an initial contact, your daughter received a whole hour and a half of tuition. She was not only tested but also tutored in maths and English.

Please let me know if I could be of any more help.

All the best,

My kids like a lot to do the lessons with Joanna and Vicky. They learn lots of things , they are more confident at school, made significant progress . Im very happy like a parent with the services of Sophia15.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sonia_M on 27/12/2016

My daughter does piano and English with Sonia's daughters, very pleased with the progress she made. My son has one hour to catch up on English and making a good progress too. He is getting more confident for his upcoming sats. Definitely recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
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by about Sonia_M on 03/12/2016

Sonia has been tutoring my daughter (now in Y9) in French for about a year. Prior to tutoring I think daughter would have been heading to just about manage to pass GCSE French. Now I'm much more confident that she'll not just pass but pass with an excellent grade. Sonia is very thorough and an excellent teacher. Daughter is very happy that she now finds school French lessons are no longer difficult.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sonia_M on 25/05/2016

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