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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 15 reviews)

From the moment we met Shona we knew our twin boys would be in capable hands. She is warm, kind and professional. Our children went to Shona’s lovely home once a week for just over 2 years.

During this time Shona not only provided child care but often planned activities, groups, trips and arts and crafts. Shona also insured there was a wide variety of games/toys and regular walks and trips to the park.

Shona is an excellent communicator and always had time to talk about the boys day.

We enjoyed Shona’s personal touch of sending us photos of moments throughout the day.

If our boys were not starting school we would have happily continued to send them to Shona’s home every week. The boys often talk about Shona, Don ( Shona’s husband) and Alfie the friendly Beagle dog.

Thank you Shona,

The Mackie family.

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by Avatar for Lucia Lucia about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 14/09/2021


Response by Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 20/09/2021:

Hi Lucia
Thank you for your review.
We are missing the boys so much I do hope they are settling into school well. It was a joy to care for the boys they were friendly & caring, we had lots of fun they certainly enjoyed crafts & outdoor play, visits to Conifox. Don and I will remember them fondly. Wishing the family best wishes.

Our son was in Shona's care, twice a week from the age of 2 to 3. As we had been in lockdown for the last 6 months and our son was not used to being around strangers, we were nervous because he is naturally a little shy and timid. It immediately became apparent that we had nothing to worry about. He settled with Shona very quickly and formed a very strong bond with both her and her husband Don.

Every week, we knew that our son was going to a place where he was happy, extremely well cared for, and where his individual needs would be met. Shona goes the extra mile with everything and is always interested in understanding what will help each individual child blossom and develop. We very quickly saw how much good it did our son to be in her care. His confidence grew, as did his vocabulary, he talked about Shona and Don when he was home, and always looked forward to going to see them. Whenever we left our son with Shona we had absolute certainty that he was in safe hands and that all his needs would be taken care of. He would come home chatting about all the wonderful things he had done that day, from fun walks, to day trips, playing in the park, art projects at home, and a very varied collection of toys for him to play with along with the other children. Shona also worked on lots of aspects of learning with him, practicing shapes, colours and songs and stories. He would come out with things at home and we frequently found ourselves saying, "He must have learnt that at Shona's".

When our son left to go to nursery it was with a heavy heart, but it was very clear to us that Shona's care had been the perfect way to prepare him for nursery. We are certain that his year with her has contributed in large part to him being such a happy and well adjusted little boy and we will forever be grateful to her and Don for everything they did.
We cannot recommend Shona and Don highly enough, any parent would be lucky to have them looking after their child.

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by Avatar for Jennifer Jennifer about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 20/08/2021


Response by Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 20/09/2021:

Thank you Jennifer for your lovely review, it was a pleasure looking after Your little boy he got on so well with the other children in my care, a friendly caring polite little boy. We all miss him dearly. I’m sure he has fitted into nursery well and making new friends.
Wishing all the family best wishes.

I was very fortunate to first meet Shona at our local babies and toddler group and was very impressed with her manner, enthusiasm and the way she engaged the children with songs and play.
My son and daughter have been in her childcare this year and it has been so wonderful and assuring that when you drop them off they are going to be so loved and cared for and have a brilliant day. Shona has a lovely home and is great at getting the children out for walks and has even taken them on a couple of trips which they have thoroughly enjoyed!
I would definitely recommend Shona to anyone else looking for peace of mind with who to leave their child with.

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by Avatar for JoH JoH about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 16/06/2021


Response by Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 16/06/2021:

Hi Jo & Dave

Thank you for the lovely review.
It’s always nice to receive feedback from families,
Don and I will miss Katie dearly she has been a joy to care for, I know that the other children will miss her cheeky wee smile.
Wishing all the family the very best wishes.
You have my number if you require childcare in the future.


Shona & Don. 😍

Shona and Don provided fantastic care for our daughter since she was 1 year old. They provided a loving and caring environment - a home from home for our daughter. We truly believe that this was the perfect environment for our daughter from such a young age.

Our daughter settled in very quickly and spoke fondly of Shona and Don. She also got on great with the other children who they looked after. Our daughter loved to take part in the many activities Shona organised each day and her development came on wonders during her time there.

We will miss Shona and Don greatly and won't hesitate to contact them if needed in the future.

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by Avatar for kmcarth kmcarth about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 04/09/2019

Shona took great care of my little one! He had fun playing in the sun, and was well taken care of. I would highly recommend her.

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by Avatar for Kai Kai about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 10/06/2018

Shona was an absolute gem!!! Having never met her and being in a new town I was a little worried and tried to have my 15 month old sleeping when she got there... it didn't work! Ha! Of course he wouldn't sleep that night! But she was AMAZING with him and texted a half hour later saying she got him to sleep!! She is clearly a professional in every way. We will absolutely call her when we go back for a visit!

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by Avatar for Ginger Ginger about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 06/09/2017

Shona looked after my son for almost 4 years (from when he was aged 3 to almost 7). During that time we were absolutely delighted with the care he received. Shona and Don provided a very safe, secure, loving and fun environment for our son. He was always very happy to spend time with Shona and Don and formed a close bond with them both. As an only child, I feel he benefited greatly from being looked after in Shona's lovely home environment with other children of different ages, and he is still very close to the children he met in Shona's care. I highly recommend Shona, and won't hesitate to use her again should I need childcare in the future.

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by Avatar for lhughes7 lhughes7 about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 03/10/2016

Shona is really friendly and caring with lots of experience of child care - my son loves spending time at Shona's.
It's great that my little boy is always kept busy attending local groups, visits to the park or walks with the dog.
Shona frequently sends photos of these activities which is a lovely touch.

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by Avatar for Heathg Heathg about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 25/08/2016

Shona and Don looked after our little boy from 11 months old until he was 27months. Their excellent childcare meant it was an extremely difficult decision to leave when I was offered a new job.
The care my little boy received in this home from home environment was absolutely first class. I was extremely nervous going back to work however Shona really allowed me to rest assured that my little one was always in safe hands.
Shona's home is extremely clean and tidy. She is a perfectionist and always finding new and fun activities for the children; I regularly received photos allowing me to feel involved in the days activities.
I had looked at several nurseries prior to finding Shona and was feeling really anxious. I really don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found Shona and Don. They have shown my little boy only love and warmth for the last 18months and I know he has had the best start we could have hoped for.

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by Avatar for Catrobin Catrobin about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 30/11/2015

Shona and her husband Don are amazing.
She looked after my little girl for the last year, 2days a week preschool, full time in the summer holidays and afterschool 4 days a week.

She had an amazing time, lots of activities, plenty of outdoor play and outings and a safe and secure environment.

I have recommended Shona to all my friends and will be happy to use her again when I go back to work after my 2nd child.

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by Avatar for Horsemum Horsemum about Avatar for SHoss SHoss on 18/01/2015

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