Childminder in Kingston Upon Thames

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Female Non-smoker Member since May 2016 Last Updated Aug 2019 Last Login 27 Feb 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours

About Me

Welcome to Fun Explorers Childcare setting.
My name is Ilona and I'm offering your child an Enjoyable, Educational and Unforgettable growing up experience.
I’m a positive, flexible, honest, and enthusiastic and a very hard working person with responsibility skills. I am able to connect to children easily and communicate with their parents in a working partnership.
The setting centrally located within walking distances to a library, Richmond park, playgrounds, playgroups, schools, children centres, 10 min walk to the Alexandra Infant School from where I'm doing pick ups.
I have a small group of children here each day. Here your child has plenty of friends to play with and it is not overwhelming and two lovely, very profesional assistance.
I aim to offer a safe and secure home from home setting that is educational and stimulating where your child can learn through play. All of the children are treated like part of the family and are very happy to come each day. The children take care of our pets: several fish and 2 lovely turtles.
Each day I will fill in a diary of things we have done so you can see exactly what your child has been doing, what they have eaten, when they have slept and anything else you would like me to include. With your permission I will also take photos of activities and put them in the child's progress and development journal. As an experienced Nursery Room Leader, I'm passionate in assisting children to become the best they can be.
I'm fluent in Russian and Lithuanian and can teach your child a second language, also helping the children from those countries to integrate into our community.

My Experience

I have more than 11 years of experience working with children aged 0-5, providing good health care, organizing different activities which help children develop in all seven areas according to EYFS.
I have 23 years of experience with children of different ages, organizing different programs and games, which help them to learn new things while playing and enjoying themselves, Taking childcare in summer clubs and after school clubs

My Qualifications

EYFS Teaching Advanced Certificate
Child Psychology (NCC) Course - Level 3
CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare
Paediatric First Aid Certificate
Safeguarding Children Briefing-for Early Years Practitioners Training Attendance Certificate
Health and Safety and Manual Handling for Early Years Settings Attended Training Certificate
HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) Certificate

My Availability

Fun Explorers Childcare setting open time: 7am-7pm, for full or part time child care serves and for 2 and 3 years all children for free 15 or 30 hours funding.

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Last Updated: 05/03/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £7.20 per hour

£7.20 per hour
£63.00 full day (7am-7pm)
Free 15 and 30 hours for 2 and 3 years all children's funding

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

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  • DBS Check (added 12/03/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) (added 12/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Food Safety and Hygiene Level £ (added 12/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Child Protection in Education Level 2 (added 12/03/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: Child Phychology (NCC) level 3 (added 12/03/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate: First Aids for babies and Children (added 12/03/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: Advanced EYFS Teaching level 4 (added 12/03/2019)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 12/03/2019)


Below are the latest reviews for Ilona. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other users and not of 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.

I was very lucky to find Ilona , I had to move my 2yr old Jacob from a local nursery in Kingston as the care was substandard. My son has always been happy to go Ilona’s from the first settling in day. She provides a holistic caring environment and has sufficient time to meet the needs of children providing a personalised service. Children learn when they are happy and feel secure, because my son is happy his development has excelled with ilona. He is always singing and bringing home different things he has created. She also provides a learning journal and maps outcomes to the EYFS. She creates a positive diverse and inclusive atmosphere getting the best out of the children. Trips to the library and the various parks means my son gets sufficient breaks to burn energy. She has instilled a fantastic routine , he loves her food it really is balanced and nutritious so much so he keeps asking me to make her ‘soup’ ! I really will miss her and I will always be grateful for the foundations she has given my son, when you leave your most precious gift with a stranger it’s daunting, but Ilona allayed my fears with the first visit. Thank you Ilona, Tonia and Talia. You are all exceptional!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Ilona on 10/08/2019

My son Joe attended Ilona’s for almost two years. He has really enjoyed his time there with Ilona and her assistants. They are calm, engaging and enthusiastic in their care. They provide healthy and tasty meals as well as fantastic learning and crafts activities for the children. What is wonderful about Ilona is that she operates her setting like a nursery. So older children are engaged in activities together whilst younger ones stay together and work on something else. She provides a learning book to read about your child’s progress over the year and see the photos of their time in her care. Ilona is open for 12 hour every day and is so flexible and understanding. We will really miss her and Joe now moves into big school! Thank you Ilona!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Ilona on 24/07/2019

We’ve been taking my little one for a year and a half now, he started in MArch 2018, and I have to say that we couldn’t have done a better choice with Ilona.
Ilona and her team take care of J as if he were their own baby. Not only being the sweetest but also teaching them good manners.
J has been potty trained with Ilona, has learned how to eat on his own and being a bilingual boy( Spanish’s our mother tongue), he is learning English very good. He is singing, counting, and even he is talking to us in English.
I believe the most important part, is that J is excited to go everyday and when picking him up ( after being almost 8 hours there) he is not even ready to go home.
I believe J is on the best place to be when not with us. Thanks Ilona and team for everything to do for him! I’m sure that J has a wonderful time everyday!!!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Ilona on 23/07/2019

Ilona and her team have been looking after our little girl from when she was 8 months old, and our experience has been absolutely fantastic.

We decided to send our little girl E to a childminder because we wanted a more home-like environment where she could have some 1-to-1 attention when she was little. And she did! Before E started walking, every time I went to pick her up, Ilona or one of her assistant was with E and I could tell immediately that E was well looked after. Ilona would always alert me if E had not been herself. We also got a detailed daily description of how well E did each day, which is rare with nurseries (according to my friends).

Ilona and her team also looked after a number of kids which meant that E had the opportunity to play with other children and learn from them. This was important and we really felt that it had contributed to the development of E's social skills. Also within 2 weeks of being with Ilona, E managed to use a spoon herself and had been picking up new skills/words regularly ever since.

Ilona was also extremely flexible and had helped looked after E multiple times at short notice.

Most importantly, E absolutely loved Ilona and the team. She settled in quickly and was all smiles when we dropped her off. We would definitely have stayed with Ilona were we not moving - we can't recommend her highly enough.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Ilona on 03/01/2019

We are using Ilonas childminding since January 2018 when our little one was about 6.5month. He's now 14.months and thriving. Ilona is also very understanding and flexible when it comes to the days to book our boy in due to shift work. I hope we will have Oskar with her till he goes to school.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
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by about Ilona on 21/07/2018

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