5 stars (5)

Childminder in Surbiton

Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2011 Last Updated Jun 2019 Last Login 19 Aug 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

I have started childminding when my second daughter was still a baby(now she is in her early teenage years) and I always see myself more as a parent than a childminder. I know exactly how parents feel when they leave their kids in order to go to work and I want to reassure each parent that consider using my setting, I will provide the best place for their kids, after their own home. I am a caring person naturally and my experience as a mother as well as my ongoing training (which I really love taking frequently) make me believe that I am able to provide a very good care for minded kids.

I provide a pleasant and safe place with plenty of toys, different books and learning equipment, creative activities such as drawing, computing, and musical instruments. We enjoy time in the rear communal garden as well as going to library sessions, parent and toddler groups, nearby shops and local parks.

Something important you need to know about my setting is that you have to be comfortable with the fact I have a big dog at my home(the most adorable dog in the world, called Bella - Labrador/Pointer -2 years old) who has been around kids and very friendly with each of them since she was 2 months old.

I speak several languages including native Albanian, fluent English, basic Italian, Greek and Russian.
In regard to location, my childminding setting is 5 minutes away from Surbiton Station (walking distance).

Preferably collecting after school kids from Lime Tree - Surbiton.

My Experience

I have been working as a Registered Childminder for more than 13 years.

My Qualifications

I regularly attend workshops, evening and weekend training as well as countless webinars about child development in order to update my knowledge.
I have completed workshops: ICP, Music Matters and Maths Matters in early years, Let me show you what I like to do, Promoting Children's Creativity, Move & Learn, Exploring Letters & Sounds, Purposeful mark making and early writing through role play and book-making etc.
I have also done training Observation & Planning through the EYFS for Childminders as well as All of Us inclusion workshop for working with disabled children.
Regarding health & safety for children I have been successfully completed First Aid Training every three years, Safeguarding Children, Health & Safety in your setting, Basic food & Hygiene, Infection control in your home based setting, Menu Planning for Childminders etc.
Collecting after school children from Lime Tree Primary School Surbiton only.

My Availability

Expecting a vacancy beginning of September 2019

Two immediate vacancies for after school children - afternoon only.
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
I prefer to work 3 days or 4 days per week and I am flexible on any day off, as long as this is arranged in advance in our contract. Nevertheless, please contact even if you need more days than my preferred ones. Many thanks in advance for looking at my profile and considering me to provide childminding to your little ones.

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Last Updated: 26/06/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £8.50 per hour

Currently, I charge £82.00 daily for 10 hours (based on the current national minimum wage /hour).
Afterschool charges £25.00/day (3.00pm - 6.00pm)
Please call or drop an e-mail for further discussion.
Thank you.

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


Below are the latest reviews for Valbona. 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.

I started my daughter with Valbona at the age of 12 months and instantly knew I had made the right choice of childcare. Valbona went to every effort to make us feel at ease during the 'settling in' period and kept us informed with updates of how our daughter was throughout the day which was so reassuring.
Valbona has an immaculately clean home with a wide variety of toys and books to entertain the children. She also takes the children in her care out to playgroups which I really appreciated as it meant my daughter could socialise with other children. She has helped my daughter to say her first words and has been a key part of her development.
I have always felt that my daughter has been in a safe environment and looked after exceptionally well in a home-from-home setting with Valbona. I highly recommend her and am sad to be moving out of the area so that we can no longer bring our daughter. I am happy to be contacted by future parents for a reference.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Valbona on 22/08/2017

I had my son childminded with Valbona for 3 days a week this year from April to August. I looked around at a few childminders and found Valbona's setting to be just what I was looking for. She is very attentive with the children in her care and takes them to local playgroups and play sessions.
There is a variety of toys and childrens music playing so my son never got bored. Valbona has two daughters, 17 and 9 who enjoyed playing with my son. He always came home clean and no food on his clothes - I don't know how she does it!
At the end of each day Valbona would send a very descriptive email report of the day which included photos, my husband and I always enjoyed reading what he'd been up to.
Although Valbona does not provide lunch, I found this to work better for me as I could provide food that I know will be eaten and correct quantities. Fruit was always provided by Valbona.
I would not hesitate to recommend Valbona to anybody looking for a registered childminder. The location is so handy for Surbiton train station too. My son loved his time with Valbona and although I have now finished work, I will still use Valbona whenever I need childminding again in the future - thats if she has any spaces left!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Valbona on 25/08/2015

Bonny looked after our daughter for just over a year, and we were very pleased with the care she provided. She has a lovely home with lots for the children to do and play with. and Bonny encouraged them to share and be social. They went to playgroups and other activities very often, and always seemed to have done or learnt something different every day.

Bonny provides a very caring, happy and safe environment which we would be very happy to recommend to others.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Valbona on 13/07/2015

Valbona looked after our daughter for over a year. She was very caring and loving and we were extremelly happy with her childcare service. Valbona is very trustworthy and 100% reliable. She never let us down and helped with extra cover when I needed to leave my daughter for slightly longer days for a short period due to the demands of working life. Highly recommended!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Valbona on 02/06/2015

Valbona has looked after both my children. They have been in a loving warm and welcoming setting. She is flexible and has helped us in more than one occasion including when I had to give birth to my second child being available at 4AM! she truly cares for the children and loves being around them.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Valbona on 22/05/2015

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