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Happy Seahorse
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Childminder in Willenhall

5 stars
(5)

Female Member since Oct 2017 Last Updated Nov 2021 Last Login Dec 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

***I have just moved to Willenhall and currently on a break with no availability***

Hello, my name is Viktoria and I am an Ofsted registered childminder, working with an assistant in the loveliest part of Wembley near Preston Park. I am a mother of 2 girls aged 19 and 10.I worked as a foster carer for Brent Council for 6 years and I was able to make a tiny difference in the lives of 26 foster children during the years.

3 years ago I decided to become a childminder and it gives me great pleasure every day that the children in my setting can benefit from my experience and skills. Working with children in the early years has made me realise that this is the right place for me, this is what makes me happy,enthusiastic and driven. And guess what? As children learn by example, they pick up my positive energy and attitude and get fascinated by everything around them and the activities we do on a daily basis.

Happy Seahorse offer professional & quality childminding and wrap around childcare services in a happy and nurturing environment with Montessori-inspired activities at affordable prices.
Our aim is to provide opportunities for every child to reach their full potential by offering guidance, trust, love and security with a wide range of activities that help children develop as a whole by promoting physical and emotional well-being with a healthy body and soul.

We consider music, art, physical exercise as well as healthy eating and living as essential elements of the learning and development of a child therefore all of those factors are promoted in our setting with the step-by-step introduction of language, literacy, numeracy and understanding the world.

The staff have several years of experience working with children from different backgrounds, culture and religion therefore diversity is encouraged and celebrated. Besides, the fundamental British values are greatly promoted including mutual respect and tolerance, individual liberty, democracy and the rule of law.

We believe in learning through play in a relaxed and safe environment where children are able to learn and develop naturally in their unique way so that they grow to become self-confident, independent, sociable and resilient that make them ready to face the potential challenges of going to school.

The setting has a spacious dedicated play area indoors with a creative corner to explore materials and do arts and crafts and role-play. In addition, it has a quiet area to relax and unwind before or after school or after an exciting day out in the park. The setting also has a safe back garden with fun outdoor play equipment for the kids to enjoy.

The location of Happy Seahorse is perfect for both the little ones and their parents as it can be accessed easily and safely by car with free parking and public transport as well. Preston Park is a 2-minute-walk from the setting as well as the Children’s Centre and the local library with regular sessions for children are just a stone’s throw away.

My Experience

I am an experienced EFL Teacher with 10+ years teaching both children and adults and 6 years of experience fostering for Brent Council. Being able to work with children and parents in a professional environment is essential in order to reach our common goals therefore my gained experience enables me to state that I am professional childcare provider and do my best at all times to communicate efficiently and meet the needs of the children and the childcare needs of the parents as well. I have worked with children between the ages of 6 months to 17 years, individually and in groups as well, I am able to manage challenging behaviour, set rules and boundaries but most of all, have fun and help grow happy, safe, confident and healthy children. My philosophy of teaching and nurturing children can be closely described by Carl Rogers and his holistic approach as well as the teachings of Maria Montessori. However, I do not follow one method, I use a combination of different methods by finding the right balance and mixing it with common sense, natural ways as well. This is how I have created my own way of looking after children.

My Qualifications

Level 3 Award in Preparing To Work in Home Based Childcare,Level 3 Paediatric First Aid,Attention Autism, Level 3 Autism Awareness, Food Hygiene & Safety ,10-day Social Pedagogy course, Advanced Safeguarding, University of Northampton Business and Management Bachelor's Degree,Teaching English as a Foreign Language Diploma, Health and Safety course, Dealing with Loss and Changes, Managing Stress, Prevent Duty course, Allegations and Complaints.

My Availability

We are available Monday to Friday for full day sessions with a minimum of 7 hours per day and we also do wrap-around childcare services before and after school. Besides, we do evening, emergency, occasional and overnight care as well as weekend care.

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Last Updated: 29/11/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

Our hourly fees start from £6.00 per hour that includes snacks during the day, children under 1 year is £7.00 per hour. Depending on your childcare needs and our availability, prices are negotiable.

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My Documents

  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 18/12/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric Infant & Child First Aid Level 3 (added 18/12/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 18/12/2017)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 18/12/2017)
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Happy Seahorse. 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.

My son has been going to Victoria and George for the last 2 years since being 8 months old, he has had such variety and learns so much from going. Viktoria always has many activities arranged, often themed around events or celebrations, and my son come home with armfuls of craft, puzzles, worksheets, baking etc.
Viktoria is always meticulous in preparing appropriate policies and following guidance. Her communication with parents is excellent and we enjoy seeing photos of what our children have been up to. They all take such great care. He loves going every day, I love that they're not just stuck in one place and that they go out for trips where hes constantly learning. He has developed so much from being in this setting. I couldn't fault it at all. They're a fantastic team, even during lockdown Victoria has kept in contact posting him little bits to keep him occupied, which he has loved.
She is incredibly positive and has so much energy and enthusiasm for her work. We were very lucky to find her. Thank you so much for all the hard work you do!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Camila Camila about Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 13/05/2020

Viktoria and George had been and continue to be a god-send to us over the last 3 years. Our relationship started first with our first girl 3 years ago and continued even now for our second girl as well. Would absolutely recommend anyone who need childminding to them!!

Right from the very beginning, Viktoria and George had been super professional and were able to answer our questions about various aspects of childminding with extensive details. It was really refreshing to be able to discuss payment arrangement in open and honest manner as well. Most other childminders I looked at had made a habit of fluffing around payment arrangement. It was not a problem with Viktoria and George. Everything was clear and open and you know what you would be working with from the childcare itself to boring things like funding and finance arrangement.

Throughout the last 3 years, there were multiple occasions when we would simply not be able to cope with unexpected life events without the flexible support that Viktoria and George offered us.

Viktoria and George are dedicated and caring in delivering childcare in their setting. Both of my daughters really enjoy their time with Viktoria and George. My older daughter has mild austism. With Viktoria's help, we were able to get extra help for her when we did not know this extra help even existed.

It had been a really enjoyable relationship that we had maintained with Viktoria and George over last 3 years and would certainly continue to maintain as we are even having them to provide after school support.

Absolutely top class childcare provider!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Miles Miles about Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 04/05/2020


Response by Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 05/05/2020:

Hi Miles, thank you very much for your feedback. I really appreciate that you have pointed out a significant factor that is too many times overlooked by parents desparately needing childcare and that is the question of handling contracts, paperwork and money matters.
We promised straightforward communication and transparency at the very beginning in terms of finance and child development and we are really happy that our mutual work has paid off; We believe that clear 2-way communication is essential and childcare fees should be handled in a professional manner, smoothly and promptly so that we can leave time and energy for the really important part of our job, which is the happiness and wellbeing of the children in our setting.
Thank you for trusting us with your daughters, it has been a great journey together which has yet to end.

My daughter started at Happy seahorse when she was 1. It has been nearly a year now, I never had any problems and my “baby” loves going to Viktoria and George!! That’s how I get her ready in the morning.....she takes forever with her breakfast....but as soon as I say we have to go to Viktoria and George she says:”Finish!!”, and gives me her plate! 😅😅😅. Actually sometimes I feel sad because at the weekend she always asks: “where is George? Where is Viktoria?”.....I guess she’s bored with me.....not as much fun with mummy.....
I would definitely recommend Happy Seahorse, my daughter is growing into a happy and confident person! Thank you so much!!!!!

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by Avatar for miss sch miss sch about Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 28/06/2019


Response by Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 02/07/2019:

Dear Miss Sch,
Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we are happy to have the pleasure of looking after your little one. Since last year she has certainly become a confident chatter box and a jolly, curious and ready to explore child. I believe working in partnership with parents and clear communication are key factors in nurturing and supporting a child's learning and development, we can do so much together for the children :) Thank you for trusting and supporting us, it means a lot. Kind regards Viktoria

Viktoria is really great with children and she does amazing activities that every child loves! Kids are having a lot of fun at Happy Seahorse, learn, play and grow. They are in safe hands with Viktoria as she is reliable, professional and really friendly as well. Highly recommended.
I am glad to find her to my lil sausage, but unfortunately we moved to Cardiff. But anytime when we are in London we are happy to visit her.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Judit Judit about Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 17/02/2018


Response by Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 13/03/2018:

Dear Judit,
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It has been my pleasure getting to know you family.
Please do come to visit us soon :)

Viktoria is an excellent childminder. She is a nice and friendly person who is really able to talk on the “children language”. Viktoria is a real professional with high experience. My son loves her and her family so much! Let me write down a short and sweet story about it.... : one morning he did not want to get dress.
I told him:
ok i will go and play with Viki and you can stay home today!
His reply:
NO! MY Viki! I go to play!
And he started to get ready immediately.....
I know that to taking care about my very active little boy is a big challenge, but she can manage it easily! Her home is like a little nursery. There is everything available for learn and play.
I am glad we found her! Thank you for your amazing care!

I would highly recommend Viktoria!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Maria Maria about Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 10/01/2018


Response by Avatar for Happy Seahorse Happy Seahorse on 10/01/2018:

Thank you for your lovely feedback Marcsi, we are happy to have your little one in our setting and maintain our wonderful partnership with you.
Your support is greatly appreciated and it makes a huge difference in the development of your cutie :)

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