Childminder in London: Hackney (also available for babysitting)
Female Member since Jul 2019 Last Updated Apr 2021 Last Login 19 Aug 2022
Hello, my name is Sophia and I am a Ofsted Registered Childminder that has been working alongside a private Nursery, previous to now opening up my service of childcare to full time as a childminder, I am a Happy, Positive and Nurturing person, using my experience and creativity to create a high quality provision within my home. I am a mother of one and live in a lovely bright and welcoming Converted Victorian property. The setting provides a nurturing environment in which the child is considered an important individual. The overall aim is to create a safe and secure home from home which meets the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of every child.
A bit more about the setting:
The setting is a bright and airy space, which is well equipped and provides a safe, stimulating environment where children can enjoy growing into confident, independent and sociable young people. The setting has the aim of giving children opportunities to develop holistically alongside their friends. I use engaging activities and experiences, emphasising on individuality and child centred flexibility, adapting interests into planning, and finding innovative and exciting ways to deliver the curriculum (The seven areas of Learning and Development).
I have over 8 years of experience in working with children, most recent being in a private Nursery for the last four years, with the responsibility of 7 key Children, covering transitions, from settling in, to school readiness. At the setting I provide three meals a day and snacks based on a healthy and nutritious diet. Most of the food provided will be organic and locally sourced were possible.
There will be lots of opportunity for messy play and expressive arts and design. Previous to joining the sector of working with children and families, I studied Art and design as a student and still very much enjoy it. Communication and Language and Mathematics are prioritised in a practical way in all play activities. Promoting and encouraging children's learning through play, having them think for themselves and supporting sustained shared thinking, as part of their individual learning development growth.
There is a selection of parks super close to the setting where children who attend can have access to nature, providing the opportunity to and accommodating physical exercise and exploration of the natural environment outdoors.
8 years + working with Children, the last four years being at a private Nursery. Also a mother to one!
Cache Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma.
Level 4 QCF Award qualification Social care with Children and families.
Pediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for early years settings.
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Safeguarding Children and Child Protection.
Delivering the EYFS.
Childcare services opens from 7.00am until 7.00pm Monday to Friday. Flexibility available.
|Last Updated: 07/04/2021|
- Childminding from £8.91 per hour
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
My fees include healthy balanced diet meals, snacks and high quality provision.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Betty Layward Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Grasmere Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Princess May Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Stoke Newington
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at William Patten Primary School
My Ofsted Inspections
The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.
- DBS Check (added 18/07/2020)
- First Aid Certificate (added 18/07/2020)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 18/07/2020)
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From the first moment I’ve been to meet Sophia and to see her place I knew she’s the one I would love to look after my baby and also I knew that’s the right and perfect place for Deniz to be.She’s an amazing childminder with experience which this for me it’s very important,very kind and sweet with all the babies it was obvious that this is her passion and she loves what she’s doing.Her place is a mini nursery you find everything there all kind of interesting toys and also she knows how to entertain them with lots of activities.What impressed me the most is that after being so busy with them she also makes time to cook organic and healthy food. Unfortunately during Deniz settling period we had a family emergency and we have to travel.I will try my luck again when we coming back even if I know she might not have any spaces available but I must say Deniz and I loved her and Bella so we hope and pray to see them again.
I highly recommend Sophia&Bella
Sophia and Bella are wonderful and very professional at looking after babies and toddlers. Jasper was 15 months when he started here and he really grew and enjoyed each time he went. The only reason we had to leave is because we are moving to Essex. I highly recommend.
Before our daughter, who was 7 months old at the time, started with Sophia and Bella, we talked to and visited several childminders - but it was only when we stepped into Sophia's setting that we felt we had found a place we could trust.
Sophia and Bella are kind, generous and patient; so much care is put into kids' development and needs. Because our daughter started so young, they were instrumental in helping us with weaning (made easier by the amazing food on offer); because she was born during the pandemic, they were the ones helping her socialise with other babies and toddlers for the first time. Today, our almost one year old eats everything in her sight and is a super-social toddler; I have no doubt Sophia and Bella helped her get there.
We only spent a short time with Sophia and Bella before leaving London - and we left knowing their care would be difficult to replicate. They have made a huge difference in our daughter's life and ours: it's thanks to their care that we know what to look for in the future.
First things first, we couldn't have found a better childminder and are lucky and more than happy that we found Sophia. Right from the beginning our baby girl felt at home and in no time she was super excited to make her way to Sophia's home in the morning for a day of fun and games. Our baby was pretty small when we were first started (7 months) so we were obviously apprehensive about leaving her with someone else for a day, but it couldn't have gone smoother and Sophia helped us as parents enormously to feel comfortable and secure.
Sophia's calm demeanour makes it easy for baby as well as parents to feel relaxed and settle in. She provides a great setting and does plenty of fun activities with the little ones. At first we thought that not having access to a garden might be an issue but Sophia brings out the kids regularly and often and having Butterfield Green just around the corner is definitely a plus. Also, if it weren't for Sophia, we might have missed out on some important milestones that our baby reached; but now we know that her first word was 'ball'.
Thanks to the famly app, parents are always informed on everything that happens throughout the day and in the evening Sophia even shares pictures with all parents which is great. We recently relocated to another country so sadly had to say goodbye to Sophia, Bella who is equally great with the kids and all the little ones who had quickly become a cherished part of our lives. We know that our baby will miss her and so will we.
Sophia has been an amazing childminder for our Son. We had a really tough time with a very bad experience in a nursery and just handing our baby over in general. Sophia made the whole process really smooth and we felt so reassured to hand our precious little baby over to her. Sophia is warm and friendly, she really cares about the children in her care. Sophia spent a lot if time settling our baby into her setting, ensuring he felt safe and happy. It didn’t take long for him to greet her with a smile and reach out to her on his arrival. She is so attentive to the needs of the children and pays special attention to the details of their development as is evident through the progress reports that she provides.
The food the children are given is of high quality and extremely nutritious. Our baby is now in a fantastic routine which we ourselves found difficult to implement- he has regular naps and has slept through every night since joining the setting. Our Son has so much fun in the setting, where the children are offered a highly stimulating environment. There is soft play, sensory toys and books. Sophia spends time doing messy play and taking the children outdoors twice a day! I feel that our Son is making fantastic development in her care and we truly believe this is the best experience he could be having right now at this age.
We are updated regularly through the Famly app, so can see how our baby is getting on throughout the day. Sophia also sends us lots of pictures so we can see how happy he is with his friends. We can’t thank Sophia enough for the effort she puts into providing this care for our Son. We are incredibly happy and reassured parents and can’t recommend her enough.
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