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Susie So

Private Tutor in Swansea

5 stars

Usually responds within 2 hours

Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2011 Last Updated Jun 2021 Last Login 19 Oct 2021 Email Website

My Summary

DBS Check
English Tutor
French Tutor
Spanish Tutor
Art Tutor
Primary up to 11 years
Secondary 12+
Languages Tutor
11 Plus

About Me

RE Covid19: I am now double vaccinated as of 6th June 2021.


I am an artist, linguist - fluent in French and Spanish, conversatiional German, Italian, Welsh.Brazilian Portuguese, beginner Russian, Latin support for first year latin learner. Will tutor for 11+ entrance exam.. I have taught English formerly in France and as a tutor for ESOL in Wales with English for Maths. I can support music practise and compositoon and am a writer/songwriter I love working and being with children and have Cache level three Childcare Development. As well as working for more than ten years as a Teaching Assistant (part-time) in infant and primary settings, in Secondary settings and as an Art Specialist Supply Teacher. I have also taught in private language clubs. I enjoyed working at Swansea Steiner Playgroup and Kindergarten and two local nurseries. Now as a home-based tutor it is lovely to be self-managing and work around my time-table in a peaceful, creative environment. Flexibility to consider weekends/various schedules. Sensitive, inventive approach gently facilitating an appreciation of the rich potential of life.

I am a non-smoking car owner/driver.
Current DBS on update service *see below* and references for private childcare and tutoring to bring in person.
I also have just received a Certificate of Excellence and reward Certificates for time served with childcare.co.uk - these can be shared with you along with other essentials.

My Experience

French Teacher for Le Club Francais - two years.
Teaching Assistant 2003-2013 and from January 2017 on supply basis.
Nurseries, Reception, primary up to yr 6.
Artist - 2002 - 2018 exhibiting and tutoring - ongoing
Poet - 1993 - 2018 tutoring poetry, creative writing and english, includes public readings
Mother of two young adults.
Linguist - BA Hons French,(French fluent-grandmother),Spanish, Portuguese to finish.
Also speaker of conversational German, Italian, Welsh and beginner Russian. Latin O Level.
BA Hons Fine-Art - painting

Experience in primary and secondary schools from 2003 onwards from three years to 19 years as Teaching Assistant and Art Specialist Supply Teacher. Includes special needs experience 1 to 1.
Art tutoring privately since 2010. Includes ages 3 to adults.
Art workshop leader since 2012 to present.
Creative writing workshop leader / slam competitor / invited to perform as poet.
Tutor and Nanny/Governess with private families from 3 years to 15 years. Experience with 3 sets of twins.
ESOL English tutor privately for two six year old pupils, one English for Maths.
Privately contracted to support child in school following my work with him at the family's house.

I am confident, patient and sensitive to parent's and children's needs. I have a firm face I adopt if for example two children are playing too roughly together for example. I deal promptly with any other matters that arise, for example comforting a child who is hurt or unhappy and of course remain watchful and always have the next activity ready. I also encourage and praise examples of good behaviour. My experience in schools has included special needs contracts of up to a year. I am aware of the need to monitor for signs of neglect or abuse and report observations. I have Cache Level 3 - teaching and learning and Cache Level 3 - Children's Care, Learning and Development.
Recent references available.

Preference for private tutoring and creative childcare. Adult tutoring also offerred.
This now includes online tuition via Sykpe as well as face-to-face especially for learners of English who are speakers of other languages.

Longterm positions are prioritised.

Longterm rota roles especially requiring French, welcoming a kind, creative approach.

Availability for 3/4 days per week or rota role 17th July 2019 and need to give notice to not leave families stranded.

My Qualifications

Diploma and BA hons in Art and Design....

In progress: BA Hons in French and Hispanic Studies - level one and two, awaiting completiion.

Teaching English as a foreign language & teaching English for speakers of other langs. - 120 hours cert.

NVQ 3 -Cache teaching and learning in schools 3-18 years.
NVQ3 - Chlldcare - early years, Children and young people's workforce
Level 2 in food and hygiene.
Pediatric First Aid - this year

I have three reviews from the families I have worked for via this site and three paper/email references from families with contact details.

**My three DBS certificates are in my name, you may see them in person if we meet or via scan and/or webcam if we meet online. One is on the update service and you can look me up on the DBS website once I have given you the number, both are enhanced. Susie Song is my preferred name for this profile for professional reasons- I also work as a professional fine artist.
I also have a DBS equivalent for France.

My Availability

At short notice, happiest to work in West Swansea, Swansea, Llanelli and Cardiff area and drive for school pick- ups, drop-offs and clubs. However very happy to travel as far as West London for a regular contract with one family for childcare/tutoring engagements. International locations considered where I can put my fluent French to use. Keen to contribute to childcare at the child/children's home or act as tutor separately to supervising play, meals and regular activities. Tutoring can sometimes be fitted in at other times than those on the schedule below by arrangement. For public workshops and particularly interesting offers I am happy to travel further afield.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Morning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Afternoon yes no yes yes yes no no
After School yes no yes yes no no no
Evening yes no no yes no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 12/06/2021

My Fees

  • Tutoring from £22.00 per hour

Childcare from £13.00 per hour in Swansea, excludes special procedures..

Tutoring is possible by arrangement, prices vary.
Tutoring English, English ESOL with Maths, English Creative Writing, French and Spanish online between 9am and 6pm £18 hourly.

Art Tutor £20
For practical online lessons instructions are sent by email with enough notice for the student to prepare.

I am a BA Hons trained and current practising artist exhibiting in Wales and England. You may have seen me on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 or Breakfast Television in October this year, the latter when I won a prize painting in a canoe in Norwich! I am also the programme artist for the Pontardawe episdoe of BBC's Street Auction this autumn. In 2018 I won 2nd prize in PaintheHeath, in Hampstead, London.

I love working with children, sensitively guiding with appropriate input to enhance skills, looking, thinking independently and knowledge.

In groups I lead egg tempera painting workshops with all ages! This is good fun as we make our own paint from natural materials including seaweed! I will travel for these special events. They tend to be organised in advance and take place in Museums and Art Galleries. Your child may have attended one in Swansea Museum or the Egypt Centre or Norfolk.)

Accustomed to working with beginners upwards from 6 as tutees, there no upper age limit. We study light, texture, form, materials, colour and explore paint making in more depth. It is more about the looking and expression, teaching basic essentials for success and using various media as a vehicle, than only using one particular medium.

All ages are welcome, classes are individual, pair and small groups and are offered in my studio or at your choice of venue. We also sometimes draw/paint at other locations.

French tutor to children and adults..
If you are looking for your children/for yourself to have a good french accent and develop listening skills as well as a rich vocabulary and confidence with the language look no further. For your child/children I use french story books and live french speech and song. I have completed study in French, Spanish (and Brazilian Portugese - minor), to university level 2 and benefitted from a french grandmother, I have also lived in France for several periods. We begin orally but depending on the age and level will refer to key words and grammar. Days of the week, times, months, seasons, greetings, about my town all feature as do focussing on intonation, elision and features of spoken french not mentioned at school. Confidence, familiarity and how to self-help are major aspects.

*Art through the medium of French or Spanish £22 per hour.* Unique course
Ideal for developing fluency at AS/A level and for people planning to move to France. A lot of fun at any level if you are prepared to through yourself in at the deep end. Your choice of project. Best fun of all if you are already an art lover wanting to improve French or Spanish.

English and English ESOL with Maths - tutor.
Patient support for your child to encourage a love of story and rhyme. This develops confidence across the curriculum, improves concentation and listening skills. Experienced with non-native beginners, english mother tongue all abilities and special needs children.

Poetry tutor.
Learn more about poetry, have fun developing your own style. Input can include the history of poetry, different styles and poets. Also the various paths to publication and how to become involved locally can be included.

Proofreading offered. I have previous experience of proofreading for ORS, Swansea and copy-editing and proofreading a novel and thesis.

French/English, Spanish/English translation of academic and literary text.

Songwriting tutor.
It is preferable for you to bring the instrument you usually write with, piano provided. The aim is to help guide the student to find their own workable approach, whether to compose at least some of the lyrics simultaneously with the music or to work separately, use rhythm, word games, etc.

It is a question of regular practise, I have songwritten since I was 18 and receive PRS royalties.

My Local Schools

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Below are the latest reviews for Susie So. 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.

Sue has been successfully tutoring my daughter since about October 2018. She helps her with reading and writing skills, and improving her attention span. She has even provided her with painting classes as a reward! Sue has infinite patience and has built up a lovely rapport with my daughter, who has always been a very reluctant reader. Since the end of March, with the country going into lockdown, Sue switched to providing her lessons online via Skype. This was an unexpected experiment for us and I would say that it has been very successful. Sue has been very thoughtful and inventive in finding ways of sharing texts, images and videos to keep my daughter engaged. In fact since lockdown my daughters reading and writing skills have come on leaps and bounds, and I’m sure this is in large part down to Sue’s continued patience and perseverance with her, and making sure that despite the current situation her classes have continued. I would very much recommend Sue as a tutor online or face to face!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for EmilyH EmilyH about Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 15/05/2020

I have been known Sue Since January 2018. She has been looking after my twins at the weekend. She has been brilliant with them doing different activities involving, painting, reading, singing, music classes, writing and a bit of drama. My twins will be 5 years old next May. I highly recommend her without a doubt and I wish her the best for the future. She is very keen on families that speak different languages as she is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She also can speak German to a practical level and she is a beginner in Russian, Brazilian/Portuguese.
She is also an artist and is doing regular workshops and exhibitions across the country.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Kostas Kostas about Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 22/09/2018

Response by Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 23/09/2018:

Thank you for your glowing review, I look forward to our creative and industrious session every week.

Sue was taking care of my son (3.5 y.o) and daughter (2 y.o.) several times. She is very warm and nice person. She made a lot of efforts to make the time spent with my children happy. She is an artist and she often brought some toys made by her which my son really liked. I can recommend Sue to any parents with small children.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for pawel pawel about Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 12/11/2017

Response by Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 12/11/2017:

Thank you for the kind review, I enjoyed meeting you all and look forward to future possibilities.

Reliable and trustworthy. Helpful and kind. Has helped my daughter with reading spelling drawing and piano practice. She currently baby sitting for us on a regular basis.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Lucygeor Lucygeor about Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 28/05/2013

Response by Avatar for Susie So Susie So on 28/08/2014:

This is a lovely family to work for. I now tutor the eldest daughter in art once a week.

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