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Sofia and James

Childminder in Manchester

Babysitter in Manchester

5 stars

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Member since Oct 2011 Last Updated Jul 2022 Last Login 10 Aug 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
DBS Check
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Hi my name is Sofia and I am originally from Portugal. I moved to Manchester in 2010 and have 2 wonderful children (9 and 6). I love looking after my minded children and have a dedicated l relationship with parents providing regular feedback and updates. I will always try to be as flexible as possible and can work to meet your requirements.

I recently had my Ofsted inspection and got grade GOOD on everything.

My husband James, who used to be a primary school teacher (year 4), is working with me for the past 4 years. He has experience right across the school age range from Nursery right up to year 6. This provides a great opportunity for after school pickups with homework and possible tutoring facilities. He has chosen to work with me in order to spend more time with our own children and is dedicated to childcare.

I also offer free funding places for 2, 3 and 4 years old.

My Experience

I have been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2014. Before this I gained a degree in Early Years Education in Portugal (2010) and an NVQ lvl2 in childcare at a private Nursery here in Manchester in 2011. I have also provided the occasional overnight care and babysitting.

Our house is bilingual with English and Portuguese being spoken all day long, so your child will develop the fantastic skill of being able to hear and understand different languages. I also speak French and I am hoping to undertake a British sign language course to supplement my Portuguese sign language. I trained as a special needs teacher for early years with a focus on deaf children and have recently had the pleasure of looking after 2 autistic boys from different families (6 & 7).

We create a home away from home with a welcoming and safe environment. We have a large living area dedicated to childminding and a downstairs toilet which helps with potty training a great deal! We also have a large garden area which children have access to at all times. We take many trips around the local area including parks, libraries, soft play centres, playgroups, shops, museums, art galleries, community gardens and pets corners. All of which help your child to learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. At home we bake, sculpt, paint, draw, read, sing and dance plus many other activities. We offer a wide range of activities supported by the guidance in the national curriculum. We plan, observe and monitor children's progress and regularly feedback to parents on how their child is learning and growing. We offer healthy breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners depending on your needs.

We are flexible on times and days, can cater for newborns, toddlers, afterschool and occasional babysitting. We are sure we can find the best solution to suit your needs!

My Qualifications

Sofia has a Trafford Council Childminder course completed in October 2013

NVQ level 2

First Aid Course

Degree in Child Care and Education for Deaf Children

Technological Diploma in Social Animation

Portuguese Sign Language

James is a trained primary school teacher and has a paediatric first aid course.

My Availability

We are now full.

We provide occasional babysitting on weekends.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 29/06/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £8.00 per hour

Fees are set at the time of contracts.

My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

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27 September 2018
18 April 2018 - Inadequate
10 March 2017 - Good
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My Documents

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 11/01/2022)
  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 11/01/2022)
  • Inspection Report: Ofsted report September 2018 (added 24/01/2019)
  • Inspection Report: Ofsted inspection report (added 01/04/2017)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 17/01/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 17/01/2017)
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Below are the latest reviews for Sofia and James. 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.

Our boy has been with Sofia and James for a year now, since he was one. He absolutely loves his time with them both, and loves playing with the friends he has made.

I cannot rate Sofia and James highly enough - they helped our son settle in the early days, they provide him with a creative learning environment, feed him healthy homemade food, and take him on trips with his friends to local activities on a regular basis.

Sofia and James provide regular updates on activities and development, and are flexible and willing to help with any particular things that we're working on at home (e.g. colours or counting). I occasionally have to change my working days, and Sofia and James have been more than willing to switch around childcare days when they have availability. I couldn't ask for more from childminders, thank you both!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Pauline Pauline about Avatar for Sofia and James Sofia and James on 12/02/2019

I have found Sofia through this website and I could not recommende s better person to take care of my 13 (now) old years son.
I have been using sofia.s services for 4 years now during the day (after school. School holidays) and also when I need some time to go out. She is attentive, sweet, supportive and very responsible. My son loves going there :)

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by Avatar for Dosinda Dosinda about Avatar for Sofia and James Sofia and James on 13/09/2018

I would highly recommend Sofia to any parent who is hesitant in leaving their child with a minder- as Sofia quickly reassures you with her bubbly, confident and caring nature. She has become such a valued part of my daughters development, helping with feeding, potty training, speech and learning through lots of play (my daughter is always coming home with crafts she has made!). Sofia has been incredibly reliable, honest, and I can't praise and thank her enough. Rest assured that your child will grow and develop key skills, in Sofia's care Thank you :-)

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by Avatar for Danielle Danielle about Avatar for Sofia and James Sofia and James on 10/01/2018

I have found Sofia's profile via this website. She had got good reviews and great credentials. I haven't had a babysitter for a while, but urgently needed one for my 6 year-old son.
Sofia came across as easy-going, yet professional person. My son liked her straight away, even if before he was upset he is staying at home with someone he didn't know. As soon as they met, all bad mood gone away and they played very well.
I have recommended Sofia to all my friends, and very happy we now have a reliable babysitter we can trust.

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by Avatar for Julia Julia about Avatar for Sofia and James Sofia and James on 28/05/2016

Sofia looks after my son two days a week and he love it. The setting has a wonderful atmosphere and so much outdoor play happens in the summer. Sofia had more experience with child and she know the stages of development of EYFS Book and she is very good with my 1yr 5mths son. She is very flexible with times if need-be and this is very helpful, if they have the space they will always look after my son, even if it is only for a few hours, and more importantly only charge for those few hours rather than a half day like they do at nursery. Highly recommended! I am very greatful with everything.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Quite Quite about Avatar for Sofia and James Sofia and James on 19/05/2016

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