5 stars (18)

Childminder in Norwich

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2013 Last Updated Sep 2019 Last Login 20 Nov 2019 Email Website

My Summary

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

About Me

**I HAVE TERM TIME SPACES AVAILABLE on WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS - Feel free to contact me for further information.**

My name is Sonia Ford, I have been Childminding since 2002 in my home in Old Catton where I live with my husband, our 3 children, 3 cats and a bearded dragon.

I offer a friendly, stimulating, smoke-free safe, home environment where children can learn, play and have fun!

We have a large playroom and have games, books and toys for children of all ages, and a secure garden for outside play.

We regularly visit toddler groups, local parks and the library.

My service includes:

Early morning care
All day care
Before and after school care
School runs
Nursery/Preschool runs
Regular outings
Outdoor play
Can provide emergency care
Use of a car
Term-time only contracts
Downstairs toilet
Healthy snacks

My Experience

As well as bringing up my own 3 children, I have been Ofsted registered since 2002 and throughout that time, I have had a wide range of experience in Childminding - caring for children from 12 days old to 17 years old!!

I have a lot of experience with newborns & twins, children with hearing difficulties, special needs, food allergies, eczema and asthma, and have cared for children whose second language is English.

My Qualifications

•I am registered with Ofsted.
•I am CRB checked.
•I have a full clean driving licence.
•I am a member of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY - previously NCMA).
•I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office as a Data Controller.
•I have completed my ICP (Introducing Childminding Practice).
•I hold a current Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) certificate.
•I hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate.
•I have an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Childcare Learning and Development (CCLD).
•I received a GOOD grade for care in my last Ofsted inspection.

Other qualifications / Training / Courses Passed:

•Basic Food Hygiene
•Food Standards Agency Food Allergy Training
•Child Protection Awareness
•Data Protection
•First Aid Essentials
•Equality and Diversity
•Personal Safety
•Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage
•Ofsted Essential Paperwork
•Playing Together
•Autism - The Invisible Condition
•Autism - Aiding Communication Through Visual Support
•Autism - Understanding Play & Analysing Behaviour Of Children With Autism
*Step On Training
•NCC Prevent Training
•Channel General Awareness (Prevent Duty)
•Prevent For Leaders & Managers
•FGM: recognising and preventing
•Prevent Duty and British Values
•Supporting Children with Speech,Language and Communication Needs
•Observations and the EYFS
*Prevent Duty and British Values
*Tracking Progress
*Learning Through Play in the Early Years
*Risk Assessment
*Working With Babies
*Technology in the Early Years

*In addition, I attend regular NCC Briefing meetings to keep up to date on Training, Government Funding and Local and National Updates.

My Availability

**I have term time spaces available, please contact me for more information**

My hours are from 730am - 530pm (however I can be very flexible).

I can drop off and collect from my local Old Catton schools including:

* Lodge Lane Infant School
* White Woman Lane Junior School
* Old Catton Pre-School
* Busy Beavers Pre-School

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Morning no yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon no yes yes yes no no no
After School no yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 09/09/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

I currently charge from £4.50per hour.

I accept Childcare Vouchers & Bank Transfers.

I accept 2, 3 & 4 year old Government Funding.

My Local Schools

My Documents


Below are the latest reviews for SoniFord. 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 twins are eight year olds now, they're in Sonia's loving care until they started school. I still feel so thankful to her for everything she has done with my children. You can't find any better person to take care of your children, not like Sonia would need these words really. Because you'll see yourself! :) I'm on maternity leave now and thinking of childcare in future, again. I just wish we're closer to her. Not "only" a childminder but a very special person, a loving angel! More than you could just dream of or wish for! Thank you Sonia! X

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by about SoniFord on 13/08/2019

Response by SoniFord on 13/08/2019:

Aww thank you so much! That was a lovely surprise to hear from you and for your kind review!
They are growing up too fast! I hope you and your family are well! Congratulations on another addition to the family?!! Xxx

Thank you for your kindness, love and care to Bella and for providing a very conducive environment for her to play in.
It's a shame we have to move away. You have set a benchmark to what we should expect to find in a childminder and I hope I can find someone as good in Loughborough. Thanks again, lots of luv - Peter & Linda.

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by about SoniFord on 25/07/2019

Sonia is a brilliant childminder, shes been looking after my little girl one day a week for the past 6 months.
My little girl finds it difficult leaving us but Sonia has worked really hard on helping her to settling in and now she cheers when she sees where she is and is very happy there. Would 100% recommend Sonia and have recommended her to friends, one of whom has her little girl with Sonia too now.

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by about SoniFord on 19/06/2019

Sonia was such an amazing find! Not only does she have the perfect space for looking after little ones, but she is also very friendly, welcoming and has a really nice family too. I was very apprehensive about returning to work and finding childcare for our little one, but was put at ease when I met Sonia.
Not only does she have many, many years of experience (from looking after other peoples little ones, but also her own) she is also very approachable, down to earth and all round lovely. Sonia keeps our little one busy during his time with her, lots of socialisation, play and crafting, he loves it! Sonia also keeps us up to date with his time there by writing in a diary, another big strength of hers is communication, which as a parent is very important.
I always sing Sonia's praises to friends and family, but if you are personally looking for childcare, I cannot recommend anyone more.

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by about SoniFord on 25/01/2018

My son has been with Sonia for just over a year and he loves it, the seasonal crafts that he brings home are brilliantly made and you can tell he's had fun making them all. Sonia also looks after his older sister after school and she enjoys helping sonia with the little ones, highly recommend her.

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by about SoniFord on 06/04/2017

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