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I'm a professionally qualified holistic nanny, teacher (EFL, drama and music) and holistic maternity nurse. I have an international background in nannying from new borns upwards; EFL teaching and private tutoring in EFL, general Primary, music, drama, script writing, verse speaking, public speaking in primary and secondary schools in Germany and Asia holding a Cambridge TESOL (CELTYL); Montessori preschool experience; Helen Doron sensorial Early English trained; peripatetic music teaching esp in piano (beginners) and recorder (GTCL Hons). I have professional experience as a maternity nurse. I can speak German. I am a super friendly and lovely person who simply adores children and has 23 years of work experience!
My interests are so many and varied but include world travel; children!; music; dance; meditation; yoga; nature; world cultures; theatre; film; vegetarian cooking; museums and galleries etc etc etc!
Extensive nanny work (with newborn and some twins experience) and teaching of children over 20 years around the globe.
After graduating from music college I spent approximately 10 years nannying both full time, live in, live out and part time babysitting, sometimes alongside teaching and tutoring (music and English) in London, USA, Turkey, Denmark and Germany. I worked for Camp America as a student one Summer as an Au Pair and in Turkey I lived with a "high profile" family as nanny/governess for 3 and 8 year olds. In Copenhagen and mostly Berlin I worked with new borns to 12 year olds and sometimes did sole charge care during school holidays and accompanied families to ski resorts and business trips around Europe where I would entertain the children taking them on trips. I worked with an ADHD child of 7 years at an international school for 18 months. I taught special needs children in Japan alongside mainstream classes. I taught English in Berlin, Japan and Hong Kong for 10 years in addition to theory of music, piano, flute, recorders, drama, script writing, verse speaking and public speaking. I worked as a Montessori pre school teacher in Tokyo. In the UK I have trained as a Steiner Waldorf class teacher and a maternity nurse in addition to graduating as a professional Early Years Practitioner, specialising in the Pikler and Steiner Waldorf Approaches. I am now enjoying a career in London as a holistic nanny and part time holistic maternity nurse.
I am very good friends with some of the families I nannied for in the past and keep in touch with the children and skype on their birthdays etc! A couple of my families became like a family away from home, an extended family.
My vision is completely holistic and that children bring their own gifts to this world which I encourage to bring out and nurture, providing them with a free safe space to develop their own personalities and strengths at their own pace. I am firm but believe in positive encouragement led by example rather than threats from an authority! Children need to be intrinsically motivated but do also need someone they can look up to as an example. A rhythmic routine is very good with young children and a feeling of safety and security at all times is of utmost importance. I have an excellent rapport with most children and can quickly tune into their needs and feelings sensitively. My love for children is one of my biggest passions!
Don't be overwhelmed by my many, varied experiences as I'm not someone who will walk into your house and immediately take over - unless that's what you want!!! I'm very flexible and sensitive to your style and always take the approach of mediating between child and parent, necessary in the child's best interest. As my referees can vouch for, I am extremely trustworthy and during my duty the children's interests come first. I always voice any concerns, and praise of the children, with the parents.
CACHE Level 3 Holistic Baby and Childcare Diploma (specialising in Pikler/RIE and Steiner Waldorf approaches)
OCN Level 4 Maternity Nursing (London, 2017). As mentioned above I have an enhanced DBS Check, Ofsted regognised Paediatric First Aid, CV, certificates, excellent nannying, maternity nursing and teaching refs on request.
Also a degree and instrumental diploma in music; professional qualification in EFL; training in Steiner Waldorf teaching.
|Last Updated: 19/01/2020|
- Babysitting from £13.00 per hour
- Nannying from £16.00 per hour (gross)
Nanny rate: £16,-/hr gross (one baby or one baby and one sibling over 3); £17,-/hr gross (three children or two under age 3 or twin babies)
Evening babysitting: £13,-/hr Sunday - Thursday; £16,-/hr Friday - Saturday
Overnight babysitting of children that generally sleep through the night: flat rate of £150,- per night.
Night Nanny: £16,-/hr. Twins £17,-/hr.
Night Nurse for Single Newborns: £16,- per hour. Twin Newborns: £18,- per hour.
£220,- per 24 hours or £16,- per hour
EFL/academic tutoring: £25,- per hour
Piano/recorder tuition: £30,- per hour (beginners @ 22,- for 45 mins)
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I am very happy to write a reference for Alison. Alison has been looking after my son since the beginning of June for a couple of days a week. She started when my son was 12 weeks old and had sole charge of him for 2 days a week with the occasional evening babysitting as well. Alison also looked after my son overnight twice in July, once for a period of 26 hours where she was completely responsible for him and for keeping our routine on track. We were very happy with the job she did on these occasions and it made all the difference to our trips that we could trust her completely.
Alison's duties include feeding, changing, bathing and playing with my son. She also did the bedtime routine and got him to sleep on the nights that she babysat.
Alison is a very calm and responsible person and she has done a great job looking after my son and giving me feedback about him afterwards so I know how much he ate, when he slept and anything else noteworthy. I would recommend Alison highly, she clearly has a lot of experience with children, especially babies, and that is reassuring for a mother who needs to leave such a young one in someone else's care.
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