This is me: Being a nanny is my chosen career but it never feels like work, it's just part of who I am!
My name is Ophélie, I am an Ofsted registered nanny who lives in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham. I specialise in the care of children under the age of 5 because I love that age group, they are so unpredictable and they make every day feel special and exciting, we are never bored! Due to the fact that I love my career, I try to be the best nanny I can be for the children in my care so I regularly keep myself up to date with the current childcare guidelines on top of my level 3 qualifications and my 16 years’ experience in childcare. I am currently looking into forest school training and a yoga for children course.
I very cheerful and have a warm and friendly personality that will make your children feel special and loved. I am very creative, active and outdoorsy, I enjoy nursery rhymes, children literature, exploring nature incl. forest school, gardening with children, sensory & messy play as well as arts & crafts. But best of all I love to give lots of tickles, kisses and cuddles!
I am fully bilingual in French & English. A speech therapist whom I worked with to help a child with speech delay told me that children are more adept to learning multiple languages before the age of 5. It’s known as the critical period of language. Someone like me with a strong accent will help the child to train their ear to pay more attention to what is being said in English, in result supporting their language development. So whether I speak to your child(ren) in French, English or both will be an amazing opportunity for them which make me stand out as your potential choice of nanny.
I am a volunteer at Kinderoo Baby & Toddler Group which we will attend every Thursdays, term time with your little one(s) where I plan the weekly craft, run storytime and the parenting book library.
A bubble wand and a kite live in my car, I have tickly hands at the ready and always up for cuddling up to read stories which I bring to life by using props and all sort of voices for the characters: "Oh help, Oh no! It's a Gruffaloooo!"
One of my favourite mottos is "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing" I would ask if it was possible that your child's wardrobe includes suitable clothing for both very cold and very hot days. This would assure that we can have outdoor fun every day, no matter the weather! We love jumping in puddles under the rain, it helps boost our immune system, but more importantly, it means a cup of hot cocoa when we get back indoors! Marshmallow & cream anyone?
I will support and provide stimulating activities for the development of your child following the EYFS current guidance. For example, I will be engaging your child in lively and fun activities appropriate to their age: exploring the outdoors, arts & crafts, messy play, imaginative play... and take them to activities including playgroups, the farm, the beach, classes, feeding the ducks (seeds not bread)... I know the area well for activity opportunities.
I'm very good at tackling the behaviour challenges that sometimes arise as you would expect with any child, my main tricks are redirection to something fun or make them forget by laughing with a funny grin or a cuddle. I will use time outs if this is your child-rearing philosophy although I do try to avoid behaviour management techniques that include isolation or child shaming and will never be physical with a child. One of my previous nanny families commented on my use of the "Ophelie voice" which is firm but not shouty! I will try to turn everyday jobs into a game so it becomes fun and not boring.
I can cook warm and healthy meals and provide opportunities for your child to grow as a food lover. I will never force a child to eat something they don't want but I will try to get them involved as much as possible in food purchase or picking as well as preparation to help them become keen to try new foods. I can carer for food allergies and special diets.
Potty training, toddler tantrums, sleep training, preparation for primary school... I can approach all areas of education with a gentle and caring approach
I can offer one of the following setups (or a mixture if preferred):
- regular daily nanny with only your children £13/h
- in a nanny share with a friend of yours National minimum wage each
- as a nanny with own child, I have a 4 year old and a nearly 2 year old boys. Only my youngest will come along term time, my eldest will join in school holidays. From £11/h
16 years of professional experience full time + extra part-time experience:
• Volunteer at my local weekly playgroup since September 2018, I usually plan the craft activity for up to 30 children under the age of 5 and I run storytime with puppets and other props.
• Mum of 2 boys: Layton was born in May 2015 & Marlow in February 2018
• 2 years as a nanny with own child in the UK
• 5+ years as a daily nanny in UK
• 4 years as an au pair in USA, Germany and UK
• 2 years in primary schools as a teacher assistant in the UK
• 2 years as a teacher trainee in primary schools in France and UK
• 3 years as a French instructor in two Saturday schools for bilingual children: La Petite École de Canterbury in Kent & Le Petit Poucet in Sutton, London borough
• Volunteered in children centres in Surrey and Kent
• 3 summers as a summer camp leader in France, USA and UK
• 2 years in a charity for vulnerable children, some of whom had a certain degree of educational needs, in France
• 7 years of teaching private French lessons to students of all ages in the UK
• Babysitting since 2003 in France, USA and UK
*** Excellent checkable references available after a successful interview ***
PS: If my years of experience don't add to 16 its because some of those roles are overlapping/happened the same years
• OCN Level 3 - Postnatal and Infant Care (2014) - Non-medical maternity nurse
• NVQ Level 3 - Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (2010) - Teaching assistant
Continuous Professional Development:
I participate in regular CPD programmes, this means I am always following current guidelines on childcare & child development. I keep all my certificates in my professional portfolio that I will show you when I come for an interview. As of June 2019 I have over 30 certificates including behaviour management, asthma, fire safety, safeguarding, EYFS, the value of play, music in early years, child nutrition, safe driving, phonics, reading, early maths, speech & language development, Makaton sign language...
• Baccalaureate (2005; In France, this includes 12 subjects studied over 3 years)
Other relevant documents:
• Ofsted registration certificate
• Nanny Insurance
• Automatic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), previously known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) or police check
• Pediatric First Aid renewed every 3 years
• Full, clean driving license with a 7-seater car insured for carrying nanny children
Currently available daytime Monday to Thursday + evening babysitting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
My Friday role ends in March but I'd like to keep that day free in the future to help run events with my son's PTA.
Looking for minimum 7h/day any 2 to 3 days except Fridays.
I do not offer school and/or nursery runs only, I only offer full days of childcare, I do not offer cleaning/housekeeping to make up the hours to full days as I am a trained nanny not a trained cleaner.
|Last Updated: 03/02/2020|
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
- Nannying from £13.00 per hour (gross)
£13 GROSS/hour for daytime nannying, willing to negotiate slightly for 40h per week or more.
£10 for evening babysitting, £13 before bedtime.
I will consider a nanny share if you have a friend who wants to share a nanny. From £8.21 GROSS/hour/family. (National Minimum Wage)
I will advise you on payroll companies. (my taxes, NI and pension contributions are included, your employer contributions are approximately 10% on top)
• Use of my own 7 seater car is 45p/mile, I can potentially provide some car seats or I can use your car instead
Total cost to Employer = Gross + Employer NI + Employer pension contributions
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 22/05/2018)
- Training Certificate: Support Children's Health - Asthma Module (added 17/02/2017)
- Training Certificate: Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the Risks of SIDS V2 (added 12/06/2016)
- Training Certificate: Developing Play and Language Developing Play and Language Certificate (added 12/06/2016)
- Training Certificate: Infant feeding Part 3: Weaning Certificate (added 12/06/2016)
- Training Certificate: Value of Play Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Understanding the revised EYFS Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Supporting early language development (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Supporting Children with Speech Language and Communication Needs Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Partnership with parents Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Observing Children Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Nanny Drive A Child iQ Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Makaton Certificate Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Child Protection Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Child Nutrition and Cooking Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Child Behaviour (added 25/04/2016)
- Training Certificate: Basic Food Hygiene Certificate (added 25/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Deal Parochial Primary School (added 25/04/2016)
- DBS Check (added 25/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Sitters Agency (added 24/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Bonner (added 24/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Capgras (added 24/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Burlington Children's Centre (added 24/04/2016)
- Reference: Reference Thille (added 24/04/2016)
- Full CV (added 24/04/2016)
- Exam Certificate: NVQ Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (added 24/04/2016)
- Exam Certificate: OCN Level 3 Postnatal & Infant Care Education Course (added 24/04/2016)
- EU Passport (added 24/04/2016)
- EU Driving Licence (added 24/04/2016)
- First Aid Certificate: FFA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (added 24/04/2016)
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Ophelie was kind, endearing and patient with me and my son. She carried out many activites with my son, and also brought her two sons with her. She communicated well by writing a daily nanny diary, and filling out a scrapbook with photos of activities my son did. Ophelie also provided useful advice on different arts and crafts I could do, various playgroups and other activities I could do with my son.
I found Ophelie to be punctual, very easy going, and good at listening to the needs for my son.
Great babysitter. Great with children. Genuine nice person. Very honest and caring.
Highly recommend. Only provided babysitting as that was all that was required, but would recommend as a Nanny also.
Ophelie, during her near year-long residency in the United States, cared for my two children back when they were about ages 7 and 1. She came one night a week and occasionally for short-notice events on the weekends. Bright and cheerful, Ophelie was a beacon of light to our family during a terrible time. She ensured consistency and care. My children were safe, in bed on time, and looked forward to her visits. Ophelie was tidy, punctual, and positive, too!
Ophelie looked after our two children initially aged four (son) and two (daughter) for nearly two years. She is a brilliant nanny and I would highly recommend her.
Ophelie worked for us for three long days (7.30-6pm) and was always flexible to cover any extra time needed. She is extremely reliable and rarely sick. Her duties involved creating a timetable of fun and educational activities for the children- during the week and in the holidays. She did the school run, took them to activities such as swimming, ballet, tennis. She arranged play dates with prior agreement from us. She also cooked all the meals for the children and cooked for us once a week. Ophelie is a good cook- involving the children where she can; we’ve had some delicious and nutritious meals.
Ophelie is extremely resourceful and always eager to learn herself. She has undertaken a number of courses herself around her working hours whilst employed with us. Any chance she can get to learn something new and she’ll take the opportunity- face painting was an example where our children benefitted immensely. In the last few weeks her maternity course has come into play with our newborn daughter. The children were always doing something new and creative- messy play, beautiful crafts, outside exploring and discovering nature. Ophelie took an active part in teaching our son how to read and write in support of what he was learning at school in Reception and in Year 1. She continued to do this with our daughter too now she is in pre-school.
Ophelie is extremely calm, very sensible and commands a great deal of respect from the children. She loves to play with them, teach them and nurture them. She sets strict boundaries for acceptable behaviour, instils good manners and uses warnings and eventually time out when they do not do as they have been asked. She’s confident in her abilities and the children respect and love her for it.
Ophelie is full of ideas for fun things to do and can occupy little minds at home and out and about. Ophelie likes to get out- walking with them where she can. She’s a confident and safe driver and has driven both our car and her own. She regularly took our youngest to Messy play at the Children’s Centre and made the most of the Toy libraries. Having a theme for the week worked very well. They loved the trips to the park for pond dipping and picnics.
I am sure your child/ren will be very happy with Ophelie and you’ll feel confident and happy leaving your child/ren with her each day. You’ll come home to a happy home with happy children and a relaxed and smiling Ophelie.
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