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Maternity Nurse in Shamley Green

5 stars

Usually responds within 1 hour

Female Member since Sep 2014 Last Updated Feb 2024 Last Login Mar 2024

My Summary

Night Nanny
MNT Course
First Aid Training
Special Needs Experience
Multiple Birth Experience
DBS Check
Baby Sleep Expert
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Hello! I am an MNT qualified maternity nurse with over 15 years experience of working with newborn twins and singletons. I am also an accredited Holistic Sleep Coach (level 6- degree level) and Postnatal Doula, and I combine all these skills when working with the babies in my care. I work up to 45 minutes car journey from my home in Shamley Green, near Cranleigh.

Right from the word go, I aim to help you establish very gentle, age appropriate sleep and feeding patterns for your baby, while ensuring we remain child responsive. As an experienced Sleep Coach, I find that gentle day routines help babies sleep in a more settled way at night, which in turn means you can enjoy your parenting journey more fully. I never leave a baby to Cry It Out.

I prefer working 'with' rather than 'for' parents, coaching on how to read babies’ communication cues. This is important because responding effectively helps develop a secure parent-infant bond and build parental confidence quickly.

I offer practical, emotional, informational and physical support to mother and baby.
In particular I help with:
~ establishing feeding (breast/bottle/mixed)
~ reflux treatment, management and allergies
~winding and calming effectively
~safe sleep guidelines
~ how to spot tired cues and settle for naps
~organising equipment
~ensuring the smooth running of the nursery
~taking care of baby laundry

When working in more of a postnatal doula role, in addition to caring for mother and baby I am very happy to:
~look after siblings
~support with playing, reading, homework etc.
~cook light meals for the family
~ run errands
~ walk the dog
~ do light housework and laundry

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my three young adult children, walking my dogs, tending my garden, cooking and seeing my friends. I enjoy exercising and living a balanced lifestyle. Most of all though, I like being outside in nature whatever the weather.

My Experience

2011-current: founder and CEO of Small Steps Babycare: (maternity nurse, night nanny, postnatal doula, holistic sleep coach)
1994-2023 Part time and full time Prep School teacher: Kindergarten - Y6
2000-2023 Private Tutor Y2-6
1996-2016 Nanny and Childminder

My Qualifications

2022: Baby Em Paediatric First Aid course
2021: Doula preparation course (Younique Postnatal) Doula UK
2020: Holistic Sleep Coaching Program, Lyndsey Hookway (OCN level 6)
2019: Maternal Mental Health, Dr Rebecca Moore
2015: Milk allergy and lactose intolerance in babies, Dr Neil Shah, consultant paediatric gastroenterologist and world lead on reflux
2014: Dealing with premature babies at home, Samantha Higginson, Director The Midwife Consultancy
2013: Breastfeeding Workshop, Beth Graham RM IBCLC
2011: MNT sleep training course (OCN level 3)
2009: Maternity Nurse Practitioner Training (OCN level 4) Founded Small Steps Babycare
2003: CHIP early years practitioner (Surrey)
1994: BA (hons) QTS University of Durham

My Availability

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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 yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no yes no yes no no no
Last Updated: 28/02/2024

My Fees

  • Maternity Nursing from £25.00 per hour (gross)

Days (minimum of 3 hour booking)
0-3 months
Single baby: £25 per hour
Twins: £30 per hour

3 months +
Single baby: £20 per hour
Twins: £25 per hour

Twilight shift: 5.30pm-11.30pm
Single baby: £120
Twins: £150

Overnight: 9pm-7am
Single baby: £220
Twins: £300

Please note I am self employed and cover my own tax & NI.

My Documents

  • DBS Check (added 18/06/2023)
  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 18/06/2023)
  • Training Certificate: Holistic Sleep Coaching Qualification OCN level 6 (added 19/05/2023)
  • Training Certificate: Postnatal Doula qualification (added 25/11/2022)
  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 19/05/2023)
  • First Aid Certificate: Baby Em Paediatric First Aid (added 25/11/2022)
  • UK Passport (added 09/11/2022)
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Below are the latest reviews for Clare. 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.

Clare looked after our third child during the night twice a week from 2-6 weeks and was a huge support to our family during those early weeks. Clare was calm, caring and collaborative in her approach to looking after our newborn and we felt very quickly at ease with her. Clare was punctual and professional providing thorough notes on feeds, nappies and settling times / methods. We would happily recommend Clare to another family.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for LMB LMB about Avatar for Clare Clare on 04/03/2024

Clare looked after me and my twin boys for 10 weeks during the night from when we came home from the hospital. She came highly recommended by both my NCT teacher and yoga teacher. Clare is very experienced and knowledgeable but it’s her wonderful nature that I would give as the number 1 reason for recommending her. She is very caring and has a calming effect on the 4 of us. She helped us get into a routine and gave us lots of helpful advice.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Parent Parent about Avatar for Clare Clare on 07/10/2014

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