I am a professional nanny, currently working on a self-employed basis, providing part-time or emergency childcare.
As a qualified early years teacher I am a specialist in learning and development for children under 5. My ten years experience working with children and babies of all ages means that I'm also very skilled at building a strong rapport with children to help them settle well with me even for short-term placements. The key is being caring, calm and in control - as well as being fun of course!
I can work as a sole charge nanny or in a nanny share role and I am also happy to work alongside parents who want direct support with early education, weaning, toilet training or establishing routines.
I am registered with Ofsted, the DBS update service, and the tax-free childcare scheme. I am fully insured and keep up to date with first aid, safeguarding and regulatory training.
I'm originally from Ireland and I live in Hastings with my husband and 2 children aged 16 and 11
I have been working as a nanny for the past 2 years, prior to which I worked in a nursery school and as an OFSTED registered childminder.
I am passionate about working with young children and providing them with the stimulation, fun and loving care they need to thrive.
I believe that children need the reassurance of a structured routine for meals and naps but they also need to have a variety of opportunities and experiences and they need an environment where they are supported to follow their own interests and learn through play. I place a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and the value of visiting parks, farms, children's centres and museums and socialising with other children.
I employ positive behaviour support techniques and will not use a 'naughty step' or other punitive approaches.
I can provide home-cooked meals and do appropriate housework.
I have experience working with children with special educational needs and I will always aim to work with parents to cater to the individual needs of each child.
I completed my pgce at the Institute of Education and qualified as an early years teacher (EYT) which involved assessed work placements in various settings with children aged from 0 to 5, and studying wide-ranging aspects of child development, special educational needs, and learning through play.
I also have a first class honours degree in sociology and anthropology from Goldsmiths University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Studies from Roehampton University.
I have up to date paediatric first aid and safeguarding training and I have undertaken various short training courses over the years including speech & language, behaviour management, and food hygiene.
I am available for part-time or emergency childcare and evening babysitting
|Last Updated: 14/04/2021|
- Babysitting from £15.00 per hour
- Nannying from £15.00 per hour (gross)
£15 per hour for sole charge
£9 per family for nanny share
- EU Passport (added 15/07/2020)
- Training Certificate: Food safety (added 15/07/2020)
- Exam Certificate: Pgc early childhood studies (added 15/07/2020)
- DBS Check (added 15/07/2020)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 15/07/2020)
- Exam Certificate: Early years teacher status (added 15/07/2020)
- Exam Certificate: Pgce (added 15/07/2020)
- First Aid Certificate: Paediatric first aid (added 15/07/2020)
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Grace is an exceptional nanny- calm, kind and creative. We feel very lucky to have met her and can’t recommend her highly enough.
Grace is a wonderful nanny, I recommend her highly.
I have been impressed by the thoughtful planning (fun and educational) she brings to her days with our two children. She makes the time they are in her care a rich experience.
Our three girls had such a lovely time with Grace. She is a really calming presence in the house and had a brilliant number of activities for our kids (ranging 1-7 so not that easy!). They are all asking when she will come back already!
I would really recommend Grace to anyone.
We have used Grace this summer for ad hoc care for our 2 year old boy. He hadn't had too much childcare previously and after a few months at home with us and no other adults during lockdown I was feeling anxious about how he would cope. I needn't have worried. He immediately bonded with Grace and has really enjoyed his time with her over the past few weeks. Grace has been confident, calm and caring but also a whole load of fun. She used some brilliant techniques to help form an attachment with our toddler and I feel like he has really gained from spending time with her at the park, in the woods and playing games at home.
Our older two (5 & 7yrs) have mainly been at activity camps whilst Grace has been with us but in the windows of time she has had with them too she has been fantastic at engaging them all.
We will miss her!
Grace has been a wonderful nanny to our two children this year. We knew as soon as we met her that she was the right person for the job. She is warm, caring, intelligent, creative and very experienced. She has a wealth of ideas and the children have been happy and stimulated in her care.
They have had trips to parks, playgroups, story sessions and Grace even arranged a visit to the local fire station for our son who is 3. She has baked bread and cakes, made croissants, made slime and play dough, and she often brought her binoculars so they could go bird-watching.
Grace encourages routines and has clear expectations, and she manages behaviour in a gentle and fair way. The children have immense respect and affection for her. She has a huge amount of knowledge and experience in child development and has supported the children with key milestones, potty training our son within the first week, teaching him to get dressed independently, and teaching our 6 year old daughter to tie her shoelaces, amongst many other things. She takes the initiative and ensures they are always ready for the next stage of their development. She encourages healthy eating, is a great cook and is very clean and tidy.
Our children have had such a happy year with Grace and we will be very sad to see her go. We are delighted to recommend her in the highest possible terms.
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