I am a professional nanny, currently working as self-employed, providing part-time or emergency childcare on an ad-hoc basis.
As a qualified early years teacher I am a specialist in learning and development for children under 5. My 12 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 have lived in Hastings for the past 2 years. I have 2 children aged 18 and 13.
I have been working as a nanny for the past 4 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.
I charge for a minimum of 3 hours per booking.
I am not available for permanent full-time positions or for ongoing after-school childcare.
Please note I don't drive.
|Last Updated: 07/12/2023|
- Babysitting from £15.00 per hour
- Nannying from £15.00 per hour (gross)
£15 per hour for sole charge of one family
£8 per family for nanny share (max 2 children)
- Training Certificate: autism awareness training (added 11/01/2022)
- Training Certificate: safeguarding training (added 11/01/2022)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 02/12/2021)
- First Aid Certificate (added 19/11/2021)
- 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 childminder. She has an amazing ability to communicate with children, and is authoritative and clear as well as being very fun and caring. There is always a clear plan for the day, and no day is the same! Grace has helped us to master potty training and has given lots of advice with all the things we’ve been finding challenging. Her experience and wisdom makes you feel very reassured. I’d recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone!
We first met Grace when my youngest was 5 months, and I was instantly put at ease. Grace was able to connect with my daughter from day 1 and built a lovely relationship with her. My daughter treats Grace with the same excitement/welcome as she does her actual Nanny!! She also had my eldest (6) during the summer. Both girls adore her and my eldest is always asking why she can’t have a day off school to see Grace!
Grace is a kind, caring and incredibly warm person, and she blew me away daily with her early years knowledge. Grace always planned out engaging, educational and fun activities for both of my daughters, lots of outdoor adventures and she has a great knowledge of local groups and activities to take part in to allow my youngest daughter to socialise with others.
We could not recommend Grace enough, we miss her so much I am always trying to think of reasons to book her for the day!
If you’re looking for a nanny please do not hesitate to contact Grace you will not be disappointed.
Grace connected instantly with my 18-month old daughter and we are both so fond of her. She built a wonderful, strong rapport with my daughter from day 1. She is a lovely and warm person with a wealth of early years knowledge. I was initially anxious about my daughter's sleep, but Grace managed to get my sleep fighting baby down for her nap easily.
Grace thoughtfully planned out engaging, educational and fun activities for my daughter, following her interests and providing lots of outdoor adventures. She also encouraged opportunities for socialisation with other children. Grace also supported me through some sleep issues and potty training methods and was always willing to answer any questions or concerns.
I highly recommend Grace, we miss her already!
Grace started to look after our daughter when she was 8 months old. She immediately put us at ease with her confidence, knowledge and lovely and happy personality. Grace really was a joy to have around and was inventive and creative with thinking of activities for our daughter to keep her busy!
Grace has a wealth of knowledge on a range of different aged children and was really helpful with giving advice and help when I had any queries or worries.
I highly recommend Grace as a nanny!
Grace helped us to take care of our baby when we were in St Leonard's for a couple of weeks. She was able to quickly form a bond, and had just the right way of stimulating her playfulness and curiosity, with encouragement and genuine tenderness. Grace also took care of some naps and a couple of night time wakings, watching for what would be most helpful to let our baby be her best and happiest (and sometimes snooziest) self.
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