5 stars (6)

Babysitter in Putney

Female Non-smoker Member since Oct 2015 Last Updated Jan 2020 Last Login 29 Jan 2020

My Summary

DBS Check
First Aid Training
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Hotel Babysitter
Emergency Babysitter

About Me

Dedicated evenings-only babysitting service for local families. Fair rates from £8.00ph. Own transport. Impeccable credentials. Popular - 100% satisfaction from parents.

Affordable evening babysitting offered on an occasional, or 'as and when' basis.


I am an evenings-only babysitter who is available daily from 6:30pm onwards.

Fifth consecutive year of successful Gold Membership with Childcare UK.
OCTOBER 2015 --- JANUARY 2020

Monday - Thursday
19:30 to 00:00 £8.00 per hour
(after midnight £10.00 per hour)

19:30 to 00:00 £8.00 per hour
(after midnight £12.00 per hour)

Saturday - Sunday
19:30 to 00:00 £10.00 per hour
(after midnight £12.00 per hour)

(All evenings 18:30 - 19:30 - £6.00 per half hour)

Maximum booking - 6 hours

Would you like the advantage of having an evening babysitter with maturity, knowledge and good judgement?

Would you like an evening babysitter who is independent with their own transport?

Are you looking for an auxiliary, joint or reserve babysitter to provide backup at times of increased need, or during evening childcare shortages?

If so, I may be able to enhance your existing childcare arrangements, by becoming a supplementary evening babysitter that you can call upon, as and when required.

My name is Amanda. I am a mature, sensible and competent mother of 2 grown-up children, based in the Putney area of South West London.
Stable and consistent, I have been living in the Putney area for over 40 years and went to school here. I am a very established local, and very familiar within my neighbourhood.
I am a native Londoner, a lifelong resident of South London.
I am an integral part of my local community, well known for supporting good causes and advocating environmental improvements that affect my community.
Ethically aware, keen interest in conservation, appreciation and regard for all environmental issues.
I am trusted for my integrity and manage a daytime role as a registered carer of vulnerable adults. I have also now become the main carer for my own octogenarian parents.
Evening babysitting is casual/spare time work that I accept on an ad hoc basis. It is not my main source of income.

I babysat for over 300 babies and children during the five years I worked as a freelance agency babysitter.
I am child oriented, with a warm affinity towards children.
Friendly and approachable, children are generally very fond of me, and have always been keen for me to babysit for them.
Children give positive feedback about me to their parents, and express a preference for me to return to babysit.
Pets in the home - not a problem. I'm animal friendly, and it's always a pleasure to have the company of the family pet whilst I babysit. Any pets present in the family home will be met with a warm welcome and treated with kindness and consideration.
My role of an evening babysitter is focused on bedtime - bedtime preparation, putting children to bed and supervision when babies and children are asleep.
The evening-only babysitting service that I provide is about encouraging children to wind down and settle, and maintaining a low activity environment that is conducive to sleep.
Therefore, it would be preferable to me that all children are either:
- Already in bed, or asleep when I arrive
- To be preparing to go to bed when I arrive (i.e. getting into their pyjamas, brushing teeth, having bedtime story etc.)
If children are still awake when I arrive, I respectfully ask that any pre-bedtime games/activities/movies/TV etc. to be finished by 8.30, with lights out by 9.00pm.

Enhanced DBS Certificate - I hold an up to date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate that is completely clear.

A clear Enhanced DBS Certificate shows:

- No recorded cautions, warnings or reprimands on the Police National Database (PND)

- No record of any spent or unspent convictions

- No recorded association with, or connection to the children’s or vulnerable adults’ barred list

Furthermore, my DBS certificate is registered on the DBS Update Service.
The Update Service automatically checks and updates my certificate every 30 calendar days, verifying that my certificate is clear, current and up to date.

(i) Valid CPD Accredited First Aid Certificate - Adults - Issued January 2019.

(ii) Valid CPD Accredited First Aid Certificate - Paediatric - Issued January 2019.

I have been a resident in Putney for nearly 45 years. I love Putney and have been a resident of Putney for almost my entire life.

I am a recognised, steady and consistent member of my community.
Well-respected, trusted and relied upon by my neighbours; I am usually the preferred recipient to take in parcels and deliveries for neighbours when they are out.

A model neighbour, I am the long-term holder of spare keys for my neighbour's properties. I also look after their homes and water their plants when they are away.
On many occasions I have provided extra security by house sitting.
My neighbours feel confident to have me house sit for them whilst they are on holiday or abroad.

Sometimes families that I babysit for, also ask me to house sit for them and/or look after their pets when they are away.

I have been residing at my current Putney address for over 30 years, and resided at my previous Putney address for more than 10 years.

Local authority registered carer.

Full, clean UK driving licence held.

Written and verbal references available.

I cover the following areas:

SW13 - Barnes (All SW13 postcodes)

SW14 - Mortlake/East Sheen (All SW14 postcodes)

SW15 - Putney/Roehampton (All SW15 postcodes)

SW18 - Wandsworth/West Hill/Southfields
(West and North-West SW18 postcodes)

SW19 - Wimbledon Central/Wimbledon Common/Wimbledon Park/Southfields (North and West SW19 postcodes)

KT2 - Kingston Hill/Norbiton/Coombe
(North KT2 postcodes)

TW9 - North Sheen/Richmond Town/The Quadrant
(East TW9 postcodes)

TW10 - Sheen Road/Richmond Hill/Richmond Park(North)
(North-East TW10 postcodes)

Two families sharing:
Monday - Thursday 19:30 to 00:00 £14.00 per hour/after midnight £16.00 per hour

Friday 19:30 to 00:00 £14.00 per hour/after midnight £18.00 per hour

Saturday - Sunday 19:30 to 00:00 £16.00ph/after midnight £18.00 per hour

(All evenings 18:30 - 19:30 - £9.00 per half hour)

Maximum booking - 6 hours

Car parking charges incurred will be added to my fee.
(If required to arrive at a CPZ area during operational times)

Congestion Charge/ULEZ/LEZ charges will be added to my fee.
(If applicable/Central London only)

Babysitting in Central London hotels: £25.00 flat fee travelling charge.

Due to constraints of caring for elderly parents, my availability can sometimes be sporadic.
I therefore now operate as a predominantly stand-in evening babysitter for families who already have existing childcare arrangements and need supplementary cover.

My Experience

Professionally, I formerly held the position of a sole-charge children's nanny for a Putney family with children between the ages of 5 months - 9 years (at commencement)
I was responsible for all nursery duties, including preparing baby formula/feeds, children's food preparation, bathing/dressing, school pick-ups, homework support, activity planning and implementing, chaperoning, nurturing and pastoral care.

Personally, I have gained competency from my own personal experience of motherhood.
I am also a valued and supportive auntie to my nieces and nephews.

I have extensive temporary evening babysitting experience following the multitude of babysitting assignments undertaken whilst working as a freelance agency sitter.

Over the past four years I have been a popular choice for parents visiting this site, who are looking for a short notice or last minute sitter.
I am regularly contacted by parents who are urgently needing someone for a last minute engagement, or because they have been let down by somebody else.

I am also contacted by parents who are temporary visitors to London and by families looking for wedding reception supervision for their children, for whom I aim to offer a personalised variation of my usual availability.

I have vast experience of babysitting in new and unfamiliar homes and hotels, and am quite accustomed to being introduced to, and catering for children that I have never met before.

Delighted to be a much appreciated babysitter for a number of satisfied families in Putney and beyond.
Currently providing casual and semi - regular evening babysitting for children ranging from the age of 1 - 13 years.

I am particularly keen to hear from families that may benefit from supplemental evening babysitting, to complement and support any of their current/existing childcare arrangements.

My Qualifications

Former volunteer first aider with St.John Ambulance. (Putney and Roehampton branch)

St. John Baby and Child Lifesaver Certificate held. (Paediatric)

Valid CPD Accredited First Aid Certificate- Adults - Issued January 2019.

Valid CPD Accredited First Aid Certificate - Paediatric - Issued January 2019.

Up to date, clear Enhanced DBS Certificate/Update Service
(Disclosure and Barring Service)

Full, clean UK driving licence held.

My Availability

Evening babysitting after 06:30 PM.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 27/01/2020

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £8.00 per hour

From £8.00 per hour after 06:30 PM

My Documents


Below are the latest reviews for Sweet Dreams. 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.

Amanda was great. Punctual and friendly. It was my first time using a baby sitter through this site and she put my mind at ease. She’s mature, calm and sensible and filled me with confidence that my son was in safe hands. She text me after an hour to let me all is well at home which was a nice touch. I will definitely use Amanda again.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sweet Dreams on 17/10/2019

Response by Sweet Dreams on 18/10/2019:

I'm so pleased to hear your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for me.

We found Amanda on the Childcare website in January this year. She has so far babysat for us on 3 separate occasions.
Amanda is a suitable evening babysitter, she is down to earth, caring and easy-going. She is evidently experienced with children.
I should also add that Amanda is very punctual.
Absolutely no complaints, would happily recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sweet Dreams on 06/09/2019

I am pleased to provide a review for this babysitter.
Amanda babysat for us on New Year's Eve.
Usually my mother babysits for us when we go out, but she had a winter bug and wasn't well enough. So I was pleased to be able to find a reliable babysitter on this site.
Amanda is clearly very experienced with children and is independent with her own transport which I like. We were fortunate to meet Amanda who is able to prove that she has a good, clean background. I will keep her mobile number as she could be useful to us for future babysitting.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sweet Dreams on 07/01/2018

This is a review for Amanda, she has already been able to demonstrate to me that she has the qualities needed for a good babysitter.
I want to express my gratitude to her and to share my own positive experience of using her service.
Last week was the first time we met Amanda. I contacted her via this website during an emergency.
My husband was away and I had to help deal with a crisis away from home.
I needed a very short notice babysitter urgently, someone who would be experienced enough to deal with 3 young children, in a household that they had never visited before, and who didn't need to rely on a whole load of instructions beforehand from me.
Amanda turned up promptly, she had an extremely professional, confident manner, and without any fuss, intuitively took charge.
Amanda put my children at ease straight away, she is softly spoken and presents with a very mild-mannered demeanour.
Throughout the evening Amanda also sent me reassuring updates by text, reminding me that my children were in safe hands, and I was appreciative of that communication.
When I arrived home the children were tucked up in bed, and Amanda patiently took time to share with me how the evening went.
I want to thank Amanda for stepping in at the last minute, and for her exemplary conduct on this challenging day.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sweet Dreams on 28/02/2017

Response by Sweet Dreams on 04/03/2017:

You're welcome Celia

Amanda started babysitting for my sons aged 9 and 13 years during the evenings in the run-up to Christmas 2016.
The fact that Amanda is a mother herself made me feel reassured that she would have the right credentials as a babysitter.
Whenever I've had to leave my children with anybody else, I have always preferred that person to be another parent.
Both of my boys have found Amanda very easy to be around and warmed to her straight away. Even my eldest, who feels that he's a bit 'too old' for a babysitter at his age!
Amanda gave both of my boys her undivided attention and kept them entertained by playing age appropriate games with them, helping with homework assignments and importantly keeping the peace!
Amanda is vigilant and supervised my boys very well. Afterwards I had reports from both boys who told me that they had enjoyed an interesting, pleasant and calm evening in Amanda's presence.
I feel confident enough about Amanda to have now recommended her to one of my closest friends, who has much younger children than mine and would appreciate a long-term, capable babysitter.
Amanda would be a great asset to any family.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Sweet Dreams on 09/01/2017

Response by Sweet Dreams on 10/01/2017:

Thank you for giving me such a positive review Cara.
Your children are bright, and very well behaved.
I feel privileged that have been so keen to share their interests with me.
Even though you've now found a permanent nanny, I hope you will still bear me in mind as a backup babysitter.

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