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Average Rating: (5 from 9 reviews)
Where do I start with Hollie? She was a godsend to my then 7 month old and 2 year old during a very chaotic time.
I had never left my children in the care of anyone other than immediate family but from the first time I met Hollie I instantly felt comfortable with her. She was extremely professional, had all her qualifications with her and it was obvious she was going to look after the children the way I wanted. I also met her daughter and she really is a testament to how amazing Hollie’s skills are with children.
Lots of things were unclear for Hollie as I didn’t know what I was doing some of the time but she made it work and did an amazing job whilst making me feel like my wishes were being respected. I got amazing advice from her on the children and it was never unsolicited. Hollie looked after my children amongst family members but always made sure she did things my way even though it was challenging at times!
She was always looking for fun activities to do with my son and even managed to get him to self feed! This was something no one ever managed to achieve with my son. Both my children were extremely happy and comfortable in her care which was huge for my daughter as she’d been in and out of hospital and was very clingy to me.
My kids were always doing fun activities where they were also learning so many things. I’m a little bit of a clean freak but I had no issues with Hollie’s standard of cleanliness at all! I had also never let my children go out without me unless it was a family member but I trusted Hollie completely. She was so considerate of my feelings as she would always keep me updated and didn’t stay out too long the first few times.
I cannot recommend Hollie enough, I wish we could still have her around. My family became extremely fond of her also and the children miss her so much. She helped us so much during a difficult time and I’m so glad I had the privilege of Hollie looking after my children.
It’s hard to speak in high enough terms of Hollie and how much she has brought to our family over the last 13 months. She has an incredible way with children – she’s calm and consistent, full of fun and adventures, and supports our children’s’ emotional needs with sensitivity and love.
Hollie started working with us (3 days a week) when our little boy had just turned 3 and our little girl was 7 months old. She immediately rose to the challenge of looking after a high energy and at times challenging 3 year old, knowing when to calm things to prevent him from getting overwhelmed, take the time to help him ride out his emotions and create lots of adventures to challenge and entertain. It’s been a joy watching Fynn bond with Hollie and grow as a person as he’s got to know her. He’s also formed a very close friendship with Hollie’s wonderful daughter, who he spends time with after she finishes school and in the holidays.
Hollie is likewise amazing with young babies. Arrietty was still very small when I returned to work but she took her under her wing with confidence and characteristic calm. I don’t remember a day when Arrietty resisted me leaving – a sign of how safe and held she felt in Hollie’s presence. She regularly takes her to local groups, arranges meet ups with other babies of a similar age and takes joy in encouraging her new abilities as she grows.
As well as her natural gifts with children, Hollie brings a huge amount of skill. She is ever aware of both of our children’s developmental needs, thinking up new games and activities to suit – from teaching our daughter baby sign to stretching our little boy’s understanding of the world around him.
Hollie has always been brilliantly flexible, doing additional hours at short notice when needed and helping with babysitting in the evenings.
Hollie looks after our daughter for one day each week. She has looked after her for a year now, since she was 14 months.
We interviewed lots of nannies but Hollie was the only one who fitted the bill. We asked all nannies, "what would you do with our daughter for the day you are looking after her" she was the only person who said "well whatever YOU want me to do, I will make suggestions and give ideas but most importantly I will do what YOU want me to".
She was the only person who was extremely keen and stressed the importance of dialogue between nanny and parents to ensure there is continuity of care for the child, in terms of routine, discipline and education. She is very friendly, sensible and grounded. She is very respectful and from the start has said that we need to tell her the way we like things done to make sure the whole arrangement works.
She always checks food times, nap times etc. before I go to work and reports back at the end of each day on what they have been doing and how my daughter has been.
Hollie is keen to feedback on areas where my daughter is doing well or things she needs to improve or work on - much like they would in a nursery setting. This is where her experience in different childcare settings is invaluable.
Hollie plays different games, does craft and painting, cooking, sings lots of songs and does different activities each week. They have nice routine which my daughter enjoys and clearly looks forward to. My daughter is very happy being looked after by Hollie and she has been a great introduction to our family.
The most reassuring factor when employing Hollie was meeting her daughter - the best example of her work! Hollie brings her daughter to work with her during school holiday times. I was nervous of this initially - only because I am not in the childcare profession myself and wanted someone in sole care of my daughter - but having Hollie's daughter around from time to time has been great! My daughter really enjoys her company and she is an extremely well behaved, calm and caring child - a great influence for my daughter and they have great fun together.
Hollie tidies up at the end of the day and leaves the house exactly as she found it which is a massive help.
Most importantly my daughter is calm and happy at the end of the day with Hollie, she is never overtired or grumpy and this is a testament to the good care she has from Hollie.
Hollie is helping me with my daughter (7) and son (5) for about a year. Even I don't have regular off duty, she is very flexible in accommodating my needs. She was doing babysitting prior school and school round for my children in the morning as well as the afternoon collection and afternoon babysitting. She even covered weekend days for me when needed. Children are happy to stay with her. She engage them in many creative activities as well as spend time playing outdoors, visiting different exciting places. She will provide them with food I got ready all do something new and original for them. I will find them bathed and fast asleep on my late return from work. There might be little present they made together for me or I will enjoy pictures from their time together. On occasion Hollie was not able to come around, she linked me to other lady who proved to be great help as well.
I hired Hollie to look after my 8 month old baby for a 2 day wedding weekend. On first day, I asked Hollie to meet us at hotel and put my baby to bed whilst we were at the rehearsal dinner. My baby liked her immediately and I had no concerns to leave them alone in hotel room. Hollie also kept me updated via text messages and even sent me a picture half way through the evening. I had a really good feeling about Hollie so on the actual wedding day, I decided to let her take my baby to hotel for her bed time. Again no concerns and Hollie sent me regular updates and even offered to FaceTime. They had a great time together and Hollie also offered to bath her and left me with a clean, sleeping and happy baby.
I hadn't realised until the next day but Hollie even left a hand puppet for my baby.
I strongly recommend Hollie and wouldn't hesitate to use her again. I wished she lived near us in London!
Hollie was a brilliant, childminder, carer and part time nanny to all 3 of my boys. She had an outstanding ability to connect and communicate with each of my children and be sensitive to their needs and mine!
Hollie seemed to know instinctively how to handle my eldest child on the autism spectrum, she was able to communicate in Brisith Sign Language with my Deaf child and she was the first person to care for my baby besides me. Hollie made sure I always knew what they were doing, where they were, regularly sent me through photos of what they were up to and how much fun they were having, and would check everything out with me first. Her professionalism was outstanding.
They say kids learn through play and they most certainly did with Hollie. She has a natural zest for working with children and was always full of ideas and energy about what fun they could get up to. My only regret is moving so far away from her and her beautiful daughter.
We found Hollie through this site and have had a wonderful experience with her childcare.
We use Hollie on an adhoc basis to care mainly care for our 2 year old son but also to care for our 9 year old after school hours.
We have found Hollie to be incredibly reliable and she has a very warming, bubbly personality for which both my sons are very fond of. Hollie is very pro-active when the children are in her care, and always finds fun and engaging activities and trips for the children to do. Hollie drives her own car and has provided a car seat for our 2 year old which has made things very easy for us.
Because we have been so impressed with Hollie, we now also use her for adhoc overnight care. This has included Hollie staying at ours and our 2 year old son staying at Hollie's house. Our son has loved these stays as he really gets on with Hollies daughter.
Whilst the children are in Hollies care, we are regularly kept updated and reassured through photos, FaceTime and text messages.
We have absolutely no reservations in recommending Hollie as a childcare provider. We have found Hollie to be incredibly engaging, attentive, caring, reliable and responsible and we would be pushed to find another Hollie!
Hollie looked after our daughter for a period where we needed some extra help. She was considerate and flexible around our needs, and gave lots our child lots of positive, fun attention. There was always something new and exciting to be done, whether that was learning and playing in the house or going out for the day. I'd not hesitate to recommend her to others, and she'll be the first person we call if we need help again in the future.
We used Hollie as recommended by a friend. We were looking for someone who would look after our daughter in our home while i was unwell. We wanted someone who would look after our daughter like we would and we were not dissapointed. We found her to be warm, genuine, caring and very attentive to our two year old daughter. She was happy to do all sorts of activities, she took her to the Zoo and park, painted, read, played and even taught her some sign language. Our daughter loved her and still talks of the things they did together. We would highly recommend her and if she's available will use her again in the future if needed.
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