With over 12 years experience of working in the field of childcare, I have amassed a vast array of knowledge into the workings of happy, well-adjusted children. I always adopt a highly communicative, bespoke routine with healthy boundaries and structure as my choice of childcare system within each setting. I have mastered my personalized style to optimally provide a healthy and happy environment for children to blossom in. I have a great understanding of newborns, toddlers and young children upwards, and all the many challenges and solutions that come with caring for our young. One of my specialties resides in the area of sleep. I relish the challenge of helping racing little minds to quite down into the land of dreams and imagination, and have helped a number of families achieve a peaceful nights sleep. I am not only dependable, trust worthy and flexible, I also bring a very calm, gentle and unflappable approach to child rearing which is born out of my many years of practice caring for babies and young children. Having worked for a number of high-level professionals with the accompanying onerous work commitments, I am well versed in understanding the level of commitment required from a Nanny to families with these working backgrounds.
My Style of Childcare
• My main aim is to provide a wonderful environment for children to feel relaxed, happy and emotionally supported.
• I grew up in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and love to be out in amongst nature. I feel fresh air and discovery of the world we live in is vital to child development and I like to plan out door educational activities in co-ordnance with this whether it is a walk ‘down the lane’ picking blackberries to make apple and blackberry pie together later that day or simply a picnic day beside the river learning about the wild life that sits on our doorsteps.
• I employ a calm but firm approach to discipline whilst always tailoring it to consider the age of the child and their emotional state before enforcing disciplinary steps. I am kind but fair and will sometimes use a three step warning system with two verbal warnings with explanations and then an age related time out only if absolutely required.
• I like to use the art of explanation with the children I care for and encourage them to always ask questions and use their imaginations.
• I encourage children to verbally express themselves, especially their feelings, as this is vital to children's emotional development.
• I always encourage the children to be as independent as possible. I strongly feel this advances their learning abilities and strengthens their self-confidence. I try to inspire them to be actively involved with whatever it is we are doing, whether getting dressed or making dinner, the children are always given the option to take an active role. I greatly believe this method inspires confidence in youngsters and strengthens their minds to believe in themselves and their abilities as little human beings.
• Routine combined with a fun loving attitude is the foundation to stability and productivity within a household with young people, in my opinion. In my experience children unknowingly crave routine and because of this, respond beautifully to it. I use my ample knowledge of child-care to create routines that are personalised to the children's needs and the family requirements. Of course, without a relaxed, mindful and fun, loving approach, one fails to bring out the best in others, so this is an absolute must in my method when caring for children.
• Reading Time
I love to read with the children, it is a very stimulating activity for young minds. Recently I have been teaching the youngest little boy I care for how to tell stories. The children and I have been known on occasion to make our own books. Sometimes I encourage the children to come up with a story, I ask lots of questions about their stories, encouraging them to think and use their imaginations and then we write it down together, draw pictures and put it all together to make our own stories for reading time. Other times, if they are having trouble with a particular topic or situation, I will create a hand-made story about the subject that is bothering them, to use as a prop to help facilitate the child to understand and digest whatever difficulty they are facing and assist them to overcome it.
• Sing Song and Music Time
Music is a wonderful medium for communication and helps children learn a host of skills, including learning about rhythm and listening. I play a number of instruments and like to encourage the children musically. We sing and dance together - we like to make up songs and play. A memorable musical project I did with the children involved teaching the children about records. I took a portable record player and a bunch of records to work with me, I showed the children how music used to be pressed on records. They learnt about the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Mozart, Otis Reading and fun records like Mary Poppins. Having only ever seen Cd’s they were fascinated by the records, they absolutely loved it.
• Outside Play
I like to take children outside as much as possible, weather depending, as I am very much an outdoorsy person and the outdoors is the perfect playground for little ones. Whether it is a ball game in the garden, a trip to the local park for an impromptu picnic for lunch that day, or just to go and have fun in our waterproofs jumping in the puddles after it’s rained, being amongst nature is not only freeing but also relaxing and soothing for all little minds across the early years and beyond.
• In-door Play
Playing is one of the key-ways children learn and is integral to childhood development. A particularly fun indoor game has been to play 'Animal Hospitals'. The children and I gather soft toys together and create beds with cushions and blankets. We sit and cut out bits of paper, the children pop a sticker on each strip of the paper, we then attach double sided tape to the back of the paper thereby creating our very own plasters to use in our home-made Animal Hospital. We make thermometers from straws and hats with a big red cross on. Medicine we craft from fluffy bom boms from our craft box, and we make pretend lollipops from straws and paper for the 'brave animals' after they have seen the vet. The children especially love this game, and there are always pretend plasters strewn all over their toys after!
• Days Out
I like to plan day trips of discovery for the children in my care. There is nothing better than to spark the imagination with an adventure. Whether it is a trip to the seaside to see the ocean, play in the sand and run up and down the dunes flying our kites high, or a drive out to the local museums in Norfolk or to visit a nature reserve for a wildlife walk about, it’s my belief that children learn best whilst engaged in activities and days out can facilitate this type of active learning beautifully.
• Cooking Time
The children all love to cook and play with food. I will let them choose a recipe and then we will make it together. We have made a variety of things together from home made pizza for dinner to cakes. Every Christmas, I especially enjoy decorating gingerbread houses with the children, which they and I always find to be particularly exciting.
• Craft Time
My Mother is a children’s craft writer so I am pretty well versed in planning and implementing crafts for kids to do and make. We make lots of different varied things from dinosaur eggs whereby you put toy dinosaurs into balloons, fill them with water then freeze them in the freezer to be dug out later on a hot sunny day. Painted pasta necklaces and pasta snakes to hedgehog houses from pinecones, sticks, paper flowers, a cereal box and copious amounts of glue! Two craft projects that particularly stick in my memory was a dolls house and aquarium made out of recycled shoe boxes.
• Learn & Play
I try and implement fun activities that also teach important skills. Whether it is learning about opposites, shapes, colors, numbers, early literacy, problem solving, emotional empathy and many, many more human skills, using fun interactive learning play to facilitate this is my preferred style to adopt when educating young minds on new ideas, skills and concepts. I find this practice to be very productive on all levels.
Kindest thanks for taking the time to look at my profile.
I have worked for so many lovely families and look forward to my next adventure with a wonderful new family in the near future,
References available from NNUH Doctors
A wealth of experience caring for newborns up to 12 years old.
Vastly experienced in catering to high level professionals with the accompanying onerous work commitments.
1) Child & Infant Sleep Consultant - Trained at Level 3 in Developing Sleep Training Skills
2) Common Core Skills & Knowledge Training
3) Introduction to Safeguarding Children Training
4)Paediatric First Aid Training
Available from April onwards, however earlier start can be considered.
|Last Updated: 19/03/2020|
- Nannying from £12.00 per hour (gross)
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