Hello, my name is Gemma and I'm a 42 year old married mother to a 14 year old daughter, Olivia. After working at John Lewis for 14 years I decided to leave and commit 100% into caring for families with newborns/children. I like to lend a helping hand to desperate parents in need of some much needed sleep as a self employed night nanny, which I've been doing for just over 13 years. I would care for your son/daughter throughout the night in his/her own surroundings allowing you and your partner to get some well deserved rest and awaken fresher for the next day.
I would also be free between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm in the day to help with babies/children. These hours are limited due to me having to pick up my own daughter from school. So to cover any short working hours, appointments or even time away for lunch with your friends/family would be possible. I can also do evenings for anyone wanting to go out for socialising etc for a few hours. I'm also available for a parent/parents who have also got night jobs themselves, for me to stay at your home as security for your child/children of any age/ages.
I'm a very patient, easy going, fun loving, trust worthy person and absolutely love what I do.
I am DBS checked, paediatric first aid trained, have had training in safeguarding, child development and food hygiene.
Any questions at all please don't hesitate to get in touch.
See below in Availability my new weekend away rates.
Obviously I've had the experience in bringing up my own daughter for the past 14 years, which personally I think is the best experience a nanny can probably have! I decided to go into this line of work after struggling with my own daughter at birth. The sleep deprivation was very hard, especially trying to also recover from a c section. So I can totally relate to other parents struggling at night.
2008 - I cared for a families baby daughter from the age of 4 weeks to 11 weeks old twice a week at night to help with the first initial sleepless weeks.
2009 - I cared for another families baby and still now sometimes do an overnight stay so they can socialise etc.
From September 2011 - 2013 I cared for a families 2 young children (aged 1 and 3 years) every Thursday evening and overnight stays when needed.
Feb 2012 - July 2013 I helped another family with a newborn every Mon, Wed and Fri in the day until a good feeding/napping routine was established.
May 2012 - I helped a Mother and baby with overnight stays while her husband was away on business for 2 weeks.
June - Sept 2012 - I worked over night every Tuesday and Wed night for a family with a 9 day old baby until she slept through taking the pressure off the parents and giving them some respite.
April 2013 - Present - Occasional babysitting for a little boy who I've looked after since he was 4 weeks old. First 12 months of his life I worked 5 nights a week.
Sept 2016 - January 2017 - I did nights Monday through to Thursday for a family with a 6 week old until she slept through the night.
June 2017 - Dec 2017 - Supported a family in Manchester 5 nights a week until there baby slept through - 2 weeks old when started.
Jan 2018 - July 2018 - Tue/Thur days childminding.
June 2018 - Helped a family for a few nights in Manchester whilst the mother recovered from surgery.
July 2018 - March 2019 - Covering nights for a hospital doctor on night shifts herself (There son is 21 months old and sleeps through)
Sept 2018 - Covered nights for a vet on night calls. (Her daughter is 5 years old and sleeps through)
Nov 2018 - Worked 2 nights for a 5 week old, supporting mum at night whilst daddy was working away in India.
Dec 2018 - Aug 2019 - Worked 4 nights Mon through to Thur for a family with a 6 day old baby.
Dec 2018 - Aug 2019 - Worked 1 night a week in Derby (Sundays) for a family with a 5 week old baby for respite.
Sept 2019 - March 2020 - Respite two nights a week for 12 week old identical twin girls.
Jan 2020 - March 2020 - Helping a mother one day with her newborn so she can rest due to ill health.
Jan 2020 - March 2020 - Caring for a 7 month old one day a week so the parents can work together on a new buisness.
Sept 2020 - Oct 2020 - Sun - Thur nights respite for a family with a severely brain damaged 11 year old boy.
Oct 2020 - Dec 2020- Providing security for 2 older children whilst their mother works 3 nights herself a week.
Oct 2020 - June 2021 - 1 night a week for a 13 day old baby.
Apr 2021 - Aug 2021 - 3 nights a week for a 7 day old baby.
Sept 2021 - March 2022 - 4 nights a week for a 2 week old baby, helping establish a good bedtime routine as well as giving respite.
March 2022 - Present - Respite for parents x2 nights with a preterm baby (32 weeks) with colic, reflux and allergies.
I have 8 GCSEs from A - C one of them being in Child Care.
GNVQ intermediate in Health and Social care.
Paediatric first aid trained.
Understanding of child development, Safeguarding
Trained on delivering Epi pens.
I'm available every evening/night, Monday to Thursday or if you prefer, just for a few hours if you wanted to just go out for a meal/drinks/cinema etc.
The hours I do throughout the night are; arriving at your house to whichever time suits you (preferably before 11pm) and leave at 7am, maybe earlier depending on the distance. For 'normal' babysitting I'd arrive and leave at whatever time requested by yourself. I unfortunately don't work Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. Plus I'd be free between 9.30am and 2.30pm (Inbetween school hours) during the week to cover short shift work/meetings/appointments etc. I have a car so willing to travel.
The easiest way to get in touch with me is by email, phone calls I may not be able to take depending on if I am working but have an answering machine so will always ring you back. Email me for any queries or questions.
I don't work school holidays (apart from night during the Summer holidays)
I do travel - full clean drivers licence.
Wanting a weekend away child free?
I am now offering a full weekend of babysitting for parent/parents to go away child free! Arriving at your house Friday evening and staying until late Sunday morning.
Prices start from £250 - dependant on location, amount of children and ages.
|Last Updated: 06/04/2022|
- Nannying from £10.00 per hour (gross)
- Babysitting from £9.00 per hour
I charge £7.50 an hour during the daytime
£9 an hour during the evenings.
£10 an hour for over night stays.
£15 an hour for twins over night.
Diesel charges outside 35 miles - £15
New - Child free weekends from - £250 (Fri - Sun)
- DBS Check (added 06/09/2021)
- DBS Check (added 08/01/2018)
Below are the latest reviews for Gemma. 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.
Gemma, or Mary Poppins as we call her because she truly is amazing and has so much experience in her field and has so much time and sympathy for new parents like ourselves and has been a life saver! After having a emergency c section, and being a first time mum I was very exhausted when I returned home, thankfully we came across Gemma and currently have her look after our 8 week old 3 nights a week. Gemma is kind, sympathetic, trustworthy, un judgemental and has a awesome sense of humour which helps pick up your mood when your feeling sleep deprived. I 100% have been able to trust Gemma with looking after our little girl without any issues Gemma has gone above & beyond to help myself and our baby, and has provided amazing tips and advice whenever it has been required. Ive definitely made a friend in Gemma, and am so happy that Matilda has her in her life & I know that in the future if we ever need Gemma, she will be more than willing to lend a hand!
Response by Gemma on 03/12/2020:
Thank you for such kind and thoughtful words. I feel totally overwhelmed after receiving such a lovely review. We've built a very good bond these past 6 weeks and it's an absolute pleasure to be part of your lovely family.
Matilda is just the most gorgeous little girl and I can not wait to see her grow and develop.
Always, Gemma aka 'Mary Poppins.'
After a very hard few weeks with our newborn and desperately sleep deprived I contacted Gemma to ask for her help.
She was a breath of fresh air and put us at ease immediately. You can tell she has a wealth of experience with newborns so leaving our baby in her capable hands for the night wasn't a worry at all.
We've used her for the past week and she really has changed our lives. I know longer feel tired after a week of rest and our baby seems a lot more settled during the day.
Gemma is a very calming person to be around and anyone looking for help with there new baby should jump at the chance.
Thank you Gemma!!
Response by Gemma on 15/08/2020:
Thank you for such a lovely review. I'm so happy I could be there to help you both with your beautiful little girl. Such a little treasure.
I'm always here if you need another week of respite or support.
Outstanding is the word I think, Gemma used to look after our son during my long days and night shifts that includes picking him from the nursery and some times taking him to the nursery
, she is responsible, nice, friendly and more important clearly interested in he job, She is caring, organised and well liked by our son. We feel that our son is in safe hands.
She is always willing to help and try to accommodate our emergencies and short notice cover as much as she can
I would definitely recommend her.
Response by Gemma on 17/03/2019:
Thank you Hind for your lovely message.
It was an absolute pleasure helping you and your family. Yusuf is an absolute credit to you and your husband.
I'm here anytime for you all in the future. Xx
Gemma awesome! With no family around and my husband away frequently me and my son need help and sanity! Gemma was on time and gave me so much reassurance as a new mum.
Highly recommend and will be using her as much as need
Response by Gemma on 22/11/2018:
Thank you very much.
I'm glad to have given you the support you needed. Theo was a little beauty.
I recently employed Gemma for night nannying when I had an urgent situation after having some surgery and was struggling to look after my daughter as a result. It was really short notice and Gemma responded really quickly, also travelling quite far for the job. I hadn't done anything like this before and was struggling with my own recovery as well as an unsettled 4 month old so I was really grateful that she put my mind at rest straight away. Gemma is really friendly and I felt very comfortable with her in my home. She's also really flexible and I got the impression she's an expert in this kind of thing, though I'm sure would be a great day-nanny too. I got lots of good tips on how to settle my baby a bit better. And most importantly I got some sleep!
Will definitely be using her again in the future.
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