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Reputable kind caring friendly knowledgable mature Ofsted Registered Nanny available to work very local to Surbiton, strictly within a 2 mile radius only. I will be in partnership with more than one family hence my self-employment status.
After copious years of working in the childcare industry as both Childminder and Nanny I have decided to concentrate my efforts in assisting New parents in the first throws of early parenthood. Supporting them in their return to the work place. I offer sole care on an ad-hoc hourly support basis as and when you need it. No binding contract, no holiday entitlement. My fee of £20 per hour is all you pay.
I am not considering positions for School collections.
I am happy to visit your home & discuss your needs and together we work out a plan for a far happier outcome and ultimately a fully functioning home/work life.
I am not judgemental nor do I need a tidy home! I just need a Mummy or Daddy that is able to let me take over during a sometimes tricky and overwhelming transition time. Returning to the work place can be a daunting prospect but I will help you through this chapter with 1-1 attention for your little one. Whilst you are out at work I will forward photographs and video clips helping to keep you in the loop, keeping you connected and feeling secure in the knowledge your little sweetheart is getting the best care possible. Of course there will be times when you just need a well deserved break and I can cover those times too. Your little one will always be in capable hands.
Our first meeting is around 1hr long, this should give us time to get to know one another. I am however happy to visit again to meet other family members.
This tricky time is not forever and I am here to make it so much more doable. Do not hesitate to drop me a line with your requirements & plans.
Below are references of me as a Nanny or Childminder. The reason that I have included them is so you can read parents views of my character, you can build an image of who I am and my working ethos.
Reaching out and trying to locate your special someone is the first step to a brighter future. Ask me anything, I am not easily offended.
Please read my official site ‘reviews’ but below are a few references too. I shall look forward to hearing from you :)
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To whom it may concern,
We are writing to provide a reference for Melanie Wingfield who has been a part time nanny (1 to 2 days per week) for the past 2 years for our family. She has had sole charge of our son for those days (Our son has been aged 1 -3 years during Melanie’s term).
Melanie is an outstanding nanny.
Some examples of the reasons we believe Melanie to be excellent nanny are:
- Melanie’s number one priority is the safety and care of the child. Our son has had some serious health issues including early onset of asthma and Melanie has ensured his wellbeing is paramount;
- We have trusted Melanie to take Seb to the GP on our behalf on occasion knowing that she will pass on all required information;
- Melanie provides a wide array of learning and development opportunities for the child. This includes various arts and crafts activities, games in the garden, trips to gardening centres, trips to playcentres, teaching vocabulary, numbers, shapes etc.;
- Many people have commented on how advanced our son is in certain aspects of his development and we attribute much of his learning to Melanie’s teaching;
- Melanie has a firm but fair approach to behaviour. She has instilled manners into our son and he has learned how best to behave with adults and children alike;
- Melanie provides home cooked food each week and even makes batches of food to freeze for him. She has always ensured he has a balanced and nutritious diet while in her care;
- Melanie provides regular detailed updates through the day including pictures/videos as well as a detailed journal documenting each day; and
- Melanie always leaves the house immaculate. She not only tidies away toys and clothes but when time permits assists with our washing/emptying the dishwasher which is most appreciative!
Melanie is very experienced in childcare and her knowledge has been invaluable to us as parents. She has acted as a mentor for other nannies that we have used and has also provided us with regular advice. If we have ever had a question on eating habits, toilet training, sleep patterns, speech or age appropriate toys we have been able to turn to her and she has supported us with her knowledge and wisdom, or indeed taking the initiative to research whatever the issue may. Melanie certainly always goes the extra mile.
Melanie is engaging, fun, enthusiastic, thoughtful and caring. Of Melanie’s strengths—and there are many—her greatest is her kindness. She is a lovely person to be around, and her warm character is always emanating from her and children are drawn to her.
To whom it may concern
We're delighted to have found Melanie and Olivia has developed such a special bond with her.
We were faced with the upheaval of moving to a new house in a new area and changing our 20month old daughter Olivia's childcare arrangements for the second time in 4 months and it was a daunting prospect. We looked long and hard and were struggling to find someone that seemed right for Olivia. When we found Melanie, we knew we had found the ideal person. She was friendly and responsive when we first contacted her and was very honest and enthusiastic when we met her.
Olivia settled in very quickly with Melanie and over the past year and a half they have forged a strong friendship. Melanie has a great way with Olivia and has really helped her development, including helping her to walk, learning colours and even counting in French! Olivia loves spending time with her and it’s clear that they have a very special bond.
Melanie was very flexible when our baby boy was born and agreed to take care of Olivia in her home for one day a week. Olivia called this a “Mi Mi Day” and loved spending time with her. Melanie continued to and photos throughout the day, which helped us to feel involved in her day even when she wasn’t around.
Melanie is a warm, loving nanny with a gentle manner but with the confidence to give us her opinion and advice about how to handle the ups and downs of having a spirited toddler. She has so many great ideas about how to help Olivia cope with change and introducing gentle discipline when we were struggling to cope with those tricky toddler tantrums.
We've really enjoyed having Melanie around and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking for a caring nanny who will support them in caring for and encouraging the development of their child. She helped us during our initial move to the area and then in supporting Olivia through the transition to being a big sister. I’m now feeling able to care for both children on Maternity leave, but I was sad to say goodbye to Melanie. Olivia will miss her!
Thank you Melanie for everything!
Reference form Past family
Put simply, Melanie takes away the worry about leaving your little one in childcare while you’re at work. My little boy took to her immediately, even at nine months he crawled straight over to her with a big smile and has loved her ever since. She has a great sense of humour, is full of energy and constantly plays games and sings to my son to keep him entertained, he needs quite a lot of entertaining! She takes a common sense approach, nothing phases her from teething episodes to high-speed toddlers which for a first-time-mum has been an invaluable source of help. One of the reasons she works so well for our family is that she really doesn’t need lots of direction day-to-day. She works very hard and is happy to just to get on with the things that my son needs whether that’s making sure he’s eating a variety of healthy foods, changing his cot linen to meeting lots of new friends at parks and playgroups. There aren’t many like Melanie!
Hope the above have helped, nothing quite like first hand knowledge.
Thank you for taking the time to read those, hope you get a picture of who I am and what I am about. You may find more recent references in the “Review” section.
As your baby grows and develops so will their space. Quarterly reviews to ensure you are happy and satisfied with your babies care, progress and safe environment. It is an opportunity to forward plan, flag any concerns but ultimately work in partnership together towards the very best outcome for your "Little Sweetheart" (*.*)
I have cared for babies from 2 weeks old and feel totally capable to cope with any eventually that should occur. I have cared for twins and premature babies and kiddies with special needs. From teething to weaning to toilet training, been there, done it all and lots lots more.I have records of each child I have ever cared for. I have up to date references. Having two children of my own generally indicates I have been through most traumas already! My eldest is now 25 my youngest 22, both still at home and around for a few years to come"hopefully!"
We are all fully vaccinated, well my daughter is due her last Jab in August.
Happy Parent = Happy Child = Happy Me!
My philosophy towards caring for any child is really based upon the principle that each little one regardless of age is an individual who has various types of life experiences that have already help shape them into the happy little person they are today.
When a childminder in the past, I was OFSTED REGISTERED Grade GOOD with outsanding practise in 6 areas. As a Nanny I did not o get graded but at least the details below give you an idea of me and my background.
A member of the National Childminding Association, now called PACEY.
Previously a member of Kingston Childminding Association
First Aid for Babies and children
KCMA Business Course
ICP CACHE Level 3
Safeguarding Children Course Kingston Early Years
Health and Safety in your Setting Course
Creating a stimulating Environment (birth - Three)
Introduction to the EYFS for Childminders
The learning Environment & the EYFS
Moving on, supporting Children's progress
Exploring letters and sounds
Menu Planning Course
Creative Kids Course
My Training is always ongoing.
My areas of "Outstanding" Practise were:
The effectiveness with which the setting deploys resources.
The effectiveness of Safeguarding.
The effectiveness of the settings engagement with parents & carers.
The extent to which children feel safe.
The extent to which children make a positive contribution.
The extent to which children adopt healthy lifestyles
Remaining areas of Practise are all "Good"
I will of course be using the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the Framework is based primarily upon seven key areas of learning:
1) Personal, social Development
2). Emotional Development
3) Communication & language
5) Understanding the world
6) Physical Development
7) Expressive Arts & Design
The EYFS also has a principled approach; the principles which guide the work of all Childcare Professionals are grouped into four distinct but complimentary themes:
1) A Unique child
2) Positive Relationships
3) Enabling Environments
4) Learning & Development
My areas of expertise are babies 6 months to 3yrs but of course I have cared for the full spectrum of ages too :)
I am available for sole care on an ad-hoc basis through the week between 8am-6pm.
I am honest, reliable and Keep all matters confidential!
|Last Updated: 26/10/2023|
- Nannying from £20.00 per hour (gross)
My working day is between 8am - 6pm
My hourly fee is £20 per hour. I am self-employed and pay my own tax. My fees are to be electronically transferred on a weekly basis.
Please read my reviews on this site, up to date ones added periodically or can be requested.
I am passionate about good quality Childcare and Parentcare and whilst working in partnership with you my aim is to give you 100% commitment at all times.
It is very important that after we have met, if you do not feel I am the right Person for you, you are NOT under any obligation to take it any further.
So, if you feel I may just be the person for you at this stage, just simply drop me a message with as much information as possible such as:
Age of your Little one
When do you plan to return to work.
Do you have family/support close by?
Helpful to know your location too :)
Do you have onsite parking/close by or permit holders only?
I will of course respond promtly and we can take it to the next stage.
Happy Parenting :D
- Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 29/06/2021)
- First Aid Certificate: Emergency Paediartric First Aid (added 13/10/2020)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 13/10/2020)
- DBS Check (added 13/10/2020)
Below are the latest reviews for Little Sweethearts. 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.
Melanie has looked after our daughter one day a week for a number of months after our last nanny became unavailable. We instantly noticed how experienced she is and how good her communication with young children is. She has an energetic approach and talks to our daughter about what they are doing all the time, which has really helped with her development from a stage where she was speaking very little to now being very chatty! Melanie always organises fun activities for her and our daughter to do ahead of their day together, but is flexible and responsive if plans need to change. She has such a caring approach, as well as being reliable and communicating what her plans are and when there are logistical issues.
Melanie is very safety conscious and ensures a safe environment for her and our daughter to interact in. She is also very careful with food and toys.
We are so pleased with how Melanie has helped us, it has put our minds at rest to have someone we quickly learned to trust looking after our daughter, and the bond they have developed is reassuring and enjoyable to watch.
I work from home a lot at the moment and while I am never disturbed when working, it is lovely to be able to pop down to make a cup of tea and see the creative and imaginative things Melanie is doing with our daughter - Melanie brings her creativity to the fore in designing things to do with our daughter, from collecting leaves to make collages to building dens and houses out of Amazon boxes.
We're very happy to recommend Melanie to anyone, and if (like us) it is your first child, you will learn a lot and benefit from all the experience Melanie brings as a nanny.
Response by Little Sweethearts on 27/10/2022:
It has been such a delight to work for this lovely growing family.
Kind happy nurturing parents, lovely home and always a feeling of belonging which was a bonus.
Although caring ‘hands on parents’ I always felt listened to, my idea’s and opinions valued. Together we all worked as a great team ensuring their little one was getting the very best care possible. The bond grew quickly over the weeks which is not always a given in all households.
Anyone that has the opportunity to be part of this family in a childcare capacity will not be disappointed. Even Sammy Cat was welcoming, always showed up to greet me and then snuggled down somewhere cosy till meal time.
I know we will all keep in touch and I will look forward to discovering all their exciting news😉✨✨
It was a sincere pleasure to have been part of their lives for the past year.
♥️ Magical memories♥️
To whom it may concern,
We are delighted to provide a reference for Melanie who cared for our daughter, A from the age of 8
months to a year. A grew up during the pandemic so was very nervous of new people but Melanie
had no trouble in winning her over with a slow but steady approach and she soon enjoyed her time
It was a difficult season to be caring for a child due to the weather being very cold and
most activities not being available due to lockdown, but Melanie was always cheerful and did a great
job of entertaining Annie with toys and books in the house and local garden centres and open shops.
Melanie was very responsive to A’s needs and our preferences but also prepared to offer insights
and advice from her many years of experience. She had a keen eye on how A was developing which
was brilliant for a first-time mum and was extremely competent at managing any little issues with
A’s routine or plans. I always knew Annie would be safe and enjoying herself in Melanie’s care, and
enjoyed the regular updates by Whatsapp and a shared communication notebook.
Sadly, the pandemic led to several concerns which meant we had to readjust arrangements several
times -it became more and more difficult for Melanie to care for A and this and other factors meant
she had to give up caring for A just before her first birthday. However, she is a warm, caring and
extremely competent Nanny and I have no hesitation in recommending her.
My previous nanny unfortunately didn’t work out and then I found Melanie...she has been an angel. Kind, thoughtful and just an amazing nanny. Since Melanie arrived my daughter has got her confidence back - is happy to be left, is chatty around Melanie and other babies and is just so much more confident.
Melanie has so much love and passion for working with children I never had any doubt that my daughter was not ok. Melanie is so creative - plans lots of fun creative activities and ensures my daughter is stimulated and developing. My daughters language has developed so well in the past 2 months.
Melanie’s communication is excellent- she keeps a daily diary, updates with wonderful pictures and videos and lets you know how your child is developing. Melanie is naturally a warm, friendly and loving person - she’s very special to us - I’m so thankful to this site for finding her at a time when we needed her. I cannot thank her enough for what she’s done for us.
Response by Little Sweethearts on 19/12/2019:
Thank you so much Katie for such a kind thoughtful review.
Caring for your Little Sweetheart has been a delight and the perfect way to see 2019 out. I have enjoyed our many hours together, the adventures we get up to, the friends we make along the way and hopefully a few more to come in 2020.
I am thrilled to have played a part in your lovely little family, you welcomed me into your beautiful home and have shown me nothing but kindness, respect and consideration.
I am one Lucky Nanny!
I am a new mother with an 11 week old baby, who like many new mothers was very nervous at the thought of leaving her little one in strange hands, so when I first met Melanie at interview stage, it was an enormous relief to watch her interact with my little girl.
On Melanie's first day I left Melanie with my daughter, and disappeared into my home office feeling anxious at how the day might go. As soon as I turned away, I could hear Melanie's quiet voice singing to my daughter and gently telling her little stories, and although the separation form the little one was hard, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders because I knew my child was cared for, and for that I was extremely grateful.
During the course of that first day I popped down to see Melanie and make sure everything was going well. I found Melanie sitting by the little one who was fast asleep busying herself folding my daughter's clothes whilst watching over her. It felt as though au auntie had come by to help out for the day and had quietly blended into the family home and routine. This was so unexpected and gratefully received, that I rushed up to my office to call my partner and tell him what I had seen and report that I had stumbled across Mary Poppins.
Melanie does have some rather Mary Poppins like qualities. She is delightful and cheerful and an incredibly reassuring person to have watch over a child. Melanie is patient (as much with nervous parents as she is with children), thoughtful and flexible. I would highly recommend Melanie and wish her the very best in her future role.
Response by Little Sweethearts on 18/09/2015:
My dear Natalie
You have a likened me to Mary Poppins, a magical singing character with a wonderful way with children. What amazing words to bestow on me, such kindness and warmth behind your words. I really do appreciate you taking the time and effort to write a review let alone one so colourful and imaginative.
You have painted a picture with your words and allowed new parents dropping in to visualise who I am and what I do.
You are such a generous warm hearted person Natalie, it would have been very hard not to have enjoyed my time with your adorable daughter and goes without saying, you!
I am never far away. Xxxx
I had a wonderful experience spending time with Melanie and then leaving my 3 month daughter in her sole care whilst attending to appointments. Melanie offers a supportive role for the mother and is full of friendly advice and tips for caring for a baby, especially appreciated by a first time mum!
My daughter had a lovely fun day with Melanie, attending a class which included baby massage. Melanie, anticipating a nervous mummy, kept me updated with photos and text messages whilst I was away and when I returned filled me in on the day and had written a day's report of her activities.
Melanie is completely professional, with up to date references and qualifications and you will feel absolute confidence in her skills in looking after your precious child and keeping them entertained. She is warm, friendly and encouraging in helping you find your ground as a new mother.
I am completely confident and trusting in Melanie to take the best care of my child and look forward to seeing her again soon!
Response by Little Sweethearts on 26/01/2015:
I can not thank you enough Julie for such a wonderful review. You know how important it is to me that new first time Mums understand my aim is to help and support them. You have emphasised this is all the points you have made and any new parent reading your review will no doubt feel so much more confident and relaxed about making contact with me.
I thoroughly enjoyed looking after your stunning little sweetheart, it was a pleasure to have the experience of one so young and for you to entrust her to my sole care! I consider this an honour, thank you once again.
Although I know we will meet again, I just want to take the opportunity to wish you and your little family all the very best for now and the months and years ahead.
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