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Nanny in Abergavenny

Babysitter in Abergavenny

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Female Non-smoker Member since Dec 2011 Last Updated Aug 2019 Last Login 15 Dec 2019 Email

My Summary

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About Me

Hi. I am Melanie. I am a very bubbly and happy person who enjoys life and ensuring that everyone around me smiles! I love children and animals and I was brought up on a farm but now have a very pampered and loved cat called Misha. I live in the countryside and love it!

I have travelled the world over the years and I am a member of MENSA, but please don't let that put you off. I am very down to earth and friendly and can talk to anyone (if I talk too much please kindly ask me to stop). I enjoy having fun and I am told that I am funny and far too much of a fuss-pot as I tend to mother everyone.

Non-smoking, non-drinking and Christian (non-practising).

DRIVING: Own car and full driving license with insurance

CRB: Enhanced and current, available on request

INTERESTS: Playing the piano/music, playing and watching sport (including tennis, swimming, fishing), dining out, cooking, reading, wildlife and animals, outdoors (including walking and bird-spotting), history/old buildings and socialising.


I believe that I have the following qualities that will ensure success in being a nanny-

Loving and nurturing- I have unconditional love for children and always watch out for their well-being. I believe that every child needs loving and nurturing adults in his life to build his self-esteem and proper emotional development.
Good morals and manners- Children learn by example and copy the behaviour patterns of the adults around them. This applies to any type of behaviour, good and bad. They look up to their nannies and assume they can do no wrong. I am committed to setting a good example and being a role model with high morals and proper manners.
Patient- I can patiently answer the endless questions of a preschooler and I do not get frustrated when a toddler throws a temper tantrum.
Able to work long hours- I am used to working a long day whilst staying alert.
Organised- I have great organisational skills which come in handy when children have hectic schedules. I am experienced in not only taking the children to activities, but also coordinating them.
Reliable- I understand the importance of nannies to show up on time so that working parents can go to work and I take my job seriously. I realise that parents rely on me with the schedules and the good care of their children.
Trustworthy- I inspire trust and understand that parents leave their children only with people they trust and those children are their most important possession and the person who spends a lot of time with them must be trustworthy.
Flexible- I realise that most parents have a certain way of raising children and expect nanny to follow it. I have shown experience in adapting my child rearing philosophies to all of the parents that I have worked with.
Initiative- I realise that most parents do not want to be bothered with telling their nanny what to do every minute of the day. I like to keep the children occupied and entertained while getting the must-do things done in an organised manner. I am a committed nanny who creates activities to fill the day and takes the initiative to contribute to the children's development.
Communicative- I believe that open communication is the key to a successful nanny-parent team. I place strong importance on communicating any problems as they arise in a professional manner.

I am more than happy to carry out housekeeping, cleaning, ironing, cooking, etc (as I am a very tidy and organised individual) and travelling with children in my own car to after school activities and so on.

My Experience

I am a childcare professional with over 19 years broad experience of caring for and liaising with children and teenagers from birth to 18 years of age. I am experienced in looking after children/teenagers with mild and severe difficulties, including Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD and deafness.

An energetic, creative and musical individual who enjoys stimulating children through drawing, painting, role play and song/music. Self motivated with an outgoing personality, whilst dedicated to ensuring that all my charges mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing is optimised. I am looking to be a permanent Nanny and to make a positive contribution to a friendly family.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

September 2018-onwards Full-time live-out Nanny/Housekeeper for family in Monmouthshire
Sole charge of boy 7
Daily home-made meals and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and Play and activities
Homework assistance and work setting.

January 2016-September 2018 Various Temporary/Fixed Term live-out Nanny positions for families in Herefordshire including newborn, toddler, pre-school, primary and secondary school, twins and premature baby.

October 2015-December 2015 Temporary Daily live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 9 months and Girl 2.5 years
Cooking and baking
Creative development and play
Music, song and dance.

September 2014-August 2015 Daily live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Girl 11 months and Girl 3
Daily home-made meals and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and Play and activities, homework assistance
Dog exercise and walking.

April 2013- August 2014- Daily live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 10 months and Girl 3
Daily home-made meals and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and Play and activities.

November 2012 - April 2013 After School Daily live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 5 and Girl 9
Daily home-made meals and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and Play, various activities and homework assistance.

February 2012 - November 2012 Part-time live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 6 and Girl 2
Cooking and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and play, musical activities and homework assistance.

July 2012-October Part-time temporary live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 3 (autistic) and Girl 19 months, 2 cats and a very active dog
Cooking and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and play and musical activities.

January -July 2012 Short term live-out Nanny for family in Herefordshire
Sole charge of Boy 2.5 and Girl 16 months
Creative development and play, musical activities.

December 2011- Full time Temporary live-in Nanny for family in Bristol
Sole charge of Girl 13 and Boy 11
Housekeeping and cleaning
Cooking and baking
Creative development and play, outdoor activities, homework assistance
Sports involvement.

June-December 2009 Weekly Babysitting for above family.

2008-November 2011 Children's Placements Officer with Herefordshire Council (public sector)
Find foster, residential and school care for babies, children and teenagers
Work directly with charges to ensure that their needs are met and placements are suitable. Experience of children with
special needs (physical and behavioral issues).

2001-2008 Health and Safety Advisor with Learning and Skills Council (public sector):
Provision of H & S advice to both internal and external clients
Face-to-face and telephone communication with teenagers on school work experience
Manage facilities, all health and safety compliance and complaints.

1997-2001 (transfer to LSC as Office Manager with Chamber Of Commerce (public sector; continuous employment) Manage all facilities and administration function including related staff.

1996-1997 Full time live-in Nanny for Catholic family in London
Sole care of Boy 2 and Girl 5
Light housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and play, homework assistance.

1994-1996 Full time live-in Nanny for rural family in Bedfordshire
Sole charge of Boy 6 (dyslexic) and Girl 18 months
Housekeeping and cleaning
Cooking and baking
Creative development and play, outdoor activities, homework assistance
Sports involvement.

1992-1994 Full time live-in Nanny for Jewish family in Middlesex
Sole charge of Boy 15 (ADHD), Boy 13, Girl 5 and Girl 3(deaf)
Cooking and baking
Housekeeping and cleaning
Creative development and play, homework assistance
Sports involvement with teenagers.

1990-1992 Whilst at school, I carried out various babysitting duties of children (male and female) aged 12 months to 10 years. I also cared for my sister from birth.

EXCELLENT REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

My Qualifications

Ofsted registered.

Ofsted inspection 11/5/15 - passed (all areas met).

CHILDCARE RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Paediatric First Aid 2012 & 2014
Fire Awareness Training 2011
Level 1 Safeguarding (Children and Young People) 2009
Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs 2008
OCN Basic Counselling 2002
Negotiating and Handling Conflict Course 2002
NEBOSH General Certificate Health and Safety 2001
IOSH Managing Safely Qualification 2001
Equal Opportunities Workshop/training 2001
Basic Health and Safety 1999
NVQ Level 3 Child and Adult Social Care Grade A Distinction (European)
1996
Diploma in Child Development Studies 1996

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
Information Management 2009
Effective Manager Programme (NVQ 4 Management)
2000
Management Training (Branch Manager) 2005
Communication for Leaders 2005
Contract Management (two days) 2003
Customer Care Training 1999
Quality Management systems and QA 2003
Direct Marketing Certificate 1998
Report Writing Training (CD Rom based) 2001
NEBS Introductory Management Certificate 1998
NVQ 4 Business Administration 2000
Handling Customer by Telephone 1997
Various A Levels and G.C.S.E's 1990-1992
Various Typewriting/Word Processing distinctions 1988-1992.

My Availability

I am currently available for babysitting on
Saturday and Sunday nights. Occasional babysitting during the week.

Occasional all day nanny work at weekends and overnights.

Wedding work undertaken.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no yes yes
Morning no no no no no yes yes
Afternoon no no no no no yes yes
After School no no no no no yes yes
Evening no no no no no yes yes
Overnight no no no no no yes yes
Last Updated: 27/08/2019

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £9.00 per hour
  • Nannying from £10.00 per hour (gross)

As per market standard. To be agreed individually depending on requirements.

My Documents

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  • Marriage Certificate (added 31/08/2018)
  • Reference: Aleks Reference August 2018 (added 22/08/2018)
  • UK Passport (added 22/08/2018)
  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 27/07/2018)
  • Full CV (added 12/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding Certificate (added 12/03/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 12/03/2017)
  • Reference: Andrea Barker reference 1 (added 02/01/2017)
  • Reference: Meredith James reference (added 02/01/2017)
  • Reference: Alan Waters reference (added 02/01/2017)
  • Reference: Naomi Alesbry (added 19/12/2016)
  • Reference: Cindy Thomas (added 19/12/2016)
  • Reference: Andrea Barker reference 2 (added 19/12/2016)
  • Reference: Emily Harbottle (added 19/12/2016)
  • Exam Certificate: Certificate in Child Development Studies (added 19/12/2016)
  • Exam Certificate: NVQ Level 3 Childcare Certificate (added 19/12/2016)
  • Inspection Report: Ofsted Inspection Report (front sheet only) (added 19/12/2016)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid Certificate (added 19/12/2016)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 19/12/2016)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Melanie1. 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.

We had Melanie for a 6 week period for mornings and she was very reliable and trustworthy. She is a really nice women who's experience in working with babies or children is second to none. Our daughter really enjoyed her time with Melanie and warmed to her as soon as they met. Melanie has countless games and activities that any child would love. I would highly recommend her services to all parents and i will definitely stay in contact.

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

by about Melanie1 on 18/03/2017

Melanie was professional, organised and friendly whilst we were contacting one another to arrange babysitting for a number of families for an event. During the babysitting itself, she was warm, friendly and excellent with all the children. They took to her straightaway and we all felt more than confident leaving them in her care. She is experienced and highly competent. I would thoroughly recommend her.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Melanie1 on 06/01/2017

Melanie stepped in to help throughout the summer break whilst my 3 year old was off nursery and I returned to work. She also looked after my 20 month old daughter.

The children instantly warmed to Melanie and I felt at ease leaving them with her. Melanie is very capable and seems to have a lovely nature with children. She thought of activities and outings to keep them amused and made what could have been a difficult summer holiays and returning to work a smoother transition.

Melanie also helped out with laundry and the house was always tidy when I came home ....and cat sat whilst we wre on holiday! She was always happy to come earlier or stay later if my work required.

I would recommend Melanie as a Nanny. We all wish her well for her next endeavour!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Melanie1 on 03/10/2012

Melanie kindly stepped in to cover a last minute childcare need and was wonderful with our son, aged 2.5 and daughter, aged 12 months.
Melanie is very reliable, flexible, takes great initiative and immediately gained our confidence in her childcare abilities. Melanie gained the trust of the children very quickly, and they thoroughly enjoyed her looking after them.
Melanie has great attention to details and takes care in ensuring she acquires all relevant information about the children and their routine prior to commencing her role. Activities for play were discussed and Melanie arrived with a gamut of ideas of things to keep the children engaged.
As I was working abroad, Melanie provided a thorough handover during each day. Melanie was responsible for the children from 7am-7pm each day, ensuring all their care needs were met, meal preparation and bedtime routine. These were all performed to an excellent standard.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Melanie in a childcare role.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Melanie1 on 02/03/2012

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