As a qualified and experienced Nursery Nurse I have dedicated over 30 years of my working life to caring for babies and children in various capacities. I have worked with newborns and children up to 10 years as a private nanny, in a nursery, in a hospital, teaching in schools, and as a night nurse. Ten years was spent working overseas with children from other countries whose English was their second language. Therefore I try to be sensitive to families of other ethnic minority’s and different cultural needs. The last 16 years I have worked as a night nurse and successful sleep trainer. I visit families during the day to do consultations, give hands on support, and follow up each family with help remotely afterwards until we have sorted everything.
I am as enthusiastic working with children today as the day I qualified. I work with each family's individual needs on a personal one to one level so I can get to know the family and what works best for them.
I am honest, flexible and hard working.
I currently work full time as a night nurse, maternity nanny and sleep trainer. I worked in a special care baby unit in Abu Dhabi for 3 years so I have experience with premature babies, jaundiced babies, babies who don't feed very well, babies with reflux and any conditions that require monitoring and special care.
I have worked with mums who have post natal depression, complex medical needs or are recovering from a traumatic delivery.
15 March 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
Brenda Hart worked for me as a night nanny from December 2018 to January 2019, taking care of my baby from the time she was 4 days old until she was 8 weeks old. During this time, she had sole night time responsibility for my infant daughter anywhere from 2 to 5 nights per week.
Brenda is professional, thoughtful and knowledgeable, with her extensive expertise in caring for babies and children coming through in all aspects of her work. She successfully established bottle feeding for the evening feeds (I breastfed during the day) and a sleep routine for our daughter. Brenda guided me through how to get baby into a daytime routine as well and was always helpful with any questions. It was a great comfort to be able to rely on her during the exhausting first few newborn weeks. By the time my daughter was 7 weeks old she was sleeping 7pm to 7am with just one evening feed, and by 11 weeks old sleeping straight through. The routines that Brenda helped me set in the early days have had future benefits - my daughter is a very contented baby getting the right amount of sleep, food and playtime, and I am able to better manage as a parent.
I highly recommend Brenda and would be happy to discuss further or answer any questions.
Night Nanny, Cobham:
Brenda worked with us as a Night Nanny and took care of our daughter a few nights a week from her being 3 days old to her sleeping soundly 12 hours a night by 3 months. I was a very nervous first time Mum with no experience of babies and no family support locally, I was looking for someone to guide me and build my confidence during early days and weeks. Brenda was exceptional with her care for both baby Amber and myself, the routines and support that she has designed work and they work fast, Brenda was always on hand night and day to offer advice by phone or email and never made me feel silly for asking questions. I have a very happy, content baby that sleeps 12 hours a night and knows her routine and I am much more confident and we as a family have Brenda to thank. I cannot recommend Brenda highly enough, the foundations that she has set with Amber are already reaping rewards and will continue to do so for many years as she develops.
NNEB CERTIFICATE IN NURSERY NURSING - 2 Years full time study
MONTESSORI TRAINED -1 year part time study
TESOL CERTIFICATE (TEACHING TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES) - 6 months part time study
SLEEP EXPERT AND EXPERIENCED SUPER NANNY solving parenting issues like behaviour, sleep, fussy eating, sibling rivalry, weaning, multiple birth management, breast to bottle and routine.
MILLPOND SLEEP TRAINING - 1 day course.
BREAST FEEDING - 1 day course
UP TO DATE PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID Certificate
Car driver with a clean license.
I am available for advanced bookings but whatever your requirements get in touch and I will do my best to accommodate you.
CV and references available on request.
|Last Updated: 31/05/2019|
- Maternity Nursing from £15.00 per hour (net)
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I am the mother of four gorgeous and very active little ones (6, 4, 2, and 3 months old baby) and I thought by now I would be able to manage with the non-sleeping of the first few months. I had done it before anyway, right? But I was wrong. I was so exhausted with the broken nights that I could not cope with the days and the huge demands of my other little children. I was desperate when I contacted Brenda with a long list of issues I thought she could help with. The number one: could she make our 8 weeks old baby sleep through the night? She explained the importance of getting things right from an early start and the different ways in which she could help. She also gave me the contact of a mother of three she had just started working with so I could check her references, which was very kind, as she already has lots of great references, but I wanted to check how her methods worked with big families.
Brenda came home for a three hours consultation and stayed with us for one night, starting the sleep training with our baby. She set up a strict routine that we implemented from day one and our baby went from waking up 3-5 times to feed in the night to sleeping through the night (11-12 hours!) in just 3 days! But probably the most helpful thing was to have her on the other side of the line to share any difficulty or anxiety during the first weeks of the new routine. She would answer promptly telling me how to tweak the routine on those days when things did not go as plan. Our baby is now 3 months old has been sleeping through the night most nights for the last month. She is such a happy little thing and I feel like I have a life again.
We were reluctant to spend the money on this as, for us, a night nurse is something only rich people have, but looking back, I would do it again and again and again. Everything is easier when you sleep, so we can now cope better with our other kids' needs too. I recommend anyone considering getting help to talk to Brenda on the phone at least, then you can make a call. And if you have already decided to get help, I cannot recommend Brenda highly enough!
Response by Brenda on 16/07/2019:
Thank you Paula, written word for word just the way it was and how it has changed things for the better. Love to all x
We were suffering from sleepless nights and days. Because my little one didnt want me to leave nursing or swinging. We didn’t have any routine at all and when we put him down into his crib, he was waking up after 15-30 minutes. And suddenly i said to myself we needed to do something and found Brenda, who is an expert of routines. From the first day, my 6 week old son started to get into the routine. Sometime it was difficult for me because he was crying for a while but he got used to the routine and he can sleep longer and at the end he s happy. I really appreciate Brenda because she was on the other side of the phone 24/7. Thank you so much.
Response by Brenda on 06/02/2019:
Thank you Burcu. I am glad everything is progressing in the right direction.
Regards to your family.
Brenda supported us as night nurse on the days she covered for her sister Sarah (who was otherwise night nurse to our new born baby girl). She was gentle, confident and relaxed in her handling of the baby, and was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in various baby issues, with good advice to offer. A thorough professional, we would highly recommend her to all new parents!
Response by Brenda on 03/01/2019:
Thank you very much for the review.
A very happy new year to you and all the family!
Brenda is absolutely wonderful in providing guidance for a structured routine that works instantaneously on children for sleep training. She has a very simple military approach with regard to timings and the routine is presented very clearly on one A4 sheet of paper so that it’s easy to read, and it really does work - infants respond very well to it.
After one 3 hour visit in the day the routine was implemented immediately, the night nanny told not to come and since then we have not needed a night nanny once as my twins were sleeping through the night for 11 hours by the 2nd evening! The routine also helped remove any fussiness when drinking milk and weaning, and also cleared the wind and reflux issues entirely that my twins were experiencing without having to use any medication. I am so grateful to have found Brenda on childcare.co.uk, and highly recommend her as she has allowed us to have our nights back with good sleep and thus a far more harmonious home for all of us with raising twins.
Response by Brenda on 04/12/2018:
Thank you E, it was lovely working with you and all your family.
We had been struggling in an unpredictable cycle of napping and feeding, making it incredibly hard to make social plans (or even leave the house some days!).
We had tried starting to follow a routine based on the books we had read with mixed success, but a half-day visit from Brenda really helped give us the confidence to follow through with it. We saw the results almost immediately and now have a much more content little girl.
During our visit Brenda quickly established the issues and gave us practical advice we could follow. After the initial visit Brenda was very responsive to our follow up questions, which we really appreciated.
Response by Brenda on 01/11/2018:
Keep up the good training and baby S will always nap and eat well 🙂
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