How to choose the right nanny? It’s a question that many parents will face. My name is Alexandra Eleftheriou and I am Sleep Support Worker, Maternity Nurse, Private Nanny and founder of The Mothership Ltd. I have worked with numerous amounts of parents internationally to get this very popular question answered.
Here are a few of my top tips to help choose the right nanny:
Name: Susie Somerville
Training: Norland Nursery Training College
Years working as a Norland Nanny: More than 30!
What is your current position?
I currently work in a rota position in India looking after a 17-month-old little boy, 4 weeks on and 4 weeks off. Having said that, I am just coming to the end of my first trip with them which has lasted 8 weeks, 24 hours/day and 7 days/week, sleeping in with the little one.
Have you always loved working with children?
When I was at school, my housemistress noticed I was good with the younger children and I was consequently given the task of looking after the homesick girls, even having to tell one that her father had been killed whilst on duty in Northern Ireland. This was a heartbreaking situation and such a huge responsibility, but we got through it until her mother managed to come and collect her.
I have never ever encountered anything as difficult in any of my years as a nanny. My housemistress then suggested to my parents I should become a nanny, it was not an easy decision for my father to allow me to go to Norland but in the end, he did.
Full Name: Kerry Smith
Profession: International Rota Nanny
Why did you decide to enter your profession?
I knew from the age of 10 that I wanted to work with children.
Did you have a background/education in childcare or teaching?
Yes, as soon as I left school I went straight to college to do my NNEB.
What were the challenges you faced at the start of your career?
None. I threw myself straight in the deep end with a sole charge 24/6 role with 2 children! Gave me a running start and I never looked back after that.
How to get your baby to sleep through the night? It’s a question that most if not every parent will ask at some point in their child’s life. My name is Alexandra Eleftheriou and I am Sleep Support Worker, Maternity Nurse, Private Nanny and founder of The Mothership Ltd. I have worked with numerous amounts of parents internationally to get this very popular question answered.
Here are a few of my top tips to help your little one sleep through the night:
We have a tendency to over complicate a baby’s sleeping environment and sometimes pretty features do more harm than good. Make sure that your baby’s sleeping environment is simple, no heavy bedding, not too many toys or books (if not any in the bed, bar a comforter as these can over stimulate children, they would rather play than sleep). Your baby’s mattress should be firm and have no wear and tear. I always advise a new mattress for each child.
So it’s that spooky, hair-raising, gruesome, spine-chilling, skeleton-filled time of the year again! Halloween is normally lots of fun for the children (albeit older ones – 4+) because it involves dressing up, trick-or-treating and eating lots of sweets afterwards.
However, Halloween it’s more than that and you can make it more fun for the kids, creating long lasting memory or even a household tradition that they can do year after year.
Full Name: Temmi
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I kind of fell into it honestly – I was looking to move to Russia as an ESL Teacher but the pay was terrible. As I was searching ads I came across an ad for a Nanny position there and was like ‘Wow, that’s more like it… I could do that’. And then I started to apply for positions.
Full Name: Cheryl Mackay
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I decided to become a nanny because I had just finished my NNEB course and there was a Nanny position in my village in Suffolk where I lived. The rest is history!
Full Name: Tracey Roberts
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I didn’t proactively choose to become a nanny. I suppose the circumstances that I was living in forced me to look at different job opportunities. I had moved to Athens and as a native English speaker jobs where limited. I had a friend who knew a Greek family who where looking for their kids to enhance their English so it took off from there.
Full Name: Sarah Bracknell
Location: South West London
How did you decide to become a career nanny? I was in love with the idea of the job from when I was a little girl. Growing up my friends’ nannies were these fantastic fun-loving beautiful women. I couldn’t not want to be one!
Alexandria has been a Nanny, Maternity Nurse and Sleep Support Worker for the last 7+ years and it is safe to say she has seen all the ‘trends’ in parenting. From, Gender Neutral Parenting, Natural EVERYTHING vs Just get this done Parenting, Discipline dial downs through to Helicopter Parenting!
The list is endless and with more and more articles being released every day on parenting, its no wonder parents get ‘confused’ on what is right for YOU and YOUR child.
We are delighted that Alexandria shared her pro-tips for both parents and nannies, on her career highlights and the secret to getting a child to sleep.