A career dedicated to working as a nanny has brought me to the point where I can now offer a bespoke advisory service to parents of babies, toddlers and children up to pre-teens.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many sets of twins, families from a range of backgrounds and religious beliefs and children with varying needs.
As a result I have developed a strong, confident approach to my work. I often know instinctively what my charges need or will benefit from and use this to their and our advantage. I try to keep abreast of the latest studies in relation to child development and have an interest in child psychology, which I incorporate into my work.
As a nanny I have always taken great pride in getting the absolute best out of my charges, using an approach I labelled 'CALM'. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and ideas with you.
There is a seemingly endless amount of information available to parents, in books, on the internet, from friends and support groups and from family. For some parents the answer to their question is easily found, or the support they need is easily reached. However, in today's society families often live far from each other and both parents often work. The time needed for researching answers to problems, or finding a support network, is no longer an option available to many families.
I have drawn on many years of experience in working with small children and babies, along with researching alternative approaches. There is no 'one right answer' when it comes to caring for the unique and hugely important children in our lives. That is why Lighter Parenting will always offer an individual service, tailor made to fit each family's needs.
CALM stands for Consistent And Loving Methods, which accurately describes what I believe to be the best approach to childcare.
CONSISTENCY - how to promote it for your child - in practice
LOVING - because everything you do is with their best interest at heart and delivered in a loving way
METHODS - the best methods and techniques to help with everyday problems and key stages
Calm - if you appear calm, you appear to be in control. Let your child see you as a strong leader, a trusted adult who can take good care of them.
HNC Childcare and Education
Stevenson College, Edinburgh, 2001
Maternity Practitioner Award