About our sitters

The arts can be a great contributor to children’s growth. Artistic activities in a range of disciplines have been proven to foster emotional growth, cognitive development, the development of vocabulary and motor skills to name a few. CocoRio upgrades traditional babysitting by incorporating tailored, artistic, safe and age appropriate activities into sessions with the child – these can also be conducted in a language other than English if you so choose.  All this is facilitated by our fantastic sitters who we are ever so proud of! Each and every one of them have a unique creative set of skills, and they are all excited to share this expertise with your children, both in person and virtually.

Ophelia Appleby
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Ophelia Appleby

Ophelia is a graduate from RNCM in classical singing and has been working as a creative and multilingual babysitter for the past few years. Ophelia is bilingual - she also speaks perfect French and can offer creative sessions in that language. 

While babysitting and working as an au-pair, Ophelia has developed experience as a music and English tutor as well!

Ophelia’s expertise is learning/teaching songs by ear as this is how she learnt as a child following Montessori method.

Ophelia believes singing and music are an essential part of any childhood and an amazing way of connecting with children.

Izzi Richardson
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Izzi Richardson

Izzi is a freelance Drama practitioner and actor. Her expertise is running holistic, drama-based workshops which allow children to explore their curriculum topics in a creative way. Izzi also has a wealth of experience running online sessions.

Izzi loves working with primary school age children and has extensive experience in EYFS classes and with SEN children, having worked for four years as an Interventions Coordinator in the EYFS class at a Centre for Autism. 

Izzi is currently training part-time at Caspa Arts and finds her training is invaluable to her when devising creative, drama based activities to share with children. Izzi is also a trained singer and she often incorporates vocal elements into her sessions, particularly with younger children.

Lucrezia Galeone
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Lucrezia Galeone

Lucrezia is an actor-singer from Milan, Italy with a passion for creating and puppeteering. Lucrezia has recently graduated from East 15 Acting School on the BA Acting (International) course after a foundation course at Drama Centre.

Lucrezia has been teaching Musical Theatre to kids from 6 to 18 years of age, introducing them to singing, acting and dancing. During lockdown she also gave virtual singing lessons on Skype.

Lucrezia is perfectly fluent in Italian and English, and she also speaks

Spanish to a conversational level so she can lead her sessions in all these languages.

‘I love creating a caring relationship with children incorporating my quirky and energetic passion for the arts  with puppeteering shows and learning new songs together.’ Lucrezia Galeone

Angelie Stephens
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Angelie Stephens

Angelie is a creative workshop facilitator specialised in working with young people currently working as a Freelance Workshop & Centre Leader for Sparks Film & Media Arts.  Angelie has also completed a Masters degree in Digital Media from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Bachelors degree in New Media from the University of Leeds. 

Angelie has three years of experience working as a film-making workshop facilitator. Alongside film-making, she has storytelling, creative writing and media skills that she can use to engage and mentor children from six to fifteen years old. On the movement side, Angelie is also a tap dancer so could support your children with its practice if necessary.

Angelie is also an expert in Photoshop and can teach children and young adults all about its secrets!

Christina Harder
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Christina Harder

Christina has extensive childcare experience having babysat and worked with children of all ages between the ages of 1 - 15. With two younger brothers, she has looked after younger children for as long as she can remember, with her first professional childcare experience being when she was a child herself, helping out at a kindergarten.

Fast forward a few years, at age 19, Chris went to New York as an au pair and looked after twin girls aged two.

Throughout her career as an artist, she often continued to look after children, helping them with homework and art work in particular.

Christina also worked for the British Macrobiotic Summer Camp, facilitating workshops for teenagers.

A few years back, she discovered art therapy and has since assisted with art therapy classes as well as facilitated her own art therapy-based workshops for mothers and toddlers.

Francis Thurstun-Crees
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Francis Thurstun-Crees

Francis is a 2020 BA Acting Graduate from East 15 Acting school. Francis has experience working with and looking after children and young adults. Francis has been working as a Creative Learning Assistant in theatres, assisting and leading weekly groups, directing productions, going into schools for artistic outreach programs. Francis has experience working with children and adults with multiple learning and physical disabilities.

Francis has also been working as an elf entertaining children in their homes. This also involved improvising with children and going off script to fit their needs and interests.  

Francis can entertain children and young adults by creating performances with them, as well as assisting them with their homework. Francis is  dyslexic and dyspraxic, and therefore can provide personal alternative learning styles to help individuals who have learning difficulties.

Francis also has experience in stage combat and could safely teach aspects of unarmed combat.

Jennifer Walinetski
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Jennifer Walinetski

Jenny is a freelance musician and educator based in Sheffield. She is a professional drummer and percussionist.

Over the years, Jenny has been delivering specialist classroom education within Early Years Centres and Primary Schools, ages 3 to year 6. Jenny’s expertise is providing  a unique form of education based around music merging the performance and academic elements. Jenny is also an instrumental teacher, covering 1-1 and small group tuition. 

Jenny has extended experience working with children with learning disabilities and difficulties, including Low Functioning Autism, behavioural needs and emotional needs and profound disabilities.

Arina Gorea
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Arina Gorea

Arina is a kind, caring and patient professional who enjoys working with children of all ages, especially babies and toddlers. Originally from Romania, Arina has studied Pedagogy at a young age. 

Arina has experience working in a school setting, including Montessori nurseries and as a one-to-one babysitter. With young children she is experienced in potty training and teaching general life skills including hygiene and manners.

Arina is also a musician, she sings and plays the piano and the guitar. She loves incorporating music into her caring for young children to entertain them and engage them creatively.

As Arina’s mother tongue is Romanian, she can provide language immersion sessions in this language. 

“Children love when I sing and play Disney songs to them. They always sing along!”

Celia Bouch
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Celia Bouch

Celia is an award-winning harpist about to graduate from University of Sheffield with a degree in Music and Hispanic Studies. With expertise in music education, Celia is passionate about promoting equal access to the arts and the benefits of creative learning. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has employed all three languages in her numerous teaching roles.

A wealth of experience across two continents, Celia is highly skilled at working with children and young people. Working for the NGO Etiv do Brasil, she delivered courses on environmental awareness through the medium of Portuguese, mentored a young child with learning difficulties and offered immersive Spanish lessons. She found music and art really helped to engage students during classes and resolve behavioural issues. She has taught English in Spain and Argentina, preparing students for Cambridge certificates.

Most recently, Celia has delivered music workshops for Sheffield Music Hub in local primary schools. She has found using her small lap harp to be an enormously successful way of engaging young children and inspiring their creative minds. For the past four years, she has volunteered on the Royal Northern College of Music’s Young Harps scheme, where she continues to support children’s learning of a new skill and helps them build confidence when performing. Thanks to years of babysitting, Celia has worked with many different age ranges and always adapts her tutoring style accordingly.

Eleanor Byrne
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Eleanor Byrne

Eleanor’s expertise lies in acting, having worked in the theatre and screen industries for the past four years. Her credits include both new writing and Shakespeare play productions, as well as children’s theatre (Santa’s Mixed Up Martian, New Wimbledon Theatre).

As a Speech and Drama teacher, Eleanor has over six years of experience with children aged 3 to 15. The highlight of her week is her kids’ drama lesson, during which she fills every acting, poetry and movement exercise with endless enthusiasm and imagination. She has devised and delivered acting workshops for Italia Conti summer camps and has extensive experience safeguarding children thanks to her role as a theatre chaperone. In addition to English, Eleanor speaks Irish and French and offers tuition in these languages.

“I love working with children as they always surprise me at how much they take in and are willing to learn. With Shakespeare I have witnessed amazing results as children make discoveries about the language themselves and the joy that comes with that”Eleanor Byrne

Maryam Shaharuddin
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Maryam Shaharuddin

Maryam is  a drama facilitator who is extremely passionate about using theatrical modes to creatively enrich and empower children of ages 5-18. Maryam’s creative expertise centres around theatre, from acting and writing to storytelling and also loves the arts and crafts. 

Maryam has recently graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a First Class (Honours) in BA Drama & Theatre Studies and is about to pursue an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Maryam has a lot of experience working with pre teens and teens, including vulnerable children with behavioural problems aged 11 to 13.

Maryam knows and uses Makaton sign language. This encourages her to supplement her speech with gestures and signs after observing the benefits of using non-verbal communication when connecting with any child, regardless of whether they use Makaton in their daily lives.

Alessandra Guidi
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Alessandra Guidi

Alessandra is a multilingual teacher for children 6 to 15 years old. She is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish together with English!

Alessandra has a wealth of experience supporting students with SEN (Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD) in a learning environment, especially in literacy and numeracy.

Alessandra’s creative expertise is a passion for board games and arts and crafts. She also loves storytelling and reading to and with children.

Melanie Hering
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Melanie Hering

Melanie has a masters degree in Applied Theatre and a bachelor in Comparative Literatures. Melanie is a creative teacher and workshop facilitator and has a lot of experience working with young people and children in various settings as well as running messy play toddler groups for parents-carers and their children. 

Since lockdown, she has been sending out art-packs to children she has been teaching with Action for Refugees.

Melanie loves sharing her craft, creative writing,  drama expertise to children of all ages.

Melanie is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of German so she is available for sessions in both languages.

Charlie Limm
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Charlie Limm

Charlie has worked extensively as a Theatre and Music Facilitator over the years leading workshops, activity days, events and performing shows in schools and theatres. She started her London career as a children's entertainer at Hamleys Toyshop where she performed daily puppet shows, parties and tours, working with all ages. 

Charlie has specific experience of teaching music to early years using games and songs to encourage musical theory and the joy of singing! She also has experience working as theatre facilitator for SEN shows. Charlie has worked with Old Vic New Voices and NCS The Challenge (drama workshops for Secondary Schools) and creating interactive theatre workshops in Primary School settings with Polka Theatre, Unique Voice, Freshwater Theatre, Pzazz, Shakespeare's School Festival, Bigfoot and 7Billion Ideas. She has also previously run for 3 years, her own theatre school that focused on devising and songwriting. 

All of these experiences have given her the playfulness, patience and practical techniques necessary for work of this nature and she absolutely loves working with young people in this capacity. 

Charlie is also an Actor/Musician; she sings, plays Guitar, Flute and a little Ukulele and Percussion and gigs regularly as a solo folk musician. Since leaving her role in the Music department of Shakespeare's Globe back in 2016, she has worked on various productions as a Composer, Actor and Musician and found these experiences have provided invaluable techniques, confidence and a drive for sharing my passion for the Arts.

Lucy Bell
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Lucy Bell

Lucy is a professionally trained actress who has been working in the industry for the past four years. She has performed touring shows around the UK with various theatre companies and has created and organised children’s charity shows in theatres.

Lucy has over 9 years’ experience of working with children aged 2-18. As a teacher of performing arts, Lucy delivers singing, dancing, acting and storytelling sessions. She leads drama workshops in schools and works as a teaching assistant in a primary school. A licensed chaperone, Lucy has also worked safeguarding children in a theatre setting.

I love seeing how performing arts can really help children grow in confidence”– Lucy Bell

Victoria Jones
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Victoria Jones

Vicky’s background is as a classical violinist and pianist. After a career as a classical violin player, she decided to move towards teaching - and has a PGCE - working with children and communities using music to engage them. Vicky has been working in special schools engaging children with different abilities and needs including multiple and profound learning difficulties.

Vicky also works creating the Cambridge International Examination music programmes and works as a peripatetic keyboard teacher in primary schools.

Vicky is also the Music Leader at Brighton & Hove Music & Arts leading a band with a group of children with SEND.

Vicky is a mum of a three year old and loves exploring music with children of all ages including preschool!

Kieran Akhtar
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Kieran Akhtar

Kieran’s creative expertise lies in film making, visual arts and design and has worked with big names such as the Barbican Centre, ArtClubbers, Spotlight summer school and Boxpark to name only a few.

Through his art as well as through his other interests, Kieran has gained extensive experience working with children having been a babysitter for over 5 years, a mathematics tutor and a creative leader for summer school workshops and has worked with age groups ranging from 4 to 15 years. Kieran also worked for the NHS where he often entertained young patients as they waited for their appointments, families often complimenting him for his flair with children.

To add to his ranging interests, Kieran also has expertise in working with children with autism and special educational needs and has learnt numerous adaptive SEN strategies to keep children safe, engaged and learning.

“I have found in babysitting young children that I am required to nurture their talents and ensure I’m not steering them away from their nature – there is so much reward in spending time with young children.” – Kieran Akhtar

Viola Paciotti
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Viola Paciotti

Viola is a professional dancer, vocationally trained in ballet, modern and tap dance in Italy. Viola moved to London in 2017 to follow her passion for the performing arts. Since then she has also completed her professional teaching qualifications with the ISTD (International Society of Teachers of Dancing).

Viola has experience working with different age-groups - from babies and pre-school age to 17 years old, thanks to different dance teaching and creative workshop positions across the city. 

Viola believes that the arts are vital in every child's upbringing and especially music, singing and any kind of creative moment can help children to develop body confidence and awareness, become more open to others and the surrounding environment. In her sessions she loves exposing children of all ages to music and movement!

As a native Italian speaker, Viola can lead language immersion sessions in Italian as well.

Tom Grashion-Hewitt
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Tom Grashion-Hewitt

Tom is a drummer, music producer and dj. From HMV to Abbey Road Studios, Glastonbury Festival to Sierra Nevada, Spain, Tom has been fortunate enough to work in some incredible locations around England and Europe.

Though Tom’s main passion is live drumming, he has several years of experience in the music industry as a studio engineer with award-winning record producer Youth.Tom’s skills are not just limited to music. Freelance work in TV & Advertising as a Production Runner and Director’s Assistant has kept me busy thanks to Grammy- nominated film producer Rupert Style. Tom has also released his debut single with his own project, Nettlemouth.

Tom is currently training as a pilates instructor and looking to further his peripatetic teaching at schools in the Croydon area and beyond. His work with children is mainly with Key Stage 2 and 3. Tom is available to teach the drums and anything related to music online and in person!

Borbála Mező
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Borbála Mező

Borbala Mezo is a puppeteer. She is the co-founder of the company Hopeful Monster, whose first show premiered at Beverley Puppet Festival in 2018 and has since been touring internationally. Over the past five years Borbala has performed as an actor and puppeteer in a great number of shows, including I Have Strings in 2019, whose community outreach programme led to a tour of local schools and accompanying educational workshops. Recently she has been part of a collaboration to create a piece of documentary theatre.

Borbala is a highly experienced nanny and babysitter who has cared for children aged 0-11 for numerous families. Having performed in several interactive children’s shows, Borbala has an aptitude for capturing children’s attention. She always actively encourages children to explore their creativity and she achieves this through singing, dancing, drawing, role playing and doing crafts and outdoor activities with them.

Maja Laskowska
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Maja Laskowska

Maja is an actor based in London - her experience ranges from film and tv to theatre and musicals. Maja has extensive experience working as a teaching assistant across many levels (nursery, KS1, secondary, SEN) and as a creative babysitter.

Maja loves using music and drama games to engage children of all ages (0 to 15 years old!)

As a native Polish speaker, Maja can lead language immersion sessions in Polish as well.

Liz Donnelly
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Liz Donnelly

Liz specialises in acting, drama and performing arts. She has worked in the industry since 2007, in areas such as children’s theatre, stage acting and arts education. She also writes poetry and does costume character work for children’s events and parties.

Most recently, Liz has been involved in some online projects, including writing and reading bedtime stories, delivering ‘Funny phonics’ and getting involved in local community projects related to creative writing. She has created Cabin Fever, an interactive performance starring a ‘puzzled pirate’, with the aim of helping children cope with national lockdown.

Liz has worked as a general classroom learning support assistant, providing support to children aged 4-16 years with SEN, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Liz currently teaches drama and performing arts to children aged 3-18 years with a local theatre school.

As a parent of 3 year old triplets, I strongly believe in the use of creativity as a means of expression as well as a platform for learning. Throughout my years of performing and teaching, I have witnessed the positive impact performing arts can have on the mental health of young people”– Liz Donnelly

Hannah Garty
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Hannah Garty

Hannah is a wonderful musician who plays the violin. She is currently studying violin performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has a wealth of experience running music workshops for little ones. In addition to creating her own activities, she has worked with the Montessori method.

Having taught songs for children in foreign languages, she has a strong interest in languages and their accurate pronunciation. She enjoys reading children's books, particularly those in foreign languages. Having studied Latin at school, Hannah is able to explain the roots of many words in the hope that they become more easily recognisable as the child reads further.

Hannah has been surrounded by children her whole life with a large family and a plethora of cousins who now have their own children. She loves playing, singing, dancing and acting with children and they're always worn out and ready for bed by the end! 

 

Candice Morel
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Candice Morel

Originally from France, Candice’s expertise lies in theatre. Most recently, Candice has written and performed in Gazes by Impossible Theatre and directed, produced and acted in Skewered by The Paper Theatre. She specialises in improvisation and often works with the French British Improvisation. 

Candice has a wealth of experience with children, encompassing roles in teaching, entertaining and safeguarding. Candice worked as a puppet teacher in Paris for three years, helping children aged 3 to 6 years to make their own puppets and put on their own shows. As an entertainer at hotels and summer camps in France, she engaged children through interactive storytelling, games, crafts and dance performances. In London, she looked after a total of 6 children–some as young as 8 months–as an au pair. Candice has recently been a performer at the Golden Hind, where she delighted school groups visiting the ship as a pirate. 

Candice is currently working as an online French teacher, tutoring children and adults alike in French from beginner to advanced level. 

“I’m convinced that art in all its forms is vital to a young child’s development and can help their self-confidence grow”– Candice Morel

Emily Boldry
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Emily Boldry

Emily is an all-round creative sitter! She has been working as a creative facilitator running sessions with children using a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printing, slime making, clay, cyanotype, story-telling and creative writing, collage, drama, improvisation and singing. Emily also plays the guitar and piano! Emily is currently studying a part-time masters in Museum Cultures.

Emily believes that an artistic education can enhance children’s confidence, communication and resilience and makes a positive impact on the rest of children’s lives. Emily is experienced working with young people with a wide range of abilities and needs, including SEND. Emily is confident in adapting sessions to each learner’s needs and on making them engaging and fun. 

With school-aged children, Emily uses games and creativity to provide excellent one-to-one learning support.

Carmela Ozzi
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Carmela Ozzi

Carmela is  a qualified and experienced child care worker who believes in developing a child’s independence and confidence through structured play and stimulating fun activities. She has worked in a variety of child care settings and she has experience with children with special needs. She speaks English, Italian, some French and Spanish. Carmela’s artistic expertises are the arts and crafts, using all materials found in the home to make extraordinary creations.

Most recently Carmela has worked as Play Co-ordinator at Prison Advice & Care Trust, HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs and as Relief Carer at Westminster Carers Service and Hospital Play Specialist at Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She has NNEB Certification (now CACHE LEvel 3)  and experience acting as a witness and writing reports for social workers.

 

See Carmela’s Professional Qualifications:

 

Certificate in Psychology, Module in Child Sexual Abuse, Birkbeck College                  Sept 2004 – May 2005

Certificate in Mentoring Skills, Westminster Adult Education Studies Sept 2004 – May 2005

Introductory Course in Attachment Theory, The International Attachment Network, London Sept 1999 – May 2000

Certificate in Social Sciences, Goldsmith’s College, London Sept 1995 – June 1996

Certificate in Introduction to Counselling, Kensington and Chelsea College           Sept 1997 -  Mar 1998

Certificate in Art & Play in Therapeutic Work with Children, Roehampton Institute                      Sept 1993 – June 1994

Hospital Play Specialist Certificate, Elm Park College, Stanmore Sept 1988 – June 1991

NNEB Certificate in Nursery Nursing, Paddington College, London Sept 1988 – July 1990

Pedagogy Course, Via Merulana 156, Rome, Italy Sept 1982 - July 1983

Kindergarten Teaching, Diploma di Abilitazione all'Insegnamento nelle Scuola Del Grado Preparatorio   Sept 1981 – July 1983

Zipora Atonga
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Zipora Atonga

Zipora is a sweet and caring young woman who loves creativity in all its forms! Zipora loves music and she plays the piano and the guitar, and is also an artist and loves painting and colour!

Zipora has a lot of experience working with children of different age-groups. Since she was a teenager, she has been teaching classes to pre-school children and working as a nanny, as well as volunteering at her local church group, organising fun and creative activities for children.

Aside from her love for the arts, Zipora is a physics student at Queen Mary University and believes loves science as much as creativity!

Being a native German speaker, Zipora can lead language immersion sessions in German. Zipora absolutely loves German nursery rhymes!

Olga Kripostna
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Olga Kripostna

Olga is currently a BA Fine Art student at Chelsea College of Arts. She has extensive babysitting experience. At one point, a few years ago, she was babysitting six children in total, across the ages of three to fifteen. Her duties included but were not limited to childcare, picking children up from school and nursery, making healthy and delicious home cooked
meals, helping with homework and extracurricular activities, general house work, as well as mentor the children enhance their creativity through various arts & crafts activities, which she always invented herself.


Olga is a creative individual and artist who absolutely loves teaching kids creative skills through art. Her activities with children have involved illustrating a small book full of drawings created by the kids and printed copies to sell at a charity fair in school. Olga has also created a one day arts & crafts workshop for all of the children she used to babysit and their
friends, in which they spent the day learning how to make collages and use various media when creating art work. At the same time, she made a separate table for the adults in which they were learning life-drawing inspired by Van Gogh.

As well as painting she has experience in sculpture making and ran a face-painting booth at a kids parties.
Olga loves working with children and caring for them in all situations, especially if she can help during a challenging time for the children and their family. She especially like the way children make, view and understand art, as well as how effortless their creations are.

Olga's native languages are Russian and Ukranian and she also speaks Greek at begginer level so she can provide sessions in these three languages together with English.

Emma Stevenson
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Emma Stevenson

Emma is studying MA in Applied Theatre (Educational, Social and Community contexts) at Goldsmiths University to further her drama education.

Aside from theatre, Emma also loves photography and plays the violin! She is also a great advocate for mindfulness and yoga.

Emma has a wealth of experience working with children of all ages as a nanny and as a drama educator.

Emma is bilingual and is a native French as well as English speaker!

Yolanda de Linares
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Yolanda de Linares

As a professional dancer Yolanda has always loved to give back to the community offering her skills and experience to support the learning of others’. 

Yolanda has been teaching children from three to eighteen years old for five years, offering gymnastics, dance and sports lessons. She is also passionate about martial arts and acting.

Yolanda loves being an example for children and young adults, inspiring them with her professional career as a dancer and performer.

Starting from small performances, Yolanda has already landed dancing at the Royal Opera House for La Traviata, as well as filming for Hollywood and Bollywood productions as an actress and dancer.

Yolanda is a Spanish native and also has an intermediate level of German language. She can tutor children in these languages, or even teach dance/acting in Spanish!

As Yolanda masters many types of dance: from ballet to hip hop, including flamenco, modern and contemporary, please let us know the dance style you would like to practice as she probably knows all about it!

Leticia Texidor
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Leticia Texidor

Leticia is a patient, encouraging and positive theatre educator who is trained as an actor and has recently graduated from MA Actor Training and Coaching. Leticia is also a qualified psychologist.

As a theatre educator, Leticia has experience working with children and vulnerable groups including  young refugees in Brittany.

Leticia’s training as a psychologist and then as an actor and acting coach has endowed her with high interpersonal skills and creativity that she finds fundamental as an educator. Leticia loves working with children to enhance their creative agency and unique skills and to increase their opportunities.

In her sessions, Leticia loves to include games, singing, dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts and sports.

Leticia’s native language is Spanish and she is highly experienced teaching Spanish in a fun and dynamic way to children through play.

'I think the benefits of performing arts for children are endless, particularly when it comes to developing empathy, resilience and self-confidence.' Leticia Texidor

 

Tom Wright
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Tom Wright

Tom is a theatre director, dramaturg, teacher and communication skills facilitator with twenty years’ experience. His credits include Fringe First and Amnesty International Award-winning The Container and the critically acclaimed Home Sweet Home and Blake Remixed. 

He has taught acting, directing and playwrighting to professionals, drama school students and young people in local schools and youth theatres. In addition to professional stage productions, he has led hundreds of hours of workshops with young people for companies such as the Young Vic, Bigfoot Theatre, GLYPT, Hampstead Theatre, TENDER. He also ran the Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre and founded a youth theatre in Bradford for Freedom Studios. 

Tom is qualified to support the primary school curriculum with his workshops on Storytelling, Shakespeare, Public Speaking and Physical Theatre to name but a few. He also has experience using these sessions to educate children on PSHE issues. 

Helen Pini
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Helen Pini

Helen is a Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing student at Derby University.

In her creative workshops with children, Helen employs music, visual art, drama, and mostly dance. Helen has been dancing for twenty-one years, since she was a child. Her expertises are ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop.

In May 2015 Helen started working as a dance teacher and assistant for children with SEND. Helen has a wealth of experience as a creative babysitter especially with children aged 6 to 15 years old.

Helen is a native Italian speaker so she can lead language immersion sessions too!

Melissa StClair-Braude
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Melissa StClair-Braude

Melissa is an all round artist! She is a freelance Fashion and Costume professional and has been working in the industry for the last 5 years. She has always had a passion for all things theatre which led her to enrol in a Musical Theatre course at Arts Educational Schools 3 years ago. Wanting to go further, she took a couple of years out from work to focus on gaining dance and singing skills through private singing lessons and dance classes to enrol in a full time Musical Theatre course.

Melissa is also a trained classical pianist with music reading skills, a seamstress and has good drawing skills.

Her experience working with children is as teaching assistant at performing art schools, working with varied age-groups and settings.

Melissa’s mission is to nurture and encourage creativity in babies, toddlers and young children.

Melissa speaks fluent French, good Italian and basic Spanish. 

‘’I believe nurturing creativity and passion to be vital to our mental health and overall wellbeing. Self expression and connection allows us to discover our true selves and my aim would be to encourage self confidence and playfulness.’’

Liberty Mann
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Liberty Mann

Liberty has extensive experience as a nanny where she’s taken care of children of various ages between one and thirteen years old, often with more than one child at a time. Liberty is used to responsibilities such as school pick-ups, cooking meals, bedtime routines and planning out the day’s activities.

Both confident with outdoor and indoor activities, Liberty is used to thinking on her feet and responding to the child’s mood/needs. 

Outdoors, Liberty enjoys taking children to the park and making up games using what her and the children find: leaves, sticks etc. In the past, she’s organised a multitude of days out around the neighbouring areas to keep children entertained during holiday periods. 

Indoors, Liberty loves to be creative. Arts & crafts, imaginary games, sensory activities such as playdough and hand/foot printing are some of her favourite activities, and that of the children she’s looked after.

“There is much to be learnt from the fresh perspective of children and I also love the idea that I can contribute to their learning and development.” - Liberty Mann

Harry Kingscott
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Harry Kingscott

Harry is a drama facilitator, director in residence in schools and drama coach who has a wealth of experience working with children of all ages using creativity. He also has experience coaching children and teenagers at Lamda Exams.

Harry has studied theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France and speaks fluent French, intermediate Italian and basic Norwegian. Harry has recently learnt the British Sign Language.  

Harry holds a Safeguarding & Child Protection Certificate and a Paediatric First Aid Training alongside an Enhanced DBS check.

In his free time, Harry enjoys singing and practicing yoga and acrobatics.

Frances Tuoriniemi
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Frances Tuoriniemi

Frances is a poet with a love for arts & crafts. Having had her poems published in multiple journals including The Hotel, The Tangerine and Porridge Magazine, as well as having been published academically, Frances also worked as a Head editor for Chimera.

Frances also has extensive experience of working with children in a kindergarten setting where she sees first hand how important challenging and exciting children’s minds through the arts can aid in their development.

While her realm of expertise lies in the written word, she is always open to exploring other creative endeavours with the children she works with. She has designed and delivered many engaging art projects, mini yoga lessons, arts and crafts activities, led music classes and of course, one of her favourite activities is taking the children she cares for on adventures through the story books they read together.

“The way children gather around once a book is opened has reminded me of why I have loved reading my whole life. Not only this, it has reminded me of how much all of the artistic and musical experiments of my childhood nourished me, and it has brought out a new side of my artistic self, too."

Elena Carossa
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Elena Carossa

Elena is a singer and musician who plays the piano and the guitar. Elena also works as a lyricist and regularly performs at Italian jazz festivals with Settemeno Duo. In London, she regularly performs in care homes providing singing and entertainment to the guests.

For the past few years, Elena has been leading musical workshops to children of all ages around London.

Elena has developed her practice teaching music to babies, toddlers and older children over the years with the aim to create an open and empathic environment for parents and children that facilitates the creation of personal relationships and imaginative sets for children to express themselves with their bodies and voices. 

Elena’s native language is Italian and she is fluent in French and German so can provide language immersion sessions in these languages.

Farrah Malik
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Farrah Malik

Farrah is an experienced nanny and creative babysitter. Farrah holds a CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner and a safeguarding qualification.

She is currently in her final year of BA Childhood Studies at Middlesex University and for the past few years she has been working as Early Years Educator, Nursery practitioner and nanny.

Farrah loves the arts and crafts especially drawing and collage!

Farrah has her own car and clear driving licence and is ready to start working with children of any age.

Anita Mannings
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Anita Mannings

Anita is a dancer and choreographer who also acts and sings! She has a passion for watching and helping children and young people grow socially, personally and professionally through dance. As a performer with professional experience in the performing arts industry and as someone who has trained their whole life in dance, she can offer a vast knowledge of a variety of styles and share my energy, enthusiasm and love for dance.

Anita’s experience working with children is varied spanning across ages, backgrounds and abilities, with a long curriculum in teaching dance to children and young adults.

Anita is fluent in French as well as in English.

Abril Grasso
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Abril Grasso

Abril is an enthusiastic, dynamic and sociable Art student. As a Spanish native, Abril is expert in delivering music and art sessions in English and Spanish to children from nursery school age.

As an expert guitar teacher, Abril tutors from basic to advanced guitar levels. Get in touch if you want to learn song structure, theory, finger positioning, strumming and practicing with her!

In her free time, Abril plays the guitar in venues around London!

While studying Arts Management and Music Creative Practice at LCCM, Abril is available to do some creative babysitting and online creative facilitation passing her passion for music and the arts to children of all ages.

Shira Kaliski
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Shira Kaliski

Shira is a musician who has a wealth of experience working with children from two months to eleven years old. Most recently, Shira has come back from Cambodia where she has been working as a music, vocal and piano teacher for toddlers, older children and adults. Shira is experienced with one to one as well as group classes. She also plays the ukulele.

Since coming back to the UK, Shira has been working at a Montessori nursery school with toddlers between one and two years of age and she feels confident working within the Montessori framework. She is also competent in Forest School practices.

‘I am a dedicated Nanny who cares for the wellbeing of children and enjoys working in an environment where children can develop through creative learning.’ Shira Kaliski

Jim Cornelissen
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Jim Cornelissen

Jim is a music educator and session musician, composer, jazz artist and producer. He has in-depth knowledge of music performance, production and writing as well as talent applying these skills through a balanced pedagogical approach.

Having started teaching students of all ages since he was a teenager, and learnt the ropes through trial and error, teaching music has become a big passion.

Jim later graduated with a bachelor degree in Music Performance. During his time at University, Pedagogy was one of his favorite courses, due to the combination of creativity and the application of psychological strategies.

Jim has the most experience working with the FineTunerz age group - 11 to 15 year olds, as his strengths especially lay in further exploring and developing musical skills, through conversations about practice schedules, exploring creativity and troubleshooting insecurities playing instruments such as stage fright or the feeling of not being good enough. 

As a fluent Dutch and Afrikaans speaker and intermediate German speaker, Jim can combine music lessons with language lessons!

Lucille Kaloupe
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Lucille Kaloupe

Lucille is a wonderful  nanny experienced working with children of different ages - from babies to teenagers! She has worked as a dance teacher and videographer in the past, and is now looking for a full time nanny job, as she loves caring for children! Lucille was inspired to be a nanny as she was raised by an excellent one, that encouraged her creative side, and her mission is to be as good as her in her career working with children.

Lucille finds working with babies and young children natural as she helped her single mum raise her little sister that was born  when she was twelve years old. Most recently, she has been caring for one year old twins.
 

Lucille is trilingual and speaks perfect German and French as well as English.  She loves singing nursery rhymes to the children she cares for and encouraging healthy movement too!

Frances Knox
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Frances Knox

Frances is an actress and writer and has been working in childcare for 8 years. As an actor with many creative ideas buzzing in her head she would love to share them with children in a time like this and get creative. 

SInce graduating from Central School Of Speech and Drama, one of her favourite jobs with children was teaching them Tudor Christmas as a Tudor maid at Sutton House and being an Elf.

With children, Frances loves working on moving the body, not so much strict dance class but more of letting go and feeling good. She is also an expert in bedtime storytelling and relaxation before bed for children, aimed towards the little ones in particular. 

Frances’ love for writing expresses itself in her poetry workshops. She is also currently writing a children’s theatre book!

Frances also focuses on mindfulness and simple yoga and meditation activities to calm the mind and feel good including baking to music and arts and crafts with objects round the house - especially using clay.

Sharon Viggiano
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Sharon Viggiano

Sharon has been working as a Montessori trained nanny for ten years. She is mature, proactive and responsible and has excellent child care and interpersonal skills with extensive experience as both live-in and day nanny, including infants and children aged 0-13 as well as children with special needs. 

Sharon is currently studying Psychology, with a focus on Developmental and Cognitive Psychology as she is specialising in Child Psychology. 

Sharon’s Montessori approach is very creative and she absolutely loves incorporating arts and crafts, music and movement in her child care work. She is also a dancer - has been dancing for ten years and specialises in modern and latin styles. 

Sharon is a native Italian speaker and can provide language immersion sessions in Italian!

‘I am motivated to work with children and dedicated to enhancing their physical, cognitive, educational, social and emotional health. Proficient in preparing supplies, creating lesson plans and using age-appropriate methods, developing child’s curiosity and knowledge.’ Sharon Viggiano

Melanie Dagg
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Melanie Dagg

Melanie is a trained professional actor and has a wealth of experience delivering drama workshops, often history themed.

For Alnwick Castle Melanie works as both a performer and a facilitator delivering educational workshops which help to bring medieval history alive.  Melanie’s passion about history also shines through her work with families facilitating Medieval crafts such as soap making and tile making.

She works with all age groups from nursery school age up to KS3. Melany also often delivers Bookworm Baby sessions and sensory storytimes for parents and carers and their babies/toddlers.

Melanie has experience working at Seven Stories (National Centre for Children’s Literature) delivering both storytimes and themed activity sessions for the public, the latter of which can involve stories, songs,  games and crafts. 

Melanie also delivers school workshops which are themed around a children’s book and involve fun interactive readings, creative play, and sometimes ways to create new stories with the children. 

 

Fatoumata Toure
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Fatoumata Toure

Fatoumata has studied drama at East 15 Acting School.

As Fatoumata is a naative French speaker, she has been working as a French speaking drama teacher in primary schools with children aged between 4 to 10 years. The aim of this program was to teach the French language through fun drama games.

Fatoumata also holds a safeguarding children certificate.

‘I am open-minded, resilient and  highly driven by educating children and young people through performing/creative art’ Fatoumata Toure

Serena B. Robins
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Serena B. Robins

Serena is a Drama teacher and facilitator and has worked in arts education for the last 23 years. 

Serena’s experience ranges from roles as a drama teacher and tutor working both in school and theatre settings and she also runs an award winning drama company, established in 2016, which delivers drama classes to toddlers from 18 months to 5 years old. 'Teddybears' Picnic Toddler drama club'; uses drama games, story-telling, montessori techniques, craft, songs and movement to help develop children's imaginations, confidence, social and emotional skills.  As well as developing cognitive and motor skills in fun 30 minute sessions, her sessions are generally followed by 90 minutes of play in the soft-play cafe, where the activities take place. 

Serena is keen to use all her creative expertise as a ToddlerTunez sitter both on and offline!


 

Tawaa Alshayeb
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Tawaa Alshayeb

Tawaa is an Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher in primary schools in London. She also has experience working in the preschool environment teaching Arabic through play and nursery rhymes to toddlers and young children. While teaching Arabic, Tawaa loves storytelling using dolls and character play, drawing, painting, and arts and crafts including playing with dough, blocks, jigsaws, and shape sorters. For children above five,Tawaa loves baking!

Tawa is originally from Bahrain and she is fluent and can teach the Lebanese dialect as well as she has a lebnani side of her family.

Tawaa is positive and energetic. While working with children Tawaa is highly experienced in creating fun, engaging, and educational activities, while demonstrating a priority for children's safety and wellbeing.

At the moment Tawaa is free on Wednesdays all day for fun Arabic  sessions around London!

Sasha Jacques
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Sasha Jacques

Sasha is a professional musical theatre performer, actor, singer and presenter, having worked regularly for the last 10 years. She has a wide range of expertise within the industry to share with children, with the aim to entertain, educate and inspire the future generation. Sasha also has A levels in Art, Design Technology, Music and Theatre Studies and a BA Drama and MA Music Theatre and can help children with tutoring.

Sasha has a wide range of experience working with children as a facilitator, teacher and entertainer from babies all the way to young adults. For the past few years, Sasha has been delivering drama workshops, exploring different subjects in the curriculum through drama, after school clubs in drama, singing and dance, art classes, singing classes, vocal coaching, driving awareness and science workshops. 

Sasha also plays basic piano and is interested in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Sasha can offer many different styles of sessions with her skills and passions.

Patrick Kancel
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Patrick Kancel

Patrick offers his know-how as a rap & spoken word artist, as writer and performer and workshop facilitator. Patrick has been facilitating poetry workshops for different types of public, especially young people since 2002.

Patrick is also a youth worker for a youth centre in North-West London. He describes himself as easygoing, flexible and empathetic.

Get in touch to book sessions for your school-age children and pre-teens involving Rap and Spoken Word. Patrick is also an expert in podcast production sessions.

Patrick is a native French speaker so he can deliver French sessions too!

Ella Fitzgerald
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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella has a wealth of experience caring for children of varying ages in different roles from part time nanny work to teaching assistant jobs for children of all ages. Ella’s favourite part of working with children is being able to help them discover the world exploring their creativity freely through her guidance. 

Ella has been studying Fine Art Drawing at University of The Arts London and Creative Computing at Camberwell College of The Arts .

Ella’s creative expertise is everything visual! From traditional oil painting, costume, performance, to makeup artistry and digital art. Given her background, Ella can support a wide range of interests in the arts in children of all ages. 

Simona Kindaraviciute
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Simona Kindaraviciute

Simona is a musical theatre performer, who also plays the piano and has a passion for arts and crafts.

Aside from the performing arts, Simona has also studied social work. Her passion has led her to gain work experience as a carer for elderly people as well as working with children.  Her work with children spans  from summer camp leader, to teaching musical theatre, to running activities in holiday parks. She loves leading dances and fun games! 

Simona is wonderfully multilingual as she speaks English, Russian and Lithuanian and a little bit of Italian too.

Tabitha Fallace
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Tabitha Fallace

Tabitha is a freelance drama practitioner, play and music leader and education specialist. Tabitha has over 10 years experience working with children and young people in creative education. Tabitha also has experience of home-schoooling and creating bespoke education plans, working with a wide range of ages between 5 and 15 year olds!

In schools, she has been working as English tutor, teaching assistant and more recently Head of Drama. Tabitha has also been working as theatre director and assistant director for educational projects.

 

Joy Sanders
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Joy Sanders

Joy is a creative artist with both performance and visual art skills. For the past 30 years, she has been working as an Artist, Actor, and Drama Based Trainer/Facilitator.

As a performer she has entertained thousands of children as Mrs Christmas for Kielder Winter

wonderland over the last 15 years!

Joy has also run story telling sessions and worked as an historical interpreter and workshop leader, most recently for Alnwick Castle.

Joy is a grandmother and loves working with children!

Eleise Devine
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Eleise Devine

Eleise has been performing since a very early age as her mum is a performing arts teacher. She started tap and ballet as soon as she could walk at three years old! Since an early age, she has been helping at her mum’s performing arts school at children singing and ballet classes. 

Eleise has also been teaching music classes to children in year 1 and 2 and has a wealth of experience babysitting children of all ages in her free time!

Eloise plays the ukulele very well and can also play basic piano and the guitar.

Eleise is energetic, warm and reliable.  Spanish is Eleise’s second language and she can lead her creative babysitting sessions in Spanish too! 

Faith McNeill
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Faith McNeill

Faith is currently studying at ICTheatre, a specialist performing arts college and university where she is studying creative and performing arts. Faith is confident and sociable and she has spent her whole life training in performance performing on West End stages (Her Majesty's Royal Theatre and The Adelphi Theatre). 

Faith is a Stagecoach teacher for children aged 3 to 6 years old and has been babysitting all her life! She has experience working with young children with special needs, including autism and ADHD, using creativity and the arts.

Faith plays the piano, keyboard and the ukulele at a basic level which she can explore the learning of  with young children. She loves playing some music while doing arts and crafts, as that helps children focus and makes the activities even more fun!

Kathleen Linton-Ford
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Kathleen Linton-Ford

Kathleen is an opera singer and singing teacher with lots of experience running toddler music sessions, which involve nursery rhymes, storytelling and some movement to classical music or opera.  

Kathleen has worked in a number of settings including schools and hospitals, and excels in both one-to-one classes and workshop style formats.

With three children of her own, Kathleen also has exceptional experience in supervising children of all ages!


 

Hannah Joyce
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Hannah Joyce

Hannah absolutely loves working with small kids and has a wealth of experience running silly song times, story hours, kids tours, children interactive theatre, and so much more to get kids engaged in creative learning through play.

 

Hannah is a big arts and crafts fan, plays a few instruments and has a long repertoire of tot- friendly songs. Hannah is a scout leader and loves getting out into nature.

 

Hannah has a BA in Hons in Drama Performance, as part of her degree she had to complete courses in Theatre in Education, child development theatre and community engagement theatre. She is also qualified in baby Sign Language and has SEND experience. Hannah has worked  with children of all ages as a facilitator, a teacher and as a children’s performer.


 

Sophia Christofidou
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Sophia Christofidou

Sophia is a drama & arts facilitator as well as a language teacher. Sophia graduated in MA Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and is equipped with both academic and practical knowledge and is very empathetic. She loves engaging and facilitating young people as groups or individuals, using the arts to foster creativity, improve learning and boost confidence. 

Sophia loves engaging young people using drama, storytelling and creative writing as well as drawing, crafting and puppetry. 

Sophia has a wide experience facilitating online and she speaks Greek as a native speaker, as well as and French, alongside English.

Nicole Scott
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Nicole Scott

Nicole is an all-round artist! Her work mainly consists in working as Assistant Stage Manager in youth productions, supporting children 7-15 years old. Nicolealso loves dancing and writing and uses those expertises as part of her creative facilitation work.

Nicole has a wealth of experience working with children with SEN including dyslexia and young people who have a stammer.

Nicole also loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness in her sessions!

Nicole has started learning Italian and would love to support a child going through a similar journey.

Laure Dubanet
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Laure Dubanet

Laure is a professional dancer who has studied dance at Trinity Laban in London. Previously, she qualified as a dance teacher in France. She has been working as a dance teacher with children aged 3-18. Her passion is for both ballet and contemporary dance!

Aside from teaching dance, Laure’s experience working with children spans from nannying to working as a teaching assistant. Laure is very patient and listening and she likes to adapt her style to the child’s own needs.

Laure is a native French speaker and can switch between languages when working and she can also offer language immersion sessions in French.

‘I enjoy seeing children progress with time and hard work but the most important thing for me is for them to have fun while learning.’

Dessie (Desislava) Hristova
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Dessie (Desislava) Hristova

Dessie is a highly experienced Early Years educator and nanny. She holds child protection certificates as well as DBS check and First Aid Training. Her experience is with all age groups - toddlers to teens! She is a mum herself and has a grown-up child so she is an expert of working with older children too.

Dessie is highly creative and loves doing arts and crafts with children, and especially play dough activities, baking, collage, making masks and tiaras, creating herbariums and activities that foster numeracy and literacy. She understands that children’s attention span can be short and is happy to mix and match singing and dancing in each session!

Dessie also speaks Bulgarian as a native so she could lead language immersion sessions in that language!

She is available for homework and homeschooling support and she can also help cooking light meals.

Rebecka Oberg
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Rebecka Oberg

Rebecka is a Swedish creative nanny whose background is in music, theatre and film.

She has been using her creative skills working with children as an aupair, in nursery schools and at summer camps. She is a pro in planning creative activities as well as improvising them according to the situation. Rebecca is highly flexible and loves using creativity as a way to engage children of different ages. She also enjoys any kind of DIY projects, crafts or painting. 

Rebecka has experience working with children of all ages and has been working with children  with learning disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome.

Rebecka is multilingual and other than English and Swedish, which she speaks as a native, she also speaks Spanish at conversational level and knows the basics in Germain.

Valeria Radchenko
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Valeria Radchenko

Valeria is a multimedia artist and music producer with experience in care and teaching. She has a BA in Art and an MA in Computational Art. 

Valeria is an expert working with children aged 0-11 having worked as a babysitter, nursery practitioner and art and technology workshop facilitator in schools.

 Activities Valeria could adapt to children of all ages are drawing, painting, movement/dancing, video, editing, music (singing, guitar, piano, electronic music production), drama/performance, an introduction to creative coding, and basic physical computing (e.g. building circuits with lights that are coded to glow in specific patterns).

Valeria is fluent in Russian as well as English and could lead language immersion sessions in Russian.

Antigoni Gotti
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Antigoni Gotti

Antigoni is a very experienced creative nanny and licenced Greek language teacher. She has been working with all age-groups including  babies and toddlers and holds a Pediatric First Aid certificate.

Antigoni is very creative and loves getting inspired by celebrations and seasons to lead wonderful craft activities indoors and outdoors. Her favourites are play dough and puppets! She also loves music, singing and dancing.

Antigoni’s native language is Greek and she can lead language immersion sessions in Greek.

Kiriko Ueda
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Kiriko Ueda

Kiriko is a professional multidisciplinary artist who has graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2019. Her practice spans across various mediums including photography, painting, puppetry and sculptures. Kiriko has participated in various group exhibitions in London and Kyoto, and held a solo exhibition in Tokyo last year. 

Working with children Kiriko loves  organising shadow puppetry workshops,  beeswax candle making and outside learning workshops. 

Kiriko was brought up learning through the Steiner school method and she believes in the importance of creative activities for children in everyday life.

Kiriko is bilingual and can speak English and Japanese fluently, having lived in the UK for over

6 years.  

Belen Ruesjas
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Belen Ruesjas

Belen is a wonderfully creative nanny with twenty-five years of experience working with children. 

Her background is in theatre and film and her work with children spans from nursery school to primary school work as a Spanish teacher. Belen has been working as a creative nanny for numerous families and has experience working with different age-groups including babies.

Belen has a BA in Theatre in Argentina and is currently studying for her MA in Film Studies.

Belen’s passions are music - including singing and playing instruments -  and the arts and crafts ( and of course drama!) and she loves incorporating these art forms when working with children.

Belen is very active and cycles to work. Her native language is Spanish and she can also lead language immersion sessions in Spanish.

Peizhi Liang
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Peizhi Liang

Peizhi is a highly creative sitter and Mandarin and Cantonese interpreter and translator. Peizhi has a wealth of experience teaching Mandarin and Cantonese to young children using music, play and creative activities. 

Peizhi is mum to a six year old girl and - despite her being very busy as a single parent - has been teaching her Mandaring since she was three years old. Her favourite ways to teach children are through storytelling, especially of Chinese festivals and traditions, the use of music, learning about ingredients while cooking and playing with dolls. As Peizhi’s creative expertise is sowing and she has been working as a tailor, she loves bringing different coloured and textured fabrics for children to play with, creating garments for toys and dolls.

She also  has experience tutoring and homeschooling children in maths, science and English up to the age of ten.

Aside from language and craft skills, Peizhi also plays the piano and can teach the basics of music theory and rhythm. She is also an expert in boosting children’s confidence learning to ride a bike or swimming.

Guia Mauri
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Guia Mauri

Guia is an actress from Milan, Italy, trained at ‘Quelli di Grock’ in Milan and then at the ‘National Theatre Drama School’ in Melbourne, Australia.

Guia has been working as a creative babysitter taking care of children of all ages for over ten years. Her experience spans from babies to teenagers.

Guia has a vivid imagination and can plan and improvise all sorts of creative activities with children of all ages, adapting to the personality of each child and the situation. She loves using play dough, or anything arts and crafty or music related!

Guia is a native Italian speaker and she could organise fun language immersion sessions in that language.

‘The best parts of working with children are the  connections that you can build and consolidate with them, which will last a lifetime!’

Nacho (Ignatio) Mana
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Nacho (Ignatio) Mana

Nacho is a professional composer and saxophonist who has graduated from the University of Cambridge and is currently studying for his Master’s in Composition for the Screen at the Royal College of Music. 

Ignacio has always been passionate about working with children using creativity. He has experience as a music teacher and private tutor with children of all ages and standards for over five years in Spain and the UK.

Ignacio can teach composition, saxophone, piano and music theory through play to children of all ages. 

Due to his multicultural background, Ignacio is fluent in many languages. Ignacio speaks Spanish and Galician-Portuguese as a native. Aside from his excellent English, he also speaks French fluently and has a basic knowledge of German.

Laila Gaber
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Laila Gaber

Laila is a passionate visual artist and workshop facilitator who has a wealth of experience working with children 6+ years old including young adults.

Laila has been working with vulnerable children affected by trauma  in refugee camps in Palestine, children affected by trauma, organizing painting workshops and working with recycling materials in order to create a less hostile and safer atmosphere for children to play with.

Laila speaks three different languages: Italian, English and Spanish so she can use them during her sessions.

Laila holds a Master Degree in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins in London. Her dissertation, “A Manifesto of Playfulness”, studied the importance of participatory art practices within young people in order to improve the lifestyle in South London local communities. 

Francoise Chouinard
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Francoise Chouinard

Francoise is an inspiring poet who teaches through short stories and poems and is passionate about personal development. Francoise’s work is mostly in pre-schools and primary schools sne she has a great understanding of the power of creativity in a child’s development. 

Francoise loves using play, imagery, art and literature to encourage children to communicate and express themselves.

She is bubbly, caring, friendly, welcoming and warm and can offer a unique learning experience for children. Francoise is an outstanding and creative Teacher who helps children grow, learn effectively and develop imagination as well as their personality. 

Francoise also speaks French as a native, and can lead language immersion activities in that language.

Solanne Bernard
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Solanne Bernard

Solanne is bilingual French and English, with a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Solanne’s expertise is ceramics and she has been leading ceramics workshops for both children and adults in Brussels, alternating between group activities and more technical classes. She also has experience working in schools leading art sessions and has been working with children aged from 4 to 9 years old. 

Solanne loves observing the children taking ownership of the projects, pushing the ideas and making them their own; and it is inspiring to see children who were maybe a little shy come out of their shells when given the opportunity to use their imaginations.  

Solanne is hard working, very sociable and extremely attentive to individual needs and has a lot of patience when dealing with younger children. 

Solanne also has experience of French and English tutoring one to one with both children and teenagers, and has experience babysitting children of all ages. While nannying, Solanne loves incorporating creative elements and working with different materials.

 


 

Mathie Douchy
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Mathie Douchy

Mathie is a multilingual trained dancer, musician and wonderfully creative sitter .

Mathie has been working as an au pair in France, as a nanny in the UK and has been working  as a tutor helping with homework. More recently, Mathie has been working as an assistant  for children’s dance classes alongside her dance degree.

Besides her professional dance education in contemporary dance and ballet, she has  several years of music theory lessons under her belt, as well as ten years of piano lessons  and more limited knowledge of flute, guitar and cello.

Mathie loves singing in choirs and participating in musicals and productions. Her love for  reading has translated into a passion for storytelling, and her love of colours, lights and 

composition has led her to photography. Through her dance degree she has also  discovered yoga and mindfulness practices.

Mathie is fluent in French, German and Luxembourgish as well as English and can speak and understand Spanish at an intermediate level.  

Ana Teles
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Ana Teles

Ana is a visual artist and a PhD student at Chelsea College of Arts. Ana has been teaching  painting and drawing to children on a one-to-one and group basis. 

Ana loves using different materials in her sessions, for example, pencil, graphite, charcoal, sepia, oil, acrylic, tempera,  gouache, watercolour, encaustic and other ‘invented mixtures’.

As she has been working on restoration projects, Ana can make her own paint with pigments, binders, primers, natural/  synthetic glues as well as prepare all sorts of surfaces - wall, canvas, wood, steel, glass, and wax.  Ana also loves other mediums including photography, printmaking, and video.  

Ana is experienced working with children with Special Education Needs, as a teaching assistant.

Ana’s native language is Portuguese, so she can lead language immersion sessions too!

‘I love challenging my students and motivate them to come up with their  own ideas and express themselves through art.’ Ana Teles

Mariana Denton
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Mariana Denton

Mariana’s creative specialisms are the visual arts, film and photography and she is a freelance graphic designer as well as a creative sitter.

Mariana has been working with children as a creative nanny and as a workshop facilitator using creativity to engage children of all ages. Her main work has been supporting Latinx children who are still adjusting to learning English as a second language, supporting them in the process.

Being a native Spanish speaker, Mariana can lead language immersion sessions online and in person.

Lily Ferreira
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Lily Ferreira

Lily has been working as a creative sitter and nanny since 2014 while studying for her degree in Music Business and Arts Management. Lily has experience in working with all age-groups, including very young children. Her love for music means that she sings with children from a very young age and finds ways to expose them to music nurturing their interest in the art form.

Lily loves drama and photography as well and is happy to incorporate these elements in her sessions

Lily’s native language is  Portuguese so she can lead language immersion sessions in Portuguese.Lily also speaks Italian and Spanish at an intermediate level.

Emily La-Plante
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Emily La-Plante

Emily is an MA Applied Theatre student at Central School of Speech and Drama. Emily already has an undergraduate degree in Theatre with a minor in French from James Madison University in  Virginia, USA under her belt. She is an experienced theatre maker. 

Having worked in many capacities with children, including collaborative theatre-making, nannying,  babysitting, education, camp counseling and projects with low-income or marginalized groups, she is a wonderful creative sitter. She has experience with all age groups including newborns and babies.

Emily has also been learning French since she was a child and it is her second  language to this day, which has been invaluable as a cultural experience. She is familiar with teaching through play both English and French languages.

 

Andrea Holland
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Andrea Holland

Andrea is a London based bilingual (English-Spanish) actor. She is very enthusiastic, energetic and bubbly. After  graduating from the Asturias School of Performing Arts (Spain) she has taken part in a wide  range of plays, from more traditional theatre shows to immersive and participatory theatre. Andrea has also  been part of different Short Films, Documentaries and Voice-over projects.  

Alongside acting, teaching has always been her other passion. Andrea teaches English,  Spanish, Drama, Arts and Crafts, Music and Movement and Modern Dance to children and  teenagers in different Art Schools and Academies in the UK and Spain and has been doing so for over 9 years. 

Andrea is also a master of kids parties. She now also  understood the dynamics of doing so online, and it has really made her develop new  strategies and ways of teaching, performing and communicating.  

‘’I  always like to defy the limits of the student’s imagination. Children’s creativity and  imagination are never ending, as Picasso said: All children are born artists, the problem is to  remain an artist as we grow up.  ‘’ Andrea Holland

Evangelia Kolyra
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Evangelia Kolyra

Evangelia is a Greek, London-based choreographer, performer, dance teacher and Greek language teacher. Evangelia can lead movement, dance and dance theatre sessions with children aged 4+. She has a passion for any sort of creative play, and especially the arts and crafts.

Evangelia has studied Greek Philology with expertise in Linguistics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. For the last 14 years she has been teaching Greek to students of primary and secondary school as well as Greek as a foreign language to students of all ages and levels. Her interest as a teacher focuses on creative methods of learning through interactive activities. If you are looking for a Greek speaking creative nanny, look no further!

Roberto Cicorella
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Roberto Cicorella

Roberto is an Italian and English speaking musician and music teacher. He holds a BA in Rock and Pop Music (Milan,CPM Music Institute, 2016) and is an experienced guitar teacher, creative sitter and mentor.  He specialises in teaching individual private lessons to children

Roberto can teach music, music theory, guitar and electric guitar to children of all levels.

As he is a native Italian speaker, he can also lead language immersion sessions in that language.

Abigail Kemp
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Abigail Kemp

Abigail is a  qualified drama teacher with a wealth of experience teaching children and young

people from early years to secondary schools and as a freelance facilitator for theatres and

arts and heritage organisations. Abigail is a mum herself and appreciates what a life saver it is for parents to have an online creative outlet for little (and not so little ones) to engage imaginations and aid skills development.

 Abigail likes using a wide range of stimuli including stories, props and music that are colourful, fun and will open up worlds of possibilities for creative play. She loves combining role play and interactive storytelling with a hands-on craft activity like puppet or mask making to appeal to different learning styles and interests, appropriately differentiated according to the age and ability of the participant.

Abigail has been teaching for many years in Spain and South America and is experienced in working with non-native English speakers and would also be able to offer creative sessions that reinforce language learning. She has experience teaching English online and is adept at using various online platforms and using techniques such as total physical response to engage participants. 

Damiano Friscira
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Damiano Friscira

Damiano is a visual artist and illustrator who loves drawing and animation. Damiano has experience working with children from 3 years of age at afternoon school clubs and as a creative nanny and facilitator one-to-one or in a group setting. Damiano’s illustrating work focuses on children related content. He has recently published children’s book ‘Billy and Oscar Asking for the Moon’.

Damiano is an all-round creative person and he also plays the guitar!

Damiano is a native Italian speaker so he can provide language immersion sessions in Italian.

‘I feel proud when receiving positive feedback from parents after they watched me interact with their children and engage them in activities to stimulate their imagination such as drawing or telling a story or reading a book together.’ Damiano Friscira

Venera Melamoud
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Venera Melamoud

Venera is a creative nanny based in Watford. Venera has been working as a nanny for almost ten years and is highly experienced working with children of all ages including newborns.She loves using games to foster early childhood development.

Venera’s native language is Russian and she also speaks Hebrew and has been teaching/tutoring children in both languages. She has also been working as a language teacher in the past.

Venera is also experienced working with children and adults with SEND.

Anne D Hermy
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Anne D Hermy

Anne is a French designer and artist living in London. Anne specialises in landscape architecture and masterplanning, graphic design and illustration.

Anne has extensive experience as as Art Tutor. Anne is experienced with  tools such as pencils, rotrings, inks and acrylic paint, watercolors, chalks or charcoal. She can also teach a digital approach using creative softwares such as Indesign, Photoshop or Illustrator.

Anne’s experience working with children is 10 years old. Her experience spans from youth leader, to youth leader trainer and tutor.

Anne is a native French speaker and is happy to lead language immersion sessions in French.


‘’After so many years, I am still keen to transmit educational values and knowledge to our future generations.  Respect each other, share with all, live together, and have fun, are the core values I aim to develop with children.’’ Anne D’Hermy

Michelle Wolodarsky
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Michelle Wolodarsky

Michelle has an MA in Fine Art and History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Michelle is a  filmmaker currently working on a screenplay, as well as other creative projects. MIchelle is experienced in facilitating creative activities and events and has worked with children at all ages. 

Michelle loves all visual arts, poetry and drama and can use elements of these art forms during her sessions.

Her native language is Spanish, so she can lead language immersion activities in Spanish :)

MIchelle has received the first dosage of the Covid-19  vaccine!

 

Paolo Mischenko
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Paolo Mischenko

Paolo has studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths University and is currently working developing his art practice which includes writing, collage, painting and drawing. 

Paolo’s experience working with children includes working as a workshop facilitator in different museums in London as well as working as a creative sitter. Having also worked as a teacher, including delivering one-to-one lessons for young children, Paolo is experienced in providing a stimulating and exciting environment for children in a variety of settings. 

Paolo is a native English speaker but he is also fluent in Italian and can therefore lead language immersion sessions in Italian.

 

Andreachiara Pelosi
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Andreachiara Pelosi

Andreachiara is an all-round creative sitter! She has been studying and practicing theatre, dance and music. Drawing is Andreachiara’s favourite activity,

and she has recently discovered painting. She loves finding new and different

ways to express herself through arts and loves facilitating this with children of different ages.

Another passion of Andreachiara’s is facilitating activities that develop an imaginative mindset in children, including 

Andrea is a native Italian speaker and she also speaks Spanish at an advanced level, so she can lead language immersion sessions in both languages.

Alix Guichard
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Alix Guichard

Alix is a passionate filmmaker and has been working as a film workshop leader in international schools across London. She also has a passion for storytelling and for anything creative.

Alix is experienced working as a creative sitter with children of all ages and she is based in Morden.

Alix’ native language is French so she can lead language immersion sessions in French. She is experienced with the English curriculum, having worked in schools and is therefore comfortable helping children with their homework.

Esther Myers-Insole
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Esther Myers-Insole

Esther is a Drama school student at ICTheatre Drama School in Brighton. Her passions alongside drama are sewing and knitting and she loves the arts and crafts. Esther is also very musical as she loves singing and playing the trumpet.

Esther is a wonderful creative sitter and is also experienced entertaining children at birthdays and events! 

Esther has been a part of Bristol Old Vic Theatre’s Young Company since she was nine years old and then went on to lead drama sessions with ages from 4 up to 15. This involved doing drama activities and games with them. 

Esther is available around Bristol and Brighton areas.

 

Stella Papi
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Stella Papi

Stella is an Italian dance artist trained at the Laban  Conservatoire. For the past ten years, Stella has been  performing for several artists and starter leading movement classes for children aged under five and their  families. Stella is also a mother of a two year old child herself.

During her sessions, Stella enjoys using a mixture of dance, physical play, props, rhymes  and improvisation to support the children’s physical development but also their creative,  explorative mind. They will be able to explore different kinds of objects such as large  stretchy fabrics, hoops, ribbons, feathers, sugar bubbles and a large parachute. Children will be challenged to perform exercises with these objects introducing new movement skills  to their physical language but also developing their confidence and self esteem. Through  observation and listening, the little ones will develop their imagination, they will learn about  persistence and collaborative skills. They will also improve their body and spatial  awareness, practicing control and coordination of their body moving in different directions,  levels and sizes. 

Stella can adapt her movement ideas to suit different ages, abilities, spaces or limitations. She can also offer themed sessions with specific props to make it all more exciting for special  occasions. 

Stella’s native language is Italian and she can lead language immersion activities in italian.

Theresa Hoffmann
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Theresa Hoffmann

Theresa is a professional actor who absolutely loves working with children using creativity. Theresa’s experience working with children spans from being a creative sitter to working at educational summer camps to nannying and previously as a teacher’s assistant for children with special needs. 

During her sessions Theresa loves including drama, dance, music work,  and visual arts. She also loves poetry and creative writing.

Theresa is a native German speaker and she will be able to lead language immersion sessions in German.

Muna Bensaid
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Muna Bensaid

Muna is a fun and caring creative sitter. She has always loved acting and uses drama and role play during her work with children. She also loves games and the arts crafts.

Muna has worked as an au pair as well as as a creative sitter.  Muna is currently studying to become a licenced Spanish teacher. She is also a native French and Arabic speaker so she can lead language immersion activities in all these languages.

Muna is fully available at the moment and would love to meet new families to work with soon.

 

Leo (Leandro) Pestana
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Leo (Leandro) Pestana

Leo (Leandro) is a multidisciplinary artist from Brazil. He is a guitarist, music producer, event producer, band leader and workshop facilitator. He has studied at Guildhall School of Music

and Drama.  Leo also loves capoeira, samba music, theatre, painting (especially watercolor), writing poetry, rap,making sculptures with terracotta, and cooking. 

Leo can also play the ukulele and other string instruments including the bass and a little bit of piano and percussion. He can also facilitate singing warmups.

His approach to working with children teaching music involves mixing mindfulness with music together, to keep centred, calm and focused. Leo’s sessions involve mindfulness/meditation, body percussion, developing a sense of rhythm and music time with various exercises and fun games. This aims at developing children’s  social and emotional confidence.

Leo’s first approach to connecting with new children is often talking about “ninja techniques”,

ninja cartoons that children may know about. 

Leo has experience working with children with autism and SEND teaching music and mindfulness.
 

As Leo’s first language is Portugues, he can lead language immersion sessions in that language. He also speaks a little bit of Spanish.

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