How long have you been a nanny for?
I have been a Nanny for many years now. I started when I was 23 when I decided to go to England from Spain to learn English. I found that I enjoyed children and children take to me very easily. From then on, I realised that this was the path I wanted to take with my life so, apart from the years I took off to raise my own children, I was always a Nanny.
What made you choose this line of work?
The main reason for choosing this line of work is the pleasure I get to see children learn and develop. They fill me up with positive energy and love their innocence mixed with cheekiness. I believe every child is unique and have their own strengths and I like to provide them with tools to develop those skills further and introduce them to new things so they will be well prepared for the future.
What is your favourite part of being a nanny?
My favourite part of being a nanny is that no day is ever the same. There is always something new to do and new challenges to tackle. I love going to work and see the kids waiting for me at the door very excited telling me to come and play.
Did you expect to win the nanny of the year award?
I didn't expect to get Nanny of the year because I don't think I do anything extraordinary. I think most nannies do the same as me. I follow my heart and treat the children with love and respect. I have a genuine love for children and enjoy every minute of being a nanny!
What does the award represents for you?
I never thought this award would mean so much to me, just the fact of being nominated by the family I work for is a great achievement for me but, being recognised for the job I do by Kiwioz means the world to me. I am so happy to be part of Kiwioz and I can't express enough how grateful I am to have won this Award
What are you planning on doing with the prize money?
Next year I'm planning a trip to Spain (where I come from), so the prize comes very handy to help out towards that. I also want to invest in a laminator so the games, the children and I make, will last a bit longer! I have also bought the kids a little present as without them I wouldn't be the Nanny of the year. Jack said to me today “are you now the Super Nanny?". Priceless.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about being a nanny?
One piece of advice I can give to someone thinking of becoming a nanny is to be loving, caring, and patient. With these three ingredients you can overcome any challenges. Being a Nanny brings you lots of satisfaction and once you become one, you'll never want to be anything else especially with the great support from KiwiOz teachers.