Tell us about yourself!
HEY. I’m Keziah Warne, but Kez to most. I am 23 years old and live in London, England. I live with my boyfriend of 3 years and younger sister in a small village called Barnes in London. I studied at Norland College in Bath and then moved to London for the job of my dreams. I currently care for two adorable children, a Boy (6) and a Girl (4) who keep me extremely busy.
[Note: Kez has a fantastic instagram account you can follow here]
What led you to becoming a nanny?
This is a question I regularly ask myself. When i was little, I was OBSESSED with babies. I was 3 when my younger sister was born and I was immediately besotted. I used my dolly and pretended to copy my mum (including breastfeeding) and from then on I got the childcare ‘bug’. I struggled to decide what to do at school when it came to my GCSEs and A-Level, I wanted to keep my options open but couldn’t quite settle on the direction I wanted to go. I knew i wanted to care for children but there are so many different ways to go. That’s when my mum sat me down and showed me the Norland College Prospectus. I don’t know whether is was the old school approach to childcare, the incredible list of classes/lectures, or the fetching brown uniform, but that’s when I knew I wanted to be a nanny.
Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.
Creative, fair, dependable, patient, enthusiastic.
Describe your nannying approach. What is your childcare philosophy?
I like to let children be children. I am definitely not a helicopter nanny. I like to give children the space, resources, and time they need to accomplish anything they set their mind too. I am a firm believer that kindness is free, and with that I like to teach the children in my care to be kind and have courage. We’ve all been there – we reallllllllly don’t want to be kind to someone who has been mean to us and it takes a lot of courage to be kind in return, be the bigger person. In regards to my job, I like to ensure the parent(s) know we are working together, I support them and that ultimately I want to make their lives easier.
What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?
I really enjoy my life as a nanny, and for so many reasons. Being able to watch a child hit their milestones, smile, laugh, learn, and grow daily is amazing. It’s unlike so many other jobs, it’s personal and integrated with a family, you are a key part of someones family dynamic and I really like that. To feel wanted and appreciated every day is so satisfying and really makes you appreciate how lucky you are, to be involved in shaping a child’s life.
What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?
Saying goodbye. I knew that with a job like this, being so involved, that saying goodbye would be a whole whirlwind of emotions and challenges. I recently handed in my notice for my current job and the prospect of leaving is heartbreaking. I’ve been with them for 3 years and I’ve seen more of those kids than I have my boyfriend or family, so it’s a big deal. Although I’m certain that this is the right decision for me and my future, it’s hard, imagining them being cared for by someone else – Will they be better than me? Will the kids miss me? Remember me? Thoughts like that fill my mind daily. I’m going miss my youngest charge learning to read and milestones like that stop me in my tracks regularly.
Learning from my own experience, I have found that now I’ve accepted a new job, I am becoming more and more excited about my new venture and less sad about leaving as I know its right. One thing is for sure, saying goodbye will never be an easy thing, you just learn to deal with it better as it happens.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning his or her nanny career?
Don’t rush into a finding a job. Finding a nanny job is a completely different ball game to finding any other type of job. My one piece of advice is don’t put all your eggs in one basket until you are sure they are the perfect fit for you and you are the perfect fit for them. Interview for multiple families, see whats out there and sleep on it.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
My schedule and routine changes daily as does most nannies – children are very unpredictable. I start at 7.30am, give the kids breakfast and get them dressed – B6 for School and G4 for nursery. We all hop in the car and I drop them at school and nursery (8.20am-3.30pm and 9am-12pm). I head home, plan and set up different activities, arrange play dates, pick up groceries, tidy the kids areas and do some batch cooking. Then I pick the kids up, head off to after school clubs and/or play dates, get home for dinner and activities and then it’s bath and bed. All of this completely depends on how the kids are feeling and what we’ve got planned though.
What is your go-to nanny outfit?
I LOVE CLOTHES. I have a very unhealthy relationship with ASOS and Topshop at the moment. When I first started nannyingIi had two sides to my wardrobe – jeans, t-shirts, jumpers, and trainers, and then clothes I would only wear at weekends. But as the years have past I’ve decided to wear what I want, and as long as its appropriate for me to run around, get messy and generally have fun in, thats all that matters. Heels are always a no for me. I’m really into Dungaree dresses, striped tops and converses/vans at the moment.
How do you wind down after a long day on the job?
After a long day on the job I like to go home, eat some yummy food cooked by my boyfriend, snuggle on the sofa under my fluffy blanket, watch a good TV series (Grey’s Anatomy is LIFE) and have a can of Coke (not a wine girl).
Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?
There are so many different resources available to nannies. I regularly use Twinkl, Pinterest, and Instagram but do love a good book. I really enjoyed reading How To Grow a Baby and Push it Out By Clemmie Hooper. It gave a really easy account of pregnancy and childbirth that both mother and caregivers can read and learn from. For me as a nanny, it’s always great to be informed about what our employers may be facing – it gives a timeline and what to expect and when. Instagram mums are a big deal at the moment and many of them are supporting small brands that produce great products for children. Imagination Tree is a great website as well, filled with activities.
The gals behind Not Quite Mary Poppins are always looking to grow our bookshelves! What are your favorite children’s books?
The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak is a firm favourite in our house, and MY favourite book is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favili and Francesca Cavallo – I cannot put it in words how beautiful it is.