Tell us about yourself!
My name is Delphine. I’m a French girl who lives in London. I have a lovely man I’ve been with 8.5 years. He is a nanny like me. I have worked in the South West of France, Paris, and now London, where I take care of 3 children. I love music, craft activities, cooking, knitting, reading, and have a big passion for travel that I share with my partner. We run an Instagram account and a site together about that: @rafdelphine, www.rafdelphine.com.
Delphine's travels through Hong Kong (L) and Toronto (R).
What led you to becoming a nanny?
I became nanny because I have loved children since I was young, and my aunt has been nanny at her home since I was a child. I spent a lot of time with her, I enjoyed giving attention and love to the children just like her. It’s a real pleasure to see them grow up, smile, and teach them new things.
Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.
I’m gentle, creative, patient, organized, and supportive.
Describe your nannying approach. What is your childcare philosophy?
There are 2 things I think are very important. First, children need to know what they can and cannot do, and for that you and the parents need to be in agreement on the rules. For me, a child with rules is a happy child. Second, children need to try things by themselves. It’s possible that they will make a mistake, but that is how they will learn. I’m here for every question they have and I support them every time they try to do something new.
What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?
I enjoy every moment with the children. I love when they ask me questions, or laugh. Every child is unique and every day we do different things. And I enjoy the opportunity to prepare and organize the day the way I want.
What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?
The hardest part is the relationship with the family. You need to be on the same page as the parents. And I’m sentimental, so the other hardest part is when you change a family. Letting them go is very difficult when you’ve spent a lot of time with them.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning his or her nanny career?
What can I say? You must be patient in this job, it’s the most important quality. After that, you need to have a good relationship with the family you find, that’s important in order to have a good experience. And of course, you must love children.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
We don’t have a typical day, every day is different. But generally, each day the children get a nap, lunch time, nursery or gym in the morning for the little boy, we take a stroll or go to the park, reading time, playtime, listen to music, sing, dance, or do yoga, and I try to have a physical activity every day.
What is your go-to nanny outfit?
That depends on the day and the weather, but generally I wear comfortable clothes like leggings with a t-shirt and flat shoes. I tie my hair in a ponytail and wear no make up.
How do you wind down after a long day on the job?
After I long day on the job, I like to go home to my partner, go to the gym, or watch a movie.
Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?
To find ideas for activities, I can recommend my blog and my instagram account. I use Pinterest and instagram to find new ideas for activities with the children. I like one book: Mary Sharidan’s From Birth to Five Years by Ajay Sharma & Helen Cockerill, you can find a lot of things in it about children’s development.
The gals behind Not Quite Mary Poppins are always looking to grow our bookshelves. What are your favorite children’s books?
It’s difficult because there are a lot, but I can give some. Peepo by Janet & Allen Ahlberg, Meet Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Me… by Emma Dodd, What Happened When in the World: History as You’ve Never Seen It by DK Books.
And some French books, because we read in both languages. Les Animaux Autour du Monde: en Relief by Peggy Nille, L’abécédaire à toucher de Balthazar by Marie-Hélène Place, Le Loup Qui Voulait Changer de Couleur by Orianne Lallemand.