Amanda Lindsey is 33 years old and has a BA in Child and Youth studies from the University and islands Shetland college, and a post graduate Diploma in Primary Education from Strathslyde university plus certificates in fitness and health, anatomy and phycology and Zumba instruction.
With over 11 years of experience working with children from 3 months – 18 years in a variety of settings. She is returning to us for her 3rd winter and we are very excited to have her back with us, all of her families absolutely loved her and all that are returning have requested her.
Amanda is a natural child carer who loves children of all ages and finds it easy to relate to children quickly, as she has worked in schools and nurseries she is used to engaging and organising large groups of children as well as working one on one as a learning support teacher.
Starting her childcare career in 2003 working as a Play worker at a pre school and out of school club, Amanda fell in love with working in the childcare sector and went in search of the perfect job, during this time she has worked in many settings with children and adults expanding her experience and always learning along the way.
2006 – 2008 she worked for Shetland council as a Social Care worker, supporting families with children in the community, she worked as a key worker, helping to ensure the welfare of her clients ensuring their needs were heard.
From 2009 – 2012 Amanda worked in various schools and nurseries as a teacher, working with an array of ages from helping Nursery aged children; making the transition from nursery to Primary school, teaching year 5 students to planning and organising after school clubs, sports days, coffee morning and working 1 to 1 with children, reading, mathematics, writing and learning basic life skills and independence.
In 2011 Amanda gained her Zumba instruction qualification which she used to teach Children and adult Zumba exercise classes on a self employed basis in her spare time, working in partnership with schools and running voluntary classes for children with Disabilities adapting the classes to their needs and abilities.
In 2012 a position as an early years Lecturer became available at Shetland college, during this position Amanda worked as a Course leader for the HNC Early Education and Childcare certificate (NVQ level 3 in England). Teaching and assessing young child carers in childcare and education including Tutoring her own class, supporting students in their learning, developing her own early years skills and online tutoring to students in other colleges.
After experiencing many roles in the childcare sector Amanda decided it was time for an adventure and applied to work as a youth Activities councillor on the Disney cruise liner where she has been since January 2017 (2 contacts).
Her main role during this position was to supervise the children supporting thin in play including supporting specialised programmes. Planning and providing activities both indoors and out, entertaining small and large groups of children.
Working in the nursery when required caring for babies needs from 6 months up, from nappy changing, to cuddling!
Reporting back to parents at the end of the day and ensuring health and safety of both the children and adults at all times.
Amanda describes herself as enthusiastic with a lot of drive and is always looking for a new challenge, she has a lot of experience across the board and works great as part of a team as well as on her own.
References checked had nothing but fantastic things to say about Amanda……..
“ During her time as a supply teacher Miss Lindsay adapted her lessons, teaching style and strategies to suit different ages and stages. She was a valued member of staff and made every effort to integrate quickly into the schools way of life. She formed good working relationships with the children and parents and was well organised and full of ideas and suggestions to implement into her Nursery class. She is always happy to help out whenever possible and is extremely flexible in her approach. Amanda has a quiet and calm nature and is very adaptable in her teaching abilities”
Mrs Morag Fox
Head Teacher, Scalloway School
“Amanda has been consistent during her contract as a Youth Activities councelor aboard the Disney dream. She quickly adjusted to the fast paced environment and immediately began taking an active role in supporting large and small groups of children and supporting major programmes. Amanda is a supportive team player who is able to assist her peers with anything that is needed”
Disney cruise line
“Amanda is enthusiastic, reliable, knowledgable, conscientious, creative, friendly and responsible. She is a very approachable person, who the children linked well with and they were happy to ask for her help, she has the knowledge to let children settle if they are unsure of a new face in the setting and is good at adapting to each child as an individual. I would definitely hire Amanda again in the future”
Cherly Ganson – Sandwick Jnr high school
Mandy has been very helpful, always keeping us ipdated with photos and videos. She is very professional and coped well with our daughter and at times, very boisterous brother”
Lewis family, Kaila hotel – Meribel, Christmas 2017
“I found Meribel Nanny Services to be Excellent – The best nanny service I have found in Meribel. Extremely flexible and great that they all worked as a team. Fay and Mandy we very accommodating and friendly. I particularly enjoyed getting daily updates and photos of the kids having fun”
Chalet K2 – Gittaz – New Year 2017
“Mandy was superb. She arrive punctually or early every day. She always had a smile on her face and took everything in her stride. She was happy to help us in any way. She was firm but fun in her dealings with the kids. She was practical and showed initiative. She was friendly and fitted in to the family very easily and the kids adored her. She did amazing activities with our 1 year old and 3 year old, letting them experiment with paint and shaving foam. She was fantastic to have around and made our week in Meribel much smoother, easier and more enjoyable. We would use her again in a second! We even wanted to take her home with us”
Harris Family – Motteret – Jan 2018
“We didn’t hesitate in using Meribel Nanny Services again this year and we were not disappointed. Mandy has been proactive and creative with activities and ideas and was not remotely daunted by 4 strong willed girls. They have asked to spend more time with her. She has made our week”
Plevey – Chalet Genepi – Feb 2018
“I felt comfortable immediately with the nannies (Mandy, Fay and Nadine). Meribel Nanny Services were excellent and we wish we could live like this forever!!”
Jess – Chalet Lightbowne – March 2018
“Mandy really made our holiday, it couldn’t have gone any better. We are very greatful, thank you”
Twohy family – Chalet St Eridge – March 2018
“This was our second season using Mandy and it was lovely for our girls to have the consistency of knowing who they were getting. Particularly for pick up the first day from ski school. This attention to detail from Nicole is what stands Meribel Nanny Seevices apart. We also had Jasmine looking after younger children in our party and the two of them worked seamlessly together. Nothing is too much trouble. They both fit right in and, most importantly, always give you every confidence that there isn’t anything to worry about when leaving your little ones with them, backed up with regular contact and photos of them all having lots of fun. They allow you to truly relax whilst off skiing and that makes the holiday a holiday”
Plevey’s – Apt Snowdrop – Fish and Pips – Feb 2019
“Our second year with Meribel Nannies and once again they didn’t disappoint. Mandy was full of energy, knowledgeable and our 3 year old loved hanging out with her. She was super flexible with our requirements and kept us updated through the day. Thanks Mandy!”
Gada – Chalet Blanchot – Ski Basics – Feb 2019Back to the full team