Lucy Bird is 24 years old and has a level 4, Children and young people Diploma from Newcastle college plus a level 2 in Peer Mentoring and has experience with children and babies from 3 months up.
Lucy absolutely loves working with children and has enjoyed volunteering and working with children from a young age. Lucy describes herself as an enthusiastic and hard-working person who thrives in challenging situations and enjoys giving and sharing new life experiences.
Lucy will be returning for her 4th season with Meribel Nanny Services and was promoted last season to our assistant manager due to her energy and organisation. We are super happy to have her back on the team, Lucy is an absolute asset to the company, she is extremely capable, bonds quickly with children of all ages and is very committed to her job, during her time with us last season Lucy cared for children of different ages from 3 months – 10 years and all the families that have returned have requested her.
This summer, Lucy has been working as a temp and holiday nanny for various families as well as travelling in between jobs.
Summer 2018, Lucy worked at Camp America as a camp councellor working as part of the creative arts team, organising and care for the children, providing activities throughout the day and caring for the personal needs of a group of children each week.
During last summer Lucy has been working in Croatia for a well-known family tour operator, as a children’s rep working with children from 3 – 11 years, planning and providing stimulating games and activities indoors and out and entertaining large groups of children. Lucy is hoping to return back to Croatia next summer and has been offered a supervisor’s position upon her return.
Lucy gained her level 4 Children and young peoples diploma at Newcastle College, she was offered a position at the nursery she had worked at as part of her placement during her course.
Her role as a support assistant at Ashfield Nursery has allowed Lucy to build her experience and learn how to deal with children of different ages from 6 months up, as well as children from different backgrounds.
As a support assistant her job was to support a key group of children, planning and implementing their learning journey, working closely with the parents and carers to develop and maximise the children’s potential.
Her reference at the Nursery explained her as a confident practitioner with a lovely personality and would highly recommend her for a nanny position. She spoke very highly of Lucy and was sad to be seeing her leave in December 2016.
“Lucy shows great patience and empathy with the children, allowing them time and providing the opportunity to build on their existing knowledge, Lucy fully understands the need to revisit learning opportunities repeatedly allowing the children to embed their learning and understanding.
I would whole heartedly recommend Lucy for the position of nanny, her lovely personality, friendliness and commitment to her role while maintaining high standards would be a credit to any family and working team”
Before the nursery Lucy worked as a voluntary youth Mentor at The Children North East charity where she completed her level 2 in Peer Mentoring including working on a project called “youth Link” Offering one to one support to vulnerable young people. During her time with this project she also helped to organise fundraising events and team building activities as well as creating resources for future youth Mentors. Her reference from the The Childrens North east Charity, spoke highly of her.
“Lucy was a pro-active, reliable and enthusiastic volunteer who was a pleasure to be around. She supported her peers and was a great team player. Lucy got involved in a wide variety of opportunities with us and always pushed herself to be the best she could for the young people she was supporting. I would highly recommend Lucy as a mature, professional and trustworthy young woman and am sure she will be an asset to any organisation”
For the past 3 Summer Lucy has also worked at the Dorothy Buggy school of dance as a group nanny, which involved her being in charge or a group of children between 5 and 12 ensuring they were prepared for rehearsals and shows and organising fun and stimulating activities for dancers to get involved in during their down time and lunch breaks. Lucy was originally a dancer here and her grandma once owned the dance school. She has always spent a lot of time at the school and loves being involved with the show during the summers when she is not working at the nursery. The now owner of the Dance school had wonderful things to say about Lucy and would have hired her full time in a heartbeat if there was such a position available.
“Lucy is kind compassionate, sensible and reliable, I trust her with not only the children at my dance school but also my own children. She is lots of fun but is also able to show her authority when needed. I would highly recommend her to work with children in any setting. She is very adaptable and has the ability to fit into any situation and get on with people”
Lucy cannot wait to get back to the mountains and progress more with her skiing.
“everything was brilliant, we couldn’t have been happier with our nanny Lucy. She made the children quickly relaxed and at ease, she thought of fun and exciting things to do with the children, we couldn’t recommend Meribel Nanny Services highly enough, thank you for a great week”
Aynsley – Chalet Covie
“Lucy was a fantastic nanny for my 3 year old and my friends 1 year old. She took them out for many walks and entertained them very well. Always engaged with enthusiasm which the kids loved”
Chalet Bouquetin – Meribel
this is the 4th time we have used Meribel Nanny Services and the 2nd time this season. We find every aspect to be of a very high standard and flexible. Lucy was once again excellent and filled the day with loads of fantastic activities whilst fitting in with H’s routine. She fitted in like one of the family, I trust her implicitly. The flexibility of the service meant we could really make the most if our holiday (and enjoy the best of the snow) Thank you for everything, see you again in March”
Bath Family – Les Brimble
“I could tell .M. liked Lucy from the start of the holiday. She was very kind and showed great empathy and levels of energy. She was also very flexible. We ski a lot and Meribel Nanny Services stood out. Even the toys were developmentally more appropriate than we have had from other agencies…… and free!”
Kimeze family – Chalet Quatre Meules
“Lucy was amazing, probably the best nanny we have used on a holiday. Our daughter can be a little clingy but was absolutely fine about being left with Lucy. She was really flexible and happy to fit in with whatever our family plans were each day”
Ohlsson family – Chalet Tomkins
“Lucy was professional, competent, friendly and was excellent with .L. He was immediately very comfortable with her. We felt very happy knowing that Lucy was looking after him. She was very helpful, flexible and fitted in with our plans. Thank you Lucy”
A.Hart, Apt Christmas – Meribel
“We hired 3 nannies Beth, Lucy and Lauren to look after our 6 babies (all around 12 months old) and were very impressed with Meribel nanny services. Nicole was very helpful in advance with great provisions of equipment and toys provided. The nannies were very reliable and caring, we would be happy to recommend and use them again”
Wooten, Chalet Griottes – Jan 2017
“Beth and Lucy were great! Very friendly and bubbly. The kids always seemed very happy when we came home and had done various activities, like playing in the chalet, going to the play centre and going out got walks. I would thoroughly recommend and use them again next season”
Farr, Chalet Le Chat – Jan 2017 (6 months, 2 – 1 years and 1 – 2 year old)
“Thank you Lucy for looking after T. 3 years and J. 1.5 years. They had a super time with her and she was great company and a joy to be around. We will certainly want to book her again next season”
Mrs Tyler – Jan 2017
“Lucy is amazing! H. was so happy and full of energy and smiles. We trusted her 100%. Our son was always smiles whenever he saw her. We would definitely use Meribel Nanny Services again. Thank you”
Mrs Louw, Chalet Lapin – December 2016
“Amazing, I cannot speak highly enough of Lucy! We have a very relaxed 1 year old and very high energy 2 year old and Lucy adapted activities to be suitable for both. The kids loved it and we felt very confident leaving them both”
Mrs Bendall, Chalet Evergreen – Dec 2017
“Lucy was really great with .F. and she seemed so happy when we weren’t around which in turn made us happy and relaxed. It was so handy to borrow your buggy and the toys were a huge bonus! I thought it was lovely that Lucy met up with the other nanny so .F. had a friend to play with too! It was the perfect set up. Please pass on our thanks to her for making ours and .F’s holiday a huge success!
H. Maclean – Meribel – March 2017
“Lucy really was truly excellent. I think I speak on Lucinda’s behalf when I say Lucy genuinely ‘made’ the holiday.
She was brilliant with H. and the other children; keeping them very busy and ensuring they all had a blast. H. Is a strong little character and Lucy dealt with her with aplomb. It meant we could switch off and focus on our own time on the slopes (in the slush) and we got continual updates from Lucy, unprompted, with some lovely photos. She fitted in very well and helped at meal times, etc – she is a natural and we would DEFINITELY have her back again!
A real credit to her and to Meribel Nanny Services and we just wanted to say you’ve got a very satisfied customer – it’s always a case of “happy children, happy parents” and never more so than this past week.
R. Gribbin , Residence les Fermes – March 2017