About our sitters

The arts can be a great contributor to children’s growth. Artistic activities in a range of disciplines have been proven to foster emotional growth, cognitive development, the development of vocabulary and motor skills to name a few.  ToddlerTunez upgrades traditional babysitting by incorporating tailored, artistic, safe and age appropriate activities into sessions with the child – these can also be conducted in a language other than English if you so choose.  All this is facilitated by our fantastic sitters who we are ever so proud of! Each and every one of them have a unique creative set of skills, and they are all excited to share this expertise with your children, both in person and virtually.
Sara Santucci
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Sara Santucci

Sara is an actress and has engaged in an enormous variety of productions in Italy since completing her Musical Theatre studies. She most recently performed as part of the theatrical season at the Teatro della Luna in Milan. She has recently begun experimenting with multidisciplinary art forms, employing her talents in singing, movement and drama. Sara is enthusiastic about delivering creative workshops because they bring together her two areas of expertise: the arts and working with children.

An accomplished polyglot, Sara has a strong command of Italian, English, Spanish and German and is trained in the International Phonic Alphabet. She combined her linguistic skills with her aptitude for tutoring children when assisting teenagers with their learning of Italian and English. She believes that studying new languages through creative tasks is not only very effective but also a lot of fun!

Sara has a wealth of experience babysitting children aged 6 to 15 years. In her role as a nursery educator, Sara inspired very young children to have fun with music and movement, devised games tailored to the interests of each child and ensured the safeguarding of large classes.

“For children, art is a natural means of communication. I really enjoy supporting each child’s unique creativity”- Sara Santucci

Christina Harder
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Christina Harder

Christina has extensive childcare experience having babysat and worked with children of all ages between the ages of 1 - 15. With two younger brothers, she has looked after younger children for as long as she can remember, with her first professional childcare experience being when she was a child herself, helping out at a kindergarten.

Fast forward a few years, at age 19, Chris went to New York as an au pair and looked after twin girls aged two.

Throughout her career as an artist, she often continued to look after children, helping them with homework and art work in particular.

Christina also worked for the British Macrobiotic Summer Camp, facilitating workshops for teenagers.

A few years back, she discovered art therapy and has since assisted with art therapy classes as well as facilitated her own art therapy-based workshops for mothers and toddlers.

Eleanor Byrne
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Eleanor Byrne

Eleanor’s expertise lies in acting, having worked in the theatre and screen industries for the past four years. Her credits include both new writing and Shakespeare play productions, as well as children’s theatre (Santa’s Mixed Up Martian, New Wimbledon Theatre).

As a Speech and Drama teacher, Eleanor has over six years of experience with children aged 3 to 15. The highlight of her week is her kids’ drama lesson, during which she fills every acting, poetry and movement exercise with endless enthusiasm and imagination. She has devised and delivered acting workshops for Italia Conti summer camps and has extensive experience safeguarding children thanks to her role as a theatre chaperone. In addition to English, Eleanor speaks Irish and French and offers tuition in these languages.

“I love working with children as they always surprise me at how much they take in and are willing to learn. With Shakespeare I have witnessed amazing results as children make discoveries about the language themselves and the joy that comes with that”Eleanor Byrne

Rachele Spinozzi
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Rachele Spinozzi

Having completed courses in Acting and Social Sciences in Rome, Rachele moved to London three years ago to continue her drama studies. She has a great passion for theatre; she loves watching live performance, being on stage and above all sharing her enthusiasm with children and adults alike.

In addition to her drama expertise, Rachele is both a skilled Mask Maker and accomplished polyglot.

Rachele has extensive experience caring for children from 1 to 13 years. As coordinator of a theatre and cinema club, she guided a group of 15 children through their creation of three short films. She volunteered to lend her handmade craft, storytelling and mime skills to the creative workshops of children’s summer camps in Italy. As an au pair in London, she took on the numerous safeguarding responsibilities of caring for two young children, often for several days and nights at a time.

Rachele believes that “mistakes can transform work into a masterpiece” and encourages children to push boundaries in their exploration of creativity.

Abigail Clay
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Abigail Clay

Abigail is an actor and practitioner with children and people with learning disabilities. She performs on stage and on screen, in London, across the UK, and further afield in Rome, France and Warsaw. Abigail also helps running a theatre company, ShakeItUp, researching new venues and performance opportunities, managing a small team, and communicating with shareholders. She created a new arm to the company, Shakespeare 21, which teaches improv and Shakespeare to people with Down’s Syndrome. ShakeItUp also runs an improv course with the inmates of Pentonville Prison.

Inclusion is her drive; Abigail wish to create opportunities for all people to experience the Arts and feel their benefits, even if the participants do not go on to become artists themselves. Art increases confidence, social skills, problem solving & creativity, and allows more appreciation of the world around you.

Abi runs, performs, and teaches workshops with an improvisation company. She also teaches people with Down’s Syndrome dance & drama, and have experience running workshops in journalism, acting, film-making, arts & crafts and music.

Imagination in activities are Abigail’s greatest strengths as a sitter.

‘I build games around children as we go along, thanks to my improv background, so we can change things up to suit what the child would like to do.’ Abigail

Kieran Akhtar
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Kieran Akhtar

Kieran’s creative expertise lies in film making, visual arts and design and has worked with big names such as the Barbican Centre, ArtClubbers, Spotlight summer school and Boxpark to name only a few.

Through his art as well as through his other interests, Kieran has gained extensive experience working with children having been a babysitter for over 5 years, a mathematics tutor and a creative leader for summer school workshops and has worked with age groups ranging from 4 to 15 years. Kieran also worked for the NHS where he often entertained young patients as they waited for their appointments, families often complimenting him for his flair with children.

To add to his ranging interests, Kieran also has expertise in working with children with autism and special educational needs and has learnt numerous adaptive SEN strategies to keep children safe, engaged and learning.

“I have found in babysitting young children that I am required to nurture their talents and ensure I’m not steering them away from their nature – there is so much reward in spending time with young children.” – Kieran Akhtar

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