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 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 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’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
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 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’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
Rebecca is an actress who has worked in TV, radio and theatre since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2012. Rebecca has been working in children's theatre for over three years and played Girl in 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' during its West End run. She has most recently finished a 14-month UK and International tour playing Mouse in The Gruffalo, with which she spent the last summer on the West End.
Rebecca has delivered drama workshops and classes for children of all abilities since 2015, working with ages 2-18. As a teaching assistant during term time, she works with children from nursery age to adults in college. This includes working regularly at a SEN college. Since the school closures, she has been teaching coding to groups of children online. A playwright as well as an actress, Rebecca writes plays for the German theatre company Theatre at School. She also sings and plays guitar and offers tuition in these disciplines.
“Passing on a love of creativity, in whatever form, is something I am very passionate about”– Rebecca Newman
Billy is a painter, sculptor and keen colourist. Since his graduation from Chelsea College of Art in 2017, he has kept up an artistic practice based in drawing and painting, on large canvas with bold colours. He has worked for artists Sir Anish Kapoor and Henry Hudson and has built sets for theatre companies. He is also a passionate organiser of exhibitions and events.
Billy has a wealth of babysitting experience, working with children aged 2-15. He often turns to his artistic expertise to inspire children’s creativity and keep them interested during sessions, particularly when caring for many children at once. He believes in conveying his own genuine enthusiasm during activities, as children are quick to follow and learn for themselves how rewarding art can be.
Tricia has worked as a dancer, community workshop leader and choreographer for 14 years. She leads workshops in many contexts including schools, dance schools, private groups, disability groups and community centres. She has also been involved in projects creating dance for film, including Moving the City for the National Science and Media Museum.
Most recently she led workshops at the Just So Festival, where she taught dance workshops suitable for the whole family. She is about to embark upon a project at the Deer Shed Festival, teaching dance to participants from early years to the elderly.
As an arts facilitator and mum of two, Tricia has experience caring for, teaching and mentoring children of all ages. She believes in allowing room for children to explore their creative freedom during a class.
Celia is an award-winning harpist about to graduate from University of Sheffield with a degree in Music and Hispanic Studies. With expertise in music education, Celia is passionate about promoting equal access to the arts and the benefits of creative learning. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has employed all three languages in her numerous teaching roles.
A wealth of experience across two continents, Celia is highly skilled at working with children and young people. Working for the NGO Etiv do Brasil, she delivered courses on environmental awareness through the medium of Portuguese, mentored a young child with learning difficulties and offered immersive Spanish lessons. She found music and art really helped to engage students during classes and resolve behavioural issues. She has taught English in Spain and Argentina, preparing students for Cambridge certificates.
Most recently, Celia has delivered music workshops for Sheffield Music Hub in local primary schools. She has found using her small lap harp to be an enormously successful way of engaging young children and inspiring their creative minds. For the past four years, she has volunteered on the Royal Northern College of Music’s Young Harps scheme, where she continues to support children’s learning of a new skill and helps them build confidence when performing. Thanks to years of babysitting, Celia has worked with many different age ranges and always adapts her tutoring style accordingly.
Lucy is a professionally trained actress who has been working in the industry for the past four years. She has performed touring shows around the UK with various theatre companies and has created and organised children’s charity shows in theatres.
Lucy has over 9 years’ experience of working with children aged 2-18. As a teacher of performing arts, Lucy delivers singing, dancing, acting and storytelling sessions. She leads drama workshops in schools and works as a teaching assistant in a primary school. A licensed chaperone, Lucy has also worked safeguarding children in a theatre setting.
“I love seeing how performing arts can really help children grow in confidence”– Lucy Bell
Leanne is an applied theatre facilitator who has been leading sessions for the past three years. Prior to starting her master’s degree in Applied Theatre, she created and founded Tiptoe Theatre, an inclusive drama group for children aged 5+ with and without learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Most recently she has worked with children aged 2+ at Big Time Academy and has delivered creative sessions for hospital patients. In addition to her drama expertise, Leanne has a keen eye for arts and crafts.
Leanne has worked as a playworker in a charity and after-school club setting. As part of her charity work, she supported and cared for young people with moderate to complex disabilities, aged 8 - 19 years. Her role included conducting personal care, helping during mealtimes and assisting with sensory, outdoors and creative play. As a Learning Support Assistant in a senior school, she offered one to one support to students and ran a weekly enrichment group, focusing on social and communication skills.
Kasia’s expertise lies in dance and dancing mindfulness. Having trained professionally in dance and choreography to master’s level, Kasia went on to The Institute of Creative Mindfulness to qualify as a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator. For the past 5 years she has been working as a freelance dance artist. In 2018 she co-founded a dance theatre company with the aim of promoting healthy minds and bodies through dance.
With her company, she runs creative dance workshops in primary schools across London and family classes to promote family bonding. She regularly teaches singing, dancing, drama and musical theatre to over 70 children. She has a wealth of experience with children aged 0-10.
She is passionate about running mindful movement classes with children, especially those of pre-school age, to support positive wellbeing. Her classes have been very successful in supporting children with Autism, Anxiety and ADHD.
Borbala Mezo is a puppeteer. She is the co-founder of the company Hopeful Monster, whose first show premiered at Beverley Puppet Festival in 2018 and has since been touring internationally. Over the past five years Borbala has performed as an actor and puppeteer in a great number of shows, including I Have Strings in 2019, whose community outreach programme led to a tour of local schools and accompanying educational workshops. Recently she has been part of a collaboration to create a piece of documentary theatre.
Borbala is a highly experienced nanny and babysitter who has cared for children aged 0-11 for numerous families. Having performed in several interactive children’s shows, Borbala has an aptitude for capturing children’s attention. She always actively encourages children to explore their creativity and she achieves this through singing, dancing, drawing, role playing and doing crafts and outdoor activities with them.
Liz specialises in acting, drama and performing arts. She has worked in the industry since 2007, in areas such as children’s theatre, stage acting and arts education. She also writes poetry and does costume character work for children’s events and parties.
Most recently, Liz has been involved in some online projects, including writing and reading bedtime stories, delivering ‘Funny phonics’ and getting involved in local community projects related to creative writing. She has created Cabin Fever, an interactive performance starring a ‘puzzled pirate’, with the aim of helping children cope with national lockdown.
Liz has worked as a general classroom learning support assistant, providing support to children aged 4-16 years with SEN, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. Liz currently teaches drama and performing arts to children aged 3-18 years with a local theatre school.
“As a parent of 3 year old triplets, I strongly believe in the use of creativity as a means of expression as well as a platform for learning. Throughout my years of performing and teaching, I have witnessed the positive impact performing arts can have on the mental health of young people”– Liz Donnelly
Carmela is a qualified and experienced child care worker who believes in developing a child’s independence and confidence through structured play and stimulating fun activities. She has worked in a variety of child care settings and she has experience with children with special needs. She speaks English, Italian, some French and Spanish. Carmela’s artistic expertises are the arts and crafts, using all materials found in the home to make extraordinary creations.
Most recently Carmela has worked as Play Co-ordinator at Prison Advice & Care Trust, HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs and as Relief Carer at Westminster Carers Service and Hospital Play Specialist at Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She has NNEB Certification (now CACHE LEvel 3) and experience acting as a witness and writing reports for social workers.
See Carmela’s Professional Qualifications:
Certificate in Psychology, Module in Child Sexual Abuse, Birkbeck College Sept 2004 – May 2005
Certificate in Mentoring Skills, Westminster Adult Education Studies Sept 2004 – May 2005
Introductory Course in Attachment Theory, The International Attachment Network, London Sept 1999 – May 2000
Certificate in Social Sciences, Goldsmith’s College, London Sept 1995 – June 1996
Certificate in Introduction to Counselling, Kensington and Chelsea College Sept 1997 - Mar 1998
Certificate in Art & Play in Therapeutic Work with Children, Roehampton Institute Sept 1993 – June 1994
Hospital Play Specialist Certificate, Elm Park College, Stanmore Sept 1988 – June 1991
NNEB Certificate in Nursery Nursing, Paddington College, London Sept 1988 – July 1990
Pedagogy Course, Via Merulana 156, Rome, Italy Sept 1982 - July 1983
Kindergarten Teaching, Diploma di Abilitazione all'Insegnamento nelle Scuola Del Grado Preparatorio Sept 1981 – July 1983
Yolanda de Linares
As a professional dancer Yolanda has always loved to give back to the community offering her skills and experience to support the learning of others’.
Yolanda has been teaching children from three to eighteen years old for five years, offering gymnastics, dance and sports lessons. She is also passionate about martial arts and acting.
Yolanda loves being an example for children and young adults, inspiring them with her professional career as a dancer and performer.
Starting from small performances, Yolanda has already landed dancing at the Royal Opera House for La Traviata, as well as filming for Hollywood and Bollywood productions as an actress and dancer.
Yolanda is a Spanish native and also has an intermediate level of German language. She can tutor children in these languages, or even teach dance/acting in Spanish!
As Yolanda masters many types of dance: from ballet to hip hop, including flamenco, modern and contemporary, please let us know the dance style you would like to practice as she probably knows all about it!
Tom is a theatre director, dramaturg, teacher and communication skills facilitator with twenty years’ experience. His credits include Fringe First and Amnesty International Award-winning The Container and the critically acclaimed Home Sweet Home and Blake Remixed.
He has taught acting, directing and playwrighting to professionals, drama school students and young people in local schools and youth theatres. In addition to professional stage productions, he has led hundreds of hours of workshops with young people for companies such as the Young Vic, Bigfoot Theatre, GLYPT, Hampstead Theatre, TENDER. He also ran the Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre and founded a youth theatre in Bradford for Freedom Studios.
Tom is qualified to support the primary school curriculum with his workshops on Storytelling, Shakespeare, Public Speaking and Physical Theatre to name but a few. He also has experience using these sessions to educate children on PSHE issues.
Liberty has extensive experience as a nanny where she’s taken care of children of various ages between one and thirteen years old, often with more than one child at a time. Liberty is used to responsibilities such as school pick-ups, cooking meals, bedtime routines and planning out the day’s activities.
Both confident with outdoor and indoor activities, Liberty is used to thinking on her feet and responding to the child’s mood/needs.
Outdoors, Liberty enjoys taking children to the park and making up games using what her and the children find: leaves, sticks etc. In the past, she’s organised a multitude of days out around the neighbouring areas to keep children entertained during holiday periods.
Indoors, Liberty loves to be creative. Arts & crafts, imaginary games, sensory activities such as playdough and hand/foot printing are some of her favourite activities, and that of the children she’s looked after.
“There is much to be learnt from the fresh perspective of children and I also love the idea that I can contribute to their learning and development.” - Liberty Mann
Frances is a poet with a love for arts & crafts. Having had her poems published in multiple journals including The Hotel, The Tangerine and Porridge Magazine, as well as having been published academically, Frances also worked as a Head editor for Chimera.
Frances also has extensive experience of working with children in a kindergarten setting where she sees first hand how important challenging and exciting children’s minds through the arts can aid in their development.
While her realm of expertise lies in the written word, she is always open to exploring other creative endeavours with the children she works with. She has designed and delivered many engaging art projects, mini yoga lessons, arts and crafts activities, led music classes and of course, one of her favourite activities is taking the children she cares for on adventures through the story books they read together.
“The way children gather around once a book is opened has reminded me of why I have loved reading my whole life. Not only this, it has reminded me of how much all of the artistic and musical experiments of my childhood nourished me, and it has brought out a new side of my artistic self, too."
Joel Baylis has worked as a professional actor and teacher for the past 6 years. He has performed in many West End musicals and touring productions across the UK and Ireland. His credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Sound of Music.
Joel regularly teaches workshops in drama, dance and singing at a range of schools and colleges. He has worked with children from the ages of 3 -18 teaching, safeguarding and encouraging learning and healthy discipline. He has taught large groups of up to 50 children in one session.
In addition to his dedication to the world of performing arts, Joel has a great interest in creative writing, art and graphic design.
“I believe in creating confidence in my students. Creativity is a really important aspect of anyone’s development”– Joel Baylis
Abril is an enthusiastic, dynamic and sociable Art student. As a Spanish native, Abril is expert in delivering music and art sessions in English and Spanish to children from nursery school age.
As an expert guitar teacher, Abril tutors from basic to advanced guitar levels. Get in touch if you want to learn song structure, theory, finger positioning, strumming and practicing with her!
In her free time, Abril plays the guitar in venues around London!
While studying Arts Management and Music Creative Practice at LCCM, Abril is available to do some creative babysitting and online creative facilitation passing her passion for music and the arts to children of all ages.
Jim is a music educator and session musician, composer, jazz artist and producer. He has in-depth knowledge of music performance, production and writing as well as talent applying these skills through a balanced pedagogical approach.
Having started teaching students of all ages since he was a teenager, and learnt the ropes through trial and error, teaching music has become a big passion.
Jim later graduated with a bachelor degree in Music Performance. During his time at University, Pedagogy was one of his favorite courses, due to the combination of creativity and the application of psychological strategies.
Jim has the most experience working with the FineTunerz age group - 11 to 15 year olds, as his strengths especially lay in further exploring and developing musical skills, through conversations about practice schedules, exploring creativity and troubleshooting insecurities playing instruments such as stage fright or the feeling of not being good enough.
As a fluent Dutch and Afrikaans speaker and intermediate German speaker, Jim can combine music lessons with language lessons!
Melanie is a trained professional actor and has a wealth of experience delivering drama workshops, often history themed.
For Alnwick Castle Melanie works as both a performer and a facilitator delivering educational workshops which help to bring medieval history alive. Melanie’s passion about history also shines through her work with families facilitating Medieval crafts such as soap making and tile making.
She works with all age groups from nursery school age up to KS3. Melany also often delivers Bookworm Baby sessions and sensory storytimes for parents and carers and their babies/toddlers.
Melanie has experience working at Seven Stories (National Centre for Children’s Literature) delivering both storytimes and themed activity sessions for the public, the latter of which can involve stories, songs, games and crafts.
Melanie also delivers school workshops which are themed around a children’s book and involve fun interactive readings, creative play, and sometimes ways to create new stories with the children.
Niamh is an accomplished creative facilitator with a background in theatre, music and art. She has extensive experience working with babies and children of ages up to 15! Her experience within this wide age range uniquely allows her to adapt and approach children in the best way, ensuring the child/teen is at ease and able to engage.
Having led workshops in music and drama, painting and colouring and having also been an English language workshop leader and au pair, Niamh is a born creative facilitator and sitter with the ability to adapt all her sessions to an online setting.
Niamh is also multilingual with a high level of French and English (native) and would be keen on running her creative sessions in either of her languages should a family be interested in a language immersion approach.
Serena B. Robins
Serena is a Drama teacher and facilitator and has worked in arts education for the last 23 years.
Serena’s experience ranges from roles as a drama teacher and tutor working both in school and theatre settings and she also runs an award winning drama company, established in 2016, which delivers drama classes to toddlers from 18 months to 5 years old. 'Teddybears' Picnic Toddler drama club'; uses drama games, story-telling, montessori techniques, craft, songs and movement to help develop children's imaginations, confidence, social and emotional skills. As well as developing cognitive and motor skills in fun 30 minute sessions, her sessions are generally followed by 90 minutes of play in the soft-play cafe, where the activities take place.
Serena is keen to use all her creative expertise as a ToddlerTunez sitter both on and offline!
Francesca is an actress who graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2010. Since then she has been working in all mediums in the industry and also has become a drama teacher.
Francesca’s expertise is working as an acting coach at a weekend performing arts academy, as well as going into schools for various companies as a facilitator, workshop leader, storyteller and actor. She is also an expert in online acting lessons and has many fun and creative acting challenges up her sleeve, involving mime, improvisation, speech and text - all tailored to online teaching.
Francesca’s work is most suited to the RocketTunez and FineTunerz age groups, so from 6 to 15 years old. Francesca loves making historical work, such as hot seating as a historical character, or some other form of interactive history lesson.
Patrick offers his know-how as a rap & spoken word artist, as writer and performer and workshop facilitator. Patrick has been facilitating poetry workshops for different types of public, especially young people since 2002.
Patrick is also a youth worker for a youth centre in North-West London. He describes himself as easygoing, flexible and empathetic.
Get in touch to book sessions for your school-age children and pre-teens involving Rap and Spoken Word. Patrick is also an expert in podcast production sessions.
Patrick is a native French speaker so he can deliver French sessions too!
Simona is a musical theatre performer, who also plays the piano and has a passion for arts and crafts.
Aside from the performing arts, Simona has also studied social work. Her passion has led her to gain work experience as a carer for elderly people as well as working with children. Her work with children spans from summer camp leader, to teaching musical theatre, to running activities in holiday parks. She loves leading dances and fun games!
Simona is wonderfully multilingual as she speaks English, Russian and Lithuanian and a little bit of Italian too.
Joy is a creative artist with both performance and visual art skills. For the past 30 years, she has been working as an Artist, Actor, and Drama Based Trainer/Facilitator.
As a performer she has entertained thousands of children as Mrs Christmas for Kielder Winter
wonderland over the last 15 years!
Joy has also run story telling sessions and worked as an historical interpreter and workshop leader, most recently for Alnwick Castle.
Joy is a grandmother and loves working with children!
Grace is a soprano with an extensive portfolio of work which consists of performance, outreach, teaching, musical directing and management.
She is an energetic, proactive person who loves music-making and is passionate about giving young people a fun and engaging introduction to classical music.
Grace’s recent projects include writing an opera for nursery school children, regular music workshop leading, singing and music theory tutoring which give her a wealth of knowledge as to how to approach both workshop style settings as well as one-to-one tailored sessions. Grace also has experience of working within a wide range of ages which gives her the ability to run fun and engaging sessions for the little ones as well as exam preparation sessions for older children and teens.
Kathleen is an opera singer and singing teacher with lots of experience running toddler music sessions, which involve nursery rhymes, storytelling and some movement to classical music or opera.
Kathleen has worked in a number of settings including schools and hospitals, and excels in both one-to-one classes and workshop style formats.
With three children of her own, Kathleen also has exceptional experience in supervising children of all ages!
Izzi is a freelance Drama practitioner and actor. Her expertise is running holistic, drama-based workshops which allow children to explore their curriculum topics in a creative way. Izzi also has a wealth of experience running online sessions.
Izzi loves working with primary school age children and has extensive experience in EYFS classes and with SEN children, having worked for four years as an Interventions Coordinator in the EYFS class at a Centre for Autism.
Izzi is currently training part-time at Caspa Arts and finds her training is invaluable to her when devising creative, drama based activities to share with children. Izzi is also a trained singer and she often incorporates vocal elements into her sessions, particularly with younger children.
With professional credits in theatre and film, Lucy is an experienced actor with skills in storytelling, improvisation, singing, piano and basic Spanish. Lucy has just been casted as a kids TV show presented for a pilot!
Lucy has worked in schools as a workshop facilitator, actor and currently works as a teaching assistant. Lucy has over 10 years of childcare experience which includes working closely with children with SEN. In all of these roles she has been praised for the way she engages with children creatively, encouraging them to express themselves through artistic means, something that is incredibly important for development.
Lucy has a colossal fancy dress box at home to work with! I also have a piano at home and a professional light setup for filming. All these materials can make an online session with Lucy great fun as well as educational.
Alexandra is a BA Creative Arts and Drama graduate from Bath Spa University and an MA Contemporary Performance Practices graduate from Royal Holloway University of London.
Alexandra works as a part time drama and dance teacher in Geneva, Switzerland, delivering workshops to students aged 5-18. Alexandra is an expert in teaching musical theatre choreographies, alongside technique and performance.
Alongside her dance teaching, Alexandra has experience delivering drama workshops and play and music classes to children from zero to six years old.She iis trained to deliver baby sensory and toddler classes where she delivers drama and movement sessions aimed at supporting them developing and learning their English.
Alexandra is available for online classes supporting families and their children offering high quality baby sensory and early years song and movement sessions catered for ToddlerTunez aged 0-5, or fun musical theatre/ modern style dance sessions to older children.
Charlie has worked extensively as a Theatre and Music Facilitator over the years leading workshops, activity days, events and performing shows in schools and theatres. She started her London career as a children's entertainer at Hamleys Toyshop where she performed daily puppet shows, parties and tours, working with all ages.
Charlie has specific experience of teaching music to early years using games and songs to encourage musical theory and the joy of singing! She also has experience working as theatre facilitator for SEN shows. Charlie has worked with Old Vic New Voices and NCS The Challenge (drama workshops for Secondary Schools) and creating interactive theatre workshops in Primary School settings with Polka Theatre, Unique Voice, Freshwater Theatre, Pzazz, Shakespeare's School Festival, Bigfoot and 7Billion Ideas. She has also previously run for 3 years, her own theatre school that focused on devising and songwriting.
All of these experiences have given her the playfulness, patience and practical techniques necessary for work of this nature and she absolutely loves working with young people in this capacity.
Charlie is also an Actor/Musician; she sings, plays Guitar, Flute and a little Ukulele and Percussion and gigs regularly as a solo folk musician. Since leaving her role in the Music department of Shakespeare's Globe back in 2016, she has worked on various productions as a Composer, Actor and Musician and found these experiences have provided invaluable techniques, confidence and a drive for sharing my passion for the Arts.
Jess is an Applied Theatre MA student at Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to her studies Jess worked in a Primary school, planning and delivering a drama curriculum for years 3-5 preparing 120 children for LAMDA exams (all of which passed with a merit/distinction) and also assistant directed their musical Oliver.
Jess has experience teaching children with learning difficulties and has experience of altering lessons/plans to suit the needs of any child. Jess loves running games, warmups and assisting with the direction of the production process of putting on a youth show.
Jess believes theatre can offer a lot to young people and more importantly young people have a lot to offer in the making of relevant, topical work as a means to raise awareness and begin conversations. Developing an interest in theatre at an early age is therefore I believe essential for young people and also a fun and creative way to use their time in lockdown at the moment.
Outside of her work with children, Jess also likes to write and makes her own work and performs with her theatre collective.
Tom is a drummer, music producer and dj. From HMV to Abbey Road Studios, Glastonbury Festival to Sierra Nevada, Spain, Tom has been fortunate enough to work in some incredible locations around England and Europe.
Though Tom’s main passion is live drumming, he has several years of experience in the music industry as a studio engineer with award-winning record producer Youth.Tom’s skills are not just limited to music. Freelance work in TV & Advertising as a Production Runner and Director’s Assistant has kept me busy thanks to Grammy- nominated film producer Rupert Style. Tom has also released his debut single with his own project, Nettlemouth.
Tom is currently training as a pilates instructor and looking to further his peripatetic teaching at schools in the Croydon area and beyond. His work with children is mainly with Key Stage 2 and 3. Tom is available to teach the drums and anything related to music online and in person!
Fleur (Floraine) Lallement
Originally from Saint-Tropez, France, Floraine is a London-based Music Teacher, performer and nanny. Having trained as a musician at the Conservatoires of Marseille and the Conservatoire of Rouen, Floraine has an enormous passion for sharing her artistic talent with young people.
An accomplished polyglot, Floraine speaks French, English and Spanish. She is trained in several varying pedagogies including that of Maria Montessori. During her five years’ experience teaching 20 children aged 2-16 years, she used her knowledge of educational psychology to enhance the learning experience of each individual child. Thanks to her three years working as a nanny, she is highly qualified to safeguard children and assist them with both curricular and extracurricular activities.
“I always find a way to having fun whilst learning”- Floraine Lallement
Emily is an all-round creative sitter! She has been working as a creative facilitator running sessions with children using a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printing, slime making, clay, cyanotype, story-telling and creative writing, collage, drama, improvisation and singing. Emily also plays the guitar and piano! Emily is currently studying a part-time masters in Museum Cultures.
Emily believes that an artistic education can enhance children’s confidence, communication and resilience and makes a positive impact on the rest of children’s lives. Emily is experienced working with young people with a wide range of abilities and needs, including SEND. Emily is confident in adapting sessions to each learner’s needs and on making them engaging and fun.
With school-aged children, Emily uses games and creativity to provide excellent one-to-one learning support.
Andrei is a contemporary dancer and ballroom dance teacher, including Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, and Jive styles.
Andrei has a wealth of experience working with children of all ages working as a dance teacher, teaching assistant and facilitator. Most recently, he has been working at the London Contemporary Dance School and the Wimbledon Dance Academy, teaching contemporary dance and ballet to children aged 5 to 18 years old.
Andrei is about to graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School with a bachelor in Contemporary Dance, his newly found expertises include Cunningham, Release - based contemporary, Ballet, Floorwork, GAGA, Contact Improvisation, Flying Low and Improvisation.
Andrei is originally Romanian so he can also lead the sessions in this language.
Angelie is a creative workshop facilitator specialised in working with young people currently working as a Freelance Workshop & Centre Leader for Sparks Film & Media Arts. Angelie has also completed a Masters degree in Digital Media from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Bachelors degree in New Media from the University of Leeds.
Angelie has three years of experience working as a film-making workshop facilitator. Alongside film-making, she has storytelling, creative writing and media skills that she can use to engage and mentor children from six to fifteen years old. On the movement side, Angelie is also a tap dancer so could support your children with its practice if necessary.
Angelie is also an expert in Photoshop and can teach children and young adults all about its secrets!
Arina is a kind, caring and patient professional who enjoys working with children of all ages, especially babies and toddlers. Originally from Romania, Arina has studied Pedagogy at a young age.
Arina has experience working in a school setting, including Montessori nurseries and as a one-to-one babysitter. With young children she is experienced in potty training and teaching general life skills including hygiene and manners.
Arina is also a musician, she sings and plays the piano and the guitar. She loves incorporating music into her caring for young children to entertain them and engage them creatively.
As Arina’s mother tongue is Romanian, she can provide language immersion sessions in this language.
“Children love when I sing and play Disney songs to them. They always sing along!”
Melanie has a masters degree in Applied Theatre and a bachelor in Comparative Literatures. Melanie is a creative teacher and workshop facilitator and has a lot of experience working with young people and children in various settings as well as running messy play toddler groups for parents-carers and their children.
Since lockdown, she has been sending out art-packs to children she has been teaching with Action for Refugees.
Melanie loves sharing her craft, creative writing, drama expertise to children of all ages.
Melanie is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of German so she is available for sessions in both languages.
Chloe’s background is in performing arts, film and arts and crafts combined with studies in
children’s development. Chloe is a workshop facilitator and party entertainer for children at nurseries and infant schools. She loves educating through songs, music and storytelling.
Chloe is also a ballet and musical sensory classes teacher for children aged 6 months to 6 years old. As well as supporting children learning dance, Chloe helps them grow their confidence and social skills.
As Chloe understands the importance of children’s safety and welfare, she has independently completed various courses such as ‘NSPCC Protecting Children in Entertainment’ and an ‘Introduction to Safeguarding Children Level 1’. Chloe also holds a professional chaperone license.
For over four years, Chloe has been working with Young Film Academy teaching children how to make
their own music videos and short films. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to book this wholly creative sitter!
Florence has a degree in Community Drama at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). She has a wealth of experience in teaching Music, Drama, Singing, Piano and Violin to children and young people.
Florence is a bright and bubbly person and would be very enthusiastic to come up with interesting and engaging ways to engage your children and introduce them to creativity!
Florence is very skilled in and loves working with people and children, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds as she has experience working as a Caseworker for Individual Survivors of Human Trafficking and has been working fostering community anti-slavery strategies in Ghana.
Megan is an enthusiastic and passionate drama facilitator and access worker, usually working in schools, museums, and theatres. Her practice is focused on connection through play and imagination, using drama, movement, and music.
Megan’s extensive experience as an arts access worker is especially useful for families with SEND or autism requirements.
Megan is available to provide drama sessions to Key Stage 2 children and teenagers. Her sessions always involve physical movement and expression, where possible. This is usually started with a game or two, and then a stretch (checking in with our bodies).
Megan also currently hosts disco parties online, so we can all have the chance to move our bodies however they want to move, and express ourselves in a variety of ways. Also, it’s really fun to be silly!
Megan’s practice works really nicely for groups (large or small) as drama provides a great social structure. She would indeed encourage families of similar ages to link together, if they can. However, Megan is also able to provide a fun and imaginative 1:1 drama based session.
“Drama in education is a powerful tool! We would always work towards a sharing, this is a really important part of the drama process,so guardians would be required to be present to watch our last session – schedules and timelines can be set up individually with families.”
Paula is a professionally trained Community Musician (Cork School of Music), clown and artist.
Paula has thirty years of experience developing and delivering Music, Singing, Art, Circus Skills and Drama workshops for all ages and abilities.
Paula has a wealth of experience working with SEND children and young adults.
Paula plays many instruments! Ukulele, percussion, guitar, keyboard and makes junk instruments as well!
Alys Betsan Jones
Alys is a freelance French Horn player, singer and actress. Alys is highly experienced and qualified in music education, and is due to begin her MA in this at UCL in September 2020.
As well as being a brass teacher with Tower Hamlets Music Service and teaching privately, Alys delivers music sessions to children of all ages in person and online.
Alys offers brass, singing, music and musical storytelling sessions, with basic sign language being introduced in the sessions!
In addition to this, Alys can offer sessions in the Welsh language!
Jenny is a freelance musician and educator based in Sheffield. She is a professional drummer and percussionist.
Over the years, Jenny has been delivering specialist classroom education within Early Years Centres and Primary Schools, ages 3 to year 6. Jenny’s expertise is providing a unique form of education based around music merging the performance and academic elements. Jenny is also an instrumental teacher, covering 1-1 and small group tuition.
Jenny has extended experience working with children with learning disabilities and difficulties, including Low Functioning Autism, behavioural needs and emotional needs and profound disabilities.
Alessandra is a multilingual teacher for children 6 to 15 years old. She is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish together with English!
Alessandra has a wealth of experience supporting students with SEN (Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD) in a learning environment, especially in literacy and numeracy.
Alessandra’s creative expertise is a passion for board games and arts and crafts. She also loves storytelling and reading to and with children.
Sammi is a musician and has been working as a child carer for the past five years, bringing the power of music and play to child care roles. Sammi loves teaching music to very young children, encouraging them to explore music through the power of vibrations and rhythm playing on ukulele strings.
Sammi is a vocalist and masters the guitar, bass guitar, ukulele and drums. She also plays the keys and piano at an intermediate level.
Sammi is currently doing her MMus in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University after having completed her BMus in Popular Music six years ago. She is based in Brighton, East Sussex.
Megan is a music graduate from the University of Huddersfield. Megan has been working as a choir
leader, vocal coach and private music teacher for the past few years. She has been working in
different schools as teaching assistant and music teacher assistant in a group context.
Megan has a wealth of experience working with vulnerable individuals with special needs. She has
experience working with children with SEN and autism in her music teaching practice. Megan has
also been teaching music at HM Prison Full Sutton, leading her choir group from the basic of music
theory and singing to a final performance.
Megan is an associate at the London College of Music in Popular Vocals and has completed Grade 8
in Electronic Keyboard and Grade 5 in Music Theory. She also plays the ukulele!
Megan is also passionate about drama, storytelling and arts and crafts and can incorporate these
skills in her mostly musical sessions with children of all ages. Megan also speaks Spanish at an intermediate level, so she can provide beginner language immersion sessions.
Gülistan is a Turkish creative babysitter and nursery school teacher. She has experience with children aged 0 to 14 years old. Gül studied Social Work and Child Education in Turkey and she has a wealth of experience working as a nanny and au-pair as well as teaching in nursery schools.
Gül is registered as a childminder with Ofstead and has obtained certificates in Body Language and Diction; Diction: Dialogue, Expression and Communication; and she also has a certificate in Family Education Counseling.
As Gül’s first language is Turkish, she has been teaching Turkish to young children using play and creativity.
Gül loves arts and crafts and is very imaginative in her activity ideas!