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.

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

Rebecca Newman
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Rebecca Newman

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 Metcalfe
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Billy Metcalfe

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 Arthur
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Tricia Arthur

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 Bouch
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Celia Bouch

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 Bell
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Lucy Bell

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

Kasia Truefitt
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Kasia Truefitt

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.

Borbála Mező
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Borbála Mező

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 Donnelly
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Liz Donnelly

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 Ozzi
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Carmela Ozzi

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
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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 Wright
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Tom Wright

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 Mann
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Liberty Mann

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 Tuoriniemi
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Frances Tuoriniemi

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
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Joel Baylis

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 Grasso
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Abril Grasso

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 Cornelissen
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Jim Cornelissen

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 Dagg
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Melanie Dagg

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 Murphy
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Niamh Murphy

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
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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 McCrohon
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Francesca McCrohon

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 Kancel
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Patrick Kancel

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 Kindaraviciute
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Simona Kindaraviciute

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 Sanders
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Joy Sanders

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 Watkins
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Grace Watkins

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 Linton-Ford
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Kathleen Linton-Ford

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 Richardson
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Izzi Richardson

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.

Lucy Hilton-Jones
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Lucy Hilton-Jones

 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 Martyn
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Alexandra Martyn

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 Limm
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Charlie Limm

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 Morgan
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Jess Morgan

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 Grashion-Hewitt
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Tom Grashion-Hewitt

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
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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 Boldry
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Emily Boldry

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 Nistor
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Andrei Nistor

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 Stephens
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Angelie Stephens

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 Gorea
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Arina Gorea

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 Hering
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Melanie Hering

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 Mattei
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Chloe Mattei

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 McCudden
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Florence McCudden

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 Kohnhorst
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Megan Kohnhorst

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 Fleming
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Paula Fleming

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!

Jennifer Walinetski
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Jennifer Walinetski

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 Guidi
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Alessandra Guidi

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 Ingamells
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Sammi Ingamells

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 Preece
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Megan Preece

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 Canyurt
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Gülistan Canyurt

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!

Candice Morel
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Candice Morel

Originally from France, Candice’s expertise lies in theatre. Most recently, Candice has written and performed in Gazes by Impossible Theatre and directed, produced and acted in Skewered by The Paper Theatre. She specialises in improvisation and often works with the French British Improvisation. 

Candice has a wealth of experience with children, encompassing roles in teaching, entertaining and safeguarding. Candice worked as a puppet teacher in Paris for three years, helping children aged 3 to 6 years to make their own puppets and put on their own shows. As an entertainer at hotels and summer camps in France, she engaged children through interactive storytelling, games, crafts and dance performances. In London, she looked after a total of 6 children–some as young as 8 months–as an au pair. Candice has recently been a performer at the Golden Hind, where she delighted school groups visiting the ship as a pirate. 

Candice is currently working as an online French teacher, tutoring children and adults alike in French from beginner to advanced level. 

“I’m convinced that art in all its forms is vital to a young child’s development and can help their self-confidence grow”– Candice Morel

Olga Kripostna
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Olga Kripostna

Olga is currently a BA Fine Art student at Chelsea College of Arts. She has extensive babysitting experience. At one point, a few years ago, she was babysitting six children in total, across the ages of three to fifteen. Her duties included but were not limited to childcare, picking children up from school and nursery, making healthy and delicious home cooked
meals, helping with homework and extracurricular activities, general house work, as well as mentor the children enhance their creativity through various arts & crafts activities, which she always invented herself.


Olga is a creative individual and artist who absolutely loves teaching kids creative skills through art. Her activities with children have involved illustrating a small book full of drawings created by the kids and printed copies to sell at a charity fair in school. Olga has also created a one day arts & crafts workshop for all of the children she used to babysit and their
friends, in which they spent the day learning how to make collages and use various media when creating art work. At the same time, she made a separate table for the adults in which they were learning life-drawing inspired by Van Gogh.

As well as painting she has experience in sculpture making and ran a face-painting booth at a kids parties.
Olga loves working with children and caring for them in all situations, especially if she can help during a challenging time for the children and their family. She especially like the way children make, view and understand art, as well as how effortless their creations are.

Olga's native languages are Russian and Ukranian and she also speaks Greek at begginer level so she can provide sessions in these three languages together with English.

Kiki Brown
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Kiki Brown

Kiki is a singer/songwriter and actor who has a varied professional background, from mental health and wellbeing, to SEN support and teaching, to drama and facilitation. Kiki is also an avid reader and believes that books are important to expand both the mind and the vocabulary, and thinks reading with children is essential to their development.

Kiki has experience working with children from early years to 18 years old. Kiki trained in Musical Theatre, Acting and Community Theatre and Drama and Movement Therapy at some of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK. Kiki loved her acting training because it instilled a sense of play in her that a lot of adults don’t have the chance to hold on to. Children have a vast, colourful imagination, and her drama background allows me to engage in make believe games and really encourage boundless creativity within them.

Kiki has also been working on some amazing puppetry workshops! She has periodically worked as a 1:1 SEN support tutor, working with children from early years to secondary school, with PMLD, ASD and emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as mental health issues. Kiki uses music and drama to enhance their learning, whether they are following the National Curriculum or not. Those that struggle to thrive in mainstream education really benefit from a more creative and imaginative approach.

Kiki is a bubbly, social, organised and friendly individual with a lot of professional childcare experience, but also personal, as she has 31 cousins so she has been surrounded by young children her whole life).

Helen Pini
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Helen Pini

Helen is a Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing student at Derby University.

In her creative workshops with children, Helen employs music, visual art, drama, and mostly dance. Helen has been dancing for twenty-one years, since she was a child. Her expertises are ballet, modern, contemporary and hip hop.

In May 2015 Helen started working as a dance teacher and assistant for children with SEND. Helen has a wealth of experience as a creative babysitter especially with children aged 6 to 15 years old.

Helen is a native Italian speaker so she can lead language immersion sessions too!

Emily Ferrier
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Emily Ferrier

Emily’s background is in theatre, having studied at the Bristol Old Vic. Emily has been working as a party host and workshop facilitator for the past few years. Working with the Exploration Society, Emily has been organising creative outdoor activities for children.

Emily has always been passionate about education and play. She believes that both of these concepts go hand in hand, we play to learn, and we learn to play. Children know this better than anyone else, and somehow along the way to adulthood we tend to lose that. She never wants to forget the importance of play. And that is why she loves working with children. Children’s imaginations and creativity are limitless.

Elena Carossa
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Elena Carossa

Elena is a singer and musician who plays the piano and the guitar. Elena also works as a lyricist and regularly performs at Italian jazz festivals with Settemeno Duo. In London, she regularly performs in care homes providing singing and entertainment to the guests.

For the past few years, Elena has been leading musical workshops to children of all ages around London.

Elena has developed her practice teaching music to babies, toddlers and older children over the years with the aim to create an open and empathic environment for parents and children that facilitates the creation of personal relationships and imaginative sets for children to express themselves with their bodies and voices. 

Elena’s native language is Italian and she is fluent in French and German so can provide language immersion sessions in these languages.

Viktoria Szanto
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Viktoria Szanto

Viktoria has a wealth of experience working and studying  in the arts, charities and education sector, with the overarching desire to create accessible and safe spaces for self-expression. As an artist, educator and writer, she dedicates her life to facilitating access to creative ways of learning.

Viktoria has experience working as an SEN Teaching Assistant in mainstream primary schools, mainly in Reception and Nursery, but also across Key stages 1 and 2 within the schools when needed. Her experience is using creative education with largely non-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to firstly regulate their emotions, to calm them down when they are finding it difficult to cope, and also to make the first steps towards learning to express their emotions, needs and wants. Working with children with mild to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD and complex needs, Viktoria loves using drawing, painting, visuals, acting, singing and role play.

Viktoria’s native language is Hungarian and she also speaks French at conversational level and German at beginner, so she could lead language immersion sessions in those languages.

Caroline Rowland
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Caroline Rowland

As an inclusive dance and performing arts teacher, Caroline has been teaching children, teens and young people of all ages, needs and disabilities. Caroline specialises working with young people and children with additional needs in SEND and integrated settings. 

Caroline studied as a dancer and is also a musician and singer songwriter, and loves delivering creative music and dance sessions for employing singing, performance skills, song writing, guitar, flute and producing skills. She can also incorporate yoga in her movement sessions.

Caroline speaks conversational Khmer and basic BSL and Makaton. 

 

Frances Knox
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Frances Knox

Frances is an actress and writer and has been working in childcare for 8 years. As an actor with many creative ideas buzzing in her head she would love to share them with children in a time like this and get creative. 

SInce graduating from Central School Of Speech and Drama, one of her favourite jobs with children was teaching them Tudor Christmas as a Tudor maid at Sutton House and being an Elf.

With children, Frances loves working on moving the body, not so much strict dance class but more of letting go and feeling good. She is also an expert in bedtime storytelling and relaxation before bed for children, aimed towards the little ones in particular. 

Frances’ love for writing expresses itself in her poetry workshops. She is also currently writing a children’s theatre book!

Frances also focuses on mindfulness and simple yoga and meditation activities to calm the mind and feel good including baking to music and arts and crafts with objects round the house - especially using clay.

Ester Balint
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Ester Balint

Ester’s background is in theatre both in her studies (BA Drama & Theatre, MA Creative Producing) and work and she is also very musical, having played the violin since age 7, and picked up some guitar and ukulele on the way! 

Ester is multilingual, with Finnish and Hungarian as mother tongues. Alongside these and English, she also speaks Swedish and has a grasp of Spanish and French. 

Ester has been facilitating drama workshops in a special needs school to children aged 11 & 12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and has experience working with children of all ages.

Fatoumata Toure
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Fatoumata Toure

Fatoumata has studied drama at East 15 Acting School.

As Fatoumata is a naative French speaker, she has been working as a French speaking drama teacher in primary schools with children aged between 4 to 10 years. The aim of this program was to teach the French language through fun drama games.

Fatoumata also holds a safeguarding children certificate.

‘I am open-minded, resilient and  highly driven by educating children and young people through performing/creative art’ Fatoumata Toure

Laura Marquino Falguera
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Laura Marquino Falguera

Laura is a harpist and is studying for her MMus in harp playing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Laura loves teaching and planning activities for children. She is fun and creative and has a lot of patience when working with children. Laura’s experience working with children spans from babysitting to one-to-one lessons to delivering workshops in schools. Laura enjoys lots of other creative activities, especially they involve crafts and painting.

Laura is a native Spanish speaker so she can offer language immersion sessions in that language.

Tawaa Alshayeb
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Tawaa Alshayeb

Tawaa is an Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher in primary schools in London. She also has experience working in the preschool environment teaching Arabic through play and nursery rhymes to toddlers and young children. While teaching Arabic, Tawaa loves storytelling using dolls and character play, drawing, painting, and arts and crafts including playing with dough, blocks, jigsaws, and shape sorters. For children above five,Tawaa loves baking!

Tawa is originally from Bahrain and she is fluent and can teach the Lebanese dialect as well as she has a lebnani side of her family.

Tawaa is positive and energetic. While working with children Tawaa is highly experienced in creating fun, engaging, and educational activities, while demonstrating a priority for children's safety and wellbeing.

At the moment Tawaa is free on Wednesdays all day for fun Arabic  sessions around London!

Sasha Jacques
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Sasha Jacques

Sasha is a professional musical theatre performer, actor, singer and presenter, having worked regularly for the last 10 years. She has a wide range of expertise within the industry to share with children, with the aim to entertain, educate and inspire the future generation. Sasha also has A levels in Art, Design Technology, Music and Theatre Studies and a BA Drama and MA Music Theatre and can help children with tutoring.

Sasha has a wide range of experience working with children as a facilitator, teacher and entertainer from babies all the way to young adults. For the past few years, Sasha has been delivering drama workshops, exploring different subjects in the curriculum through drama, after school clubs in drama, singing and dance, art classes, singing classes, vocal coaching, driving awareness and science workshops. 

Sasha also plays basic piano and is interested in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Sasha can offer many different styles of sessions with her skills and passions.

Ella Fitzgerald
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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella has a wealth of experience caring for children of varying ages in different roles from part time nanny work to teaching assistant jobs for children of all ages. Ella’s favourite part of working with children is being able to help them discover the world exploring their creativity freely through her guidance. 

Ella has been studying Fine Art Drawing at University of The Arts London and Creative Computing at Camberwell College of The Arts .

Ella’s creative expertise is everything visual! From traditional oil painting, costume, performance, to makeup artistry and digital art. Given her background, Ella can support a wide range of interests in the arts in children of all ages. 

Tabitha Fallace
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Tabitha Fallace

Tabitha is a freelance drama practitioner, play and music leader and education specialist. Tabitha has over 10 years experience working with children and young people in creative education. Tabitha also has experience of home-schoooling and creating bespoke education plans, working with a wide range of ages between 5 and 15 year olds!

In schools, she has been working as English tutor, teaching assistant and more recently Head of Drama. Tabitha has also been working as theatre director and assistant director for educational projects.

 

Eleise Devine
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Eleise Devine

Eleise has been performing since a very early age as her mum is a performing arts teacher. She started tap and ballet as soon as she could walk at three years old! Since an early age, she has been helping at her mum’s performing arts school at children singing and ballet classes. 

Eleise has also been teaching music classes to children in year 1 and 2 and has a wealth of experience babysitting children of all ages in her free time!

Eloise plays the ukulele very well and can also play basic piano and the guitar.

Eleise is energetic, warm and reliable.  Spanish is Eleise’s second language and she can lead her creative babysitting sessions in Spanish too! 

Faith McNeill
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Faith McNeill

Faith is currently studying at ICTheatre, a specialist performing arts college and university where she is studying creative and performing arts. Faith is confident and sociable and she has spent her whole life training in performance performing on West End stages (Her Majesty's Royal Theatre and The Adelphi Theatre). 

Faith is a Stagecoach teacher for children aged 3 to 6 years old and has been babysitting all her life! She has experience working with young children with special needs, including autism and ADHD, using creativity and the arts.

Faith plays the piano, keyboard and the ukulele at a basic level which she can explore the learning of  with young children. She loves playing some music while doing arts and crafts, as that helps children focus and makes the activities even more fun!

Ophelia Appleby
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Ophelia Appleby

Ophelia is a graduate from RNCM in classical singing and has been working as a creative and multilingual babysitter for the past few years. Ophelia is bilingual - she also speaks perfect French and can offer creative sessions in that language. 

While babysitting and working as an au-pair, Ophelia has developed experience as a music and English tutor as well!

Ophelia’s expertise is learning/teaching songs by ear as this is how she learnt as a child following Montessori method.

Ophelia believes singing and music are an essential part of any childhood and an amazing way of connecting with children.

Lucrezia Galeone
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Lucrezia Galeone

Lucrezia is an actor-singer from Milan, Italy with a passion for creating and puppeteering. Lucrezia has recently graduated from East 15 Acting School on the BA Acting (International) course after a foundation course at Drama Centre.

Lucrezia has been teaching Musical Theatre to kids from 6 to 18 years of age, introducing them to singing, acting and dancing. During lockdown she also gave virtual singing lessons on Skype.

Lucrezia is perfectly fluent in Italian and English, and she also speaks

Spanish to a conversational level so she can lead her sessions in all these languages.

‘I love creating a caring relationship with children incorporating my quirky and energetic passion for the arts  with puppeteering shows and learning new songs together.’ Lucrezia Galeone

Francis Thurstun-Crees
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Francis Thurstun-Crees

Francis is a 2020 BA Acting Graduate from East 15 Acting school. Francis has experience working with and looking after children and young adults. Francis has been working as a Creative Learning Assistant in theatres, assisting and leading weekly groups, directing productions, going into schools for artistic outreach programs. Francis has experience working with children and adults with multiple learning and physical disabilities.

Francis has also been working as an elf entertaining children in their homes. This also involved improvising with children and going off script to fit their needs and interests.  

Francis can entertain children and young adults by creating performances with them, as well as assisting them with their homework. Francis is  dyslexic and dyspraxic, and therefore can provide personal alternative learning styles to help individuals who have learning difficulties.

Francis also has experience in stage combat and could safely teach aspects of unarmed combat.

Maryam Shaharuddin
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Maryam Shaharuddin

Maryam is  a drama facilitator who is extremely passionate about using theatrical modes to creatively enrich and empower children of ages 5-18. Maryam’s creative expertise centres around theatre, from acting and writing to storytelling and also loves the arts and crafts. 

Maryam has recently graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a First Class (Honours) in BA Drama & Theatre Studies and is about to pursue an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Maryam has a lot of experience working with pre teens and teens, including vulnerable children with behavioural problems aged 11 to 13.

Maryam knows and uses Makaton sign language. This encourages her to supplement her speech with gestures and signs after observing the benefits of using non-verbal communication when connecting with any child, regardless of whether they use Makaton in their daily lives.

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