This is a brand new venture for me, so I am yet to receive any testimonials from parents/carers who have children at Banana Bunch. However, please see below for some lovely references from families I have worked with in various nannying roles

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Anna has been a wonderful nanny for our son, Oliver (27 months). She has a wonderful rapport with him. She is able to perceive his emotions and respond accordingly. She always thinks of fun and stimulating things to do. I feel that when she is with Ollie she gives him 100% attention. She genuinely loves spending time with the children she cares for, and she has a calm and relaxed manner which translates to the children's mood.

I feel that I have learned a lot from Anna, which is a great thing. As a busy mum you can sometimes forget to just enjoy your children's company, but the way she interacts with Ollie reminds me how much he benefits from such focussed and caring attention. She has also been great at suggesting things that will benefit Ollie's development - not just in a general way, but from noting particular aspects of his personality and responding to them.

I highly recommend Anna as a nanny.

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  Celia, mother to Ollie 3 & Hannah 1  
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We found Anna through an agency when we were looking for someone to look after our son George as a short-term Nanny. At the time, George was 8 months old. As it was the first time we had used a professional childminder of any kind, we were anxious about finding someone we were comfortable and confident with. Anna came with excellent references and we were not disappointed in the initial interview. From the first day that she had a “settling in” session with George I felt completely at ease with the whole process and confident that her skills were perfect for what we were looking for.

Over the past three years we have used Anna in various capacities and she is still the first person we call when we need childcare because we know that our son loves her and that we can relax when he is with her. I think this speaks for itself.

Anna's qualities that impress us most are her resourcefulness, trustworthiness, open and kind personality with adults and children and her wonderful positive energy. She is highly organised, articulate and I believe is one of those naturally gifted people at what she does. I would not hesitate to recommend her in any capacity to work with children, be it a one-to-one or a group basis.

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  Gill, mother to George 2  
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I have two young children with a third arriving soon and as I am currently on maternity leave I have had the privilege of regularly experiencing her incredible way with children and parents alike.

We share Anna with another family two days per week when she cares for the younger ones during the day and then collects the older two from school and has them all until bedtime. Tailoring the afternoons to suit all of the children is something she does with ease. Her manner is upbeat and engaging, the activities she provides are creative and original, and she always provides a loving yet disciplined environment where the children are constantly surrounded by a sense of fun.

When Anna cares for my children, not only does she bring education and diversity to their day, she also always finds time to provide invaluable advice and support when I'm struggling as a parent. Having confidence in my children’s care and wellbeing is absolutely paramount, and when I leave my children in Anna’s charge I know that I can rest completely assured that they are safe, happy and intellectually engaged.

I am very pleased to be able to vouch for Anna as an incredible and outstanding nanny or childminder, and am happy to be contacted to verify this testimony or provide further information.

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  Charly, mother to Bertie 4 & Freida 2  
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Anna has been nanny to our two boys for 2 years, since they were 2 and 4. She very quickly built up a very strong bond with them, in fact they loved her straight away and felt safe and happy with her. This was not only wonderful for me, but I was surprised as my eldest is very cautious with new people.

Anna became part of the family and I see her as a friend too. It is very natural to have her in the house with us. Anna has a lot of childcare and nannying experience and that is very apparent. She proactively thinks about development needs, which I particularly noticed with my youngest, who was only 2 when Anna joined us and was spending more time with her. I had reduced down his nursery hours and really felt that Anna was giving him good one-to-one time.

Anna is also excellent at behaviour management. She is extremely patient but also gives very good direction. The children listen to her. She also proactively thinks about new methods of behaviour management, varying reward charts etc. and she will arrange to sit down and discuss these, and other issues or plans with us.

Anna is good fun and the children really enjoy her company, but whilst doing this she is always trying to engage them in a way that also develops their learning, asking lots of questions and talking about interesting things. Anna has also ensured that she knows the parents of the boys' friends and regularly arranges play dates and has friends for tea.

Both my husband and I work in London 5 days a week but I feel happy and confident that the boys are being looked after well. Anna is responsible from when they first wake up until bed time. We are all going to miss Anna and are very much hoping to stay in touch. She is an excellent childcare professional and a lovely person.

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  Catherine, mother to Frankie 5 and Henry 3