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Ana Potten

About Me

Name:Ana Potten
Sex:Female
D.O.B.:15 January 1988
Languages Spoken: English
French
Resorts I can work in: Espace Killy
Paradiski
3 Valleys
La Rosiere
Saint Foy
Portes de Soleil
Grande Domain
CRB Check:01 Jul 2018

Experience & Qualifications

Introduction:

Hi, I'm Ana! Welcome to the mountains! :)

I'm a private nanny and English Language teacher with experience working in both the childcare and education industry. I've worked with families here in the Alps as well as back in the UK and have been lucky enough to work with lovely children of all ages.
After graduating, I spent my first winter season working in Morzine as Head Nanny for a Holiday Company, followed by a summer and winter as a private nanny.
After that, back in the UK, I worked in management in the education industry for 5 years. I ran an Ofsted registered Maths and English tuition centre for children aged 4-16. I've also managed a few Summer International Language Schools, welcoming students aged 7-17 years old from all over the world. I moved back to the mountains 3 years ago and now live in Bourg Saint Maurice.

On a more personal level, I love the mountains! In Winter, I'm a keen skier and like to relax after a day's skiing with some yoga sessions. During the summer months I love biking and hiking! I really enjoy being outdoors and love mountain life.
I'm a warm energetic person with an outgoing personality. I have a youthful character and easily build relationships with children of all ages. I like to make people feel comfortable and valued. :)
Qualifications:

May 2018 Gallery Teachers
Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Prevent Online Training with a Focus on ELT Organisations

May 2015: Cambridge English Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA: Pass (Grade B)

October 2013: Paediatric First Aid Training

November 2013: Train the Trainer Course: Certificate of Completion

October 2012: Certificate in Common Core Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce compliant with the regulations of OFSTED Voluntary Registrar.

November 2010: Child Protection Training entailing Basic Child Protection Awareness in accordance with the DCSF Safeguarding Children Guidance, approved by the Local Authority Children’s Safeguard Unit. Kent County Council, Blean Primary School

2006-2010: BA in French with Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) University of Kent

2008-2009: Study abroad: Distinction in modules of French Language, Literature and Culture (1st) Université de Stendhal III, Grenoble, France

1999-2006: A Levels: French B, Geography B, Latin C
GCSEs: French A*, Spanish A, Geography A, English A, Maths B, English Literature B, Latin B, Religious Studies B, Science BB
Experience:

I have worked in the childcare and education industry for 10 years. Between 2010-2011, I worked and traveled with one family as a private nanny and tutor around the French Alps and Italian countryside, caring for three children aged 5-10. I have also worked as Head Nanny for a ski company in Morzine, supervising different children and infants each week, as well as supporting and managing other nannies.

On my return to the UK, I then provided childcare including overnight supervision, for two different families. One family had two lovely girls, aged 10 and 7. This was a part live-in role as sole carer for the girls when the mother was working in London throughout the week. The other family I worked with had one girl aged 3, and one boy of 15 months and as sole carer throughout the day, it was my responsibility to carry our all nursery duties for the toddler and infant.

Since then, I have worked teaching students aged 4+ in educational settings including a Tuition Centre and an International Language School. As well as being a qualified TEFL teacher, I have managed several summer camps/schools providing an activity and leisure programme for children alongside English language lessons.

My References

Reference Received from: Kirsty Henderson

Reference:

"Ana has in the past looked after my two children on many occasions, including when they were babies under one years old, whilst I returned to work. Ana is fantastic with children and is passionate about education and my children have especially learnt a lot from her whilst being in her care. My children always got very excited to see her and have had lots of fun with her also, because she is a warm and friendly person.

Ana has, and will always be a brilliant role model for children. She is professional, compassionate and highly skilled. She is also extremely organised, reliable and punctual. I would definitely recommend Ana for a role regarding childcare. Once you meet Ana, you will not want to lose her. You can be absolutely certain your children will be safe in her care, as I did.
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Reference Received from: Laura Gordon

Reference:

"In my 6 years of working for Explore Learning, I have never met a more engaging, passionate, credible member of staff. The parents absolutely trusted Ana, seeking her advice and expert option when making decisions about how best to support their child. Furthermore, the children absolutely loved her- her kind and friendly manner coupled with her desire to motivate them meant they not only wanted to attend the centre, but demonstrated huge progress in their time with us.

Her nurturing manner and desire to train and support staff made her an excellent manager and someone that the whole team respected. She was unfalteringly driven, hardworking and a wonderful addition to the team.

I cannot recommend her highly enough- her decision to leave Explore to go travelling and pursue new ventures is most certainly a huge loss to our company.
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Reference Received from: Thomas Saunders

Reference:

"Ana worked in a management capacity for our company, to begin with she looked after our homestay accommodation and did an excellent job in recruiting and vetting homestay families, and then in placing our visiting children in suitable homestay accommodation. Homestay families were very positive about Anas work and described her as friendly, helpful and professional. It was very useful having Ana take the lead in our homestay accommodation as she reliably dealt with any issues.

Ana was then in charge of our summer programme in Talbot Heath School (Bournemouth, UK). Her manner with the children on our programme as well as their parents and our staff was also very friendly and professional. I have no qualms in recommending Ana, especially when it's in the field of child care - it truly was a joy to work with her!
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