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Gwinny hope

About Me

Name:Gwinny hope
D.O.B.:30 March 1982
Languages Spoken: English
Resorts I can work in: Les Deux Alpes
Alpe d Huez
Serre Chevalier
CRB Check:01 Aug 2012

Experience & Qualifications


I currently live in France and love being here in the mountains. Skiing is my passion and I have over 30 years experience on the slopes including 15 years in this area. I often ski with families as i know the resorts well. I have taken a break from OT work in the uk and am pursuing my love of being in the mountains and working with children. I know and love the local area and would like to put down some more permanent roots here.
When I'm not skiing or playing with children I can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen! I am also a keen traveller and have lived and travelled all of my life in South and North America, Asia and Europe.
I am currently working part time as an English trainer working in the medical devices industry providing tailor made English courses to adults.
I love working with children and I am committed to a safe and fun holiday where they can learn, do new things and have some great memeories to take home. I am totally confident they will be in safe hands.

BSc Occupational Therapy 2006
Experience across health and social care settings including paediatric work and mental health.
Advanced manual handling and risk assessment training.
Supervisor to newly qulified OT's.

CELTA English trainer.

Extensive childcare experience both for children with physical and special educational needs including three years looking after a colleagues foster daughter with complex behavioural difficulties.
Childcare in the alps over the last four years looking after children from 18 months to 12 years of age.
Live in nanny and housekeeper for a year (2013-2014) for a family with a 3-4 year old little boy including overnights, meal prepartion, bath time etc and activities such as swimming and skiing.

Looking after groups of 2 to 5 children on holiday including parties of up to 13 children. I currently have 4 long term clients here in France with 2-4 children each who I care for three to four weeks each year summer and winter. I also have quite a few repeat clients who come back to me each year, so do book early to avoid dissapointment!

My role is very flexible and will work according to families needs. I usually arrive in time to help with getting dressed and having breakfast, geting ready and taking to ski school or starting morning play activities. Depending on children's age we go out on arranged activites ie soft play, the park, outdoor play or indoor play. I prepare lunch and get ready for afternoon activites depending on age ie with older children I often ski for the afternoon or take smaller children up to see parents on the slopes for a hot chocolate. I have my own transport and am insured to drive other vehicles so often take children down to pirate soft play in Grenoble or on trips down Bourg d'Oisans depending on parents wishes.

My References

Reference Received from: Ahmed Elshiek


"Gwinny looked after our 2y old on our first ever skiing holiday. She was fantastic. Really kind, helpful, punctual. She kept our son entertained the whole the time we were skiing. We didnt know what to expect it being our first skiing holiday and leaving him with a stranger but we didnt need to worry. I couldnt recommend her more highly. Hopefully we will be back and she can look after the next one!
Ahmed Elshiek
Les Deux Alpes, December 2017
Reference Received from: Athena Webb


"Gwinny was amazing with our 2 boys (2 & 4yrs old). Always on time and flexible to support our needs. The boys loved being with her and she gave us peace of mind to enjoy the snow. I cannot recommend her more."
Reference Received from: Raquel Bechka


"Gwinny worked as a nanny for our 2 young children on our last skiing holiday in Alp D'huez. We found her to be friendly and reliable, and immediately brilliant with the children. She filled their days with fun outdoor activities, and they have asked multiple times since when they can see Gwinny again!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to other parents and cannot praise her highly enough!

Raquel Bechka
Alpe D'huez
January 2017
Reference Received from: Fiona Sharpe


"Gwinny was reliable and reassuring, I would highly recommend her as a capable nanny who the children enjoyed spending time with. She knew the area and what the children would enjoy and enabled us to enjoy our holiday a little more with confidence that the children would be enjoying some time out from the parents!

Fiona Sharpe - February 2016
Reference Received from: William Alston


"We have 2 children, one of whom has some learning difficulties, which can make looking after both at the same time a challenge! Obviously the first few minutes of meeting a new nanny is when a lot of judgements are made (some correct, some not so!) but I can honestly say with Gwinny that our first impressions lasted right the way through and they were that she found her level, not just with both the girls but also with us straight away. She is one of the few carers who has really understood (quickly) where we are coming from with regards to how to plan the childrens' days. She coped with a fairly tricky schedule (because both childrens' lessons were at different times in different places), she speaks French fluently which saved us time and money here and there (knowing who to ask and the right things to ask them) and she made every meeting point on time or stayed in close touch if events prevented that. She has the maturity to not be led by children (!) as well as a good understanding of how they tick and ours loved her from the outset. Our only concern with Gwinny is that she may not be available next time we go on holiday..."
Reference Received from: Claire Coles


"We took our 15 month on his first skiing holiday and I was a bit concerned how he would cope with a stranger and being left while I skied the mountains, but as soon as we met Gwinny I knew I would get some skiing in.
She has a lovely warm and calm nature and my son was really happy in her company. She has a good knowledge of alpe d'huez so she knew what and where to go to keep him entertained.
I would fully recommend Gwinny as a nanny and hope to book her again next year!
Claire Coles - January 2016
Reference Received from: Nick Jarvis


"We come to the Alps several times a year and for the last three years Gwinny has looked after our children and our friends and family's kids as well. Whether shes looking after kids at the apartment or skiing with them she is completely reliable, fun and very flexible. Our kids love her and we know they are in great hands."
Reference Received from: Emma Bennet


"I have known Gwinny for a number of years now and she has looked after my children many times. I only have praise for her, my kids love her, she is a natural. Fun, calm, reliable, trustworthy, honest, organised are some of the words I would use to describe her. I would have no problem with recommending her as a nanny, she is great!"
Reference Received from: Derek McWhinnie


"Gwinny hope is a gem. She has looked after our children and those of our friends on 4 occasions now and every time she has been wonderful. The kids adore her. She is attentive, caring, interested and also interesting. A very genuine woman who is worldly wise and level headed. We ski in the knowledge that Gwinny will care for our kids as if they were her own.

For childcare Gwinny is most definitely 11/10.
Reference Received from: Elizabeth Aalders


"Our 20 month old son Freddie spent a week with Gwinny during the last week of the winter season. Both my husband and I found Gwinny personable, reliable and trustworthy and would have no hesitation in recommending her as a nanny. Freddie and Gwinny quickly established a bond and as the week progressed, Freddie loved spending time in Gwinny's company. He enjoyed doing lots of outdoor activities including going to the ball pit, soft play, visiting the huskies, watching the helicopters at the altiport, he even got to see an ice hockey match! Gwinny kept me updated throughout the day and met Freddie's needs in a nurturing and responsible manner and I felt totally relaxed about Freddie being in Gwinny's care. This meant that we could enjoy our day's skiing knowing that Freddie was in safe hands. Gwinny has a calm and caring manner and a natural affinity with children. We were so lucky to find her and hope we have the opportunity to meet her again in the future.

Elizabeth Aalders -April 2016
Reference Received from: Catherine Cousley


"Gwinny was a fabulous nanny. She contacted us before we arrived to chat with Sebastian. She was very caring and great with children. Sebastian felt instantly at home with Gwinny and she brought a fantastic bag of Lego that they had a great time building!
I would highly recommend Gwinny as a nanny.
Kind regards,
Catherine Cousley - March 2016
Reference Received from: Oliver Bates


"Gwinny looked after Archie (aged 11yrs and with special needs as he has speech and language difficulties) for two evening whilst we went out with friends for dinner. Archie really loved his two evenings with Gwinny. She was always prompt turning up and nothing seemed to phase her. We would certainly recommend her to anyone looking for a sitter/child minder.

Many thanks, Olly Bates
Les Deux Alpes, April 2017

Reference Received from: Ahmed Elsheikh


"Gwinny looked after our 2y old for 5 days. She was really kind, caring and our son really enjoyed his time with her. Couldn't recommend her more highly.

Ahmed Elsheikh
December 2017
Alpe D'huez