I grew up in The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, England, UK. In 1994 received one of the most recognizable Childcare qualifications in the world, the National Nursery Examining Board (the qualification has since been renamed CACHE level 3), at East Berkshire College, England, UK. The qualification gives students hands on experience in addition to the academic curriculum which covers the physical, educational, social, emotional and intellectual needs of different ages. Other areas of study include health and hygiene, play, and first aid.
After achieving my qualifications, I worked in a number of different childcare settings with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 8 years, quickly advancing from Nursery Nurse to Officer in Charge (Manager). By the age of 23 I had become the youngest Childcare Manager in the United Kingdom for a national childcare chain.
I stopped working in a childcare setting in 2001 when Matteo my husband’s job took us to Brazil for four years. Whilst living in Brazil, we had our two daughters, now ages seven and eight.
Since leaving Brazil, we have lived in Europe and the United States, having settled in Seattle.
How did I become a children’s sleep specialist?
I started my parent coaching business working with families on a whole range of different parenting issues. I worked with many families who were having a hard time dealing with tantrums. When working with these families it became apparent that many of the children were sleep deprived and getting very little sleep. No wonder they were having a lots of tantrums. I’d be feeling grumpy if I was only getting around 5 hours sleep a night!
The Finally get some sleep coaching program was born in 2009. Since then it has evolved to not just individual coaching, but with the introduction of group coaching I am able to reach more and more tired families.
The Finally get some sleep coaching program is hugely successful. It give parents and children the sleep they really need and truly deserve.
I am also a board member of The Washington Parent Education Network.