Meet the Trainers

MargaretMargaret Cowell (Principal Trainer)

Margaret trained at Bexley College, NE Kent gaining a Nursery Nursing Examination Board qualification (NNEB) in 1982. After completing her training, she went on to work both as a domestic nanny and later as manager of a local day nursery.

Margaret subsequently trained in recruitment management, developing and offering career and personal development training to staff working in the businesses in which she was employed.

In 1996 Margaret established her own nanny recruitment agency, Nannylink Ltd, specialising in the recruitment of qualified child carers. During that time Margaret became aware that childcare courses offered by colleges predominately focused on nursery and infant school childcare, that nanny-centric training was less than well catered for, and so set about redressing that perceived imbalance.

Margaret ensures that her training courses are informal, interactive, and case-study based; although the courses cover theoretical approaches to childcare (including latest trends and developments), the emphasis is very much on the sharing of ideas and real-life experiences so that trainees leave with more than simple concepts but -more usefully- training that is relevant and directly related to real world scenarios.

AngieAngela Spencer

Angela Spencer established Select Nannies in 2000, drawing on seven years’ experience as a nanny and significant business experience gained from working in the corporate sector. Since its launch, the company has gone from strength to strength, the greatest part of its business emanating from existing and former client recommendations.

As a mother of two, Angela has first-hand experience of bringing up children and has employed her own nannies; this has enabled her develop a nanny recruitment service characterised by compassion and a real-world understanding of the facing both the employer and the employee.

In 2004 Angela became an Executive Committee Member of The Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA), and in 2011 was appointed ANA Director and Chairperson. At ANA Angela sought to raise standards and professionalism within the UK childcare sector, keeping members abreast of trends and development within the sector and advising on the legislative and regulatory aspects of childcare.

In 2014 Angela joined Margaret Cowell at Nanny Training Link to further those aims and help deliver the new Nanny Training Link “Professional Nanny Training Course”, which is endorsed by Cache.

Carly MSPCarly Painter

Carly is a highly experienced childcare professional with a genuine passion for childcare. Having attained her NNEB qualification, Carly subsequently continued her professional development by completing additional qualifications in “caring for children with special needs” and “play work”.

In 2005, Carly established the successful Sunrise Nanny Agency, based in Bournemouth. As a mother of two small children and extensive experience working as a Nanny, Childminder, After School Club Manager, Learner Support Assistant, Playworker and Family Support Worker, Carly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in childcare to Nannytraininglink.

Carly offers a professional, fun approach to training, using her experience as a professional child-carer and mother to deliver informative, interesting and interactive courses. She is delighted that previous nannies who have attended her courses have then used that increased knowledge to improve their interviews and secure rewarding employment often in their dream nanny job.

Rochelle Wright (NLK)Rochelle Wright

Rochelle gained her NNEB qualification in 1996 and has worked with Nanny Link Ltd since 1998 as a professional nanny, caring for children from new-born to school age in SE London and NW Kent.  In May 2015 Rochelle was appointed as a trainer for nannytraininglink delivering its nanny training programme in the Greater London areas.

Rochelle believes that training encourages nannies to build their skills not only for their own benefit but (more importantly) for the benefit of the children in their care by providing nannies with a greater understanding of the role and responsibilities of the nanny.

Rochelle contends that continuing professional development keeps nannies abreast with the changing legislative environment in child-care provision as well as emerging trends to ensure that the nanny offers a service that is fit for the modern age. All this means that trained nannies are better qualified to enable the children in their care to grow and develop both educationally and socially. Increased employment offers with better conditions and enhanced salaries are evidence that parents recognise the added-value that formerly trained and professionally-presented nannies bring.

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