Charlottesville Babysitters

Debra L.

I am currently a nanny to four wonderful children in Charlottesville.  After busy and stressful jobs in new home sales and as a legal assistant, I decided it was time to simplify and de-stress my life; for me that meant going back to what makes me truly happy and that’s working with children.  In my nanny role, I enjoy incorporating my own parenting skills with creativity, resourcefulness, structured play, passion, energy, and of course fun!  I find teachable moments in everything we do. 

I was born and raised in England and had a fantastic childhood.  My dad was in the Royal Air Force so we moved around a lot and I was most fortunate to see many countries and explore different cultures.  I have been married for almost 30 years (to the same wonderful man!) and we have four amazing children – all bright, loving, generous, fun, thoughtful, independent, and witty.  I stayed home with our children for fifteen years and thoroughly enjoyed that precious time with them.  During that time, I was the founder and organizer of a successful toddlers’ playgroup in Florida where I set up stations to include arts & crafts, story time, singing & movement, structured activities, and learning through play. I was also actively involved in many school events & field trips, committees, and voluntary work, including helping children to read and assisting teachers in the classroom.  In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, church events and volunteering, travelling, walking, playing games, and going to the movies.


Madison N.

I began babysitting the summer before high school and have been ever since. During the summers, I work as a Camp Counselor at Farmington Country Club for ages 3, 4 and 5 years olds! I fell in love with their incredible imaginations and personalities. I have experience with newborns to middle schoolers as well. I spend a lot of my time as a part time nanny for several local families throughout the year too! I was born in California but grew up in Charlottesville and am currently finishing up school here. Along with babysitting I enjoy hiking, playing guitar and spending time with my family!


Morgan C.

I am currently a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington and an experienced caregiver.  For the last three years I have worked at The Farmington Country Club Children’s Place.  My responsibilities include- but not limited to- childcare, entertainment, developing craft ideas, comforting and distracting in order to keep the children occupied while their parents are away.  I am CPR certified and have current first aid training.  In my free time I love hanging out with my friends, family, and exploring new and different places.


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Kelsey R.

I am a 2017 graduate from the University of Virginia where I majored in Kinesiology. Currently I am living in Charlottesville and working as a physical therapy technician before attending physical therapy school next fall. At the age of 11, I took the Red Cross Babysitting class and started babysitting for a 6 week old little girl. Over the years, I have continued to babysit her and her sister and have watched them grow up. Along with this family, I have babysat for children ages 6 weeks to 14 years, including children with Downs Syndrome. For three summers in high school I was also a camp counselor at a Muscular Dystrophy Camp where I found my love of working with children with disabilities. During college, I volunteered at a daycare working in the Bumblebees Room with children 6 weeks to 12 months of age. For two summers during college, I nannied for a family of a school-aged boy and girl and we still stay in touch often. I am lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, training for triathlons and half marathons, attending UVA basketball games, and exploring Charlottesville as a post grad.


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Taisha T. 

Hi, I’m Tai! I grew up in Nelson County and I have been babysitting and taking care of children since I was a teenager in high school. After my baby brother was born when I was 14 years old I began helping family and friends with babysitting and had some of my first babysitting gigs at Wintergreen Resort while parents did some skiing. I took my first full time nanny job back in 2011 and I remained with that family for 5 years. It was such a joy being able to experience being a part of a child’s life during their early years and watching them grow and accomplish milestones through the early stages. I am always looking for more ways to learn about children and attend workshops often related to children behaviors. While living in Seattle WA, for two years, I gained much knowledge about the childcare field and attended National Nanny Training Day 2017. I am a member of the International Nanny Association since August 2016. Outside of my time of being a full-time nanny I also volunteer at my church with the children’s ministry. I truly enjoy seeing children learn and grow and being able to help so many families raise superior human beings.


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Tais S.

I received a Bachelor's Degree in graphic design from Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain, and my Master's Degree in packaging design in Milan, Italy. After working a few years in the arts, I decided I wanted to do something else with my career. I have more than ten years of experience with children. I come from a big family with six siblings, so I know what taking care of babies and children means, and how important a good family dynamic is. While in Spain, I worked with children in summer camp programs to teach English and Spanish. I worked with teenagers and children ranging from six to twelve years old. Not only was I a camp counselor, but also a camp program director. When I moved to the States I worked for two years with a three year old and a newborn. In 2012 my husband got transferred with his job to Charlottesville. I worked for a family for more than 5 years, and I have decided to take a small personal break to care for my toddler and newborn son.  


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Rachel B. 

I am currently a 2nd year in the Nursing program at the University of Virginia. I love working with kids and hope to one day specialize in pediatric nursing. I have seven years of experience working with kids in positions including babysitting, full-time nannying, being a camp counselor, and even a soccer coach. I have taken care of a wide range of ages from 4 months to 12 years old. I have loved seeing the energy, positivity, and unique personality of each child I’ve taken care of. When I’m not in class or taking care of kids I love to run, hike, do yoga, explore new restaurants, or journal. I am an adventurous and bubbly person and am so excited to be part of the Local Nanny Network. 


Virginia L.

Hi I’m Gigi! I grew up on a ranch in the central valley of California and recently moved to Charlottesville with my husband who is starting a doctorate program at UVA in Music Composition. I have been working with children a long time and am excited to get to know yours. Here’s my story:  My first nanny job was when I was 15. There were three children; an 8 month old, a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The middle child had autism which I didn’t know what that was at the time. I learned more about children with Autism and wanted to work in the school systems as an assistant for children with special needs. I did this as well as assisted bilingual students and regular ed students for the next 5 years.  I also began doing community volunteer summer programs for children and youth teaching them communication skills, public speaking and about making a positive impact in their communities. In 2011 I had the opportunity to move to China to assist with the development of a Special Education program for The School of the Nations, an international School based in Macau, China. In the summer of 2013 I was trained with the company Education Unlimited to work at Stanford summer camps where children and pre-teens were trained in a variety of skills to help prepare them in their academic pathway. I am a believer that kids are like gems of inestimable value; ignored and neglected they become dim but with care and polishing they can shine and illuminate.


Sierra B.

Hi, I’m Sierra! I am currently in my fifth year in the Masters of Arts in Teaching in Special Education at James Madison University. My studies have focused on both Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language since my first year. I have had numerous opportunities in schools working with children and am currently finishing up my last semester of student teaching in an elementary school near JMU. I love working with children and have done so for the past eight years. Children bring a lot of joy to my life and I love spending time both teaching and learning from them. I started working with children as a childcare counselor and children’s ski Instructor at the Tree House at Wintergreen Ski Resort. Between ski seasons, I also babysat and nannied for several families in the Crozet area. I have experience working with both children with and without special needs. At JMU I am currently a big sister to an eight year-old boy through Big Sisters Big Brothers and spend time volunteering with Special Olympics and the Salvation Army whenever I can. In my free time I enjoy skiing and snowboarding, spending time with friends, and hiking with my very energetic puppy, Stella! 


Kathryn M. 

I am a Charlottesville local who loves working with kids. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology, then attended Mary Baldwin College to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching. I taught kindergarten and first grade for Albemarle County Public Schools before transitioning to private tutoring. In addition, I am one of eleven grandkids and have spent many years taking care of kids at the pool. Currently,  I am also a swim coach for a high school swim team and local club team with swimmers ranging in age from 4 to 18.

I enjoy encouraging children to be creative and enthusiastic about their passions. From babies to adolescents, I am able to build genuine and friendly relationships with kids. One of my favorite things about working with children is hearing their unfiltered and pure views of the world. As a nanny, I enjoy reading books, working on art projects, building forts, playing in the dirt, and tapping into my inner-child. In my spare time, you can find me stand-up paddleboarding, refurbing and upcycling furniture, and hiking with my adorable boxer, Auggie. I am CPR and first aid certified. 


Laura C.

I grew up in a family of nine in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. After I graduated with my Associates Degree in Music in 2012, I worked as a special needs caregiver and really fell in love with taking care of children. I studied abroad for a year in England where I spent my weekends babysitting a family with three children and spent a month as an Au Pair for two young children in Austria.

When I returned to the States I spent a year and a half nannying for three families at once.  There were nine children total, all between ages 1 and 9, and I interact with them in ways that exercised their creativity and imagination. I spent a lot of time planning projects and games and helping them to plan projects that they thought of on their own. Blanket forts, lego creations, finger puppets, coloring, and all kinds of crafts are just a few examples.  I also volunteer babysat six adorable foster children from my church on the weekends. 

Since transferring to UVA in 2013, I have been babysitting and working in two child development labs part-time while finishing my undergraduate degree in psychology.  I am a recent UVA graduate and look forward to having more time to devote to research and more one-on-one time with children.


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Liz K.

I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Virginia and currently work as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the UVa Hospital. I started babysitting in my early teens and have worked with children of all ages, including co-teaching a Sunday School class of first graders. I have lived in Charlottesville for just about 10 years and in my spare time can be found running around town, coaching at a local fitness studio, volunteering with the Junior League, or just about anything out and about in nature.  I look forward to meeting your family! 


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Sarah P. 

Hello, my name is Sarah. I currently work for The First Tee, a non-profit that teaches nine core values through the game of golf to the kids in the Charlottesville area. I have babysat since the age of 13, for children ages 4 months to 14 years old. I went to college in Charlotte, North Carolina where I babysat local kids about 4 evenings a week. After college I worked for the Carolina Panthers in the Community Relations Department. In my free time I enjoy watching and playing different sports, traveling the world and volunteering with other youth serving non-profits. I am CPR certified and excited to meet your family!


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Noelle V.

Hello, my name is Noelle! I grew up in Tampa, Florida where babysitting for family members and neighbors was something I enjoyed doing regularly, which is definitely why I always sought out babysitting opportunities in each of the cities I moved to through my educational and professional career. I am excited to play board games, sing songs, and construct creative crafts with children through the Local Nanny Network. I look forward to meeting you and your family!


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Mary Grace

Hello! I'm Mary Grace, and I'm a third year nursing student at University of Virginia. I have a strong background in childcare through nursing, as well as babysitting for over a decade. I have five years of experience as a camp counselor at a summer camp that I stay at for twelve weeks each summer. I have childcare experience with children of all ages from infants to teenagers!  I love the positivity and energy that kids bring into the world, and I believe that it is extremely important for kids to find time to go outside and enjoy nature in a day and age so focused on technology. I hope to work with your children soon!


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Nina Z.

Hi! I am currently a 2nd year at the UVA School of Nursing. My dad was in the Air Force so I have lived all over the country, but have finally settled in Virginia. I have a lot of experience working with kids and find it to be one of the most rewarding positions. I love children of all ages, and have babysat kids from ages 2 and up for many years. This past summer I had an amazing opportunity, as a nanny, caring for a newborn baby with special needs. In my spare time, I love to cook, do yoga, watch movies, and travel. I am excited to be a part of the Local Nanny Network and look forward to working with you and your children!  

Tassia A.

Since the age of 13, I have worked with children of all ages under several different organizations (from 4-H, Boys and Girls Club of America, and even orphanages). I have over eight years of experience working for licensed child care centers and after school facilities. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with credits in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my years of working with children I have cared for children with many varying mental health disorders.

I love planning activities based on each individual child's interest whether it be space, dinosaurs, or Australia. I have lived all over the world from Brazil, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Poland, Costa Rica and more and love sharing cultures, languages, and traditional games. Most importantly, I love to have fun and know your children are going to have so much fun too!


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Devon M.

I am currently in my fifth year at James Madison University working on my masters degree in elementary education. I have seven years of child care experience with ages ranging from 6 months to 12 years old. I have been a camp counselor in Charlottesville for the past 5 summers and worked as the lead preschool counselor for the last 3 years. I am CPR and first aid certified. I am so excited for my future as a teacher and I cannot wait to have my own classroom! In my free time I love hiking, baking, crafting, reading, and playing with my two beagles, Bella and Lilly.


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Emily M.

Hello! My name is Emily. I have been working with children since 2012 as a teacher, tutor and nanny. I have experience with caring for infants to high schoolers. Most recently I have been nannying for siblings ages 3 and 1. I also occasionally watch my sister’s 4-year-old twins who are obsessed with building forts and playing pirates. As a nanny, I always strive to create a safe and fun environment for the children I care for.

I am a transplant from California and have lived in Charlottesville for three years with my husband and our dog Runner. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and am currently pursuing my Masters in Social Work through Virginia Commonwealth University. I enjoy providing creative activities for any age group and I believe that play should foster imagination and social skills.


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Lynne H.

Hi, I'm Lynne! I have been working with children for over fifteen years. I started as a babysitter, became a nanny during summers in between college, and I am now on my ninth year of teaching in Charlottesville as a Reading Specialist.  I worked as a nanny for several summers and have outstanding references. I started my teaching career as a special education teacher and switched to a reading specialist position in 2012. I have experience with children with disabilities, refugee and ESL children, and children of all ages. Additionally, I previously taught swim lessons to children ages two to thirteen and was the Director of Activities at a private pool in New Jersey. I am very responsible, creative, nurturing and I love children. My Bachelor's Degree is in elementary and special education from St. Bonaventure University. I continued my studies at SBU and received my Master’s Degree in childhood literacy. I am CPR and First Aid certified. I have been a nanny for the Local Nanny Network since the company started, and love providing childcare for families in Charlottesville. Outside of teaching and babysitting, I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time with my husband and my very energetic, sweet one year old son!


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Taylor S. 

I am currently a nanny to two boys in Fluvanna. After graduating high school in 2015 I decided to pursue my education at Christopher Newport University. I completed one semester of child development courses and then returned home to Charlottesville to attend Piedmont and further my education closer to home. After completing my second semester of college I decided to take a break from school and get hands on experience doing what I love. At that time I became a nanny to a wonderful girl (11) and then the following year began watching two more girls (2 and 4) and one boy (5). I now have two boys that I take care of (5 and 6) whom I babysat for for 2 years prior to becoming their full-time nanny. One of the children I watch is severely autistic and non-verbal which was a struggle at first mainly for communication purposes. I realized I needed more training in order to best meet his needs and started one on one training home therapy sessions with therapists from his school, VIA (Virginia Institute of Autism). I plan to switch gears from a teaching degree, which I had originally planned on obtaining, and instead pursue a degree that will allow me to help children with special needs. My mother has been a teacher for the entirety of my life, and a career in childcare/development has been a passion of mine since high school. I'm so excited to get to know more children as well as the different ways that I can meet each child's individual needs! 


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Mikaela  

Hello, my name is Mikaela.  I am from Charlottesville and am currently in my third year at the University of Virginia, studying biomedical engineering. Growing up with a younger sister, I have always loved taking care of others. I started babysitting at age 14 for local families and also began helping with the children's ministry at Portico Church.  The past three summers I had the privilege of and truly enjoyed working with children ages 6 through 11 at an overnight camp in Missouri. I love spending time with children, I especially enjoy watching how readily they share their joy and excitement for the simplest things. I am CPR and First Aid certified.  My free time is best spent with friends, going on hikes, cheering on the Hoos or spending time with my family.after being a preschool teacher that nannying was what I truly loved to do. Nannying has been very rewarding in the sense of being able to watch children grow over a long period of time and being able to build connections that will last a lifetime. I recently moved to Charlottesville from Boston to further my nannying life and am now working with three children ages 7, 4 and 1. I am comfortable with children of all ages, but my favorite is working with children under the age of 2. I am CPR certified and put safety and fun above all when working with kids! In my free time I enjoy staying active, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, spending time at the beach, and most of all being with my friends and family!


Joanna W.

For the past thirteen years I have been surrounded by children. I am the oldest of five siblings and at the age of twelve years old I started babysitting children in my neighborhood. While attending college, I took a nanny position looking after three year old twins. They lit up my life! Four years later, I relocated to a different town and there's not a day that goes by that I do not think of them. The twins and my siblings taught me that this statement is more than true, “children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work!”  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and I am CPR certified.  I enjoy yoga, Disney movies, reading, and playing with my dog.


Julia R.

I have been involved with childcare since for over ten years. I began babysitting at age 15, and helped with the church nursery during high school. I grew up in Charlottesville and moved back after I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I spent a year tutoring elementary school children in a low-income housing neighborhood in Fredericksburg, and also spent a summer home from college nannying for a family with three children. I have experience caring for children in the age range of newborn to pre-teen. My favorite activities with kids are ones that allow the children to express their creativity and use their imagination!


Courtney S.

Hi, I’m Courtney. I am in my fourth year of teaching fourth grade in Louisa County. Prior to becoming a teacher, I obtained both my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at James Madison University. While in college I was a camp counselor back home in Hanover County during the summers. At camp I worked with all the children, as well as spent two summers being an aide for a child with special needs, and I was the supervisor of the camp my last summer. I love interacting with kids whether it’s in the classroom, on the playground, or at a park. I am so excited to be joining Local Nanny Network and I can’t wait to work with you and your family!


Becky D.

I lived with my family in Germany for about 5 years and now have lived in Charlottesville for 7 years.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  I have been babysitting for over 10 years and now work at a childcare facility full time teaching Pre-K.  I really enjoy coming up with crafts and projects for the children to enjoy and learn. I have a lot of experience working with children aging from infants (newborns) to middle school. In my free time I like to read, play board games and I love to bake! 


Sydney L.

I am currently a sophomore at Liberty University double majoring in Psychology and Studio Art, I would like to pursue a career in Art Therapy. I grew up in Greene County, Virginia which is just north of Charlottesville. I have been working with children for about six years, from newborns to middle schoolers. In 2016, I worked at a childcare center as a teacher assistant with 2 and 3-year old’s. My favorite part about caring for children is watching them learn new things and explore the world around them.  Kids are so creative and fun so I love to do crafts and games with them to see what they come up with. When I am not working with children or concentrating on school I love to read, paint, draw and spend time with friends and family. 


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Morgan L.

I am currently a junior at James Madison University, and I am studying Health Sciences with a concentration in public health. I have been working with children for about seven years, from newborns to 12 year olds. I also have experience with twins. Most of the families I have babysat for I have met through my church or through a reference. One of my favorite parts about babysitting is forming relationships with the families in my community, and being able to watch their children grow over the years. I love working with kids and being around their energetic personalities and love for life. When I am not with kids or working. I love working out, spending time outdoors and being with friends and family. I can't wait to meet your kids and work with your family. 


Brittany B.

Hi, my name is Brittany! My peers would describe me as energetic, caring, and easy-going. I have eleven years of childcare experience, mostly with newborns to four years olds. I started as a two year old teacher when I was 16 and after high school I worked at a summer camp where I was the children's camp director for four years. 

During those four years I was also a children's director at a local church overseeing infants to fifth grade. I moved to New York City and was able to nanny for a newborn for almost a year. It is my greatest passion to give children a safe and fun space to create, play, and grow. Needless to say I love what I do. I can't wait to meet you and connect with your little ones!


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Melissa R.

Hi, I'm Melissa! I have always been passionate about working with little ones and I currently work as a pediatric nurse at UVA Children's Hospital. I have experience with children of all ages and worked as a babysitter/nanny for families around Charlottesville throughout college. Through this as well as through my nursing training I have experienced caring for all different types of children including newborns, infants, children with special needs, and school-aged children, and am CPR certified. I also used to work as a summer camp counselor and as a kid at heart myself I just absolutely love providing fun, safe environments for kids to unleash their energy and creativity and simply have fun! I'm looking forward to meeting you and your family and helping your special event run smoothly by making sure the kids have a great time too!


Courtney L.

My love for working with children started with my first missions trip to Honduras. After teaching and working with the children there in the local villages and schools, I returned with a passion to teach and work with kids. I interned and student taught in a school here in Charlottesville for about four years. During this time I also volunteered at my church with their various children’s programs such as VBS, upwards basketball, teaching Sunday school and so on. Having grown up in Charlottesville, I also started babysitting during my high school years for many different families and have continued in that ever since. I love working with kids and it has been a passion of mine for many years now. Since my first trip to Honduras I have also been to Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Helping children in other countries is something I love doing and am continually blessed by. I can not wait to work with you and your children too!


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Victoria H.

My name is Victoria and I'm a 2017 UVA graduate. I loved Charlottesville enough that I decided to stick around! I've been babysitting since my early teens and have spent several summers at camps with kids from elementary through high school. I love spending time with the little ones! In my spare time I love to dance, cook, do yoga, and read Stephen King.


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Kyra S.

Hi, I’m Kyra! I am currently a freshman at James Madison University. I am a double major in intelligence analysis and computer information systems. I grew up in Greene County, Virginia which is just north of Charlottesville. I started babysitting for families in my neighborhood when I was 13. Last summer I care for two families, one with children of the ages 8, 10, and 12 and the other with children of the ages 3 months, 6, and 10. I love caring for kids and have a huge love for crafts. I can’t wait to meet you and you children!