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May 2007

I can highly recommend Clelie Bourne as a nanny and childcare provider. Clelie first kept my oldest child in 2002 when he was nine months old and I had to be out of town. She also helped with my second child (and four year old) when he was a newborn for four weeks in February 2006. I have had her care for my children during the week and on weekends when she has been available.

She is wonderful with both of my children. She is extremely knowledgeable about children and has a wonderful rapport with them. Clelie is so experienced and such a calm influence. She was also a tremendous help to me when I had my second child – just in reassuring me when things were a little hairy. She is a consummate professional – punctual and hard working – but she is also a very warm and loving person. When I leave my children with Clelie, I know they will be on my schedule and adhering to my rules. It is so nice to have someone that I can leave them with and then not think about it when I am out and about. I know they are safe and cared for as though I was there.

Both of my children love her, and my husband and I both hold her in the highest regard. Choosing someone to care for your children is a very important decision and not one to be made lightly. Clelie is a wonderful choice. She is absolutely trustworthy, intelligent, experienced and a warm and caring person.

Laura Lee B.

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February 2005

To Whom It May Concern:

As a professional nanny and babynurse for 18 years, it never occurred to me that when my son was born, I would have need for my own babynurse. But when his extremely difficult birth and ensuing birth injury which caused permanent paralysis combined with his acid reflux caused me to be much more tired and worn out than I had anticipated while pregnant, I was thrilled when my friend Clelie offered to come be my baby nurse for two weeks.

Clelie came to stay with us when my son Hunter was about 6 weeks old. Her experience, quiet calm and confidence were just what I needed. As a baby nurse, I never question my decisions. As a mom, I questioned every one of them, and it was so nice to have a professional whose experience and knowledge I trusted there to bounce things off of when I felt unsure. Clelie freely shared her opinion when asked, but was always polite about it, never pushy, and was always willing to discuss other options. She was helpful, and yet willing to learn along side me as we went through trial and error finding the best way to manage my son’s reflux. She was also extremely careful in her handling of him and listened closely to the instructions for caring for his disabled arm.

I have known Clelie for several years, and yet was still impressed with her careful handling of my son and her willingness to share her experience with me. I was a little nervous about having a peer in my home under these circumstances, but Clelie handled it with grace, courtesy, and respect.

Hunter quickly took to Clelie as she cared for him, and she was there to share some of his first smiles and laughs with all of us.

With Clelie’s help those two weeks, I was finally able to turn the corner in my own recovery from Hunter’s birth, as well as come to an emotional point of being more able to handle his disability. She was always thoughtful and never intrusive on my relationship with my son, yet always managed to be right there when I needed her. It truly was exactly what I needed at just the right time.

I will be forever thankful for the two weeks that Clelie shared with our family. It made all the difference in the world, and I have already told her the next time I am pregnant, I am reserving my spot on her calendar.

Tonya S.

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June 20, 2006

As a first time mother with absolutely no experience, the “temporary nanny” was the best welcome home gift that I could ask for! Clelie stayed for the first 10 days after my baby boy was born to teach me all of the basics from how to change (my first) diapers to how and why to swaddle my newborn. I learned many other essentials like how to pack the perfect diaper bag and how to make a proper bottle. Clelie also helped to relieve many of my first time mom jitters and gave me some much needed rest during those first 10 nights.

My baby is now 4 and 1/2 months, and I often think back to all of the helpful tips that Clelie gave me and my husband.

Thank you temporary nanny for passing down all of your wisdom to my family.

Nicole D. (and baby Blake)

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12 September 2003

I am happy to recommend Clelie Bourne as a nanny to anyone! She stayed with us for six weeks, helping me and my husband learn how to take care of our first child. The first few weeks were a difficult transition period for me, and Clelie was wonderful—the perfect combination of cheerleader, teacher, sounding board and moral support. She taught us all the basics about caring for our baby, and in addition provided a whole grab bag of strategies for dealing with a fussy baby, including the important lesson that “babies cry, and it’s not your fault”!

Like many new mothers, I was extremely nervous about my own abilities, but Clelie was always there to reassure me, and endlessly patient in answering my questions (no matter how many times I asked the same thing!). When I needed to get away and take a mental break, I knew I could count on her and be certain that my baby was receiving excellent care in my absence. Many times Clelie went above and beyond the call in helping me; she was consistently willing to be flexible and adapt to our changing schedules.

In addition to proving excellent baby care and mental coaching, Clelie was always ready to answer questions and offer opinions about future childcare and development issues. I was thrilled to have such a wealth of experience and knowledge available to me, and I believe anyone with a new baby would benefit from her presence.

Elizabeth L.

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August 25, 2006

My family and I got to know Clelie Bourne during the course of our annual summer vacation in the US this August. We live in Athens, Greece and spent almost three weeks in Greenwich, CT. Clelie took care of our two girls aged 13 months and 4 years and helped out with our 18 month old nephew. She is a delightful person, always cheerful and extremely helpful. She easily adapted to our extended family, about fifteen of us from all over the world, all here for our annual family gathering. Clelie was full of fun and interesting activities for the kids, entertaining them for hours both quietly inside as well as more rambunctiously outside. She planned day trips for the kids to places of interest in our area, including the aquarium, a petting farm, museums, the park and playground and the beach. I feel that my kids ended up having a vacation that was both fun and educational. As an added bonus, Clelie’s help made it possible for us to truly have a restful vacation without worrying that we were neglecting the kids. We will be keeping in touch with Clelie and will certainly be asking her to stay with us again on our next trip to the US.

I would be more than happy to let you know more about my experience and answer any questions you may have.

Lara B.

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Clelie Bourne provided overnight care of our second child during a 6-week period in late 2006. We never had a nanny with our oldest daughter, and had some reservations about someone else watching our baby overnight. We interviewed several nannies, and our reservations subsided when we met Clelie.

We could not have been more pleased with Clelie’s approach to infant care. Her knowledge of newborn care is vast, and her demeanor with our daughter was affectionate as well as efficient. She was able to work with us in encouraging our baby to sleep longer and longer throughout the night. She shared a lot of good tips with us, and I especially appreciated her attention to detail when it came to recording our daughters feeding and sleeping habits.

Clelie was always on time, always dependable, and was able to assimilate into our household immediately. She was able to make us comfortable right away, and my husband and I both slept very soundly through the nights that she was on duty! Thank you Clelie for a job well done!

Rebecca R.

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March 3, 2003

I am writing in regard to Ms. Clelie Bourne, “The Temporary Nanny”. She helped us care for our son, Elliott, in December of 2002 and also in January 2003. She took excellent care of him. She was always in a good mood and very willing to do whatever we asked of her. We felt comfortable leaving Elliott with her. She is extremely professional and prompt and always smiling. I would recommend her highly to anyone who is looking for excellent care for his or her child.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Q.

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October 5, 2002

Clelie Bourne, the Temporary Nanny, came to help me with night duty when my triplets were two weeks old. Clelie lived in our home for five days and easily took over all the nighttime feedings which allowed me to get some much needed rest. Clelie was so efficient and competent that my “Mommy radar”, which normally is on high alert to the sound of any baby squeak, actually took a few nights off and I was able to rest peacefully without having one ear open for babies.

In matters regarding baby care, Clelie was understanding and accepting of my parenting style. She was encouraging and positive which helped to enhance my feelings of competence in dealing with the needs of three babies. Clelie offered helpful suggestions and she was never critical or judgmental about my parenting decisions. Clelie assumed her night duty role eagerly and with only the briefest orientation. Clelie documented each baby’s nighttime feeding activity so that in the morning, I had only to read her know what to expect for the morning feedings.

In addition to her competence with the babies, Clelie was a very easy house guest. She adapted quickly with self-sufficiency, to our “help yourself” attitude in the kitchen for meals and snacks. Though only hired to work the 8 hour night shift, Clelie was always willing to pitch in during the day if necessary. Clelie is easy to talk to, work with, and live with.

By the time Clelie left, I felt spoiled, but I also felt rested, organized, and ready to take on night duty myself. I recommend that any parent of multiples consider the services offered by Clelie Bourne. You deserve to be spoiled, so let Clelie help you.

Sincerely,
Terri P. (mother of 5)

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May 31, 2002

My name is Mims Driscoll and I am a mother of four children under the age of seven. Clelie Bourne came into our lives in the beginning of May in the year 2002, she came to assist us during a very difficult time and with her guidance and care our family flourished. We had just moved from one state to another, lost our nanny who had been with us fourteen months, and hired a nanny which ended up being the worst experience that we have had after seven years of employing nannies. Enter Clelie.

Her expertise was just what we needed; not only did she help get the children back into more of a routine (with an ease and patience and serenity) but she also used her skills as a consultant to help me in my search for a new nanny. She has an ability to come into a scene that is somewhat in chaos and bring order to it. I have no doubt of her abilities to assess each of her different assignments and see what needs to be done and do it with class and style.

Our children really benefited from her care; she is firm but loving, she can have tons of fun with them while keeping their behavior in line with what is expected of them. Our two/almost three year old has changed to the point where others have even noticed — Clelie gave me some advice and helped me implement it, through the consistency of having these new boundaries our little son is much happier and so are we.

Whether you are looking to hire her for a weekend, a month, overnights, weekends away, trips with the children – I can fully recommend Clelie Bourne. She will do the job and do it well.

Mims D.

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May 28, 2002

If you read no further then this initial paragraph, then please note – Clelie was an exceptional addition to our family during a stressful childcare transition. She is wonderful, loving and fantastic at what she does – taking care of children!

Clelie and I met on the Internet during my pursuit of a full time nanny. As a family, with our second son soon to arrive we decided to hire a nanny. Our experience failed when our first nanny moved in on a Saturday and we had to release her from our employ on Friday. We now found ourselves with a newborn and a 3 year old who was only in pre-school three days a week. My husband and I both have more than full time positions.

Enter Clelie – for six weeks so that I could go back to work, and as we waited for an AuPair to arrive from South Africa.

From the evening she arrived, I knew I could trust Clelie with my new baby as well as my older son. I only spent half a morning orienting her to my home and the children’s schedules/routines. From there, she took over the morning and daytime childcare responsibilities.

Clelie is warm and approachable. My children oriented to her quickly. She is also competent, responsible, creative and fun. She easily moved my newborn onto bottles and engaged our three year old in fun and imaginative play activities. There was no problem keeping the television off – Clelie played music, sang songs and entertained with play.

We also found Clelie easy to live with – she assisted us at meal time, kept our home neat and orderly and supported our evening and weekend time with the appropriate level of privacy and contribution. We permitted Clelie to drive our minivan as our background check identified an excellent driving history with no violations.

My husband and I highly recommend Clelie for the role of your temporary Nanny. She is exceptional in her ability to care for infants and children. We plan to work with Clelie again to care for our boys when we take vacations.

Please feel free to contact me via phone or via email if I can be of further assistance to you in your reference check.

Stephanie B.

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February 13, 2002

I am the mother of five month old triplets. My husband and I decided soon after the babies returned home from the neonatal intensive care unit that we needed help with our babies, especially during the night. After interviewing Clelie Bourne, we decided she met the needs of our family. She began helping us part-time in November 2001, several days a week, working from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Her primary responsibility was to help care for our two daughters and son. She helped with feedings, changing diapers, and general baby care. Oh, how we looked forward to the nights she helped so we could get some rest!

There have been occasions that she babysat for us. We felt extremely comfortable with her caring for the babies by herself. We highly recommend Clelie. She not only allowed us to get some rest, but gave us helpful suggestions in establishing a routine. The babies began sleeping through the night at four months old.

Clelie is an experienced, responsible, and loving nanny who we have thoroughly enjoyed having in our home.

— Joy & John O.

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January 11, 2002

Clelie Bourne worked on a temporary basis for me for a three-week period around the holidays this past year. She lived-in with my family and took care of my 26 month old son while my husband and I worked during the week. Not only is she very pleasant, straight-forward, energetic, and responsible, but also she handled herself well in minor emergency situations taking one of our dogs to the vet to get stitches.

She took a rapid interest in getting to know her surroundings and quickly found fun, educational activities that entertained my son. She made extra efforts to follow our instructions and also took initiative with getting my son to eat vegetables.

Clelie quickly developed a rapport with my son and took a no-nonsense approach to supervising him. She is a mature, responsible individual with deep intelligence and understanding of young children. I recommend her as a child care provider.

-Lorre J.

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“Please consider this letter of recommendation for our nanny, Miss Clelie Bourne. Miss Bourne has been the nanny to our four children (ages 6, 4, 3 and 2) since March of 1999. She has worked two mornings per week on a regular basis plus an occasional extra day or weekend overnight. Not a single time has Clelie called in sick or failed to show up. More importantly, she has been a very positive, Christian influence to our children in the time she’s been with us. Clelie has been very helpful with maintaining the discipline we strive for while at the same time keeping a very loving and affectionate nature. As the children’s minister in her church, she has also included our children in her church activities exclusive of the work she does for us. I am very happy to recommend Miss Bourne to anyone needing a competent responsible caregiver.

– Joseph E. S.

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Clelie Bourne has been our babysitter/temporary nanny for over a year now. She is responsible, caring and truly enjoys young children. Our daughters, 8 and 3, are extremely energetic and a bit headstrong. Clelie can keep them in line and have fun at the same time. She gives both girls attention by organizing projects that make each feel special. She is truthful about their behavior and forthcoming with any problems. She has the experience to handle all types of situations and she has shared with me good, practical advice on parenting. Her tips come from years of active participation, not textbook cases.

Clelie is consistent in her expectations and honest about her own capabilities. She instinctively knows when to think like a child and when to act like an adult. She prefers outside games and story books to TV or videos. She’d rather sit on the floor and play checkers than talk on the phone. Her positive attitude and energy are constant, even after a long day.

Clelie is resourceful. She knows where to get help and when to make a phone call. She follows directions. She is always on time and keeps her appointment calendar current. In essence, she is who we trust to care for our children whether we are next door for dinner or out of town for the weekend. We don’t know what we’d do without her.

– Maggie & Bruce McE.

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REFERENCE EXCERPTS

I can highly recommend Clelie Bourne for whatever child care needs you may have… I felt completely comfortable flying off and leaving my son with Clelie… She is very dependable, responsible, loving and just plain fun with children! When we got back from our trip, our son greeted us with a smile and there was no upheaval in his schedule at all. We only wish Clelie was available more often, because now I have a hard time trusting anyone else with our son!

A satisfied mom

 

My family and I got to know Clelie Bourne during the course of our annual summer vacation in the US this August. We live in Athens, Greece and spent almost three weeks in Greenwich, CT. Clelie took care of our two girls aged 13 months and 4 years and helped out with our 18 month old nephew. She is a delightful person, always cheerful and extremely helpful. She easily adapted to our extended family, about fifteen of us from all over the world, all here for our annual family gathering. Clelie was full of fun and interesting activities for the kids, entertaining them for hours both quietly inside as well as more rambunctiously outside. She planned day trips for the kids to places of interest in our area, including the aquarium, a petting farm, museums, the park and playground and the beach. I feel that my kids ended up having a vacation that was both fun and educational. As an added bonus, Clelie’s help made it possible for us to truly have a restful vacation without worrying that we were neglecting the kids. We will be keeping in touch with Clelie and will certainly be asking her to stay with us again on our next trip to the US.

A vacationing mom

 

As a professional nanny and babynurse for 18 years, it never occurred to me that when my son was born, I would have need for my own babynurse. But when his extremely difficult birth and ensuing birth injury which caused permanent paralysis combined with his acid reflux caused me to be much more tired and worn out than I had anticipated while pregnant, I was thrilled when my friend Clelie offered to come be my baby nurse for two weeks.

Clelie came to stay with us when my son Hunter was about 6 weeks old. Her experience, quiet calm and confidence were just what I needed. As a baby nurse, I never question my decisions. As a mom, I questioned every one of them, and it was so nice to have a professional whose experience and knowledge I trusted there to bounce things off of when I felt unsure. Clelie freely shared her opinion when asked, but was always polite about it, never pushy, and was always willing to discuss other options. She was helpful, and yet willing to learn along side me as we went through trial and error finding the best way to manage my son’s reflux. She was also extremely careful in her handling of him and listened closely to the instructions for caring for his disabled arm.

A babynurse & mom of a newborn

 

Clelie Bourne provided overnight care of our second child during a 6-week period in late 2006…..

We could not have been more pleased with Clelie’s approach to infant care. Her knowledge of newborn care is vast, and her demeanor with our daughter was affectionate as well as efficient. She was able to work with us in encouraging our baby to sleep longer and longer throughout the night. She shared a lot of good tips with us, and I especially appreciated her attention to detail when it came to recording our daughters feeding and sleeping habits…

A newborn’s mom

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