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Q & A | Cayman’s Super Nannies 2020


Ann-Marie Whyte

Ann-Marie has been with her family for six years and takes care of three children, aged 8, 13 and 15.

What is the funniest thing one of the children has said to you or done?
The youngest often asks me to walk her to shower time while she stands on my feet. It always makes me laugh!

Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island?
The kids always love to play at Dart Park after school. We also go to Pedro’s Castle and we have a great park at the end of the road to ride scooters and play basketball.

If you could invite a celebrity and their young child for a playdate who would it be and why?
I would love to invite Michelle Obama for a playdate with her two daughters, even though they are now teenagers. I think she is a great inspiration to African-American families and her girls seem very grounded and smart.

What do you enjoy most about working in Cayman?
I love meeting kids from all different backgrounds and cultures and watching them play together happily without boundaries.

If you could take the children anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to take them to Jamaica. I know they would greatly enjoy and benefit from the adventures they could have − from the mountains and rivers to the sea.

What is your opinion on tablet screen time – fine in moderation or a definite no?
Definitely no good for young brains! It takes away their imagination and the chance to play and experience fun with their friends.

What experience makes you a good nanny?
Being a mother and a grandmother! I’ve been through it all, nothing fazes me!


Karyn Lymbery

Karyn has been on the Island for 10 months and looks after 6 year old twins and a 10 year old. She is originally
from Australia.

What is the funniest thing one of the children has said to you or done?
Funny things happen every day with kids! Last week one of the twins said, “Who in their right mind would put kids to bed at this time, it’s still daylight outside?”. I told her to take it up with senior management – I just follow orders!

Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island?
The beach early in the day; there’s always lots to do and it exhausts the kids. The skills and learning acquired at the beach are endless. From working as a team collaborating, problem solving, maths, science, engineering and language all applied to just building a sandcastle or a hole in the sand!

What is your favourite children’s book to read?
Ooh too hard to choose just one! Anything by Roald Dahl. The older kids love The 13-Storey Treehouse series. The younger ones are into The Gruffalo, or just anything with humour. I’d also recommend books by the following authors: Mem Fox, A. A. Milne, Andy Griffiths, David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Paul Jennings and Anh Doh.

What do you enjoy most about working as a nanny in Cayman?
What’s not to like?! Great weather so you can be outdoors all the time! There are lots of physical activities here to keep the kids and adults active, involved and fit.

What makes a good nanny?
Being firm but fair, having a good sense of humour, honesty and a love of children are the key ingredients. Kids love boundaries, it makes them feel safe and they know what’s expected.

When you have time to relax, what is your favourite pastime?
Daily yoga at Bliss and swimming – we are surrounded by some amazing beaches. I also love travel as it opens our minds to what a diverse world we live in!


Lenie Joy Rosales

Lenie is from the Philippines and has been with her family for just over a year. She looks after an 18 month old girl.

Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island?
The best place to hang out with other kids is in Camana Bay right by the big fountain. They can run around and play in the fountain at the same time.

What do you enjoy most about working as a nanny in Cayman?
Getting paid to work on a tropical island, and the family that I work for have been so amazing to me.

If you could take the child you look after away anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I want to take her to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I know she would love it there because she is an animal lover.

What is your opinion on screen time – fine in moderation or a definite no?
Fine in moderation. I think it’s okay for kids to watch a little TV when things are under control.

What is the funniest thing the child you look after has said to you or done?
Once a friend of the little girl I look after gave her a cookie and I told her to give it back to him because it was almost lunch time. She took a BIG BITE from the cookie before she gave it back to him, which was very funny.

What experience or qualifications make you a good nanny?
I think the best qualification that makes me a good nanny is the fact that I am caring and nurturing. I learnt this through caring for my own child.

When you have time to relax, what is your favourite pastime?
My favorite pastime is cooking.


Letitia Eyles

British nanny, Letitia, looks after three children aged 3, 6 and 8. She has been in Cayman for three years.

Where is the best place to hang out with children on-Island?
We have many favourite places on the Island that we enjoy, which involve various activities ranging from snorkelling with turtles at Spotts beach to burning off some energy at the skate park. All three children have enjoyed making memories at Dart Park. We love to explore the natural area for mini beasts and creepy crawlies and have lots of fun searching for friendly hermit crabs.

What is your favourite children’s book?
I like to re-tell and adapt stories during our car journeys to and from school. I get requests for Handa’s Surprise, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood, and we put our very own positive spin on them all, using our imagination and creativity to enhance the story. Our stories are forever evolving.

If you could take the children anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to take the children on Safari to South Africa so they could see all the wild animals firsthand. I feel this adventure would be treasured by the whole family, and the children would be exposed to a wider understanding of our natural world.

What is your approach to managing screen time?
Without a doubt the new generation is much more tech savvy than I ever was; I find myself learning along with the children. We have allocated screen days and times, and we have made this agreement as a whole family, with the children included in the discussion.

What experience makes you a good nanny?
My years of experience in various childcare environments such as nurseries and schools has really helped broaden my knowledge and strengthened my skills with children. As a result I am able to support the children in my care both educationally and emotionally.


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