Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.” (Author unknown)
Hello, my name is Caroline Evans and I help families flourish! I offer a range of services including parenting advice and support (covering a range of issues including sleep, feeding, weaning, behaviour) and I offer post natal care and support packages.
I have a special interest in infant feeding (breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning/nutrition), tongue tie, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), allergy and sleep. I also have a keen interest helping to support children's emotional well being and looking at what may be behind certain behaviours. As such, I spend a lot of time researching these areas
For over 20 years I have had the pleasure and privilege of building a career from a true passion of mine… families. I say families because to me working with babies and children is not just about childcare it is about supporting families in many different ways.
From my early experience in childcare, to the more recent years where I have specialised in Postnatal Care (Maternity Nursing) and troubleshooting I have been lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing families and have gained a wealth of experience from which I have learnt so much. This experienced was enriched when I become a mother myself.
In addition to my professional experience I have a CAP Petite Enfance (French early years diploma, similar to an BTEC/NNEB) and I am a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (www.iacsc.com).
I regularly invest my time in numerous Continued Professional Development courses (a detailed list can be found on my webiste) and conferences which increases my knowledge base and keeps it up to date. Knowledge in constantly evolving and everyone can always learn more!
I spend much of my time offering support and advice to families around the world through my remote consultancy service but still like to keep my hand in with home visits and occasional childcare or I would miss the little ones too much!
My knowledge and experience mean that I can help in a variety of ways. It may be that I can support you right from the start of your parenting journey, holding your hand and helping you create solid foundations so that your roller coaster of a journey (because being a parent always is) will feel less scary and have less glitches along the way. Or perhaps you are a parent that is struggling with certain issues in this case I can help you navigate this tricky time with love, care, reassurance and knowledge.
I am a firm believer in instinctive baby-led parenting. By this I do not mean that baby rules the roost, I mean that if we can get back to listening to parents instincts, learning to read babies cues and taking the time to listen to children when they are trying to communicate ,then many of the issues that parents encounter today could be avoided or easily resolved. I do not use a one way fixes all approach …every child is wonderfully unique.
I will make no promises to have your baby sleeping through in x days or to cure your child’s feeding issue overnight. I will not give you unrealistic promises or try to make you feel inadequate. However I will promise that I will listen to your concerns and needs, then draw upon my wealth of knowledge and experience to offer advice and find methods that will work for your child and for your family as a whole, and throughout I will be there to offer moral support if need be! Good communication is key and as a family you must feel that you can be completely open with any thoughts or questions that you may have with the advice I offer you. As parents you know your children better than anyone and I always welcome your feedback.
Should you wish to get in touch to chat about what you need support with and how I may be able to help then I look forward to speaking with you.
“It is not only Caroline’s knowledge and experience that makes her so amazing. She is also incredibly kind, caring and compassionate and always goes above and beyond to be of help. Her words of encouragement and support have given me the confidence and self-belief to be the mother I am today. Both my husband and I owe Caroline a huge depth of gratitude.”
Below I have added a list of some of the areas where I can offer advice and support:
> Preparing for the arrival of your new baby
> The first days at home with your new baby
> Helping siblings adjust to the arrival of a new baby (Parents too in some cases!)
> Feeding your baby – making an informed choice
> Breastfeeding advice and support
> Post Natal Depression
> Advice on creating a flexible routine for your baby and your family
> Weaning, both traditional and “baby led” – including healthy menu plans for toddlers, children and those with specific dietary requirements
> Potty training
> Sleep issues in babies, toddlers and children
> Feeding issues in babies, toddlers and children
> Helping children and their families with behavioural issues
> Sibling rivalry
> Finding a childcare solution that works for your family
> Settling in a Nanny or Au pair
And much, much more!
CAP Petite Enfance (French early years qualification, equivalent to NNEB)
NEST certificate in Post Natal Care
BRTP professional training in: Infant Sleep, Reflux and Early Allergy, Post Natal Depression, Birth Trauma.
NEST certificate in Breastfeeding
BRTP professional training : Breastfeeding
Montessori 0-3yrs training.
DDSP Child Development
NHS/UNICEF Breastfeeding training.
Paediatric First Aid
BA Honours History and American Studies
Member of is IACSC
Bespoke Parenting Support
If you are reading this, it is likely because you are searching for some support. You may not know what shape or form you need this to take, but you might feel that you need to reach out for some guidance, or simply for someone to just listen and reassure you.
I spend much of my time offering support and advice to families around the world through my bespoke remote consultancy service. Despite this being a key service I provide, I still like to undertake home visits and occasional childcare or I would miss the little ones too much!
My knowledge and experience mean that I can provide help in a variety of ways. It may be that I can support you right from the start of your parenting journey; holding your hand and helping you create solid foundations so that your roller coaster of a journey (because being a parent always is) will feel less scary and have fewer glitches along the way. Or perhaps you are a parent that is struggling with certain issues? In this case, I can help you navigate this tricky time with love, care, reassurance and knowledge.
I am often asked what my 'approach' is what 'methods' I advocate, the simple answer is I am an advocate of pick and mix parenting (and that doesn't mean giving your little ones lots of sweets!!). I truly believe that we are all different and no one thing can work for every human being, so I will never be 100% Montessori, or suggest you only follow the works of Pickler, instead I will educate myself as much as possible to have a depth of knowledge to share with you. This, coupled with my experience, will help me to help you find what works for you and your family - which may not be the same mix as for your neighbour, friend or relative.
I am a firm believer in instinctive baby/child-led parenting. By this, I do not mean that the child rules the roost. If we can get back to listening to parental instincts and learning to read babies cues or by taking the time to listen to children when they are trying to communicate, then many of the issues that parents often encounter could be avoided or easily resolved. I do not use a 'one size fits all' approach… every child is wonderfully unique.
I will make no promises to have your baby sleeping through the night in X amount of days or to cure your child’s feeding issue overnight. I will not give you unrealistic promises or try to make you feel inadequate. What I will do however, is promise that I will listen to your concerns and needs and draw upon my wealth of knowledge and experience to offer advice. Together we will find methods that will work for your child and for your family as a whole, and throughout I will be there to offer moral support if need be.
I work closely with other professionals, so that I have a network of colleagues to refer to if something is outside my remit, or requires more specialised support.
Good communication is key and as a family, you must feel that you can be completely open with any thoughts or questions that you may have with the advice I offer you. As parents you know your children better than anyone and I always welcome your feedback.
Should you wish to get in touch to chat about what you need support with and how I may be able to help, then I look forward to speaking with you.
COST : Fees available on request
Post Natal Care
Newborn care and support packages.
“I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.” (Vincent Van Gogh)
There is little more wonderful, scarier or more utterly exhausting than bringing a new life into this world. Every time I am able to be a part of this experience with a family I feel blessed.
My role as a maternity nurse (non-medical) is multifaceted, but I aim to calmly and gently help and guide parents through those first precious hours, days and weeks of their new baby’s life so that by the time I leave, parents are feeling confident, reassured and hopefully a little bit rested!
Traditionally the role of a non-medical maternity nurse is to live in with the family for a period of time after the birth of their baby. This is usually for a certain number of days per week in the weeks that follow the birth. Personally, I try to tailor what I can offer to the needs of the family, making sure that I am taking into consideration the needs of all those concerned (including my own, as the last thing any family needs is an overstretched Maternity Nurse!).
I took a break from in-house maternity nursing roles following the birth of my son 7 years ago, and now I will only consider shorter term roles. Please do get in touch to discuss your needs and even if I am unable to help personally, I may be able to recommend someone who can.
“It is difficult to sum up in words Caroline’s unique personal qualities, her wealth of experience and natural gift with babies and children. Instead, I look at our gorgeous baby daughter, who has happily settled into life with a gentle routine, knowing that her parents can now understand and respond to her cues. The happiness of our little baby bears testament to all Caroline’s hard work, patience and experience. Caroline has helped to give our little girl the very best start in life and eased our transition from being a couple to a new family in the smoothest way imaginable. For this, we will always be extremely grateful.” Mrs C
COST : Fees available on request