It's with great pleasure that the mini team introduce nanny Gemma a.k.a Jimjams. She’s a full-time Mary Poppins to a beautiful family with 4 children plus a cat and a big dog.
Gemma loves campervan camping and is a major foodie. She loves to dine out for inspiration to take back into her kitchen where she enjoys creating delicious and nutritious meals from scratch.
How did you get started with mini Nanny Agency?
It was fate meeting Michelle at a yoga and wellness centre in New Farm. Nannying sort of just made sense for me. Michelle and I connected straight away and had an amazing discussion about our passions.
I had 10 years of experience running salons and a photography studio which came out of a love of being around people and helping them feel beautiful in their own skin.
I have always enjoyed working with kids and making them laugh, entertaining them, and having fun. Meeting Michelle and nannying felt like it was all meant to be for me.
What is the day in the life of Nanny Jimjams?
I get up with the sun and am with the family for 6 am. School drop-offs and household duties are part of my morning routine. I make all meals from scratch, keep the house immaculate, and act as a personal assistant to the parents.
Breakfast has to be nourishing and slow-carb releasing as the kids have such big days! The breakfast winner at the moment is the “avocado smush.” It’s avo and feta on whole grain toast.
I braid the girls’ hair, tidy the kitchen and check to see that the kids' bed made. At 7:10 it’s a swift exit to the schools and pre-school sports activities! It’s a busy morning, but things start to slow down without the kids around so I do the cleaning, washing, errands and walk the dog.
What has been your favourite moment as a nanny?
I can’t get enough one on one time with each child. I love getting hugs and reading books together. The best moments are filled with affection and literally laughing till our bellies ache!
What has been your greatest challenge as a nanny?
For me, the most challenging thing about being a nanny is creating boundaries and knowing when to step back and when to jump in with both feet.
There’s a lot of learning to do about yourself in the nannying career just as there is to learn about kids and families which makes this role so much more rewarding.
What’s the best thing a parent has done to make you feel appreciated?
I got a phone call the other night from the kids screaming “love ya! Thank you for everything you do for us!” That was pretty cute! A quiet thank you is always much appreciated.
What’s the soundtrack to your life at the moment?
The kids and I love blasting the car stereo to Bruno Mars!
When you’re not on nanny duties, what inspires nanny Gemma?
My partner and I just bought a camper van, so it’s the gypsy life for me! We love Byron Bay and spend our weekends outside soaking in the ocean spray, paddle-boarding, and winding down the day eating the best slow cooked brisket!
I train at gym 4 days a week and love yoga and catch ups with friends over food, of course! I’m always keeping an eye out for new restaurants to try.
Best advice for new nannies?
A nanny has to understand different personalities in a family and finding the best way to meet everyone's needs to offer the best support.
I know with teenage boys it’s more of a stern approach. You need to treat them like men and give them that bit of autonomy that they crave. I am there to support them into becoming more independent. With the girls, it’s always more of a trade and compromising. Homework first and baking after.
With the parents, you need to be able to anticipate their needs to the best of your ability. Be the best support possible and go beyond to exceed their expectations.
What do you wish parents and outsiders looking in would understand about being a nanny and the nanny field in general?
The stereotype of the nanny life is that we just play with kids all day, but in reality, nannying requires a lot of emotional support to the parents, diplomacy, and patience.
There are days that are tough and mentally draining, but there more days that you feel like you made a difference than not. It's a lot of hard work, but it is definitely rewarding.
Since you're such a foodie, what are your favourite Brisbane restaurants and what should I order?
Depending on what you enjoy, Katrina, my fav restaurant in Brisbane is Survey Co in the city. Survey co is all about the fresh locally sourced produce and excellent service- the owner takes your order! It’s a little expensive, but it’s the best I have been too!
On a weekend, I love Miami Marketta. Marketta is like Eat Street markets but better! It’s full of cocktail bars and has a dance floor. Last weekend, I had the best damn chicken burger of my life!!
You can’t go wrong with Rouge in Newstead for brekkie dates and cute date nights. The pancakes are legendary!!