Meet the team

Meet the team

Lara Schoenfeld

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Mom of two boys, wife, Occupational Therapist and certified life coach. Lara started Nanny ‘n me in Cape Town in April 2012. She has a passion for creativity along with a love for little people and nannies. Out of her own experience of the struggle of being a working mom the idea of Nanny ‘n Me was born. She also realized that most nannies have never had the opportunity as children to paint or to build puzzles themselves and may feel reticent to have to initiate such activities with the child they care for. So she left her part time lecturing position at the Occupational Therapy Department at UCT and ploughed all of her energy into getting Nanny n Me going.

Christine Rebe

Christine was one of the former owners of a company called Super Nannies which specialised in the placement and training of domestic nannies. She had a wonderful nanny who was instrumental in her starting a business to empower nannies. She worked with autistic children prior to having her own. She is the mother of two, son aged 13 and daughter aged 10. As a toddler, her son was diagnosed with proprioceptive sensory disorder. This is when she was introduced to the benefits of OT and how it assisted his sensory development. Christine joined the Nanny ‘n Me team this year as facilitator and operations manager. She’s enjoying working with toddlers, babies and nannies again.

 

Wendy Baston

Wendy graduated as an Occupational Therapist from UCT in 2011. She then completed her Community service in 2012 in Dundee, KwaZulu Natal. Wendy has been working at Nanny ‘n Me since August 2013. She loves to work with children of all ages and growing alongside the special women who have the important job of being their nannies.

Hanmarie Kunneke

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Hanmarie has a B.Sc in Occupational Therapy and loves working with children and has a passion for developing people. She  worked at a Community Health Centre and an NGO in Khayelitsha for two years and then moved on to Nanny ‘n me – which she enjoys thoroughly! She has done a Basic Life Support course and  attends courses focusing on childhood development whenever she gets the chance. She lives in Somerset West with her husband and 6 month old daughter.

 

Zandile Mahola

Zandile started with Nanny n me in April 2016. She is a mother of two and stays in Khayelithsa with her family. She studied Early childhood development and has worked with children between the ages of 0 to 6 years for over 5 years in an NGO in the township. Her love for children grew when she had to raise her younger siblings at an early age. She looked after her epileptic brother and her sister who has an intellectual disability. She is now our workshop manager and doing a fantastic job of packing about 88 kits per week for all the groups. She sometimes facilitates groups when needed.

Amy Wright

Amy has a B.Sc in Occupational Therapy from UCT. After graduating in 2014 she worked in the communities and clinics in Kimberley, where she started developing a passion for empowerment through training and adult education. She loves children and works part time doing occupational therapy with foster children in Kayamandi and Khayelitsha. Amy loves working at Nanny ‘n Me and enjoys meeting and getting to know the amazing nannies and spending time with the adorable babies. She is married and lives in Plumstead with her husband and two very cute kitties.

Jill Gerber

Jill has been practicing as an occupational therapist for more than 20 years, working with children in the USA as well as South Africa.  She loves interacting with children, and  is a mom of two children. She also currently work in providing training and support to children with special learning needs part time and is thrilled to be part of the team at Nanny ‘n me.

Cara Smuts

Cara is an Occupational Therapist with a love for people and seeing them grow to their full potential. After working for a year in the Free State in 2015, she began running groups for Nanny ‘n Me in April 2016 and has never looked back.  She is passionate about empowering nannies and families to bring up children with the right tools to make a mark in the world. She sees potential for greatness in each child she meets!

Cath Innes

Cath graduated as an Occupational Therapist together with Lara in 2006 and after her Community Service year took an unconventional career journey involving care work, photography and social justice issues, and eventually landed up at Nanny ‘n Me in 2014. She loves children and feels she’s gaining daily insights into development as she watches her own two boys (Matthew, who’s two and a half, and Samuel, who’s 9 months) play and learn! Two of her favourite aspects of the groups are seeing how quickly the little ones grow and seeing how the groups empower the Nannies to learn about early development. It’s a privilege to see them both develop.

Charissa Wiehahn

Charissa graduated in 2011 from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She finished her Community Service in Clanwilliam and then spent two years working at Groote Schuur Hospital, specialising in adult spinal-, orthopaedic- and hand injuries. She serves with her husband at Jubilee Community Church in various ministries, especially with the youth, as her husband is the full-time youth pastor. Charissa is very passionate about empowering nannies and seeing nannies grow in their knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood Development. As she became an aunt at the early age of 10 she has always loved being around little kids and loves being able to do this every day. “Nanny ‘n Me has given me the opportunity to do a job that I love, I cannot wait to get to work every morning; that is truly special.”

Mary Lynne Stander

Mary graduated with a B. Occupational Therapy from Stellenbosch University in 2009. After her year of Community service she worked in private paediatric practice and various schools; during which time she completed her Sensory Integration training. Having happily worked with children for many years she now has the pleasure of being mother to a busy, happy little boy. Mary joined Nanny ‘n Me as she not only loves working with people, but also shares the vision of empowering nannies to facilitate development in children. Her experience in paediatrics has shown her that quality one on one time, healthy doses of imagination and learning through play at an early age makes for a happier and better equipped child. Nannies are second moms to little ones and Mary is passionate about supporting this special bond between nanny and child.

Mardie Louw

It’s time to meet another member of our team, this is Mardie:

Mardie Louw graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Free State.
She worked in London for three years and has loved working with children in private practice ever since. She joined Nanny ‘n Me in 2017 and loves seeing the care and support that each member brings to the group.
She lives in Durbanville with her husband and two boys.

Roxanne Van Zyl

Roxanne Blackshaw studied Speech and Drama, graduating in 2013 where she was then offered a teaching position at Parklands College. An opportunity arose for her to pack up and move overseas to work on the Disney Cruise line. She thoroughly enjoyed working with children from all over the world. Now that she is back in Cape Town, Roxanne has been a part of our team since 2016. She loves working with little ones and watching them develop. Her passion for empowering and teaching the nannies is so important to her. Roxanne has a very supportive husband, Nick, who stands by her side.

Ledene Hanekom

Ledene Hanekom graduated in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch. She completed her Community Service year in Johannesburg at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital where her passion for Early Childhood Intervention started developing. She worked in private practice for just over a year and started her Sensory Integration (SI) and Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) training. She is passionate about making a difference and believes this can be done by empowering others to achieve their highest potential. “This is why I love being part of the Nanny ‘n Me team!”

Behind the Scenes:

 

Monique Horrocks

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Monique is passionate about seeing her local community being empowered to learn and grow in confidence to nurture the precious children in their lives.  Her hearts desire is to see children grow into everything they were created to be. She is gifted in administration and organization.

Paul Schoenfeld

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Paul, Lara’s husband loves to see people and communities grow into what they were meant to be and considers it a huge privilege to help where he can.  He helps to keep the IT and IT-related systems working.

Tshidi Mhlambiso

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The nanny who inspired it all! Tshidi is an essential part of our team, lovingly looking after Lara’s boys and together they have tried and tested every activity at Nanny ‘n me –many times!

Mentors and Partners:

Kathi Clarke: Business Coach

8 - AC signatureKathi Clarke is an Industrial Psychologist, international award-winning and certified ActionCOACH Business Coach and a business growth expert with 25 years’ experience in 5 African countries. She returned to Cape Town in 2010 and has successfully helped more than 150 entrepreneurs to significantly grow their profits, develop entrepreneurial muscle and enjoy the lifestyle which prompted them to start their own business in the first place.

Professor Roshan Galvan: Head of Department UCT Occupational Therapy

Prof Galvan has been involved for many years in research around domestic work in SA and is a mentor to Lara in how to best integrate and apply developmental concepts, adult learning and community development which is the long term dream and vision of Nanny n me.

Sam Vos: Director of UTurn

Uturn seeks to establish relationships with homeless people, rehabilitate them and then reintegrate them into society. Sam has a real understanding of Occupational therapy and combines this with Gospel Motivated Social Action that seeks to bring about true empowerment. At Nanny n me we are inspired by their approach and meet together to motivate each other on how best to interact with vulnerable people in society.

SuperNannies

SupernnaniesSince 2009, Super Nannies has provided over 2000 families with trusted help enabling moms to return to work knowing that their children are in the loving hands of an experienced nanny who can manage all stages of their child’s early development. We are working together with Supernannies to see how we can best serve families and the nannies they employ. We hope to create an empowering platform for nannies to achieve “Professional nanny status” and for moms to have a one stop service that ensures you have peace of mind when leaving the home because you have a professionally selected and trained nanny.