Nanny: Sonia Padakou

Sonia has been our nanny for the past year and 3 months, and we are so sad to part ways this summer. Sonia is responsible, reliable, respectful, and always ready to take initiative and learn. As my children are older (7 and 10), Sonia has also assumed responsibility for household things, such as helping to prepare dinner, cleaning the kitchen in the evenings, grocery shopping, and even walking our large dog at the beach daily! Sonia took very seriously our desire for her to think of herself as a tutor of sorts for our children to learn French, and it shows in how much language they have picked up in our short time in Dakar. Sonia is good with children of all ages, and is comfortable playing with them- whether that be sports, board games, dolls, arts and crafts, or even the occasional Nerf Gun Battle! Sonia works well with anybody, and is able to help ensure effective communication for the household to run smoothly- for example coordinating schedules with the driver and gardener. Sonia is very familiar with ISD, as we are the second family she has worked for with children at the school. She has a badge, and understands the rules, procedures, and schedules of the school. Sonia is very flexible with scheduling, and has always been able to babysit even when asked at the very last minute. She is able to maintain boundaries for children in a calm, non confrontational way, such that both parents and children feel safe that she understands the family. Sonia’s good nature and intuition make her a wonderful nanny for any family she might work for! Please contact me with any questions you might have at aliciagarraty@hotmail.com or 77-148-4530. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Sonia at 77-264-1739.

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