About Us

About Us

Tracey Blake, the founder and CEO of Student Nannies, is a parenting author and blogger, and mum to Minnie, 9, and Monty 7 (there they all are above, with dad James too!).

Small Talk: Simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language development from birth, co-written with speech and language therapist Nicola Lathey, was published in the UK and US, and the pair went on to write two Small Talk children’s story books that encourage first words, which have been published in the UK (stocked by Marks & Spencer) and also in Spain.

Before she set up Student Nannies in 2016, Tracey was a national newspaper journalist for 15 years, working at the Daily Mail and Metro, and still writes a parenting blog for Mail Online.

‘As a working mother of two, I experienced the childcare crisis first hand when I couldn’t find any after-school help for my two children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Childminders wanted to finish at 6pm but I didn’t get home til 7.30/8pm; professional nannies wanted a full day, not 4 hours. I was stuck and getting increasingly desperate,’ recalls Tracey.

‘Then I heard two students talking in my train station waiting room and I said, “Do you live locally and are either of you interested in some babysitting work?” One of them, Louise, said yes, we swapped numbers and after a chat at our house we hired her. Louise was an art foundation student and did amazing craft projects with the children so there was always something for me to admire when I got  home. It was such a good fit for us that when Louise left I wanted to find another student but as a 40-year old woman I couldn’t reach into that network. So Student Nannies was born!

‘It’s a service created for working parents by working parents, in a bid to make the juggle between being a parent and having a career just a little bit less of a struggle. If we can make life less stressful for parents and students I will be cockahoop! Please do let us know how we’re doing – I’d love to hear any feedback from you, you can always email me at tracey@studentnannies.com

 

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    TRACEY BLAKE
    TRACEY BLAKE
    MUM OF MINNIE AND MONTY

    I live in Buckinghamshire with my partner James and our children Minnie, 10, and Monty, 7. After 12 years as a national newspaper journalist I’m now a full-time entrepreneur, living and breathing Student Nannies! I love horses, movie night with the kids and cosmopolitans.

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    Kim Colley
    Kim Colley
    MUM OF Charlie

    I live in St Albans with my husband Andrew and our son Charlie, 10. I’m a freelance art director and right now I’m struggling with getting up and leaving the house at 6am so that I can dash back from London to be there for school pick-up. Suffice it to say that I am always in a rush!

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    James Pinniger
    James Pinniger
    DAD OF MINNIE AND MONTY

    I’m Tracey’s other half and dad to Minnie and Monty.  I can often be spotted tearing through Marylebone mid-afternoon when it’s my turn to get home early for school pick-up, bath and bed-time.