Sue Downey

Sue Downey


Childcare Experience    I began babysitting at a young age and continued on through college, often watching children for the University staff for weekends and weeks through the summers. I was a camp counselor for several summers, working with kids from ages 8 thru young teens. I helped to plan activities and worship for the campers as well as supervising them. After leaving college, I found that I enjoyed working with younger children when I began teaching at a day care. I moved up from being an assistant in the infant room, to heading up the 18 month to 2 1/2 class. In this capacity, I not only provided custodial care for 6 children at a time, but also did lesson plans and provided developmentally challenging activities for the class. I began my career as a nanny soon after this, with a family of 4 boys ranging in ages from 7 weeks thru 6 years. I also had the chance to volunteer and eventually work as a substitute teacher at a Montessori school when one of my charges attended the school. This was a particularly fantastic experience as I have long been an advocate of the Montessori philosophy that the hands are the teacher of the child.

Why am I a nanny?      love being a nanny! I love to play, read, learn and wonder- which means I am right at home in the life of a child. I am great at finding the lesson in the ordinary and the fun in the work. I find that having the one on one interactions and developing a relationship with a child gives me a great deal of satisfaction. As a nanny no two days are alike, one day making homemade baby food and the next teaching a kid to ride a bike. I feel strongly that the work I do is supremely important and necessary not just to the kids I love so much, but also to the parents and family as a whole. It is great to be a part of the team that provides support and love to a child in the most important early years. I can see the impact I make daily in large and small ways.


Personal Background

I grew up in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio with my parents and my younger brother, Steve. My mom and dad were very loving, dedicated parents and we had great fun in our close knit suburban neighborhood. Although they divorced when I was 16, it was very amicable and both parents made sure that my brother and I knew we were their ultimate concern. After graduating from high school, I attended Bowling Green State University. I wasnʼt entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life, but knew it would involve working with children. After 5 years and more majors than I can count, I left college and lived on my own, teaching preschool. While I was very happy, it still wasnʼt a perfect fit for me. After a move to be closer to my aging grandmother, I started being a nanny for a family with 4 boys who had lost their previous nanny unexpectedly. FINALLY, I found my true calling! It was like I had found the last piece of a giant puzzle- a job that really challenged me and at the same time utilized many of my natural skills. I was rather isolated in Cincinnati as a nanny, so I ventured to the East Coast. Here I found a nanny community and really blossomed. I have been lucky to work for some spectacular families and really feel as though I have made a difference in their lives.


I am seeking a long term, live out position. I am looking for a M-F schedule and longer days are not a problem. I would like to work for a family with at least one infant/toddler. My perfect family would be fairly casual, with a need for a full charge, hands on, proactive nanny. I work best in an environment where there is good communication between nanny and family. I am adept at using a nanny journal, email,texting or face to face meetings to make this happen. A good fit for me would be a family with a good sense of humor and a spirited home life. I enjoy the challenge of working with larger families, so a couple looking to have many children would be great. I am happy to do any child related tasks, including but not limited to; childʼs laundry, room organization, purchasing, play room pick up and kitchen clean up after childʼs meals. I am not looking to take on extensive household management, cleaning or family laundry. I am an avid cook and enjoy cooking for the whole family. I like to do the grocery shopping as well. Iʼm happy to do some errands when they can be fit into the childʼs schedule. I am allergic to cats, so a cat free home is necessary. Iʼm open to working with a family who works from home if clear boundaries can be established and the situation is ideal for both parties. I am very flexible and accommodating of what a family needs. I am friendly and open and look for families that are similar.


In my free time, I am often found with my nose in a book. I enjoy traveling to new places and find great joy in finding the funny and ordinary things that make this country unique. I have been known to travel miles out of my way for a scenic overlook or to walk a half mile out into a cornfield to see where they buried Stonewall Jacksonʼs arm. I have made a great many good and lasting friends who I consider family and enjoy spending time with them. I love to cook and am a bit of a foodie. On weekends I enjoy finding special, fantastic restaurants and having a great meal. I love music, knitting (which I am still learning), swimming and the beach. I am a bit of a Disney fanatic and my “happiest place on earth” is touring Walt Disney World. I have committed much of my free time to organizing webinars, working on the Nannypalooza conference, and generally trying to improve the nanny profession. With no real standards in the industry, I feel we often find ill qualified caregivers unsupervised with children. I hope to change this through my website and conference.

Work History

Work History

The W family started with only 2 children aged 4 and almost 2. John, the youngest, was born almost 2 years into my time with this wonderful family. Both Mom and Dad work long hours in the financial industry. The children have attended private preschool and elementary.

Highlights of Position

  • Supported and created solutions for a very challenging 4 year old 
  • Assisted in potty training both of the boys
  • Provided educationally rich activities for all children 
  • Researched and collaborated on pre school choices 
  • Used infant sign language with John 
  • Made homemade baby food 
  • Worked to expand picky eaterʼs diet 
  • Led organized playgroup with numerous educational activities 
  • Provided fun and enriching outings for children 
  • Encouraged a highly anxious child and worked with him to find techniques to help 
  • Supported breastfeeding mother 
  • Coordinated remodel of home 
  • Travelled with family

Basic Responsibilities 

Full nanny care for 3 childrenCooking for family and grocery shopping Errands for family Coordinated household and vehicle repairs and maintenance Laundry for family Assisted in supervising housekeeper Seasonally changed childrenʼs wardrobe Cooked for dinner parties and other events

I am leaving this family to pursue a job with more focus on child care with younger children.

Sep 2001 - Present

Nanny/Family Assistant

W Family
1996 - 2001

Nanny/ Household Manager

C Family

This family is an active, busy family that grew to include Dima, whom they adopted from Russia at age 10, at the end of my tenure. Chris owns his own company and Kendra works for a steel company in their finance department. When I originally started the position, the children were aged 6, 4, 4, and 13 months. I returned to work for the family again after working in a position in Princeton, NJ and we had two more wonderful years together.

Highlights of Position

  • Potty trained youngest child
  • Developed numerous educational activities for children
  • Led organized playgroup of about 10 children
  • Volunteered at childrenʼs elementary school
  • Collaborated on choosing summer camps and pre-schools
  • Supported kids with some learning difficulties
  • Travelled with family
  • Helped to host 2 children from Russia for one summer (aged 10 and 12)
  • Learned some Russian language and cultural information to support this
  • Researched and found appropriate early learning classes for youngest child

Basic Responsibilities

Full nanny care for all children

Transportation and coordination of activities for very scheduled children

Coordinated household repairs and errands !Assisted children with school projects and homework

Provided educational outings when appropriate

Light housekeeping

Cooking for family and grocery shopping

Laundry for family

Seasonally changed childrenʼs wardrobe

I initially left this position as the familyʼs needs had changed. I remained close to the family and I returned to them to try the job with more of a household management focus but found this was not for me. I left the second time when Kendra resigned her position to be with their newly adopted son.

1998 - 1999


A Family

The A family lived just outside Princeton, NJ. Gaby commuted an hour each way 3 days a week, but tele-commuted the other 2 days. Peter worked in the financial industry. The children were aged 8,6,3, and 8 months when I started with them.

Highlights of Position

  • Assisted in teaching water phobic children to swim
  • Researched and scheduled summer camps
  • Created theme nights for family dinners such as “cowboy night” and “pajama night”
  • Planned and taught arts and crafts !Worked with boys to find solutions for sibling rivalry issues
  • Provided educational activities for infant
  • Created halloween costumes

Basic Responsibilities

Full nanny care for all 4 children

Cooked and grocery shopped for family

Bulk foods shopping

Organized and completed errands

Childrenʼs laundry

Transporting children to activities

I left this position as I found that the job was not exactly what the family had promised.

1992 - 1995


M Family

At time of employment, the boys were aged 6, 4, 2 and 7 weeks. The boys attended Montessori preschool and private Catholic elementary school. Mom was an emergency room physician with a very flexible schedule, Dad was in sales.

Highlights of Position

  • Transported boys to school
  • Managed schedule of activities and helped with homework
  • Coordinated and oversaw play dates with numerous children from neighborhood
  • Supported Montessori teachings and helped transition boys to regular classroom
  • Created stimulating activities and outings
  • Supported Momʼs role as parent volunteer on swim team

Basic Responsibilities

Provided full nanny care for all 4 boys

Cooking for family

Laundry for family

Shopping and errands for family

Seasonally changed childrenʼs wardrobe

This position ended as I felt the need to spread my wings and move to the East Coast.


Aug 1986 - May 1991

Bowling Green State Universtity



Nanny Educator

Last year I founded, a resource and education website for nannies. It was born from the annual conference I founded and organize each year. Nannypalooza was created to offer high quality, low cost training to all nannies. We offer workshops on everything from negotiating a contract to infant sign language, from the importance of play to early sleep teaching. I have created a community of dedicated professionals who believe in nanny training and know that every child deserves the best. Organizing the conference has helped me develop my skills in event planning, time management, budgeting and much more. I also have developed an extensive set of wonderful resources who have presented at the conference and I now can count on to answer questions at any time! 


I love to cook, plan meals and do the shopping. I have worked with gluten intolerance, infants just beginning to eat, very picky eaters as well as real foodies! I feel that it is important when possible for the children to eat with parents and am very happy to prepare family meals that all can enjoy. 



CPR/First Aid

Red Cross

Certified Nanny

International Nanny Association