Kate Middleton approved nanny’s exclusive parenting tips – how Duchess copes with children

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Kate Middleton employed nanny Maria Borrallo from the prestigious Norland College in Bath. The college prides itself on turning out very high-quality nannies, and they are clearly well enough qualified for the Duchess of Cambridge herself.

One such nanny who attended the school is Nanny Louenna. The child care professional spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to provide her tops tips for parenting, especially during lockdown.

Planning

Nanny Louenna said: “Spend 10 minutes each evening planning your child’s following day.

“It will really help segment the day, and gives everyone a focus.

“It might feel really odd as a parent to plan your child’s following day but I really advise it as I know it makes days run smoother!

“Make sure you have the right ingredients for any baking you plan on doing, or the right supplies for a fun art activity you have in mind.

“Include downtime, outdoor time and time to play on their own to help keep a routine.”

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Include breaks in the day

“Short, sharp bursts with breaks in-between contribute to more successful learning,” Louenna said.

“Some children absolutely thrive on academic learning but others find it extremely hard to concentrate on letters and schoolwork so take this into consideration when planning how long you’re going to ask your child to sit and focus for.

“You will learn what works best for your child.

“I think half an hour is more than enough time for a child to sit at a table.”

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The nanny has created her own homeschooling sheet, in which she filled out an exclusive suggestion for the perfect day of homeschooling during lockdown.

Louenna said: “I have created a Homeschooling Day sheet on my app, that you can print out and fill in for your child each day.

“Children love having a plan and knowing what’s coming next – it means that nothing is sprung on them and they have time to process that these are the things that have to get done today.

“It will also stop you having to nag them to make their bed or brush their teeth! “Fill in a small reward that they can have at the end of the day if they complete everything on the list as this gives them something to work towards.”

Nanny Louenna suggested starting with asking your child to help make breakfast, before making their bed.

Then they can brush their teeth and do four pages of maths.

This is followed by a bike ride, spelling, a puzzle, and then lunch.

After lunch, there is football in the garden, reading, baking scones, 15 minutes of French, writing a letter to their grandmother, and tidying their playroom before teatime.

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The techniques she uses with her children are often different from what has been done by royals before, parenting expert and managing director at Kiddies Kingdom Mohammed Patel said.

He commented: “Kate and William have always shown an interest in mental health and wellbeing.

“Their honesty in talking about her own struggles is refreshing and, in some way, unheard of for the Royal Family.”

Louenna Hood, Norland Nanny and Founder of the Nanny Louenna app.

The Nanny Louenna app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play with subscriptions starting from £4.99 a month.

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