About Us

Polkadot nannies and sitters. The first name in expert, stress-free childcare.

Polkadot nannies and sitters was founded in 2010 by Clare Fairgrieve, a highly qualified, hands-on nanny whose experience and commitment to matching the right nannies to the right families has made this one of the first names in expert, stress-free childcare.

Polkadot nannies and sitters is different because we recognise that every family is different, their children have different needs and, most importantly, they all want the confidence and peace of mind that comes with knowing that reliable, professional childcare is taking care of everything.

We’re also different because Polkadot nannies and sitters is a specialist, professional nanny agency that’s run for nannies and families, by nannies with a world of experience and attention to detail.

The expert nanny behind Polkadot nannies and sitters


Clare Fairgrieve, Director and Recruitment Consultant

After I finished sixth form college, I studied Early Childhood Studies at the University of Plymouth, working with children aged from three months to five years at a local nursery while I completed my course. When I graduated, I was offered a position as a mothers’ help, which gave me relevant and very valuable experience and led to a full-time role as a sole charge, professional nanny for three wonderful children. After seven years I left to have my own little girl called Willa. Being a Mummy has given me a whole new understanding of the importance of matching the right nanny to the right family.

What clients say about Polkadot nannies and sitters

“Polkadot helped us to shape the right operating model for my household and identified the appropriate requirements for the domestic help needed. They offered a very personal and thorough service far exceeding any other nanny agency I have used.”

J. Lelliott


“Polkadot nannies and sitters have always provided a highly efficient and reliable service at embarrassingly short notice. I have been delighted with the support I’ve received from the agency and the care (and fun!) both Sam (age 2) and Emily (age 1) have enjoyed with nannies and babysitters to date. If I didn’t respect the owners and carers as much as I do then I would probably want to keep this little gem of a company a secret! I look forward to a child-free and stress-free date night with my husband again soon and continued support from the nanny network to enable me to juggle responsibilities at home”



“Thank you so much for the excellent service you provided.  I was in contact with a number of agencies who sent through a number of candidates CVs who I just didn’t feel would be a fit for our family.  You really listened to what was important to us and the sort of character we were looking for and gave us a couple of excellent options.  I am thrilled with the nanny we have chosen – having previously worried that “no one would be good enough for our children”! Another differentiator is your local knowledge of the Winchester-specific nanny network and you were able to propose to us candidates who already know the area and what is on offer for children well.  Your service was timely, personal and helpful at all times (despite the fact we were recruiting over the Christmas period).  Many thanks to you both.”



“I contacted Polkadot nannies and sitters, to seek a professional nanny to start employment near immediately. The team at Polkadot bent over backwards to assist me in finding a suitable person. Every effort was made to move things along speedily. After interviewing several applicants I found a suitable nanny. The service from Polkadot didn’t stop there, they assisted with the contract of employment and sourced a suitable payroll company. Polkadot supported me from the start right up until the nanny started her employment with me and I am confident in knowing that if needed they will be there in future also. I would readily recommend Polkadot to family and friends, as I know with them that they would be offered an informative, streamlined and supportive service. Thank you Polkadot nannies and sitters!”


And what the family I worked for have said about me…

“Clare worked with our family as a nanny to our three children for seven and a half years. We interviewed a lot of nannies but Clare was the one who our children warmed to straight away and we definitely made the right choice! She has been incredibly reliable and flexible, which is important to us as our busy jobs mean our hours can’t always be predicted in advance.

“She’s great with the children and has a fantastic relationship with them all; she’s kind and loving towards them, but also disciplined when necessary. Clare really is a very important part of our family.”

Mr Kendall and Ms Tate