British nanny changes her name to Mary Poppins

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A British nanny has changed her name to Mary Poppins after allegedly being likened to the fictional character by her clients.

According to a report by Huffington Post, Mary Poppins, formerly known as Emma Davenport, has been working as a nanny since she was 18 years old and has even dressed as the character as part of her job. She has now legally changed her name.

Poppins said: “I’ve always been told by my clients and the children I care for that I look and act like Mary Poppins, which is wonderful because she’s one of my favourite Disney characters and someone I certainly aspire to be like professionally.”

Mrs Poppins previously joked with her husband about changing her name, according to the article. She added: “I dress up as Mary anyway for the children at parties and they and their parents always call me Mary, so when he responded with ‘why not, the children would love it and it might give you an edge’, I decided to do a bit of research.

“My own little girl is so excited and keeps saying ‘mummy is Mary!’ and my nanny children think I’m definitely Mary Poppins now.”

The nanny’s name change has certainly attracted attention, and the response has been fairly positive. Richard Conway, CEO and founder of Childcare.co.uk, told the Huffington Post: “Mary contacted us last week to notify us that she’d changed her name to Mary Poppins and asked whether she could update her profile to reflect her new name. Of course we think it’s a wonderful idea and fully encourage her to embrace her new identity professionally.

“With an already glowing reputation as a top-class nanny, we’re sure that the name change will only make Mrs Poppins even more popular amongst parents and children.”

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Norland College students receive anti-terrorism training

Norland College training

Student nannies at the prestigious Norland College will now undergo anti-terrorism training as part of their course. The aspiring nannies are being instructed by the former head of UK counter terrorism on how to protect their charges from the threat of kidnappers and terror gangs.

According to an article in The Telegraph, the move follows growing demand for Norland nannies among the rich and famous, whose children may be targeted for ransom demands. The students are learning how to foil a possible attack and are undertaking self-defence lessons, along with evasive driving techniques.

Brigadier Paul Gibson, former director of counter terrorism, is also helping the students to learn how to avoid revealing potentially sensitive information on social media, which could be used to target the children. This includes posting any details on locations, frequent routines and favourite meeting places.

“The range of threats exposed to high net worth and high profile individuals and their families is extensive,” said Brigadier Gibson. “The role of the nanny in looking after their children puts them in a unique position to both be targeted and to act as a credible obstacle to actions such as kidnap.

“By understanding how a pattern of life is established through social media and direct observation, mitigating actions can be put in place to best protect the nannies and their charges. Our training provides the nannies with a foundation to think ahead and prepare for potentially threatening changes in their environment, a skill they can apply to every aspect of their lives.”

As part of the training, the nannies are advised to always keep an emergency bag at hand with spare clothes for the children and any other equipment they might need to make a quick escape. These additional skills are a far cry from the traditions of Norland College, which was established in 1892. The roles of private household staff are ever-changing to adapt to modern life and the threats posed, however as Norland College evolves with the times, it continues to maintain the high standard of training that has become associated with it.