This page includes notes from parents of children that I have the chance to care for.
From the Malhotra Family
"Gabrielle has lovingly looked after both of our daughters for the past two and a half years, and we wholeheartedly recommend her to any family in need of a highly-skilled and compassionate caregiver. Gabrielle first met our older daughter when she was only sixteen months old, and has been nannying our little one (now almost two) since birth!Both of our girls now completely adore their favorite babysitter, and truly consider her family and a best friend. Per our request, Gabrielle has consistently spoken with our children in her native French, and we are very proud to say that they both now understand the language almost fluently, despite their parents being English-speakers. She is reliable, firm, yet always gentle and kind, and truly invested in the well-being of all the children she cares for. Twice in the past year, we have called upon Gabrielle to take care of our girls for several full days and nights at a time. By the time we have returned from the airport, the kids have made several frameable works of arts, gone on nature walks, and even baked strawberry shortcakes. Gabrielle is endlessly creative and knows exactly how to entertain small children while teaching them valuable life lessons and skills. (Our little one learned to count from one to ten in French before English!) She is resourceful, intelligent, patient, demure, elegant, and an exceptional role model to our daughters. I have always been impressed by her ability to smoothly manage multiple children and a home (never leaving dirty dishes in a sink!) with such grace and maturity. When we arrive at home, the kids are happily playing quietly, and it doesn't feels like a loud state of chaos—as it can in many daycares or preschools. Gabrielle never appears flustered, tired, bored, or agitated, and she has truly been one of our greatest blessings since moving to L.A. from NYC three years. Your children will adore Petit Callinou!
We couldn't recommend Gabrielle more!"
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From The Dorian Family
We trust Gabrielle with our son for 3 years now ! Gabrielle is fun and caring and above all, a great educator.
I had some problems with a preschool I found too strict and competitive 3 years ago. I quit and put my son into daycare for a few months before kindergarden . He needed structure and kindness and the new daycare was perfect. Gabrielle (Gabrioule for our 3 years old) was working here, but not every days. On the days she was here, our son would come back to school saying with a bright smile: “ It was a very good day, Gabrielle was here” . So I became curious and met her : she was kind, fun and responsible. When we needed a baby sitter, I would ask her to come over.
If I go out now I say “ We are going out with Papa-But Gabrielle is coming” . So it’s OK, he knows he will have fun, and I know he will be taken care of.
I am a children’s book illustrator and I used to teach masters. I have an eye for great educators and Gabrielle is definitely one, with a big heart. When with her, our son is so much into all the great crafts and play she invents for him, time flies and I think he doesn’t miss me much.
If you want a great educator with a kind heart, someone responsible , I definitely recommend Gabrielle."
Delphine who seems to do everything with a great sense of creativity has a "Non dairy,diary" in which you can spend hours discovering pretty things and her work.
She has beautiful children books in French and English! Available at
From The Hong-Poretta Family
"Dear Prospective Petit Calinou Parents,
Our daughter Lulu's former Santa Monica-based French daycare teacher and regular babysitter, Gabrielle is opening her own daycare in Sherman Oaks and we wholeheartedly recommend her!
Gabrielle has been with our family for at least two years, is used to working with several children at once and is highly dependable, trustworthy, and an active and pro-active caretaker. If your kid wants to craft for three hours, holler! If your kid wants to have a dance party and build forts, Gabrielle's your go-to! She is a native French speaker so if you are looking for your child to pick up another language, Gabrielle's your gal. We trust her wholeheartedly with Lulu and hope that's enough of a recommendation you need to sign up for her services. But don't take our word, visit her daycare and you will feel and know in your heart, that you are at the right place!"
All the best,
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