Mary Elder has run the Sevenoaks branch of The Childcare Company since January 2004. Mary?s knowledge of childcare is based on real experience. She has worked as a nanny and grew up with au pairs in her home. Mary studied Politics and English at Loughborough University. Her first job after leaving university was for the international organisation Au Pair in America where she assessed the suitability of the applicants for the cultural exchange programme and ensured they were placed with an American family. After several years in marketing she trained and qualified as an English teacher at secondary level. She has taught English at primary and secondary level in the state and private sector. Mary now has her own family and has two daughters called Beatrice and Cordelia. She has employed both nannies and au pairs.