Nannies need a fierce imagination to play, craft, and—frankly—to build strong relationships with kids. But what about getting creative to impress parents? That’s a whole different ballpark, and something nanny and business-owner Cyan Nardiello perfected.

Known within the child care world as the Disney Nanny, Cyan Nardiello shared her story as a guest on Sittercity’s The Great Unicorn Search podcast. She is the CEO of Once Upon a Nanny, a child care service for families vacationing in Disney and Universal theme parks. Her passion, dedication, and creativity are what make her and her business wow parents.

Blue banner with text saying "When Pre-K doesn't last all day, but their energy does" and a nanny is playing blocks with a toddler.Once Upon a Time…

Once Upon a Time, Florida college student and Disney enthusiast Cyan Nardiello was a nanny for her Unicorn Family. Sadly, one day, Cyan had to move on and part ways with them. She wanted to have one last special day with her favorite kiddo. She asked the mom if she could take her daughter on a trip to Disney World, and she enthusiastically agreed!

Cyan and the kid had a BLAST, and she documented their adventure on TikTok and Facebook. When she woke up the next morning and checked her phone, she was surprised to see that their Disney trip went viral overnight. In the comments, thousands of admirers encouraged her to take this idea to the next level and start her own business.

Cyan took the leap at age twenty-one and never looked back. Today, she has fifteen Fairy God-Nannies on her team to assist vacationing families at Disney World or Universal.

Cyan’s success with Once Upon a Nanny comes down to passion and commitment. She was fueled by her excitement for Disney and child care to bring one kid to Disney on their last day together and later compelled her to drop everything to commit herself to her new venture.

Cyan was about to enter her senior year in college to study criminal psychology, but she decided to trust her passions and the feedback she got online. She put everything into developing her business full-time. In the podcast episode, Cyan talks about this fork in the road and that she chose the path she did because she followed her heart.

Living Happily Ever After

Cyan’s interview teaches a vital lesson for new or aspiring business-owning nannies: that in order to run a successful business, you need to access your creativity, trust your gut and dive into your passions, and be ready to dedicate extensive time and effort into your venture.

Green banner with text saying "When your peace of mind is their new best friend" and showing a babysitter linking arms with a girl.She’s not stopping there. She has tons of plans to expand in the future, with the ultimate goal to share warmth, love, and fun with as many kids as possible.

Do you want to learn more about Cyan Nardiello’s story, the logistics of creating Once Upon a Nanny, and her plans for the future? Check out Cyan’s interview with the hosts of The Great Unicorn Search podcast for yourself! Listen to this exciting new episode on the podcast website, as well as on Apple, Spotify, and Google. Then, you’ll be one step closer to your happily ever after.

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