Working in the Uk: nanny/childcare
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2013 2:56 PM Last Post By: KoalasRule
Oct 17, 2013 4:31 AM
Working in the Uk: nanny/childcareHi!!
I'm planning on taking a gap year out of uni for 2014 (studying bachelor of primary education) and work in London as a nanny or childcare worker, then travel Europe.
Just wanted some advice from anyone who has worked as a nanny and:
1. Getting a job as a nanny/how to apply without previously being set up
2. Has worked as a 'live out nanny'
3. Where are good share houses/places to live in London?
4. How did you set up a bank account or was the pay in cash?
Oct 17, 2013 5:39 AM
1This may help you because friends of mine recently employed a (live in) nanny from Australia for their children, through an agency and it's working well for both them and the nanny. I don't see what's wrong with going through an agency, since you will be guaranteed a job and the parents are satisifed that the agency is reputable and has done all the relevant checks. I think there was even a skype meeting between my friends and the prospective nanny before she was offered the job. The agency was Sydney based.
These friends aren't in London, but I'm sure you'll find there are plenty of jobs in London anyway. To live out as a Nanny, you need to be earning a decent wage and I doubt you'd get that level of work if you haven't had experience, or experience in the UK. So you may be better off living in and it's certainly easier as a newbie here to have a base and get to know people. There is no one good place to live/share in London, except the more central you are, the more expensive it will be and until you know where you'll be working, you won't know where is best for the commute.
You could probably get a contract for say, 9 months and then have 3 months travelling at the end. Most employers will pay into a bank account which you can set up once you're here.
Oct 17, 2013 8:11 AM
Oct 17, 2013 8:27 AM
3Oh some do brzzl! Some nannies these days earn a fortune working for say, the rich and famous... but they will have experience, probably a child care qualification and first aid (OP, that might be a good thing to get before you look for work). And some families prefer not to have a live in, so it can be done, but probably not till you've done the above.
Oct 17, 2013 8:52 AM
4Bellart, yes, am sure some earn loads... but they are probably not on a gap year without qualifications. I suspect OP is thinking more of an au pair type job rather than a proper nanny job... though I am just speculating of course.
Another thought, though this may not work for central London - a lot of boarding schools take on gap year students. They might pay better/be better organised/more formal than working for a family?
Oct 17, 2013 9:09 AM
Oct 20, 2013 3:36 PM
6Thanks so much for that, I might look into the boarding school seeing as I never thought of that option. I have my first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis and over a year experience working in child care so I'm hoping that will help me get somewhere. I was looking online at agencies and they seem like a good way to go as well thanks for the help :)
Oct 20, 2013 11:17 PM
7A work colleague has a daughter who is currently living in the UK and working as a nanny. As far as I know she doesn't have any formal qualifications and is earning a good wage, plus she works for some Middle Eastern people and is flown all over the place (at their expense) when they move from house to house. I will find out how she got the job and forward the info if you like? She says that there is plenty of work available.
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