aibu in thinking I could do this in the summer holidays

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pinksquash13 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:21:43

Hello everyone, first time poster but long time lurker.

I'm a 26 year old primary school teacher, living in the SE, with 4 years experience teaching age 7 to 11 incl children with SEN. I've recently bought a house on my own and I'm finding that my salary doesn't go very far anymore so am looking to earn some extra money. I have been considering getting a job in the 6 weeks holiday and potentially school holidays after that. I love children and i am ideally looking for childcare/nanny type job. I'd happilly look after 5 kids. What I'm here to ask you though is would I be an attractive employee....

I'm thinking about posting an ad stating the above and offering child care/nanny/doing homework or reading with children for any number of days in the 6 weeks I'm off. However, this is where I feel I may be unreasonable. ..to make it really worth my while I'd want at least £10 per hour. ...ideally more like £12 and to work for a minimum of 4 hours in one go.

With no children myself, I have no idea how much childcare costs and how working parents go about finding it. Does this sound viable to you? And how would I go about finding work. Thanks in advance

BucksKid Mon 23-Jun-14 22:24:30

You could register with childcare.co.uk and state you are a holiday time nanny.

whois Mon 23-Jun-14 22:25:02

Easier to get a lodger i'd have thought to help pat for house costs.

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 23-Jun-14 22:26:00

A qualified nanny in London will get �10-12ph. If you're out of London you might struggle to make that.

Maybe tutoring would be better?

Billygoats Mon 23-Jun-14 22:26:57

As it's a second job would you not pay a lot in tax for it? I had two part time jobs one year and I paid a very large sum of it to the tax man.

DragonMamma Mon 23-Jun-14 22:26:59

�10-12 per hour, per child?? So around �100 per child, per full day?! Multiplied by up to 5?

You think you can earn �500 a day? That's absolutely crazy and I seriously doubt you'd have any takers.

My childminder is less than half that a day, does loads with them and is highly qualified. My older DD goes to a registered holiday scheme for �20 a day!

DragonMamma Mon 23-Jun-14 22:29:13

Ps, you'd be asking parents to pay just short of �3k for full time holiday care for ONE child. Would you pay that?

Inthedarkaboutfashion Mon 23-Jun-14 22:29:21

You might be better offering some tutoring as it's big business over the summer in the run up to 11+.
You colic charge £25ph

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 23-Jun-14 22:29:25

Nannies are paid per family, not per child Mamma

DragonMamma Mon 23-Jun-14 22:32:44

My apologies, I assumed the OP meant just offering childcare for lots of different kids over the holiday. Phew.

In which case, I would say �10 p/hr for up to 5 kids is a steal!

pinksquash13 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:34:00

Not per child....per family. I know tutoring would be more lucrative but it's only for 1 hr here and there. And tbh I am after a break from structured learning. There is pressure for children to progress with tutoring and I am looking to use my skills in other ways. More encouraging learning through real life...play etc. But would anyone pay for that?

arethereanyleftatall Mon 23-Jun-14 22:35:12

I think op means she wants to earn min £10 per hour all in. Op - round my way, people pay about £5 per hour, per child, so as long as you get 2 kids, you're fine. 6 kids and you're laughing.

redandyellowbits Mon 23-Jun-14 22:36:06

I pay my summer time nanny £10/hour to care for my 2 girls over the summer holidays. I earn a decent salary but find this gets expensive - £80 for a working day - which is reasonable for 3 children but I wouldn't do it for one child.

redandyellowbits Mon 23-Jun-14 22:37:08

Forgot to add she is also a trainee teacher and is fantastic with the girls.

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 23-Jun-14 22:37:37

People do pay for childcare, yes.

Would they pay �12ph for someone who isn't a qualified nanny, outside of London? Probably not. Are you in/near an affluent area?

There is no harm in advertising and seeing what happens or looking at jobs advertised in your area.

kim147 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:38:14

Should I mention OFSTED?
I think there's lots of regulations for childminding. Once you take on a certain amount - OFSTED become interested.

arethereanyleftatall Mon 23-Jun-14 22:38:44

And, if I was looking for a nanny for my girls, I would be in heaven if I could find a school teacher who'd do it for a tenner. Have you got first aid?

OutragedFromLeeds Mon 23-Jun-14 22:41:08

Bear in mind if you are looking after children from more than two families and those children are under 8, you need to register as a childminder (which isn't going to happen before the holidays).

To work as a nanny no registration is required by law, although a lot of families do prefer a registered nanny. Nanny registration is much quicker and easier.

pinksquash13 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:41:31

Yes.... a recent first aid. How would I advertise my post? Any good websites. Thanks for the suggestion above.

pinksquash13 Mon 23-Jun-14 22:45:24

Any others who pay summer time nannys? Please share your experiences. I would probably only look for one family so no ofsted worries...I have enough of these already

DoJo Mon 23-Jun-14 22:45:31

As it's a second job would you not pay a lot in tax for it? I had two part time jobs one year and I paid a very large sum of it to the tax man.

You shouldn't pay more in tax for a second job unless it takes you over the threshold into a higher tax band, and even then you only pay the higher rate on the excess.

DoJo Mon 23-Jun-14 22:48:10

Whoops - posted too soon!

However, you would need to register as self employed and complete a tax return to declare your additional earnings through the self assessment process.

As for finding work, do you know any teacher at other schools in your area? They might be able to point people in your direction (I'm assuming that you wouldn't want to have any dealings with students from your own school, if that would even be allowed?!). If you would be able to work with children with SEN, perhaps the local council might have some opportunities for a qualified teacher to assist with holiday care for families who might otherwise struggle to find someone appropriately qualified?

arethereanyleftatall Mon 23-Jun-14 22:50:09

You might be a little late for this summer tho- I would think anyone who needed full time care would have already had it organised. Maybe I'm wrong tho. But either way, get your advert up pdq. What about on local fb parents pages?

LiegeAndLief Mon 23-Jun-14 23:01:58

Whatever you're going to do, do it fast. Most people probably won't leave it much later than this to get summer childcare sorted.

I'm in the SE and the more expensive childcare schemes around here cost about £35 per day (9-5ish) per child. I pay £18 per child for 9-3 in a playgroup type setting. I guess you could probably charge a bit more than this - if you wanted to earn a minimum of £100 a day then if you had 3 kids you would be fine. Not sure what nannies / childminders charge as I have never used one.

wobblyweebles Tue 24-Jun-14 02:17:22

Not sure if this helps but I am in the US, I have three children, and I pay my summer nanny $12 an hour (about GBP8). I hire her for about 9 hours a day and I pay mileage on top of that, plus I provide food for her (and pay for her food if they all go out together, although I do start to get annoyed if they eat out every day).

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