To ask how I go about getting a temporary nanny

(12 Posts)
StarlingMurmuration Thu 28-May-15 19:37:39

I have to have surgery at the end of June, and we've just found out that afterward I won't be able to drive or lift anything for about 6 weeks. I'm on maternity leave so won't need time off work. The big problem is that we have a 6month old DS who I will be unable to care for during this time. My DP is looking into taking unpaid leave, as we have no relatives who can help. Another option is to find a nanny or similar to come every day and look after DS during my recover time. Nursery isn't an option because we live out in the sticks and every nursery we could use has a waiting list as long as your arm, we've only just been able to find a place for him in November when I go back to work.

Obviously having a nanny would be expensive but it would be cheaper than having DP on unpaid leave... But I have no idea how to go about finding one. Are there agencies for this kind of thing? We live on the Gloucester/Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border so we're not exactly in a bustling metropolis. AIBU to ask for your help and suggestions?

ItsTricky Thu 28-May-15 19:57:18

Yes there are agencies. Do a search. Another idea could be to approach your local college and get a childcare student. They finish at the end of June. It would be great experience for them as you'll be around so no one to one as such.

FunnyHowThingsWorkOut Thu 28-May-15 20:01:10

Sitters. Com

UK care. Com

A local nanny agency

selly24 Thu 28-May-15 20:07:07

I can highly recommend O&P Nannies. Speak to Tonya

littleladyluna Thu 28-May-15 20:13:29

O&P nannies are great. They treat their nannies well too.

If you wanted to recruit yourself then you could also try childcare.co.uk

FunnyHowThingsWorkOut Thu 28-May-15 20:16:47

Are O&P nannies nationwide?

BicycleGasoline Thu 28-May-15 20:20:01

We used childcare.co.uk to find our nanny. You might find someone on there looking for temporary work. Good luck!

grabaspoon Thu 28-May-15 20:29:19

You probably need a mothers help more than a nanny [slightly cheaper too!] Try childcare.co.uk - that's where I look for new jobs

Corriewatcher Thu 28-May-15 21:34:11

I took on a temporary nanny at the start of the year whilst recovering from chemotherapy. Found her through an agency. Not cheap but worth it. I did pay for a one month membership of childcare.co.uk but didn't find anyone there.

hopgarden1 Thu 28-May-15 21:41:07

I did exactly this at the start of the year. Ask your local college to ask if any newly qualified childcare course want to step into the breach. Or email all local nurseries as people leave the whole time; someone will know someone and you could get away without paying a huge fee!

beachyhead Thu 28-May-15 21:44:44

I got my temp nanny through Tinies for a month after an operation I had.

StarlingMurmuration Sat 30-May-15 18:34:44

Thanks everyone, that's really helpful. I know I'm being a bit pathetic not being able to sort this on my own, but I was really shaken up and upset when I realised how long I'd take to recover from the surgery.

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