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Would like a position as an after school nanny. Am I too old?

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ladydayblues Wed 10-Oct-12 16:58:09

I am 53 yrs. Have 4 four grown up children, last just off to Uni. Although I havent had a real job for 16 years, I am a graduate with an enhanced CRB and clean driving licence, can cook, clean and have a first aid qualification. I have supervised playdates, supervised music practice, supervised homework etc. What else do I need to be considered for this position as I am not getting any replies to my applications. I wonder if I am too old. Any suggestions would be really welcomed.

ladydayblues Fri 12-Oct-12 12:44:06

It would have to be something really major for me to be unhappy about in terms of how parents wanted me to deal with their children, but I would hope we could discuss it frankly. Each of my four are so completely different that I too had to learn and adjust as I raised them. Other than the obligatory brushing of teeth and washing hands type of thing, i hope I am fairly flexible. DD1 was a dream child, DD2 - the tasmanian devil - you know tantrums in the supermarket kinda thing, DS - well ADHD, DD3 -10 weeks premature so in and out of GOSH for five years. One child didnt eat (much) until they reached puberty - then ate me out of house and home! I too worked at a very senior level when they were young so understand that kinda juggling of time. However I have found at the summer camps the younger staff constantly referring to me for advice so feel I can offer my experience positively. I am in Camden Town.

Laquitar Fri 12-Oct-12 13:07:21

Very good point about learning and adjusting and children having different personalities. You are in a good area for childcare work imo, def put some ads at local libraries etc and try the nearby areas too i.e. Primose Hill, Hamstead/Belsize Park, Swiss cottage...

Thank you Harriet smile

OneHandFlapping Fri 12-Oct-12 13:11:35

I would've thought you would be snapped up. After school nannies are like gold dust. One of my neighbours certainly employed a nanny who was somewhere in her fifties once her children were at school full time.

Would you do full time in the school holidays too because I would imagine that might also be required - also if you were available to cover when the children were off school sick that might be a bonus.

Have you talked to any agencies? They might be able to advise about what their clients require.

shrinkingnora Fri 12-Oct-12 13:18:36

I love the end of day meeting at the gate, hearing about their day at school, going home slowly through the park, together making some upsidedown cake, listening to dreadful violin practice until one day it finally becomes bearable or quietly reading together before OH comes home for tea.

I don't need an after school nanny or live in London but want to employ you for this sentence alone!

I would repost in this topic as seeking work and write an OP explaining your experiences and I bet you'll have a job by the end of the week.

nannykatherine Sun 21-Oct-12 17:33:36

You are perfect ....

Julesnobrain Tue 23-Oct-12 19:53:04

I dream of finding someone like you. Where have you been advertising.? Sorry not read all comments.

mmc Wed 21-Nov-12 13:59:39

Where oh where are you? I need someone just like you! No, really I do.

mycarscallednev Wed 21-Nov-12 14:41:14

Just a small point, but you are really close to several of the large hospitals? My son goes to GOSH at least once a month and countless times I have heard his clinicians saying they have childcare problems - could you put an advert in the staff magazine, or locally there?
I think you will find that its experience, care and your whole child approach which will totally over-ride any issues with your age, many many parents would jump at the chance - you just need to get your name and details noticed. Good luck.

Daisybell1 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:07

Have you been snapped up yet? Forget looking after dd, will you come and look after me???

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 21-Nov-12 23:39:50

I was wondering if you had found anything

Sever people asked where you are - op replied Camden town - for those who are looking for childcare

Good idea about hospitals

I would get a few postcards / business cards made up via vista print and leave in coffee shops - sb has a notice board for people to leave cards there
Or pin to boards at mother and toddler or schools

franlib Sat 24-Nov-12 11:00:34

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ladydayblues Mon 26-Nov-12 15:33:54

Ladies! Am Working grin

givemeaclue Mon 26-Nov-12 15:39:15

Congratulations, not at all surprised you sound fab

orangina Mon 26-Nov-12 15:41:07

Our lovely nanny is your age and we really value her maturity and experience. She also has her own children and she looks after us all! We are very lucky to have her with us.

orangina Mon 26-Nov-12 15:41:51

Oh, well done!

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 26-Nov-12 16:51:37

fab lady - what job did you take on?

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