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

(66 Posts)
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.

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

fab lady - what job did you take on?

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

Oh, well done!

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.

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

Congratulations, not at all surprised you sound fab

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

Ladies! Am Working grin

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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

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???

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.

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

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

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.

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

You are perfect ....

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.

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.

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

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.

Ginda Fri 12-Oct-12 10:27:44

I'd bite your hand off!

florenceuk Fri 12-Oct-12 10:08:04

I desperately need one - are you in SW London?

Very hard to find a reliable after school nanny who can speak english, drive, cook etc. I would definitely interview you.

Lougle Fri 12-Oct-12 10:06:47

Where are you? I'm fairly desperate (weak grin).

LadyHarrietdeSpook Fri 12-Oct-12 09:55:21

have been following this with interest - I'd hire you and wondered how many offers you'd had already!

As usual I agree with something laquitar raised: the only thing I would want to probe in interview is whether you'd be truly happy if we did things in a different way to what you would have done with your children in a similar circumstance, if you see what I mean.

This is based on prior experience of our first nanny though and not a general sort of age thing. And it can happen, of course, with a childcarer of any age not just someone who happens to be older than the parents (if you are).

Laquitar Thu 11-Oct-12 17:59:55

You would definitely be suitable for big-ish families.

Plus points:

- Plenty experience
- Confidence and able to be firm
- Organisation skills and multi-tasking
- Confident in kitchen
- Initiative

I'm sure there are many more...

Some employers even think about pregnancy and maternity leave. I'm not saying i agree but...

The only thing that might concern some people could be the relationship with the parents regarding asking you to do something or wanting smth to be done in different way. So i would use words such as 'easy going', 'flexible', 'adaptable'.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 11-Oct-12 14:24:31

violin practice NEVER becomes bearable grin wink

and yes understand the early am's only too well!! smile

ladydayblues Thu 11-Oct-12 11:39:07

Blondeshavemorefun because I am not ready yet to go back into a full day environment and thought this would be a good start. I am not too good in the mornings remembering the sheer drama of getting kids ready for school, breakfast, mad dash to get to work in time for the first meeting, realising that someone vomited on your presentation and/or you still have your house slippers on!

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.

Have booked in for the OCN Common Skills course.

WineOhWhy Thu 11-Oct-12 11:19:35

Are you able to work longer hours during school holidays? If so, I would definitely mention that. An after-school nanny would be ideal for us except for the fact that we woudl need someone for longer hours for part of the schools holidays (not the whole time becuase we could cover 6 weeks through the year with annual leave, and we could use a club or two for some of the summer, but would want kids to have some down time at home, plus they are at private school with longer hols). Lots of my friends are in the same position. If you would be able to accomodate full time for at least some school holiday time, you should definitely mention this - this is the holy grail.

Karoleann Thu 11-Oct-12 11:11:06

I'm amazed too....good, reliable after school nannies are like gold dust around here. If you live anywhere near beaconsfield/penn, please do PM me as there's at least 2 mums at school looking for someone.

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