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adsy Mon 17-Mar-14 17:05:16

on a childcare site

About Me

Dedicated Mother of 3 and business professional requiring domestic support my working week can be anything from 9am – 17:30 or on occasions 20:00pm. Essentially supports within in these hours are crucial, along with household support so I am able to have quality time outside of work with the kids.
Personally we are a fun, loving family who enjoy having a laugh and good fun.

My Requirements

Registered Childminder Live In Nanny
Live Out Nanny After School Nanny
Au Pair

Hours Required
Monday – Fridays 14: 30 /15:00 – 19:30
Saturdays 10: 00 – 15:00 pm (possible evenings/ night childcare services)
Sundays (occasional) possibly evenings/ nights childcare services
Most school holidays the ideal candidate will not be required to work, however when required to do so the childcare service will be needed on a full-time basis.
1. Childcare services
2. Preparing evening meals and Afro-Caribbean cuisines
3. Laundry – washing and ironing
4. General maintenance of the house keeping the house clean and tidy at all times
5. Weekly spring clean of entire 4/5 bedroom house
- Modern en-suite accommodation (for free)
- Evening meal inclusive
- Weekly rate of £45 per week

- Natural home-maker
- Enhanced CRB certificate
- Food hygiene certificate
- Childcare qualification
- Ofsted Registered
- Minimum of 2 years Childcare experience
- Good time management skills

Really? £45 per week. is that acceptable?!!

Pooka Tue 18-Mar-14 22:35:53

Do you thunk this is like a sting operation? A trap for unwary people desperate enough to work like a slave because there's no other option. Turns out to be a front for some body like the home office?

TwittyMcTwitterson Tue 18-Mar-14 22:27:11

The woman isn't even sure how many bedrooms she has.

It's entirely plausible she missed a digit on the wage... wink


sleeperinsouthlondon Tue 18-Mar-14 22:07:47

Boc More likely that the family is of AC origin, isn't it?

tillyann2013 Tue 18-Mar-14 21:52:47

Afro Caribbean ? Weird

bochead Tue 18-Mar-14 21:35:24

Afro-Caribbean cooking?

I think that was a blatent attempt to lure an newly arrived & desperate illegal immigrant into her nefarious employ without raising the alarm with the authorities. (non-white and from a non-EU country makes them just that bit more vulnerable to outright exploitation by the unscrupulous!)

Either that or she's a lovely, scatty, sleep deprived sweety who meant £450 really, but simply forgot to proofread her ad, and would love to try some of that rice dish she had on hols last year, but can't remember the name of to google the recipe.

sleeperinsouthlondon Tue 18-Mar-14 21:15:15

Wow I have seen plenty of childcare adverts (employer and jobseeker) specifiying 'muslim' recently. maybe there is an exemption for domicillary childcare?

YouTheCat Tue 18-Mar-14 21:12:54

Even if it was £145 a week it'd still be less than minimum wage.

VeryStressedMum Tue 18-Mar-14 20:44:02

What is the going rate for an aupair? Do you count in the accommodation cost ie the room with ensuite would cost roughly 100 per week do they are in effect earning 145? And what do aupairs do? Not that I'm looking to hire one or become one, just interested.

oldgrandmama Tue 18-Mar-14 20:33:21

Wonder what her last slave died of????

wowfudge Tue 18-Mar-14 19:25:16

Apart from the outrageousness of it - do you think the Afro-Caribbean cuisine thing is a way of trying to get someone Afro-Caribbean without stating that outright in the ad, which is likely to be illegal? I'm not sure about the anti-discrimination laws on working in someone's home.

Roshbegosh Tue 18-Mar-14 19:25:03

Maybe there is someone out there willing to be exploited so cruelly, but I hope not. It is depressing that people can be so barbaric.

eddielizzard Tue 18-Mar-14 19:20:17

sorry but that's shocking. i really hope no-one applies.

Chippednailvarnish Tue 18-Mar-14 19:15:06

I remember a thread similar to this not too long ago. There were a number of people claiming that it was acceptable as a live in position doesn't have to pay minimum wage. And my personal favourite "it would suit an immigrant".

Then the person who posted the advert started posting and eventually the thread was deleted.

There are some total bastards out there, I find some peoples attitudes very depressing.

YouTheCat Tue 18-Mar-14 19:08:59


I was brought up on sugar and white bread, with plenty of tv and creative play only when I was feeling creative. I haven't turned to drugs. grin

kerala Tue 18-Mar-14 18:45:41

They weren't allowed sugar either just quinoa and broccoli. It's a cautionary tale honestly - obligatory creative play + no sugar or wheat + no tv + isolated country living equals your kid turning to drugs as soon as they are able

CloverHeart Tue 18-Mar-14 16:32:47

Well what a miserable job that sounds. I wouldn't even do it for £250 a week, sounds like a fucking nightmare

littleballerina Tue 18-Mar-14 16:23:55

I wonder if she works in education if she doesn't need holiday cover? Or maybe she has another slave for that?

adsy Tue 18-Mar-14 16:09:03

sorry all, she's not even opened my message yet

YouTheCat Tue 18-Mar-14 15:08:59

Kerala, they should have let the poor sods watch some tv maybe they wouldn't have turned to drugs. grin

HemlockStarglimmer Tue 18-Mar-14 14:52:38

When I was 17 I had a summer job as a waitress (140 miles away from my home). Free board and lodging for six weeks and 64p an hour for waitressing.

One day the owner asked me to babysit her eight year old for the afternoon/evening until her older son got home. So I did. I was paid a £1. Not £1 per hour but £1 for seven hours.

Even for 1979 that was miserly.

merrymouse Tue 18-Mar-14 14:20:37

I was paid 500 francs a week (so roughly £50) in Paris as an au pair in 1994.

Odd that the ad is the same.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 18-Mar-14 14:10:04

How odd, word for word!

Any response yet OP?

kerala Tue 18-Mar-14 14:03:26

My word. I got £30 per day for childcare as an unqualified 18 year old in 1996! That said it was 3 kids (6,4 and1) who lived in the middle of nowhere strictly no tv. My instructions were 9 hours of "creative play" <shudders at the horrific memories triggered> . This experience very nearly put me off having kids of my own. The eldest now in prison for drug dealing (and they were a naice middle class hippyish family)

PedantMarina Tue 18-Mar-14 13:54:01

Surely she'd be advertising in guineas then?

Or shillings, given what a tightwad she seems...

adsy Tue 18-Mar-14 13:26:33

Odd. I wonder if her last slave left and she just reposted her old ad?
Maybe she,s been using the same ad for 30 years and that explains the pay offer!

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