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Frenchnannyneeded Thu 30-Sep-10 08:39:15

Hello, I am finding it really difficult to find a french speaking nanny who is actually interested in being a nanny because they genuinely love children and not just for the money.

I have a 4 nearly 5 year old and am pregnant now due to give birth in a months time. I was looking for a reliable, friendly, happy English but French speaking nanny who would want to grow with our family. She/he would only work 5 days a week Monday - Friday but occasionly might be a Saturday but would then gain a day in lieu. Competitive rates and travel expenses covered. We live in Loughton so prepared to travel there.

Please let me know if anyone knows anyone or any good agencies they can recommend. So far we have had a nightmare trying to find someone who just likes children so any recommendations would be great.
thank you

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frakkinnakkered Thu 30-Sep-10 08:49:44

There are various agencies in London who place bilingual nannies/those speaking a foreign language. Little Ones London, Pearl childcare, Royal nannies and Nannies Inc (they have a Paris branch) are all agencies I've registered with as a French speaking nanny in the past.

Do you require the nanny to speak French to your DC or just be able to understand and support bilingualism? If you want them to speak French have you considered looking fir a French nanny in Ici Londres or similar, posting on Gumtree and Nannyjob, greatcare, bestbear, etc.

Bonsoir Thu 30-Sep-10 08:51:06

Are you looking for a bilingual nanny? With English mother-tongue?

Frenchnannyneeded Fri 01-Oct-10 10:32:06

Yes a nanny who can speak French but first language would be English as our English is not 100%. Can you recommend anyone?

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Frenchnannyneeded Fri 01-Oct-10 10:33:57

Frakkinnakkered thank you for your tips. I have posted an advert on gumtree etc but nothing I have also used Royal Nannies and unfortunately they could not help me. Are you english and speak French and working?

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Bonsoir Fri 01-Oct-10 11:06:17

TBH, young English women who can speak fluent French are few and far between - I'm not surprised that you aren't finding it easy to identify a nanny with this profile. I expect your best bet is an English nanny who has been working in France - how about putting an ad in a French classified mag, like FUSAC?

Veronikaash Fri 01-Oct-10 11:24:45

Hi,totally agree with Bonsoir. Or you might want it the other way around, French nanny speaking English? try google it, if there is any nanny agency around yours or on

frakkinnakkered Fri 01-Oct-10 12:22:11

If she would be speaking English to the children try one who understands French rather than will speak it as it'll be easier!I prefer not to speak French to children tbh - finding an English nanny willing to do this will be difficult. I reckon your best bet may be as bonsoir says to try Fusac, or possibly a Parisian agency.

I am English, speak French and live in a DOM, so no use to you! But I can ask around my network of nannies in Paris if anyone's moving/moved back to the UK recently? But you want a live out which could be problematic.

Why exactly do you want a French speaker?

nesomja Sat 02-Oct-10 12:29:53

I agree that sounds like a big ask - is that problem that you are looking for two purposes in one nanny? You want someone who will improve your dcs English, but also support their French? What language are you hoping she/he'll speak with the children? I would decide which is most important right now and maybe go with that - or could you recruit someone who is prepared to improve their French as part of their role as your nanny? It could even be an opportunity then rather than a barrier!
I agree there aren't many bilingual English nannies around sadly - maybe because if you have good language skills you can earn a lot more money in another job...

Frenchnannyneeded Mon 04-Oct-10 11:45:40

Hello, thank you for your advice. We are French in England so would prefer someone who can speak French to us but English to the children as our english is not the best and would be easier to interact if we can understand each other. I appriciate your help.

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frakkinnakkered Tue 05-Oct-10 06:20:31

There used to be an agency called Les Papillotes (I think) but I can't find it on the net now and they may have only placed French nannies.

I think Nannies Inc might be your best bet to be honest. A lot of the British nannies I knew in France were registered with them and presumably just transferred to the London office when they left France.

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Rolline Mon 05-Nov-12 02:24:55

Wow dats great. I'm an experienced nanny. I speak both French and English perfectly and I do love kids as they love me as well. In not advertising my self lol but u could contact me for an interview or a trial. Cheers

Rolline Mon 05-Nov-12 02:30:31

Je suis une fille bilingue. Je park courament l'anglais et le francais. Si t'es interesser tu peut me faire signe pour un interview. Merci

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mariet1982 Wed 14-Nov-12 12:29:00


I'm a French mum in London struggling to find a good French nanny. I know that this thread is quite old but I need a bit of help.
I went to this big bilingual agency and to be honest I was very disappointed. They send me "nannies" with no experience but happy to learn or the best one was a nanny who left my 20 months old alone in the bath...
I'm supposed to get back to work in 2 months and I'm worried to leave my 2 babies (they will be 5 months and 2 years old) to a French nanny coming from gumtree or a website. Did you find some good nannies without any agency?
I also heard about a family agency "french-nanny-london", does anybody knows about them? I am quite frightening now , I don't know what should I do....

SuperDuperJezebel Wed 14-Nov-12 14:09:22

Whereabouts in London are you? There is a website. Called Nappyvalleynet which covers a lot of SW London and I have found two jobs on there, so definitely recommend it! My charges go to a French school and I'm sure from reading the class lists one of the mums runs a bilingual nanny agency. I think it is called Pearl Childcare but I'm not able to get the website working, but you might have more luck. You could also try contacting some of the French schools in the area (École de Battersea, École de Wix, etc) and asking if you could advertise in their newsletter. I'm meeting a French nanny friend this afternoon so if you like I could ask her if she knows anyone looking?

fraktion Wed 14-Nov-12 15:51:32

marriet you may be better recruiting directly from France. There are lots of quite experienced girls looking to come over but you'd need to have them live in.

Why do you want to use an agency in particular? I've found my nannies and most of my jobs when I was a nanny without an agency. I find I can control the recruitment process better that way.

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MamanGenevieve Sat 05-Jan-13 15:50:15

I don't recommend Little Ones. We found they were terrible. They charge really high fees and all they find is inexperienced candidates that they hardly screen at all. We were really disappointed.

FrenchMummyLondon Thu 22-Aug-13 20:20:19

You can count on St Pancras Recruitment for your French speaking Nanny search. They are a friendly, efficient and professional nanny agency smile

janewest174 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:00:14

We have used little ones and grey coats for the past 5 years and found the service of both to be excellent. Little ones had far more success in finding our French nannies as this is what they specialise in. Agencies do tend to be expensive but you get what you pay for. I myself work in recruitment so probably appreciate the intricacies of what is involved with finding good people. I would personally rather have someone working to find me a nanny, I just don't have the time or expertise to spend hours reading cvs and calling people who should never have applied in the first place. I think the team these agencies are both are supportive, informed and professional. I recommend them all the time. If you need a French nanny I would try them both.

janewest174 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:03:58

So... here are their websites just in case and

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 05-Nov-13 15:28:39

Gosh this thread is the bad penny that just won't go away.

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