hi, this thread is a little duplicative of some other threads, but i need a very specific type of advice. i've spent ages writing out a family description, job spec, etc for a nanny, and now i need to take the plunge!
can any mums or nannies recommend good nanny agencies that they have used? PM would be great if we are not allowed to promote businesses in this way. i am based in sw11 if this helps.
i would like to use an agency in our search but there seem to be masses of them charging widely varying fees and offering a big fat nothing only limited recompense if things don't work out for any reason? (i am not really concerned about the second point, but it does amuse me to see how little help you get if it all turns to custard).
any agencies that really added value?
ideally one that gives a full disclosure of how they bill? many don't, or use some arcane formula i can't relate back to the nanny's net or gross pay and it's annoying when trying to choose.
i can't face gumtree.... only ever got nutter flatmates off it when i was single!
Nannyjob, childcare.co.uk, greatcare.com.... and don't discount gumtree, I've gotten every one of my nanny jobs from there!
The best agencies I've come across are- Wimbledon nannies (Renate is lovely), Eden (I was dealing with Angela there, and she was very profesional) Little Star in Twickenham and The Childcare Solution. I'm with about 15 agencies and they are the only ones to put me forward for jobs which are in my area and what I'm looking for.
I second the recommendation for Eden but they are expensive and have heard many good things about Wimbledon. Most agencies work on the multiples of net salary basis so budget a month's salary in fees.
I agree that nannyjob is where the agency will advertise anyway so try an ad on there first. Then if you need help with shortlisting CVs, checking references and qualifications etc you can always come back and ask here!
I think Kensington nannies charge a flat fee (but a big one).
Another nanny that uses Eden. I'd recommend them because they listened to what I was looking for in a position and only showed me suitable prospective positions, as opposed to other agencies where not only have they ignored my requirements but simply arranged interviews for me! Total waste of everyones time. I've also had lots of nanny friends recommend Wimbledon too.
I love Eden too, but I have also been very happy with The Nanny Service - Ronel and Corrina there are absolutely fantastic. I'm a Mum by the way.
You should also know that a regular Mumsnetter called Sally has just set up her own agency called The Nanny Tree and is offering really cut price fees because it is just starting up. I've spoken to her about my own search and she seems really clued up.
I can recommend Eden as well as well as Imperial Nannies (I have just been placed with them for one position.) I am registered with many agencies, but they are the best and worth their money. Other agencies didn't even check my references.
I would recommend simplychildcare.com, i got all my nannyjobs from there. Also can highly recommend Claire at Wimbledon nannies. Have mixed feelings about Abbeville nannies, they are not really good at keeping contact with nannies and providing feedback,etc.
Thanks for the recommendations, and it is great to hear directly which agencies do listen and take the time to check references properly - that's the main thing. any other recommendations gratefully received!
I used all weather childcare (http://allweatherchildcare.co.uk/default.aspx) and found it great - I was registered with 4 agencies and found them by far the most helpful. They really listened to what I wanted and didn't just send me a glut of uninteresting cvs.
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