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Au Pair / Manny - where to advertise?

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mistlethrush Mon 22-Aug-11 16:52:45

I have a friend that wants to do a part-time Access course so that he can work his way through the course helping with childcare in a family situation - he wants to study to become a junior school teacher. What are the best places for him to look or sites to register on?

If you would contemplate a male carer for your children, what would make a potential candidate stand out for you?

(He's currently working in a childrens nursery, working towards an nvq and has younger siblings that he looks after, so he's not completely unqualified for the job!)

StillSquiffy Mon 22-Aug-11 19:03:55

I get my male APs from great au pair and au pair world. I look for men who are realistic in their profiles - the ones that say "I'm not that great at ironing but I know it's part of the job, don't worry". That kind of thing. Other than that I don't look for anything in particular that's different from what I look for in females (Experience, references, first aid, CRB if poss, driving licence etc).

TBH mentioning the younger siblings would put me off - it's what all the people who have no proper childcare experience say, so stick with the nursery setting as the main selling point.

mistlethrush Mon 22-Aug-11 19:32:30

THanks squiffy - very helpful.

He has the experience (job) a first aid qualification, crb for the current job etc - and can work on driving license again if he has some money! (Don't think that will go in though)

kelly2000 Wed 24-Aug-11 23:56:38

he could try an agency.

mistlethrush Thu 25-Aug-11 00:44:36

Any one in particular?

nannyl Thu 25-Aug-11 08:31:54

id go though normal nanny agencies cause they cant discriminate for being male.

BUT most of the agencies require qualification And / or (at least)2 years nannying experience, so that may be a hurdle for him to over come...

He could put his CV on nannyjob, / netmums etc and see what responce he gets, and also keep an eye on gumtree

mistlethrush Thu 25-Aug-11 09:35:54

Thanks Nannyl - will suggest that. Not sure whether I dare suggest netmums... but might venture across before referring him there and see whether there might be anything.

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