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How easy would it be to find someone for this job?

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putthehamsterbackinitscage Sat 06-Oct-12 16:51:10

I have 2dc aged 14 and 11

I need somebody to cover 6-8 am Monday to Friday, to be a responsible adult in the house, make sure the dc get out to school on time and possibly do some cleaning etc

not sure it really suits an au pair as it is early starts so it might have to be pt housekeeper though I do have space for an au pair if that would work

I am in South Yorkshire but not a uni town so not easy to find a student either.....

lljkk Sat 06-Oct-12 16:59:01

what would you pay?

putthehamsterbackinitscage Sat 06-Oct-12 18:24:01

From what I have seen on line on a child are n babysitting site, I expect around £7 per hour but no idea if that is good or bad?

lljkk Sat 06-Oct-12 18:28:46

You're more likely to have some joy with an Au Pair.
It's the 6am start and limited hours that will put folk off. In theory a nice teenager would suit, but need a very responsible one, and they would move on sooner rather than later.

omletta Sat 06-Oct-12 18:32:23

I have someone who does similar to this for me, including collecting one DC from school, but in the afternoons, not early mornings. She doesn't need to actually supervise or care for the DC as they are self- sufficient so she does a bit of ironing, hoovering or changes beds. I pay her £10 ph.

I think the time slot might be problematic although I know that it would appeal to my lady, but If I were you I would try to market to an 'older' person - My lady is retired and so she is happy to work odd hours and doesn't mind getting up early.

putthehamsterbackinitscage Sat 06-Oct-12 18:53:52

So I might need to pay more but not impossible - that's good to know ....

Trying to decide what's best - other option is I do have a possible child minder from 6:30 daily but that means getting dc up at 6am and that's not popular/easy grin

And then have a cleaner too as I am over run with housework, kids, working longer hours than i'd like etc and DH is away from 5am on a Monday till 6pm on a Friday ....

catepilarr Sat 06-Oct-12 20:25:07

if you just need the person to be present in the house in the morning when you leave the house at six, i think an older aupair (rather than a 18 yo superwising teeneagers), might work ok. they could all get up later and get ready. depending on the ammount of housework needed she could then have some free time to go to classes or do as she pleases during the day and be back home for when the children are back from school.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 20:38:17

Could you not try leaving them by themselves? If you have neighbours that they can call on in an emergency e.g. house on fire, roof caved in, choking on a cornflake, then I would give it a chance.

Otherwise I think an older, retired person is the way to go.

putthehamsterbackinitscage Sat 06-Oct-12 21:47:37

Its not do much leaving them on their own.... They come home to an empty house too ... It's more a mix of not getting them up extra early or leaving them to organise themselves too...

Lots of working mum guilt.... Plus I don't always get home before 7pm too.... And I really need a cleaner and help around the house too.....

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 21:57:26

I think an au pair would be the way to go then. They do 5 hours a day usually, so 6am-8am and then 4pm-7pm. I don't thinks 6am will be a popular start time tbh, but because your children are older it should be an easier job in other respects. Would you actually need them to start at 6am or just be in the house? Could you leave them all asleep at 6am and then the au pair wakes up and gets the children up at 7am or something?

An au pair is not a cleaner, but will do light housework (hoover, bit of dusting put some washing on, start the supper etc).

The only issue I would warn you about is that au pairs are generally very young, is your 14 year old likely to do as she's/he's told by a 19 year old? I know some teenagers will be fine, but I know au pairs who have worked in houses with teenagers who say they just totally ignored them/were rude to them etc.

putthehamsterbackinitscage Sat 06-Oct-12 22:57:32

14 yo is young for age but ignores me unless I rant or switch off gaming privileges grin

I really need someone in the house and to make sure they get up, plus feel guilty if I am not back till late

My 11yo is very good and very mature for age....

My idea of cleaning was mostly around hoovering, sorting out washing and maybe clean bathrooms.... Plus not just doing it but getting dc to do their share too wink

lljkk Sun 07-Oct-12 11:03:36

Oh gosh,I read that wrong, thought it was 11 + 4yo, not 14.

Heck yeah I'd leave them if they are otherwise sensible; they would be responsible for selves & each other.
But if you could use a cleaner anyway,then I would offer the job up to a local college student and it's not end of the world if they end up unreliable & only staying for short spells, because of how old your kids are, anyway.

You might find it easier to offer the job 7am-9am.

NeDeLaMer Sun 07-Oct-12 11:10:34

I think if you offer 7-9 (or longer if want more help around the house) & pay £10ph you will find someone. I think the key is going to be deciding exactly what you want someone to be there doing. It might suit one person to be there nagging encouraging the kids to get up/do their jobs/sorting their breakfast and shoving a wash on while they're there & it might suit someone else to be focussed on doing the house work and just being around if the kids need her - they will need to know what their job is, so they feel they are actually doing it, if you leave it all a bit up in the air there wont be much job satisfaction for them and there will be a lot of frustration for you.

It is possible though.

sleeplessinderbyshire Sun 07-Oct-12 21:31:43

if you were offering £10 an hour I suspect this job would really appeal to someone who was used to working as an early morning office cleaner. They usually do 6-8 and it's horrid hard work at the minimum wage, a lighter cleaning load with a little bit of teenager chivvying and tons more money would probably go down really well....

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