Hi there, I am going back to work in September and am starting to think about childcare. Ideally I would like a Nanny/carer to look after my kids (4 and 6, will be nearly 5 and nearly 7) in our home, do the school run, and take them to one or two local after school activities.
The hours would be something like 7.15-8.45 and 3.15-5.00/5.30pm. 4 or 5 times a week. So... it's not a lot of hours but I am very keen to find someone rather than them going to a childminder (childminders are really hard to find in this area anyway, they are all very full).
Just looking for tips on finding someone really, or issues I should consider. So far I have found a couple of websites where I have advertised but the people coming forward are not local and often haven't read the hours I need and wouldn't be able to do them.
hmmmmm, any tips for advertising locally and who I should be attracting for this rather part-time role- am happy to pay the going rate/a bit more to attract someone. What is the going rate anyway?
It is not that many hours so it will not suit many. What about school holidays - would it be more hours then?
Maybe it would suit someone with their own young child/children. Consider logistics of getting children to/from school and after-school activities.
Salary varies, generally I say around the £10 gross per hour mark, more in a city, possibly less in some rural areas. Experience level of the person may be a factor. Decide on a figure you want to offer and offer it, see who applies at that salary level.
Try a local advert in a shop window, local newsletter/magazine, school newsletter/ptfa newsletter, local section of mumsnet and netmums.
How about a childcare student? Any colleges nearby? Then they'd be free to go off and study in the daytime. Your children are not so tiny that they'd need someone hugely experienced, I would guess. I know of an older lady with grown up children who does these sort of hours for a family as she prefers to have her daytimes free.
Thanks both. Good points. Forgot to say, no, it's term time only as I'll be teaching. Yes, I thought of an older lady, but wondered if such a person would be up for early mornings! Will think about childcare students, thanks.
Could you use a breakfast club before school and just have a nanny after school? Although that's less hours it might then appeal to someone who worked in a nursery looking to top up there hours. When I was looking for after school care there seemed to be lots of nursery workers doing this sort of thing.
Hi, back again. Emanuela where is the best place to advertise? I have my two adverts now (before and after school). You can message me if you prefer- it would be very helpful indeed to know how you went about finding people- online/notices/word of mouth etc. Thanks!