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When is a nanny considered to be experienced?

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dollybirdy Thu 27-Feb-14 22:32:04

I'm thinking about offering a nice 24-year old Spanish girl the job as nanny to my two dc (3.5 years and 1 year). From my research on here, it seems the going rate for an experienced nanny is around £10-12 net per hour. Our nanny has been an au pair for the last 12 months and so I'm not sure you could say she is experienced. Do you think it would be reasonable to offer her £10 per hour gross (£8.80 net)? I am based in SW London and it will be based on 9 hours per day, 3 days per week. She has asked to take a long holiday in the summer - how would you respond to this (I will have to find alternative childcare cover)?

TheScience Thu 27-Feb-14 22:41:05

I would say she has no nanny experience, so £10 gross an hour sounds fine.

Surely you will have to find cover whenever she takes her holiday (5.6 weeks a year - so 17 days) - is it the length of the holiday or the timing that is the problem for you? Could you agree to choose half the holiday each?

Cindy34 Thu 27-Feb-14 22:44:45

I would look at amount of sole charge care she had done. Would also look at what was affordable and what someone would need to earn to live in the area or within reasonable commute. Then look at market forces - what other jobs pay.

I think 10 gross is fine to offer, possibly on the generous side but then you are in London where salaries are higher than elsewhere.

Long holiday - unpaid leave? Work out how much annual leave she would get, work out the days you would insist she takes, such as over any specific times you take holiday.
Can you cover all the time off requested? Is getting a temp childcarer practical? Could this be the deal breaker... any other applicants for the job?

dollybirdy Thu 27-Feb-14 23:02:36

Sadly haven't seen any other candidates that I'm keen on, and I have been looking and interviewing for several weeks. She gets a glowing endorsement from the family where she has been working as au pair.

She says she has been a sole charge nanny for almost 5 years in Spain, but during that period she was doing other work (teaching assistant etc), and so the nanny position wasn't full-time.

Re holidays, she wants to take off considerable time in the summer - perhaps all of August. I guess she can take some of the days from her annual allocation and the rest will be unpaid leave. Is it reasonable to ask a nanny to take their holiday when we take ours, or can they take it whenever they wish?

Thanks for your help - this is all new to me.

wadi1983 Thu 27-Feb-14 23:06:04

normally the entitlement is halved, and parents choose one half's dates.and.the nanny the other half's dates!

TheScience Thu 27-Feb-14 23:06:06

Usual practice is half your choice, half nanny's choice. So maybe something like 5 days definitely off over Christmas/NY and then you choose 2 weeks/6 days and she chooses 2 weeks/6 days?

wadi1983 Thu 27-Feb-14 23:08:18

where in London.are you..

There will be a good few nannies available in August because kids are off school.

You could try. - likeminders - They are a agency, they will more than likely find you someone to work that month for £7.50 an hour, and the nanny pays there and insurance.

wadi1983 Thu 27-Feb-14 23:10:12

Have you tried

dollybirdy Thu 27-Feb-14 23:11:41

Great info, thank you.

I'm in Barnes and so will check out Likeminders.

So you all think £10/hr gross sounds OK?

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 27-Feb-14 23:15:36

Is this actually a nanny or a babysitter? A nanny is qualified.

TheScience Thu 27-Feb-14 23:16:53

A nanny doesn't have to be qualified - many aren't.

dollybirdy Thu 27-Feb-14 23:19:03

I was on and met a lot of time-wasters. Two nannies stood me up and couldn't be bothered to get back to me when I contacted them to ask then whether they were still available to meet. I've found the whole process of finding a nanny very frustrating.

dollybirdy Thu 27-Feb-14 23:22:05

One Sleep - the role I'm offering is a nanny role (I think!). Basically I want a lovely, trustworthy person with some experience to look after my children 3 days a week.

NomDeClavier Fri 28-Feb-14 08:09:56

I find the more experienced nannies hang out on which is another site that hasn't been mentioned. I recruited both mine from there.

You should be able to find a temp for August - student doing a childcare related degree, teacher, nanny who works term time only. It's whether you want the hassle.

iluvkids Fri 28-Feb-14 09:58:41

Im an experienced nanny

I use and agencies

NannyLA Fri 28-Feb-14 12:00:50

I am a qualified, v experienced nanny. I have used both and with success .

Artandco Fri 28-Feb-14 14:11:26

I say experienced is sole charge for 5 years. Most of the 'good' nanny agencies won't have people on their books with less than that

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