I started my job in November last year and I still haven't met any local nannies. It's ok as I only work 3 days a week, but I am getting more and more bored without adults to talk to, and am dreading the impending school holidays! I go to local Playgroups and parks but I there just aren't any nannies (loads of childminders though!) There is a nanny 2 doors down from my family but she works the 2 days I don't! My main problem is that I try not to drive with tho kiddies, so any playdates/activities need to be within a 30 min walk. I have a 1yr old and a 2yr old so don't have the opportunity to meet people at nursery drop off (how I met all my nanny friends in previous jobs). So how do I find friends?!
I feel for you! I am between jobs at the moment and seriously thinking about other possibilities as I found my last job very isolating. No other nannies and although in the village where I live, all my friends working! Mothers say 'oh yes come round anytime' but when I text they're all busy. Usual Mother n toddlers but then my hours changed so missed them. Where are you working? As for the summer holidays, the local park is where I meet most mums/nannies. Try the childminders as I used to be one and I'm sure you can make friends that way. Loneliness is awful and you can only walk the streets for so long. Good Luck.
I'm a mum and a childminder, don't rule people out to be your friend just because of a title. I am friends with and go to groups with other childminders, nannies and mums, I go out socially with groups of these people too. When I was a nanny I was friends with a group of mums who all had children a similar age to the one I looked after and it was fine. My nanny agency were always trying to fix me up to be friends with other nannies who were local but either the children we looked after were different ages (as in a baby to a school age child), we worked different hours, worked too far away with each other etc. I found it works best to get to know People who went to the same groups as I went to.
Like Lucylouby said it is far better to try to meet people doing the same thing as you. I have been know to strike up conversations in the park with someone vaguely my age in a bid to make friends. They don't have to be a nanny either, it's just nice to have some adult company!
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I do go to groups and while (most) people are friendly and happy to chat whilst there, no one is interested in meeting up outside of the groups. The childminders in all the groups I go to are part of a big group (4 or 5 of them working together) and they have no interest in making new friends. I also find that childminders don't tend to do play dates round people's houses.
I think my main problem is the 1 yr old I have is at the very active but not safe with it stage, so I find myself constantly following him around (stopping him trying to eat crayons) and not being able to finish a conversation with anyone!
I have loads of nanny/childminder friends from previous jobs, but I now work a 30 min drive away from them and their charges are now much older than mine.
I'm in a small village on the edge of a large town in Surrey, if that makes any difference.