in north London? I need someone 2.5 hrs per day, 5 days per week to pick up two primary-age kids from school & take them home & mind them. I know that isn't an easy job to fill, but there must be someone who wants it. So where should I be advertising?
I've had almost no response to an advert on childcare.co.uk. Should I try gumtree? Or an agency? Other ideas?
2.5 hours per day, would have to be someone very local. Otherwise payment wiped out by travel time and mileage. Eg 10 miles travel (5 miles each way) equals £4.50 in mileage costs, plus this may take best part of an hour, so loosing an hour of wages say £10. So if you are paying £10 per hour ie £25 nanny would be working for £10! So look local, does your town have a Facebook page? Local college, notice in shop etc. Would only suit college student, retired person as impossible to fit another job around.
Advertise at the school incase there are any TA's who are interested.
Have a look on findababysitter.co.uk - the hourly rates are usually about �15 phr presumably to make it worth their while.
I know someone with an after school nanny [3-7] who contracts her to do two late evenings a week so that they can work late/have a social life/manage drop offs when one is travelling BUT they also employ the nanny FT during school holidays. She is not on call for illnesses. They pro-rata her hours so she is paid the same amount monthly whether she is FT or not and she is free to study/work part time in the mornings during term time. It seems to be working well for them.
Our arrangement is not dissimilar to the one tread softly describes. OP, I take your point about summer camps etc but you also need to be offering a job which is worth taking. The short hours you describe would have a big impact for someone on benefits/tax credits etc. They might think it's just not worth the hassle.
I am in east Midlands and needed a temp nanny for before/after school care for 4weeks Tue-fri and was 8-9am and 3-5pm so 3hrs a day 12hrs week and was offering approx £8 gross an hr and happy for nanny with own child, I had loads applicants from teenagers and also other mums at school he was going to (although many wanted to bring 2 children with them and I was happy with one but not two) and I eventually found someone through local church teacher just finished maternity leave and didn't want to go back and would sometimes bring her 1yr old.
We actually didn't need to go ahead in the end as both DH n I managed some flexible working.
Just look outside normal places so pop an ad on church notice boards. Consider another parent who has similar age child/ren pay would be slightly less than a nanny without child.