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Do you worry about what you will do after nannying?

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Cindy34 Mon 24-Nov-14 11:13:36

As I get older I seem to be worrying more about things.

Panicked this morning because the home insurance payment did not go out of my bank account. Called insurer but it's fine, its billed over 11 months not 12.

Next panic is about my NNEB. It's no longer valid for nursery work, so by fall back of nursery temping when nanny work drys up won't be possible without doing a level 3 course from scratch.

Do you worry about such things?

Do you have an NNEB and have you found anyway to make it valid for nursery work by doing a short course?

Am I even still considered a qualified nanny if the course I did is no longer suitable for being in ratio at nursery?

nannynoss Mon 24-Nov-14 12:02:51

I didn't know that about the NNEB - I have the Cache Diploma. I wonder if that is still valid.

I worry all the time about what I will do after nannying. I don't particularly want to nanny when I go on to have my own children, but I have no idea what I would do instead!

I do worry though, that we are the most expensive form of childcare and with the money situation how it is in this country, it will become harder and harder for us to find work.

nbee84 Mon 24-Nov-14 12:21:45

I see myself as a nanny until I retire, I'm 45 now so a little way off yet grin I imagine I will still be fit enough to run around after babies and toddlers as I get into my 60's (after all many gp's cope fine with their gc ) but should I feel the need to slow down then I would look at nanny housekeeper positions with school aged children.

PixieofCatan Mon 24-Nov-14 13:52:49

I worry about it as I'll have to finish nannying in the next 10 years. I know that when DP and I have children, I will have to give up nannying. I was trying to troubleshoot it with my Mum, but she was saying things like "Well, you can put your child/ren into nursery or become a childminder." (She was a childminder for most of my childhood).

To do the latter I'd need either to buy a house with a small garden or rent somewhere that would allow me to work from home in that way, neither of which are really going to be doable as renting down here is difficult enough and I can't afford to buy for a long time yet. And the idea of putting my own child into childcare in order to be somebody elses childcare is ridiculous to me. I just can't justify it to myself. We intend for me to try find NWOC work when we have one and hold off on having a second for a few years, but once they reach school age it just won't work any more.

God knows what I'll end up doing. I'm trying to set up a crafting business and am looking into other ventures now so that I have some income, even looking at running a temping agency, but I don't think I'd be able to compete with the local Nanny franchise, they've managed to run most other nanny agencies out of business as they're so bloody good.

nbee84 Mon 24-Nov-14 14:01:37

I nannied with one child, had my 2nd when the 1st started school and became a childminder until my youngest didn't need me at home after school anymore (after he'd turned 13 and was either doing sport after school or just at home doing homework) I went back to nannying as I can't imagine not working with little ones.

nannynoss Mon 24-Nov-14 14:07:00

Pixie, I feel exactly the same as you. I would struggle to be a childminder for the same housing reasons, and I just couldn't deal with not giving my children undivided attention when I have given other people's children that time.

PixieofCatan Mon 24-Nov-14 14:22:39

nbee Have you managed to find work that goes with school hours relatively easily?

nannynoss That's my issue. I can't justify spending all of this time and effort with somebody elses children but neglect to do the same for my own. I've thought about finding office work or something but I love working with children and I get paid more than I would doing office work, so it's nonsensical.

We would likely [hopefully] home educate our own kids as long as life went smoothly and nothing came up, so once my own child reached school age I think I'd struggle to find a job. And by that point I'd want to have a second child if I were to have one.

One other thing that worries me is that I don't have brilliant health, I've been told that pregnancy may cause my joints to get significantly worse and so I should be aiming to have children younger if possible, so I worry that if i leave it too long I will miss my chance to play with my own children in the same way I do with my charges. I roll around the floor, dance, run around, etc with my charges, I'd want to do the same with my children.

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 24-Nov-14 15:34:29

Life is too short to worry about something that hasn't happened yet

I'm a nneb and wouldnt work in a nursery so no worries there wink

drinkyourmilk Mon 24-Nov-14 15:47:26

Ive been nannying 20 years. Finishing my last nanny position beg Jan and I will be working in a hospital through voluntary organisation.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do- I just wanted out of nannying, for a while at least. I just kept an eye on local jobs and applied for ones I was interested in.

lemonpuff Mon 24-Nov-14 16:51:21

my nneb is still recognised. who says it isn't? ?

Cindy34 Mon 24-Nov-14 18:17:04
In the past there was a much longer list of Level 3 qualifications accepted, the list now is very short.

Glad I am not the only one wondering what the future holds. Though I like Blondes attitude, life is for living not worrying.

Think I am having mid life crises, that does happen when you are say 35-45 doesn't it? No longer the spring chicken I once was, bits seem to be getting knackered, pains and tiredness creep in quicker now. No more long days followed by an overnight like I did in my 20's.

Maybe there is a future outside of childcare but I did that in the past, remember those retail days as a teenager.

nbee84 Mon 24-Nov-14 19:05:49

Pixie - I didn't need to find a job that fitted around school hours. I was childminding whilst my children needed me at home and once old enough to get themselves to sport/home I worked as a nanny 7.30-6 3 days a week. Youngest is now in 3rd year at uni and my latest job is 4 days a week. I've no desire to work a 5 day week as I'm doing 42 hours in 4 days which is full time enough for me smile

Nannynoss - the childminding worked fine with my children, probably helped by me only doing 3 or 4 days a week so they had me to themselves some of the time and we were able to do playdates and other activities on non working days. I think they got a lot out of it and it was a very positive experience for them; they had playmates, learnt about sharing, learnt about caring for younger children etc. In fact both my children are particularly good with little ones (they are 26 and 21 now) and I feel proud that I've passed on a good skill to them and know that they will make great parents one day.

needtomanup Mon 24-Nov-14 22:14:39

I'm a Montessori teacher and hoping to open my own Montessori school and also provide afterschool care from September 2015. Just need to find the right premises. If it takes another year then I don't mind but I won't nanny forever, even though it's a lot of fun I need more of a challenge.

PaulaAtMummyKnowsBest Wed 26-Nov-14 16:33:13

This says that the NNEB is a recognised qualification

PaulaAtMummyKnowsBest Wed 26-Nov-14 16:35:28

Once I had 3 children myself I thought childminding might be a better option but found it really hard finding time for my own children so went into maternity work

I generally only work nights and it fits in well with my family

Cindy34 Wed 26-Nov-14 17:32:38

That list was not like that on Monday, honest. Great news though, no panic now though maybe in a few years it will be different. Could be why my local authority keeps mentioning level 4 courses, though can you do those as a nanny or do you have to do some work in nursery?

Interesting to read what people have planned to do later on, wish I knew what to do.

CateBlanket Wed 26-Nov-14 18:27:20

I've had a look at the list and QTS isn't on it. I was hoping to switch from primary school teaching to working in a preschool - will that not be possible without further study?

CateBlanket Wed 26-Nov-14 20:29:26


nannynick Wed 26-Nov-14 20:29:49

The Early Years Teachers training is the same level as QTS I think, so if you specialised in primary teaching and if you had experience of teaching Reception, then I would imagine that it would be acceptable and could mean that you are classed as an Early Years Teacher for ratio purpose.

Found this in EYFS(2014):
3.33. For children aged three and over in registered early years provision where a person with Qualified Teacher Status, Early Years Professional Status, Early Years Teacher Status or another suitable level 6 qualification is working directly with the children*20
- there must be at least one member of staff for every 13 children; and
- at least one other member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification.

We expect the teacher (or equivalent) to be working with children for the vast majority of the time. Where they need to be absent for short periods of time, the provider will need to ensure that quality and safety is maintained.

I would contact NCTL for advice for how your current training and experience matches with Early Years Teacher status.

CateBlanket Thu 27-Nov-14 03:03:48

Thanks, Nick. No experience of reception - have worked in KS1. Done a lot of volunteering in pre-school and wanted to make the switch. I'll contact NCTL as you suggest.

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