Hi , looking for some friendly advice from both parents and nannies. I am a NNEB a nanny with over 30 years experience , for the last few years I have been taking care of my son who has Down' s syndrome . I now find myself being able to return full time as a nanny or Maternity nanny( something I did before I had my children) and I was wondering if people will still employ me because of my age ( 52) or should I think about a different direction in childcare . I have been working part time as a nanny whist taking care of my son but not for nearly a year now. I've book on a first aid course and also looking at the MNT maternity course ( will I get the work after paying out for this course).
I'm looking at registering with a few agency's now Christmas is out of the way . Any advice welcome Thanks
I'm a 45 year old nanny - I would like to think that 7 years from now I will still have enough energy to look after babies and toddlers. In the back of my mind I have a sort of plan that if I find little ones too tiring I may move onto a nanny/housekeeper type job with school aged children but that will hopefully not be for a long time yet.
I have found my energy levels do differ from when I was a nanny in my 20's - but this tends to be at the end of the day rather than during the day. As a youngster I often went for a swim/to the gym/out for drinks at the end of a 12 hour working day. These days I head home for dinner and slob in front of the tv until bedtime I can handle one weekday night out, but definitely not two in a row!
I don't think you'll have any problems getting a good post, 52 is not old at all. My eldest is 8 and at his school I am the second youngest mum - I'm 40 this year! You're also unlikely to get pregnant which is a huge bonus.
I would just think about being a nanny though. Maternity nursing is very full on especially with PFB parents.
Go for it. Try an agency in the first instance. There are lots of them. So join the ones you like and go from there. Once you re-establish yourself you will find you are in demand. Older nannies seem to be popular.