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Returning to work as a nanny/ maternity nanny

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ichangedmymindagain Fri 02-Jan-15 17:16:14

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

balancingfigure Fri 02-Jan-15 17:22:07

I would appreciate the experience especially as a maternity nanny. I think people may be concerned about your energy levels running around after kids and so I would be prepared to defend though

ichangedmymindagain Fri 02-Jan-15 17:33:31

Thanks balancingfigure ,I'm reasonable fit as still been running around still after my adult son ,but I'm going to join a gym increase my fitness level..

nbee84 Fri 02-Jan-15 18:02:13

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 grin I can handle one weekday night out, but definitely not two in a row!

jendot2 Fri 02-Jan-15 20:18:38

I don't think your age will be a problem. I would happily employ a mature nanny or maternity nanny.

wewishyou Fri 02-Jan-15 21:00:12

I have always heard from mothers that they like ]their Maternity nurse to be more experienced and mature

ichangedmymindagain Fri 02-Jan-15 21:03:59

Thank you ,everyone .will book book myself onto the MNT training course and go from there .

Karoleann Fri 02-Jan-15 21:09:03

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.

Hamsolo Fri 02-Jan-15 21:11:51

It wouldn't put me off at all. Our nanny is mid-40s (I think, haven't asked!) and she's brilliant with our 2 yr old. If we have to look again an older nanny would be high up my list.

Tapestry12 Sat 03-Jan-15 10:14:48

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.

NannyLA Mon 05-Jan-15 16:58:57

1 am a 47 year old nanny. Still loving my career and in demand! Long may it last.

I did the MNT course a few years back, just as a refresher really, found it interesting and informative .

You may want to get Ofsted registered too as many people require that now.

Good Luck with your job hunt!

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