I am thinking of going back to work a few days a week and therefore wondered if it would be possible to get an au pair/nanny part time. i wondered if any one has experieince of this and how it affects pay etc. I have never used either before, so am completely in the dark as to how it all works and the best way to go about it.
Well an au pair would be living with you, but you could arrange whatever hours you wanted - eg she could do 25 hours over 3 days. But she would still be living with you the rest of the time. Part-time nannies are now far more common than they used to be, so you shouldn't have a problem in finding one especially if you can be flexible as to which days you need (as they will typically still work the full week, just do other days with a different family).
Hi, thanks for your advice. I'm a bit out in the sticks in Lincolnshire and have three boys. One about to start school and a 2 year old and a 2 month old. I am hoping to get a job to work around school hours 3 days a week if possible. I figured with the 3 of them it may be a cheaper alternative and better for my boys to have a nanny as opposed to using a nursery and shunting them around. It's just an idea at the moment, but with my family complete, I am feeling like I need to get some of me back and would like to have a job again so that I feel part of the real worl and less isolated. However, I don't want to compromise my boys happy lives too much in the process. Thanks very much to all.
Nanny seems most viable. Your location could make finding a part-time nanny tricky, but you don't know until you try. Just did a search on NannyJob and there are parents/agencies advertising for nannies in Lincolnshire. So you are not the only parent wanting a part-time nanny in your county. NannyJob also have a CV search system (you need to register to view full details) which may be worth looking through.
Also try NannySelect - at time of search, there were 30 nannies listed in Lincolnshire on their system. Some entries are a bit old, but may be worth while becoming a member so you can contact them, plus post your own advert.