I am an Australian nanny, and part time law/developmental psychology student. I presently live in Australia but previously have lived in the UK where I worked as a live in Nanny in London, and worked through various agencies as an emergency/temp nanny for 2 years.
I will be in London over December - March of this year, and was thinking of possibly working as a temp mothers help / nanny in order to fund some weekend travels. I will be coming to stay with my partner of 3 years, so I will have a stable base in NW London, but would be willing to travel. I will have a tourist visa, so obviously I will only be able to consider cash in hand arrangements, but am flexible as to the length/hours/duties!
I have almost 5 years experience, glowing references (including from my current Australian employers who have so kindly given me this time off to travel), can drive confidently in London, am super flexible!
So, I'm aware of all the usual places to look for temp jobs being advertised, but wanted to test the waters to see if anyone would be interested in an arrangement like this? Is it feasible?
I'd really appreciate feedback / your perspective!
No I wouldn't TBH (I don't have a nanny currently) time period is too short for me, and probably too short for mat leave cover for most too! You might get a succession of temp jobs but you might also want to check with the agencies first I've heard that the market is saturated and nanny salaries are dropping!
This would have worked for me 4 years ago - except for the cash in hand bit. I don't pay nannies cash in hand.
My nanny left when DS2 was born - she went on maternity leave - and I was looking for help for my 6 months' maternity leave. My local nanny agency found me a mother's help for 25 hours a week. I then recruited a perm trained nanny when I went back to work.
I think most people take more than 6 months' maternity leave now though, so I don't know if the 4 - 5 months you mention would be long enough.
I think the penalties for employing you can be quite high, although they may not enforce it...
"If we find you knowingly employing illegal migrant workers, you can face tough penalties including an unlimited fine and/or a maximum of two years' imprisonment. (This is under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.) We have a system of civil penalties for employers who employ illegal migrant workers because their recruitment and employment practices are negligent, or not careful enough."
Hi Lucy - you could just be the person we are looking for - we live in North West London as well. Unfortunately, I cannot CAT you (contact another Talker) - can you change your settings so I can do this? Or else feel free to CAT me.
oh I missed the bit about CIH sorry I too wouldn't do that, I'm guessing you've allready used your work visa if you've done 2 yrs here allready.
I'm in London too bluegreen, as I said I don't have a nanny currently, I got it from the paper/internet from the way things are going nanny salaries can only go down, the market is pretty saturated round here (everyones' salaries are only going to go down I'm not singling out nannies I've had subinflation pay rises for about the last 3 years)
but there again we all know what journalists are like