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How flexible are nannies and how much do they cost?

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sarah293 Sun 21-Jun-09 08:48:36

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Millarkie Sun 21-Jun-09 09:05:03

I've seen a few nannies on nannyjob who were actively looking for jobs with disabled children. There is a nanny agency who specialise in placing nannys into families with special needs children I think but can't remember the name - will have a google for you.
The hours (evenings and weekends) might be more of a problem as most nannies I guess would prefer a more normal working week, but that's not to say you wouldn't find anyone.

Millarkie Sun 21-Jun-09 09:13:31

http://www.snapchildcare.co.uk/ Is the agency. HTH

Millarkie Sun 21-Jun-09 09:14:54

Are you going to be around at the same time as nanny is caring for your dd - if so you might want to look at SN mother's helps which would be cheaper. (and they exist according to that link!)

magicOC Sun 21-Jun-09 09:38:52

SNAP childcare is def a good place to start.

As milarkie has pointed out if you are around then maybe mothers help or someone like myself who has a long work history/references etc but with no SN experience who is willing to learn. I am in full time work otherwise I would volunteer smile

Good luck with your search.

snickersnack Sun 21-Jun-09 09:42:10

I think you can find nannies prepared to work all sorts of different hours. I know our nanny has a nanny friend who specialises in children with special needs. £16 an hour sounds towards the top end of London costs, when you throw in tax and NI, so I can't see why SS wouldn't go for it. Daft if they don't. Perhaps they might want some reassurance on qualifications, though? Hope you can cut through the red tape and get what you want.

nbee84 Sun 21-Jun-09 09:44:23

When you say respite care do you mean someone that would have sole charge while you and your family get a break? If so, you also mention that your dd is severely disabled - would the nanny need any specialist training (ie breathing tubes etc) or is it more that she is unable to take care of her own personal needs?

You also may have to look for 2 people as it is 7 days a week - so no whole days off.

Maybe someone would do Mon-Fri and someone Sat&Sun. Or another option could be someone that will do Sun-Weds and the other Thurs-Sat.

magicOC Sun 21-Jun-09 10:25:38

Have just read your thread on the SN secton and it does sound like you need someone who will be able to take over and give you and your family some "ME" time. In that case someone with loads of SN experience is probably more advisable.

I do hope you find a solution soon. A nanny is a possibility tho.

Good luck.

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 21-Jun-09 11:03:26

there are a few sn nannies about (i am not one of them)

but i would be willing to learn - do you need sn training or common sense?

i have looked after a dear little boy who had Barth Syndrome,and the mum explained to me what i needed to do

what kind of care does your dd need?

it might be easier to find 2 nannys/sn carers to sort out the hours

the 2 sn nannies i know both live out,so that shouldnt be a problem

if the ss are happy to pay then i would contact snap and see what they have on offer

what area are you in?

good luck x

sarah293 Sun 21-Jun-09 12:29:51

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limonchik Sun 21-Jun-09 12:51:21

Tinies are a nanny agency with a Bristol office. From looking at the jobs on their website wages in Bristol seem to go from £7 to £10 an hour gross.

Blondeshavemorefun Sun 21-Jun-09 19:07:28

if i were near you,then i would help you as i work part time, but alas im not sad

there are a few nannies on nannyjob that are in bristol - some of them come on here as well,might be worth adding yourself to the mums need help thread in this section

there is also a thread with nannys on it looking for work so have a look there to see if any in your area

if you think you can train/teach someone then

i would also place an ad on NJ and netmums and see what replies you get

all parents need mn me time, but espically so in your case to help life be more normal

sarah293 Mon 22-Jun-09 07:28:26

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frAKKINPannikin Mon 22-Jun-09 08:45:46

Most nannies will have a CRB - if not you can usually pay a local agency to do one (Tinies used to do this).

They'll send you a CV, then you have a look through, see if they have relevant experience and skills, work out whether you want to invite them for interview or not.

Personally I'd recommend a phone interview first as that way you can give a brief description of what the job involves, say what you're thinking of paying, find out a bit about them and see how they come across.

If they pass that hurdle then invite them for an interview where they can meet you face to face and possibly your family as well. There are threads about interview questions - adapt to suit!

Good nannies will bring a portfolio of sorts which includes any certificates, their referencs, CRBs etc. Take copies of written references and contact details. If you like the nanny check the references. Again there are threads on what to ask - adapt to suit.

I get the impression you're probably going to want to focus on temperament and general common sense if the nanny hasn't worked with SN children before.

Agree that 2 nannies are probably the way to go. Bristol is a university town - would you take on someone doing a childcare or health related degree? Or have a bank of them so they do a shift system? That would solve the PT in term time and FT in holidays problem a little.

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 22-Jun-09 14:40:13

riven - will ss pay the fee of finding a nanny, is often a weeks wages x3 with most agencies so quite a lot of money

but if you go with an agency that the nanny will be crb and hopefully have 1st aid

so could be a lot - not sure what snap charge

snickersnack Mon 22-Jun-09 20:29:42

I found it really useful to write down all the questions I wanted to ask before the interview. We covered food, routine, behaviour, outings etc. I think it's quite hard to be too rational about it though - obviously important to know the person is competent, but if they are CRB checked and have refs (and any nanny from an agency should be) then I think it's a lot about how well you get on with them, particularly if you're going to be at home with them a lot. You have to be happy having this person in your house, day in, day out. And frankly that ruled out a whole lot of highly qualified candidates I met.

It's a strange relationship in many ways. You're the employer, with everything that that entails (I assume you'd be employing the nanny, even if SS were covering the cost?) but you also need to be friends - this person is looking after your child, so you need to like and trust them.

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