just musing as will be giving up CM in the next few months as DH has left the Army, and we will be moving out of quarters, I have been in childcare for 30 odd years, and was thinking of retiring, or going into a nursery, or something!
Anyway have now started to wonder about going back to being a nanny, (I was one 30 years ago and then again briefly about 20 years ago)
I have loads of experience, as well as qualifications, but wondering if my age (50!!!!) would put potential employers off.
Wouldn't put me off. In fact, we were all set to interview 2 older nannies (similar age to you), but they got jobs before we met them. Plus, another nanny in her 40s, whom we did meet, was offered a job (which she took eventually), on her way to be interviewed by us.
So lots of people obviously aren't put off by an older nanny.
I think as long as you are energetic enough to look after kids all day, then no problem.
I don't know about pay, I would definitely be asking for the higher end of the pay scale, seeing as I have 30 years experience,(but I would be willing to pay to be Ofsted Registered, might be possible to swap my current Registration over to Nanny Reg, not sure will ask NannyNick).
I also have a NNEB, NVQ up to level 4, Foundation Degree in Early Years, Behavioural ManagementFirst Aid, Safe Guarding Children, as well as God knows how many play courses under my belt.
I think some parents want younger nannies and others older nannies and actually think most parents would interview based on cv, with the experience and qualifications they require and then decide on you as an individual at interview. I would say if would differ from one 50yr old to another.
I always thought I would prefer a younger nanny until I became a stay at home mum and spent a lot of time chatting to nannies at toddler groups. The more mature nannies just seemed so much more experienced, reliable and not phased by things the younger girls were. I guess it is down to the individual family and your fit with them but given the choice I would always go for an 'older' nanny.
I am currently interviewing for a nanny myself (why I am lurking on this thread!) and leaning towards a lady in her 40s, she just seems to have much more to offer than the younger girls I've interviewed.
The thought of going back into a 'regimented' structure of a Nursery was not appealing to be honest.
I know nannying will not be he same as working for myself, I decide what I am doing each day, where we are going sort of thing, but hopefully with the right family, it could b quite similar (most days we go out to something and have a fairly organized routine around sleeping and eating, so we could do as much or as little as the children dictate.IYKWIM)
i think many familys would be happy with an older experienced nany just as others are happy with a young one with their own child
in other words all familys are different
one of my dear friends is an older nanny, is 45 and gets work easily - parents love the fact she is older
and shoshe - nannying is much less stressful (no paperwork etc) and hopefully more enjoyable than being a cm, and you really can leave your work - unlike cms who are always in their work environment iyswim
I would if I could afford a nanny. I prefer all of dd's respite carers to be older women. Generally more experienced plus I can talk to them. The teens we have had spend all their time ignoring dd and texting.
Blondes that is why I am giving up we will finally be living in our own home, and I want it to be 'grown up' with all the lovely things we have bought over the years and have had to either keep covered up or in boxes.
I have had enough of living in a Nursery, but not enough of the children.
So Nannying seems the best way to go.
So anyone looking for a old Nanny in the south Oxfordshire/North wilts area this time next year
shoshe - you would need to notify the childcare voucher scheme(s) that your nanny employer uses of your new Ofsted registration number. Your ICP is currently enough for Nanny Registration, though who knows what the requirements will be in 2010/2011. Though as you have Foundation Degree in Early Years, I suspect that will be fine for quite some time yet.