Im a f/t nanny to 3 kids ages 9, 7 and 5 months. this week is half term and we have days out planned.
have offered to have 7 year olds friend for 3 days as mum is V pregnant and tired etc and shes a lovely girl.
But have also agreed to have eldest 2s friends (aged 10 and 7) and their sister aged 4 for 2 days this week as mum was let down by her childcare and was v upset over no childcare etc and she does huge favours for me and BM if running late etc...
2 days overlap with other friends days...me being a moron didnt clock this until i was going through my diary just now...7 kids including a 4 year old and baby, for 2 8 hour days...right now is seeming like a stupid idea!
Its not a q of not being able to cope...i can cope BUT i just have a feeling ill be grey before wednesday!!
Good luck. As others have said it's like being a childminder. Thinking of which, don't go around telling too many people as you are probably in breach of the Childcare Act 2006 and probably are not insured to care for 7 children. But hey, you will have fun and it will probably go better than you imagine.
Hope she didn't just open the wine and climb into the bottle.
I can fondly rememeber a weeks temp job in village, family had 9,7,5 & 12m + ap, with different children asking if x,y could come play i landed up with 8 dc from 5 to 9 including mine( excluding 12m + ap) one afternoon.
So in the morning my lot made cakes and biscuits and in the afternoon 8 kids sat in a rough circle on a pvc table cloth with a named plate of cakes and biscuits and all manner of icing colours and sprinkles in the middle, the quietest 2 hours ever had, then it was tea, play and deliver them all home again with plates.
374bottles a glass of wine this evening to relax though
yesterday was fab! the kida were completly mental completly hy[er but so much fun
today was good, didnt go science museum though...thurs or friday now
Went a bit pear shaped in the arvo and i feel horrible about it- was at the local fields with 4 of them and youngest mindee (5 motnhs). i was changing youngests nappy on a bench (needed doind asap due to nappy rash and no frigging loo's!) and in the split second it took for me to out her nappy in a bag (already opened not tied up etc so v quick) she rolled of the bench onto the floor and bumped her head...we both burst into tears!, she was abso0lutely fine 2 secs later...she has a huuuge bruis and a bit of a bump on her head...is absoolutely fine and no lasting affects...
but i feel absolutely awful about it...cant believe i did such a stupid thing, taking my hands off her...god it could have been so so much worse...nanny of the year my arse!
aoart from that have had a good time with them...mums are so so grateful...and ive got them all again tomorrow and friday!!
Blondes / nannynick - sorry to hijack, but can I just clarify what you said about nanny insurance. I use a self-employed nanny 2 days a week who not infrequently looks after mine and children from two other families on the same day - is she not insured to do so? She has mentioned this is the reason she can't register with Ofsted to enable me to use childcare vouchers, but didn't realise it was an insurance issue too.
Get your nanny to check her policy. I would be in breach of my insurance in the situation you describe, but remember that if she's not registered with OFSTED it's equally possible she's not insured as it's not actually a requirement unless you are registered, altough a good, professional nanny will have it anyway.
Incidentally your nanny, whilst she may not be invalidating her insurance (if it exists), is probably not complying with the Childcare Act Nick also mention further up the thread. The exemption for in-home care only applies for up to two families. Care provided for more than 2 families becomes subject to OFSTED's regulations.
3.(1) The circumstances referred to in articles 2(1) and 2(3) are where a person makes the provision(2)
(i) a child or children for particular parents, wholly or mainly in the home of the parents, or
(ii) a child or children for particular parents (the first parents) and, in addition, for a child or children for different parents (the second parents), wholly or mainly in the home of the first parents or the second parents or in both homes; "