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why did i decide to go back to work

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lucy01 Thu 18-Aug-05 13:18:10

Rather a long rant I'm afraid....

4 staff at nursery have been sacked (2 from youngest dd's room and 1 from eldest dd's room) for (well the rumour is) either alcohol or drugs.

Nanny due to start in 3 weeks has just quit (broken up with boyfriend so moving away).

Eldest due to start afternoon nursery school in september so need a driver 4 afternoons to do pick up and drop-offs. Was virtually impossible to get in the first place, now have to do it all over again.

Just want to find a large pile of sand and bury my head in it (permanently!!!) Too tired/exasperated to cry

Does anyone know of a good temporary nanny agency in north london. Alternatively could i have a mother's help to do the afternoon school runs and leave the youngest in nursery all day?

bossykate Thu 18-Aug-05 13:20:52

how much time do you have for sifting through the dross? if you have the chance to do this, i would recommend it costs £19.95 to place an ad - i've had lots of responses from there - many awful i should point out - but also some good ones, including the one i hope i am about to hire (after school and holidays). you get responses pretty much immediately ime.


Issymum Thu 18-Aug-05 13:28:34

Lucy, if you want to throw money at the problem you could put a second ad on Gumtree in the teaching section. You may well find a primary school teacher there who is happy to nanny on a temporary basis before term begins or, as a number of Antipodeans do supply teaching, even longer than that. Teachers will come complete with references, police checks and a working knowledge of the English language.

bossykate Thu 18-Aug-05 13:54:29

great idea, issymum. my two best candidates worked in school/pre school. btw - £40 is surely not "throwing money" - compared to agency fees?

Issymum Thu 18-Aug-05 17:16:10

No, I agree it's a very modest sum compared to agency fees. Our superstar nanny is returning to NZ in late October and we've recently recruited her replacement - an early years NZ primary school teacher who, touch wood, seems excellent.

Could we keep this thread just between the two of us as I thought it was a rather inspired idea to use the teaching section of gumtree and I don't want all the other Mnetters crowding the market.

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