it is tricky isn't it because childcare things are generally not well paid. Is teacher training not an option? If maintaining your current income is paramount, you may need to think about non-childcare related options as nurseries and TAs don't earn great salaries unless you get into the management side of it. Related things would be people facing jobs I expect?
I think you have to upskill either way, either do management courses and try and go down the managing a nursery line (but you'll need to start with getting nursery experience), or do additional qualifications in something else - could be whatever you feel you'd be good at really - personal assistant, chef, customer services etc.
If you can't stand Nurseries ( I understand why and I'm an ex Nursery Manager! ) then perhaps training is a good option.
I began my career many moons ago as a Nanny after gaining my NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing. The job of a Nanny in terms of job satisfaction ( imo) largely depends on the parents; there can be some really awful ones as well as those that are lovely.
I now train Nursery Nurses for a living but have worked my way up a long ladder and gained more qualifications along the way.
Perhaps a TA role would suit you, before/ after School club maybe?
You're right with the job satisfaction thing, it's less the parents and more the entire job. I feel like I'm at the end of the line and there's no progression. There's no "nanny manager" or "area nanny" so really there's no where left for me to go, I'm at the top end of the pay scale (unless I get a ludicrous job in 5 countries with 3 nannies..) and I'm bored!
I keep looking into teaching but it's 4 years full time training and with a mortgage, I can afford to not work for 4 years..
I've often thought of my own coffee shop/cafe but as more and more chains pop up I wonder whether little old me and my chocolate fudge cake can make it in the big bad world 😂🙈
I nannied for 20 years. I was so miserable at the end (wrt employers - and I was extremely flexible ) that I just needed a complete change. I worked out what my transferable skills were and ended up working for a local charity supporting unpaid carers. waves to everyone who now immediately recognises me. I love it. I feel I do an important job, I'm challenged each day, and I have colleagues and management to fall back on when needed. My hourly rate didn't really change, but my hours were halved- so yes I have far less I'm come. It's worth it though.