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Nanny experienced with special needs - where to find one?

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Jungfraujoch Tue 10-Oct-17 22:03:03

Are there any agencies that specialise in this area?

Caulkheadupnorf Tue 10-Oct-17 22:03:38

I’ve just googled it for you and snap childcare comes up. Worth a look?

Pollaidh Tue 10-Oct-17 22:27:47

Snap childcare, though I haven't used them.

Shattered04 Wed 11-Oct-17 09:40:18

It depends on how severe or complex the special needs are. DS has ASD with a PDA profile and ADHD, and can be extremely challenging, however fees by Snap were just too high. We ended up sourcing our nannies over the years through as they list special needs experience if they have it.

That said, his SN are all about challenging behaviour, and a good nanny who is willing to have an open mind can manage him with the instructions we give. So far our nannies have done well, he gets on great with them and the reasons they left were not related to our family! For more complex needs you may well need to go more specialist.

Milkandcornflakes Wed 11-Oct-17 13:31:19

Special people ..they are based in London..

Pollaidh Thu 12-Oct-17 15:46:37

Norland Nannies can choose a SN module and experience as part of their training. Some decide to go into SN nannying. They are rather expensive though. They have their own agency, via their website, and they sign up with other places too.

Jungfraujoch Thu 12-Oct-17 17:16:06

Thanks for the suggestions. X

nannynick Sun 15-Oct-17 08:39:25

Most nanny agencies will be able to find you a nanny with experience in certain areas of SEN. Keep in mind though that someones experience is probably from having cared for a child with a particular diagnosis, if they had not cared for that child then they would not have had the experience. It's not something that is covered on a general childcare course (certainly wasn't when I trained in the late 90's). So focus more on the characteristics of the person... any particular skills they need to care for your child could be taught - at some point you were taught to do it and you cope fine.

WellTidy Wed 18-Oct-17 15:23:24

We got our nanny through SNAP. DS has classic autism, sensory difficulties and ARFID. We needed a new nanny about a year or so ago as the nanny who had always looked after him whilst I worked went on maternity leave. I looked, and came to the conclusion that SNAP had a monopoly on the market when it came to nannies with complex needs like his. We also have another DS who doesn't have special needs.

The nannies we interviewed were all impressive. We could have gone with either of two, but the one who we have is amazing. My experience is that the quality of nannies that they attract is very high. The fees were super high though. We were employing for a permanent contract, in greater London. I think we paid 11% of her annual salary plus vat. They also have a chart which sets out how much their nannies must earn.

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