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EXCLUSIVE nursery by the hour in Notting Hill area- Does this exist?

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starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 08:41:27


I have a seven month old daughter and I am a full time mum.

I was wondering if there is such a thing as a NURSERY BY THE HOUR where I could register her and leave her for example twice a week for a couple of hours?

It should also be at the high end of nurseries and I am happy to pay £8- £10 per hour (the price I would pay for a nanny).

I somehow prefer her to go to an official place where there are various adults and a supervisor rather than leaving her alone with a babysitter I hardly know.

ObiWankenYoni Tue 16-Apr-13 08:45:04

Exclusive, High end nursery?

Er, ok


twolittlemonkeys Tue 16-Apr-13 08:49:19

Ok, ignoring the slightly boastful tone 'high end' stuff in your post, I think the problem you will have is that nurseries which are any good will already be full up with children who do regular days/ full weeks. Sounds like you would be better looking for nannies willing to do some extra babysitting (eg nannies of school age children who could look after your child during the day whilst their charges are elsewhere?)

IYoniWantToBeWithYou Tue 16-Apr-13 08:51:39

I think you are looking for an exclusive, high end, creche. Nurseries charge for either a day or half a day.

flatmum Tue 16-Apr-13 09:02:47

The nursery my dc go to has hourly rates. Don't know how exclusive or high end it is but it costs an arm and a leg (and is v good -Asquith chain, bound to be one near you)

Not sure if you can do it on an as hoc basis though you'd have to check, and your dd may struggle settling in if she is just there for the odd couple of hours.

I think what I'd do if I were you is find a good (read expensive) day nursery near you which will satisfy the upmarket requirement and book her in say 2 full mornings a week on a regular basis which would be 2 or 3 hours so you can have some time and she can get used to a regular schedule. It is usually cheaper and easier to get a place if you book regular full morning ime, even if you don't use all the time.

The only other thing I have done for the odd hour is use the crèches at local leisure centres for an hour or two while I went to a gym or a class. This works wells but you have to stay on site and they are functional rather than high end. If you join a posh gym or health club they might be more high end?

AuntieStella Tue 16-Apr-13 09:05:12

You could try taking a half day place for two or three days a week (but you'd have to pay for that, year round, whether you used every session or not). Otherwise it would be crèches (normally found in say gyms - I doubt if they're available other than for gym users though).

You budget of up to £10ph looks on the low side for a central London nanny (though it would get you an unqualified sitter) especially if you are not offering regular work.

Phineyj Tue 16-Apr-13 09:22:24

Yes, try a gym. The sort of creche you describe does not really exist in the UK as far as I know, other than as part of gym offerings (try Virgin Active, for instance).

AuntieStella Tue 16-Apr-13 09:25:49

Not much help if you want to do something other than go to the gym or its co-located businesses, though.

Part-time nursery place, or a nanny-share might be the most achievable optionss.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 16-Apr-13 09:34:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AuntieStella Tue 16-Apr-13 11:58:49

For completeness here is the other thread OP started on this today.

starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 12:23:51

WouldBeHarrietVane thank you so much!!!!

That is exactly what I was looking for. Sadly its not around the corner but otherwise this is perfect.
Hope I find something similar in my area.

Smorgs Tue 16-Apr-13 12:38:54

Hmm other thread has been deleted?

OP are you French? It sounds like you're looking for an Halte Guarderie which are very common in France but as far as I know don't exist in the uk.

starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 13:09:11


starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 13:13:03

Yes, I know in other countries its easier to find.

givemeaclue Tue 16-Apr-13 13:15:39

Op, can the nanny that you mentioned looks after your child two mornings a week not do a few more hours on an ad hoc basis?

starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 13:28:30


That is the problem, no she can`t. Most nannies wont work an an ad hoc
basis. Its easy for evening babysitting but during the day most nannies have a fixed schedule.

The Cupcake creche mentioned earlier would be just perfect. I probably will continue to use my gym creche which works even if the time is limited.

givemeaclue Tue 16-Apr-13 13:33:33

Life is indeed tough when you've only got your nanny and gym creche to give you time off

Wossname Tue 16-Apr-13 13:42:53


starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 13:47:02

Well the gym creche is supposed to be for mums who work out in the gym and dont leave the premises to do other things.

Maybe I stop doing other things and just work out until I have the perfect body ... I guess then my husband doesn't mind if everything else is a mess :-)

WTFisABooyhoo Tue 16-Apr-13 13:54:15


spend the £8-£10p/h on a cleaner?

BranchingOut Tue 16-Apr-13 14:00:13

Leaving aside all the comments about 'high end', I think that you may need to revise your thinking about childcare costs/arrangements in central London.

£10 per hour, net (so £10 plus tax, NI and ERNIC on top) is the standard rate for a nanny.

Babysitters might be a bit less.

A childminder would also be cheaper.

Some nurseries do register to do 'emergency' or 'ad hoc' are through sites such as 'emergency childcare', but this varies from nursery to nursery. The cost for this at the nursery I use is a whopping £16 per hour....

starchildmum Tue 16-Apr-13 14:27:52

16£ h? Please send me the name anyway. Good to know if such a nursery exists.

BranchingOut Tue 16-Apr-13 16:53:07

Best to look at the emergency childcare site, as that will have details of places in your area.

KatAndKit Thu 25-Apr-13 11:56:48

Spend the time with your child perhaps and pay someone £10 an hour to tidy your house? Since you have a nanny for 2 mornings a week you already have loads of time off to do things for yourself. I have no nanny and no nursery, we spend a tenner a week on a cleaner and get the rest of the jobs done in the evening when the baby is asleep (my partner does his fair share as he realises that I spend the daytime taking care of the baby)

Bonsoir Thu 25-Apr-13 12:07:16

I agree that as a FT mother it is nice to have a break from time to time in order to do things that are difficult with a baby in tow. If you have no family nearby or even in the same country, it can be hard to ever get a break during the day.

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