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finding a nanny without paying huge ageny fees?

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brownie4 · 15/09/2006 17:53

Is this possible ,my local childrens info service doesn't list nannies .One agency i looked at wanted 10% of nannys yearly salary, ie ?600 . I am a student starting uni and just ant justify that.Any ideas??

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thewomanwhothoughtshewasahat · 15/09/2006 18:01

if you are in London try Simply Childcare - google it and you'll find the website. there's also Gumtree and Nannyjob. There's The Lady magazine too. Plus always worth putting adverts up locally - eg at schools - parents of school age kids might want to let their nanny go / find her more work to enable them to keep her on to cover only out of school hours


NannyL · 15/09/2006 18:36

my last 2 jobs i have found myself throuh i have contact parenst about their jobs advertised....

how eveer both parents said they had LOADS of applicants they wouldnt leave the dogs with and no way the kids so be prepared to have loads of not so good applicants as well!


Blu · 15/09/2006 18:42

Another SimplyChildcare recommendation!


nannynick · 15/09/2006 23:52

It is certainly something you can do. My current employer found me without using an agency, they posted an advert at and at I think they interviewed 5 candidates, don't know how many enquiries they had, but it was at least 5!

Your location may make a difference - as publications in which you can advertise, do not cover all area. Simply Childcare for example is mostly for London. Nanny websites tend to be national, and general jobs boards tend to be regional, or city based such as

You can also advertise locally in newsagents/postoffice, at school perhaps, local NCT or other parenting type newsletter.

CIS do not CURRENTLY list nannies. Laws change in April 2008, which will mean that from April 2008 they will start listing all childcare providers. Currently it seems to be up to each CIS who they list, as my neighbouring area (Berkshire W&M) CIS do list me, but Surrey (where I actually live) refuse to do so, even after I complained.
For anyone interested in the new law, see Childcare Act 2006 .

£6000 for a nannies salary seems a bit low, if your 10% figure was right. Will depend on days/hours of course.

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