how I got a job as a nanny (twice).
Updated: Jun 25, 2021
I've found nannying to be one of the easiest forms of income, as well as one that forces me to earn basic life skills that I otherwise wouldn't have bothered with.
how I got the job.
Desperate for some extra income in my gap year, and a lack of working experience under my belt, I looked up babysitting jobs in my area. I stumbled upon Childcare.co.uk, a hub for babysitters, childminders, nanny's, and people looking for them. You can search profiles by area and what they're looking for e.g. weekends, weekdays, evenings, school pick-up etc.
I wrote a short description about myself which included my age, babysitting/childcare experience, my availability, where I'm based. I also included a recent image to personalise the profile.
There is an option on the website to set your own fees which I had as £8.50/hour but this is dependent on age and experience.
I then messaged any family that suited my availability and experience. I was working part-time elsewhere so that cancelled out some families who required full-time help, I was also not comfortable working with newborns due to a lack of experience. I was eventually messaged by a woman who needed ad-hoc help with her two children, aged 3 & 6. She was a B&B owner so would also need help with the running of her business. Always up for a challenge, I agreed to an interview with her. I ended up working there for a year.
- Making the kids breakfast
- Teaching the kids how to ride a bike
- Reading with the kids
- Preparing dinner
- Bathing the kids and getting them ready for bed
- Teaching the kids to swim
- Clearing up the kitchen (stacking the dishwasher, wiping the sides and the table)
- Dusting and polishing
- Weekly food shop
- Laundry (washing, folding and putting away)
- Tidying up after the kids
- Occasionally cooking breakfast for up to 12 guests
- Greeting guests and showing them to their room
- Taking payment
- Handling bookings online
- Assisting the laundry and cleaning staff with their duties
I got my second nannying job via the same website, when I started University, for a family with two children aged 13 & 14. I still work for them now, 2 x days a week.
- Making the beds
- Cooking dinner and extra snacks e.g. sausage rolls, quiche, granola
- Picking (and sometimes taking) the kids up from school
- Taking the kids to their relevant clubs and activities
- Helping the kids with homework
- Weekly food shop
- Put out and take in the bins
Nannying, to me, was the best job I could've got at the time. If you know the basics of household maintenance and are good with kids, then it's a walk in the park and most of the time, a lot of fun. My current nannying job has also led me to other work opportunities within different fields that will further benefit me after graduation.
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