Types of childcare solutions
All of our nannies have a deep and genuine passion for nurturing and supporting children in the home environment. They are caring, encouraging, loving, honest and highly respectful.
Our Vetting process will ensure our minimum requirements are adhered to:
- A recognised childcare qualification and/or experience in a childcare setting
- A personal face-to-face detailed interview for assessment. Confirmation of identity through photographic ID, and detailed investigation of employment history
- A current Paediatric First Aid certificate
- An Enhanced DBS
- A minimum of 2 written references – verified. Verbal references will also be asked for to give you peace of mind and the opportunity to talk to previous employers.
Depending on your childcare requirements, there are various types of nanny who will provide the support you are looking for:-
Daily Nannies are employed to care for your children in your own home, offering exclusive care and support from one to five working days per week. Daily Nannies are employed to carry out ‘Nursery Duties’ which include (but are not exclusively) children’s washing, ironing, tidying children’ play areas/bedrooms, and cooking for the children. Daily Nannies can work on a Sole Charge basis (independent of parents) or on a Shared Care basis, (working alongside parents providing shared support). A typical working day for a Daily Nanny can be from 8 to 12 working hours, with additional babysitting, overnight or weekend care as optional and by prior agreement.
A Live-in Nanny lives and works in your family home and they are responsible for your children on a sole or shared charge basis. Live-in Nannies are different from Au-Pairs as they are usually highly experienced and qualified childcare professionals, who work closely with parent’s to ensure continuity of care and family framework. A Live-in Nanny is employed to carry out ‘Nursery Duties’ which include (but are not exclusively) children’s washing, ironing, tidying children’ play areas/bedrooms, and cooking for the children. A Live-in Nanny would need to be provided with their own bedroom and preferably a private bathroom. They are also provided with food. Live-in Nannies often accompany the family on holidays and perform a proxy parenting role. Live-in Nannies work up to 5 days a week and between 8-12 hours per working day. It is usual for a Live-in Nanny to perform up to 2 babysitting tasks on a weekly basis, and overnight duties are also very accepted with prior notice.
A Nanny/Housekeeper is an experienced and often qualified childcare professional who may either visit the family home on a daily basis to perform their tasks, or Live-in. In addition to carrying out childcare duties, the Nanny/Housekeeper will also do a significant amount of cleaning and cooking for the family as a whole. They may also run errands, and be responsible for household management. A Nanny/Housekeeper can be employed from one to five days a week and their working day varies from 8 to 12 hours. Nanny/Housekeepers are often asked to perform babysitting duties and overnight stays with prior arrangement.
A Governess’s role is primarily focused on the education and academic development of the children. Governesses are highly qualified professionals who will supplement or home school the children. Some Governess’s are bi-lingual and many work overseas. The general care of children is often undertaken by a separate nanny, but some Governesses will perform the academic function of their role alongside caring for the children if flexibility is required. Governesses are also expected to travel with the family to ensure continuity of educational support and development. Governesses typically work between 8 to 10 hours per day and up to 5 days a week (often including weekend shifts).
A Parent’s Help (traditionally known as a Mother’s Help) is often a person initiating their childcare career, so with less experience or qualifications than a Daily or Live-in Nanny. Parent’s Help carers generally work alongside the parents offering support with childcare, errands, general light housekeeping, food preparation, homework support, dog walking and laundry duties. Parent’s Help carers begin by following the direction and guidance of a parent closely until they have gained more experience. They will then often be left to care for children for short periods on a sole-charge basis, once the Parent’s feel they have the knowledge and skills required.
Maternity Nurse / Nanny
A Maternity Nurse / Nanny is often a qualified Paediatric Nurse or Nanny who has taken additional maternity qualifications. They will have a minimum of 5 years working experience with newborn babies, and be proficient in providing exceptional care and support for Mum and baby(s) immediately after childbirth. Maternity Nurses and Nannies in the majority of cases will Live-in with the family. They typically work up to 24 hours a day ensuring the baby has the best care possible whilst the Mother rests. This can be invaluable, especially with first-time Mums, multiple births or babies delivered by caesarean section. Maternity Nurses and Nannies may be employed up to 12 weeks, and will assist parents in establishing sleep and feeding routines, support with breast feeding and assistance with sibling care and acceptance of the growing family.
A Night Nanny again provides exceptional support for newborn babies and parents, but works on a daily basis. They will often arrived between 8pm and 9pm and stay until 7am the following day. Night Nannies will work with the parents to establish reliable sleep patterns to ease the journey of parenthood long-term. Night Nannies will carrying out all night feeding duties, settling and nappy changing to enable the parents to rest. In addition, they will offer advice on establishing routines and coping strategies for post-natal issues. Night Nannies will need to rest whilst carrying out their duties and will either sleep in the baby’s room or nearby with a suitable monitor.
Wedding / Event Nannies
Wedding and Event Nannies are qualified and experienced childcare professionals who provide a fun and stimulating environment for children at weddings and events. These events can be long days, and stressful for parents who wish to relax without the worry of keeping their children entertained. These nannies will arm themselves with a variety of stimulating indoor and outdoor activities to ensure the children enjoy the day as much as the adults. Wedding and Event Nannies can be employed to attend your home should you be holding an event, or an external venue. Typically they will care for children from birth up to 10 years old.