Why write about it?

I START MY NEW JOB IN TWO WEEKS!

I have been working in a Nursery school for a number of years and I am looking forward to a move into the world of Nanning.

I have always been interested in working with children, I have wanted to go into nannying for a number of years but was never really sure how to. After searching for hours and reading blogs and watching (limited) YouTube videos. I decided to apply to some agencies. I will write more about my search and how I found and secured my first role.

I’ve decided to document my journey highs and lows online, as when I was trying to find out some more information about nannying I couldn’t find many platforms with Nannies sharing information and stories. I am living and working in London as a British nanny. I hope to be able to give you information describing my feelings and thoughts of the experiences I live.

Although I haven’t started my position yet, if you would like any information on the interview process please leave a comment and I will try my best to answer them.

J

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The First Few Weeks

So I am now into my third week as a full time nanny and absolutely loving it. I have built some lovely relationships with the family and the baby. I thought I would write a post to talk about a few things that made the transition easier.

Getting to know the family before hand, during the time between being offered the job and starting me and the family had lots of contact asking them questions if I was unsure about anything. Ensure you ask the family as many questions as possible. Set up a contract, this is something the family should do, just ensure you read it throughly and query anything you are unsure of!

Ask the family to provide you with a rough guide to the child’s routine especially if they are babies (to ensure you and he family are following the same routine).

It’s also hand for the family to provide you with a task sheet, to highlight your duties and tasks that are expected during your week, my family have daily and weekly, they have also written a small section about laundry (I only do the baby’s) about different settings to put different things on. And another section about the cleaner stating the name and what to do when she is here and timings etc.

This has been amazing as although Mum physically told me this information and showed me its nice to have it written down to refer to!

Contact information

Please ensure that the family provide you with a contact sheet, this should contain important contact numbers both parents (if present) mobile and work numbers! Also ensure there are emergency contact numbers of other family members or a close friend (this is so if there was an emergency and you couldn’t reach the parents). Also ensure the child’s Doctors surgery address, name of doctor and contact number is on there. Closest hospital and any other information that may be relevant.

The Handover

Try and see if the family or current nanny can do a handover with you, I found this incredibly valuable as it gives you the opportunity to get to know the child and their routine with the help of someone who knows them incredibly well. This was helpful for the parents to show me where the babies groups, swimming lessons and classes are. It also gave time for the baby to get to know me and build a good bond without being thrown in at the deep end.

I am going to write another post later in the week about getting to know the local area and getting to know the home, both of which can seem daunting but very important.

Thank you so much for reading be sure to follow me on Instagram @thenannydiary1 to keep up with what I’m doing Day to Day! Also this is a great platform to ask Further questions about my experience

Jade

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Finding A Family

So this is something that is the most important part of your job search, whether you go with agency it’s so important to ensure you match and connect with the right family for you.

My Experience so far…

So I started interviewing with families in January this year, I connected with the family via care.com I had a great interview they asked lots of questions. They were French (I don’t speak French) so the interview was a little ropy with a lot of broken english. I found this difficult because they didn’t seem to know what they wanted in a nanny. I felt they could do with the guidance of an agency. As they haven’t hired a nanny before and didn’t really understand the process, also I haven’t been a nanny before so we both didn’t understand it enough.

I had a few more interviews with families and found that our dates didn’t match up and they wanted someone with a little bit more nanning experience under their belt. I then joined Kiwi Oz Nanny Agency. This was the best thing I could have done, from start to finish they have been amazing I had 6 interviews with families lined up very quickly. I initially spoke to some of them on Skype and then met them in person. I met 4 families who invited me back for trials and 2 job offers in a very short space of time.

Turning Down A Job

I turned down a job because It didn’t feel right…. the children were lovely the parents were lovely and the salary was great. I just didn’t feel as though it was the job for me. I would say never go for a job because you think you like it! You have to know, even if you try to talk yourself into it because you think its everything you’ve been looking for. You need to want the job! This job was the perfect aged children and the parents were so nice. But something wasn’t right.

The Right Job

I initially spoke to the parents on Skype and immediately felt so excited, and started getting my hopes up that this would be the job I’d been waiting for! The mum was soooo down to earth and I liked everything I heard. I didn’t have any doubts, I immediately wanted to tell everyone how excited I was. She invited me back for a second interview a few days later. I attended the interview feeling optimistic, as soon as I walked in I felt so comfortable, the parents were incredibly welcoming and made me feel at ease. I spent about an hour with them talking about routines and activities and meals and the list goes on! 45 minutes later whilst I was talking to my sister about the job (telling her how perfect it would be) the mum text me offering me  the job! I didn’t need to think about it, this was the job for me. I called her straight away and accepted! I start in just under two weeks!

The thing that I’m trying to explain is, you will know when the right job comes along, it might take a couple of weeks and feel like you’re getting nowhere but it will happen. Don’t just accept any job, accept the right job!

J

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Where To Find A Job

I have decided to write about my journey in finding and securing my first Nannying job, I have compiled a list of places to look.

WEBSITES

Gum Tree – There are hundreds of Nanny jobs placed onto Gumtree every week, I have applied for many and even had an interview with a family through Gumtree. Ensure you have an up to date CV and write an informative cover letter. It helps if you put you interview availability in there somewhere also.

Care.com – This is a website specifically made to connect families with caregivers whether that be baby sitters, childminders and Nannies. It’s a great website and relatively easy to use. I did find that the layout of the website can make it more complicated to apply for jobs, on occasion I applied for some jobs thinking they were full time and they would actually be a couple of days a week (not ideal). However I also secured an interview with a family through this website. (They were interviewing lots of candidates, so didn’t get the job).

Nannyjob.co.uk – I used this website for a couple of months, it advertises jobs added by both parents and agencies. So if you have a preference to not be contacted by agencies ensure you pay attention to the section where it states who added the job.

AGENCIES

KIWIOZ – I have absolutely loved KIWI OZ nannies, they are very quick and consistent when replying to messages. I could be biased as this is the agency I secured my first position. From the day we first had contact they were brilliant, responding to my emails giving me ample information and always being at the end of the phone when I had a question. I had been working with the agency around 2 weeks before I had my first interview with a family. I had lots of interviews with various families, I was offered one job and a couple of trials before I accepted my role. I have learned that it is very important to have the right feeling from a family, if you are unsure about anything DON’T TAKE THE JOB. It is so important to get the right feeling from a family.

LittleOnesLondon – This agency was very responsive and quick in the beginning, they were quick to get my in to their office for an interview. The interview with the recruiter was delayed by 40 minutes as she was delayed in an interview (things happen I guess). I had a good feeling about the agency, my consultant was very good gave me a lot of information. Then I didn’t hear anything……for about a month and a half. I phoned the agency one day to find out what was going on and my recruiter had left the business. I was not informed which didn’t make me feel confident about using them again. Other people might have great experiences with them but I didn’t (just my experience).

 

Everything written is my personal opinion.

J

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