Imagine how great it would be if you could find an enthusiastic, educated young adult who could pick up your kids from school, help them with their homework and get their supper on the table before you get home from work?
Well that’s exactly what Student Nannies are offering parents across London. By matching university students who are keen to take on part-time nannying work that fits around their studies with local parents looking for flexible childcare, this clever company are creating the perfect partnership.
Most importantly children are being looked after by fun, engaged young people. Kids will love playing and doing their homework with student nannies who are musicians, mathematicians, actors, artists, linguists… and even the odd rocket scientist!
It’s entirely possible to match your nanny to your child’s interests, finding someone who can really inspire and encourage them. Or indeed if you feel your youngster could do with a little extra help with their English or maths homework, you can opt for a nanny who is studying these subjects. While they are definitely not a replacement for a tutor, a student nanny can offer a helping hand with homework and make it a more understandable, enjoyable process for your child.
The Smart Option
Student Nannies refer to themselves as ‘London’s cleverest childcare platform’ due to the high calibre of those on their books. They are also one of its fastest growing – around 500 new nannies have signed up in the past few months from top universities like UCL, LSE, King’s and Imperial. The talent and skills they can bring to their new part time jobs is quite frankly superb.
To get started you simply sign up to the Student Nannies website and create your online profile, outlining what your requirements are – school pick up, babysitting, school holiday cover. Including the ages of your children, their interests and any tasks your nanny would be ask to do such as prepare dinner for the kids or iron school uniforms.
You can browse nanny’s profiles too and make a match by getting in touch and arranging to chat or meet up. Subscription is £12.50 per month and is paid directly through the website. This allows you to access hundreds of students. It may be that you find a couple of nannies you like, and they work for you on different days when they are available. There are so many flexible childcare options and that’s the joy of the platform.
Generally, student nannies earn between £10 and £12 per hour and will put pay expectation on their profiles. All payment comes through the platform and no cash changes hands.
Peace of Mind
Of course, the team at Student Nannies do plenty of checks to ensure both the safety of families and students. These are a combination of hi-tech meets the human touch. All potential nannies are ID checked using Yoti (a leading digital ID verification platform), while all parties are background checked with Comply Advantage (real-time checks on global Watch Lists, Politically Exposed Persons and Adverse Media).
Candidates are interviewed before their profile goes live and some don’t make the cut. The team ask a series of questions to check for fluent spoken English, babysitting experience, the ability to think on their feet and a kind, calm manner – all the things parents will be looking for.
All nannies are over 18 and sign up with a verified university/college email address. Most are women but there are some male nannies too.
On their website the team have a comprehensive F&Q section that will help parents navigate the whole process, from how to interview and hire a potential nanny to tax and online security queries.
This fantastic childcare concept is the brainchild of London mum Tracey Blake.
“As a working mother of two, I experienced the childcare crisis first-hand when I couldn’t find any after-school help for my two children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Childminders wanted to finish at 6pm but I didn’t get home till 7.30/8pm; professional nannies wanted a full day, not 4 hours. I was stuck and getting increasingly desperate,” recalls Tracey.
‘Then I heard two students talking in my train station waiting room and I said, “Do you live locally and are either of you interested in some babysitting work?” One of them, Louise, said yes, we swapped numbers and after a chat at our house we hired her. Louise was an art foundation student and did amazing craft projects with the children so there was always something for me to admire when I got home. It was such a good fit for us that when Louise left I wanted to find another student but as a 40-year old woman I couldn’t reach into that network. So Student Nannies was born!”
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