Working in London:
Families usually require a minimum commitment of a year as it provides stability for the children. Many nannies stay even longer.
Both nannies, tutor/governesses and parent helpers will be expected to entertain their charges – families appreciate someone who will keep the children physically active and creatively stimulated as many back gardens are small. So it’s important to be creative with outings to the pool, park and library, baking and games depending on the age of the children and the family’s preferences.
We will provide ongoing support and advice once you are in the UK. We can introduce you to others in your area and will invite you to join our facebook pages – you will be able to chat to other nannies working in the UK before you even leave!
We recommend all our nannies take out Nanny Insurance – Public Liability Insurance with a minimum of £1 million cover. We are happy to point nannies in the right direction to organise this.
Driving in the UK
You can currently drive for up to a year in the UK on a full licence. We recommend that you get some practice in manual cars before you arrive as they are much more common in the UK.
If you aren’t ready to go now, this may be something for you to do in the future! Why not consider doing some training to increase your chances of a great job!
In New Zealand contact www.nanny.org.nz
Recommended courses are
In Auckland – Ashton Warner Nanny Acadamy
A current first aid certificate is essential. In New Zealand contact www.stjohn.org.nz or www.redcross.org.nz In the UK www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-courses/courses-for-the-workplace/first-aid-courses/paediatric-first-aid.aspx
Swimsafe certificates, sports coaching experience, music or arts training are all great on your CV.
Accommodation in London
It can be hard to find somewhere to stay in London, whether it’s temporary while you attend interviews, or longer term if you are planning to work as a daily live out nanny. We recommend you try a reputable agency like www.arrivehomes.com