Do you want to earn as much money as possible with many benefits and expenses covered, giving you the opportunity to easily save? Can you dedicate yourself to a family in order to get all this? Do you wonder how to find these jobs and what these families are looking for when selecting a Nanny for their children?
Writing your Nanny CV for a job working for high profile and HNWI
If you have limited experience then try to think of any situations you have been in, with family, at school, clubs or charity work where you have come into contact with children or where you may have completed a task that required some skills that could be transferrable when working as a private Nanny. For example, have you done babysitting for family and friends? Have you helped organise a childrens party? Do you have younger siblings who you have helped with their homework or learning a sport? Maybe you worked in a hairdressers and some customers were children.
If you have lots of work experience then make sure the dates are all clear and in order, and don't keep repeating that you did the same duties in every job. If you do this you are wasting space. Rather try to reveal somethnig unique about each job. If you are struggling to find unique aspects to each job, then perhaps provide some detail about the location and house you worked in - did it have other private staff, did it have a pool where you swam with the children? Did you live-in or were you provided a seperate apartment or lived in a staff house? If you joined the family on foreign holidays where did you visit? Have you ever had to respond to a medical emergency or provide special care or work extra hours due to an unexpected event happening?
I feel it is very important to talk about your interests, hobbies, achievements, career aspirations, travel experience or dreams in order to give some sight into your personality. A Nanny works very close with the family and often becomes a friend or confidant to the children and sometimes even the parents. It might help your application if you have some similar interests or skills that you can use to entertain or teach the children or at least by revealing a bit of your personality the family can feel they can understand you as a person, not just a Nanny, and someone who they feel comfortable to invite into their home and potential share a lot of personal moments with.
Findng and Applying for a dream Nanny job
First of all, you will never find these type of jobs advertised on websites where any member of the public can advertise a job. You have to register with a recruitment agency. These type of families do not have the time or patience to write a job advert, post it online, read 100s of emails and CVs from applicants, make a shortlist, reply to unsuccessful applicants and contact those on the shortlist to arrange and conduct initial interviews and check their documents. They also want to protect their privacy so they always instruct a recruitment consultant to do all the initial search and selection until the consultant usually selects just a couple of strong potential Nannies to present to the family. Try to preempt all the information and documents that your consutlant will require and send this to them with your CV or complete an online registration (see our registration page which asks you for all the information we require.) If your consultant asks you for some additional information or a document then get it to them as early as possible as some jobs get filled very quickly and if they don't have all your data then they cannot move forward with your registration and won't even send your CV to the family for consideration.
Your recruitment consultant will have done a lot of work to get to know your skills, experience, motivations, abilties, character and will obtain as many references to confirm your achievements and learn what others think of your work ethics, skill level and suitability for this job that you have applied for. All of this information allows the consultant to present you in the best way. Many people who apply for jobs fail to promote themselves properly and fully and can neglect to reveal some important strengths that they have forgotten about or didn't realise were valuable.
Most high profile families will be concerned about your relationship with social media - if they see that you like to share everything you do this will likely cause a red flag. However, any good recruitment consultant experienced of working with celebrities or royalty will warn you about this.
Hopefully your consultant will have secured you an first interview. Depending on the location of the family this can sometimes be held over Skype if face-to-face is not possible, or the first interview may even be held by the family PA or House Manager. If the family are overseas the may offer you a paid flight to visit them so you can attend a first interview and check out the location, home and accomodation as well as meet the family. If the job doesn't have an urgent start date and the first interview goes well the family may tell your consultant that they would like to offer you a work trial which can be anything from an afternoon, a few days or even a week.
If the family employ a private chef then you may get to taste some of the best food you have ever tried and may be invited to eat with the family or expected to eat in a staff area. If there are staff areas, then remember this is a communal area and respect for others will be expected, so remember to wash up your plate and put it away straight away. Offer your assistance and muck in wherever possible. Domestic staff teams often become a very close, well oiled team that support each other wherever possible in order to provide the best service to the owners, and manage the house as effectively as possible.
A work trial is a time for you to decide if the job is right for you but it can be extremely stressful for a Nanny. I like to remind my Nannies that they have nothing to prove during this period. All your skills and experience have already been verified and at this stage of the recruitment process you should have positive references and recommendations from past employers. The family have already decided that you are suitable for the job. Your top priority during a work trial is to relax, smile and be friendly, approachable and helpful to anyone you come into contact with - parents, children, other household staff, contractors and conduct yourself appropriately in public. They family won't be expecting you to perform the duties efficiently during the trial and probably won't introduce you to all aspects of the job anyway in fear of overwhelming you. Most parents are reasonable, they are not trying to trick or test you as they want to find a Nanny who feels comfortable to join them aswell. The parents will be deciding whether they feel comfortable with your presence in their house and they may even ask for feedback and the opinions from other staff members. They will be noticing how you conduct yourself with other staff in the house, how you act in public, your appearance, your personal hygiene and cleanliness if you live in their house or in accomodation provided by them. When in public whether you are on or off duty it will be important you conduct yourself properly as you will become a reflection on the family. Depdning on their public profile, privacy and confidentiality might be a major concern of theirs and so you may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, asked to never take photos of the children or inside their properties, you may even be asked to turn your GPS off your mobile phone.
Job Offer and Probabtional Period
If your work trial was a success and you get offered a job, it will probably come with a probational period of up to 3 months. During this period you will be expected to fully learn the job and settle into the roll. This is a time for both parties to decide if this job is going to continue long term.
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A lady recently said to me, there are 3 things that she, as a busy parent, needs to accomplish each morning:
“I need to get ready, I need to get the children ready, and I need to get the house presentable”
She said as long as 2 out of the 3 were done, then she was winning. We laughed. We both knew too well that this is the case for many family homes and often it’s the parents who luck out! But it also reminded me how valuable a Nanny can be. A Nanny means all 3 can be achieved and sometimes more.
I am sure you wish to give your children all the good things in life which includes; nutrition, education, manners and maintain a beautiful home but also have some time to yourself. Employing a Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper can help you achieve all this. Chances are you can’t be brilliant at everything, or simple don’t have the time to do everything you’d like to do.
Its important you acknowledge that you are not superwomen or superman. As a parent do you find yourself switch into autopilot and wonder how on earth you managed to get through the day at all?
I meet a lot of parents who want to prove to the world they can do it all alone but when your family’s happiness depends on getting everything done, its critical to spend a bit of time planning and delegating. It seems silly to stress yourself so much with school runs, housework, cooking, laundry, helping with school homework, after school activities, bedtime routines, elderly parents and the list goes on, when what is most important is spending your precious time with your family, making memories and doing things for you that make you happy. Of course you love your children but I don’t believe they should define who we are.
I launched www.FamilyRules.co.uk to help parents:
What can I ask my Nanny to do?
As long as you are clear from the start about what you need, then this can be very flexible to suit your needs. I am particular keen on introducing Nanny Housekeepers as I feel children of a certain age should be encouraged to be independent and entertain themselves, which can allow the Nanny to help around the house. You can expect a Nanny to help with any of the following:
Once you’re past dreaming about all the positive changes a Nanny can bring and decide that employing a Nanny is in fact the best idea for the whole family, you will start to come up with a whole heap of questions which I can help you navigate:
My professional background is Human Resources and Recruitment but I hold fond memories of being a Nanny. It was therefore a natural progression to set up FamilyRules.co.uk.
I place Nannies, Nanny Cooks, Nanny Housekeepers, Mannies, Nanny Yacht Stewardess, Bilingual Nannies, Maternity Nurses, Governor/Governess. I also place other domestic staff such as Housekeeper, Chefs, and Chauffeurs. Whichever staff member you decide is right for your family, they will allow you to prioritise and dedicate your time to the things that you consider are most important for you and your family.
Training to be a Nanny used to involve learning some basic skills such as cooking, sewing, changing a nappy, feeding, and doing your pediatric first aid course to name a few. Nowadays there are requests for Nannies to be a whole lot more. At Family Rules we take great pride in finding well qualified childcarers but we particularly love to find those with additional specialised skills so no matter what request we get from families, we can introduce unique Nanny that can fit the bill. At Family Rules, we already have chidcarers who are also qualified climbers, lifeguards and skiers, trained chefs and yacht stewardesses to individuals with musical and language skills. However, skills in child protection have become one of the more desirable skills to obtain nowadays especially when working for HNWI and families who are in the public eye.
As a Nanny I never did any physically training such as stunt driving or learnt any martial arts techniques (I wish I did though - the training looks like a lot of fun!) but I did recently complete the Child Protection for Childminders online course with The Child Protection Company. It only takes 2 hours and you can pause, stop and start at any time and it only costs £34.74. You can get 10% off this course if you Register as a Nanny on the Family Rules website. An email will be sent to you with a passcode to the Family Rules Club where you can get discounts on many childcare related products.
The course goes through different types of abuse and how to identify them, covers FGM (female genital mutilation) and bullying, signs of radicalisation and extremism and also has a section on online safety.
This course was specifically designed for childminders but I think it to be helpful for Nannies, Babysitters, or anyone looking after children, since all children need to be protected from abuse and safeguarded from harm.
It was a great reminder of how to react and who you can report to when you come across indications of child abuse, or if you have a concern about the safeguarding of a child. I found the course to be particularly good about reminding to be 'child focused' in all situations that you might encounter.
You have to pass at least 70% and you get your certificate emailed to you immediately along with an outline of what you have covered in the course so you can show prospective employers. Thankfully I passed and got my certificate The Child Protection Company:
Why we're called Family Rules?
Often there is more to a name. It sometimes has a meaning or a message. For example, this year, on one of my favourite websites Good Housekeeping was an article ‘12 Baby Names That Mean ‘Beautiful’’. My business name, Family Rules, also has a meaning. Not everyone was keen on the name at first. But as soon as the name popped into my head I was 100% sure it was the name I was going to use. Let me tell you why…
My first nanny job was working for an extremely busy family with 3 children under 7 years old and a new born due within weeks. This family approached each day like a military operation and I had to hit the floor running at 100mph from the get go otherwise I was going to be left behind and out of a job. I wasn’t the most experienced of nannies so thankfully the mother told me in the interview that she could teach me everything that I needed to know…
One of the first things she told me on my first day at work was:
She was extremely clear about how she wanted her children to act and respect me. They had Family Rules. She empowered me straight from the beginning, which gave me the confidence to be the best Nanny I could be and help bring her children up the way she wanted.
From that day forward I learnt more and more about what the family deemed important;
Every family follows a set of rules and these eventually contribute to defining who the family is as a whole, what they believe in and help mold the children into their individual characters. I know there are parents out there who find it difficult letting someone else discipline their children, but from my experience, if you share your Family Rules and allow your Nanny to also communicate the rules clearly it can be a fantastic advantage. You’ve effectively cloned part of yourself; a part that is very demanding, repetitive and tiring as a parent. The Family Rules helped me as a Nanny to instil the good manners and ethics into the children I cared for and I was very proud in watching them grow up to be very polite, kind and fun children to be with.
What are your family rules and why are they important? Do you have them visible somewhere in your home? Do you find yourself repeating them at every opportunity?
When your life seems like a continuous conveyer belt of doctors appointments, medication, and not knowing what the next day holds, it's a breath of fresh air for the whole family to be able to get away and have some fun and excitment. The taxi drivers who give up their time and use of their taxis to make this happen each year love to see the joy that it brings to the children and their families and they can't help but come back to volunteer again and again. It costs £1400 per taxi to cover fuel, hotels, food and hotel expenses.
To read more about this wonderful annual event, or if you would like to become a sponsor or simply donate, please visit the Magical Taxi Tour website here: http://www.magicaltaxitour.com
I met a London taxi driver today who recently got back from the Magical Taxi Tour that he takes part in every year. Its a convoy of over 90 taxis which take the trip across the English Channel to Disneyland Paris. Their passengers are children with chronic debilitating illnesses and life limiting conditions with their families who would never be able to go on such a holiday without the medical assistance available on this tour.
Teacher of the Year Award - Tackling child obesity
Elaine Wylie, a head teacher from St Ninians Primary School in Stirling, Scotland, initiated the Daily Mile program which involves the entire school, from nursery to P7, running or walking a mile or doing 15 minutes of exercise every day. The program has been going for 3 years now and the school nurse recently reported that there are no pupils in P1 that are over weight which they believe could be related to the pupils doing the Daily Mile since they were in nursery.
Sadly Elaine said that she is retiring this year but already other schools have started with the program so hopefully it continues to spread across the UK and to other shores where tackling child obesity is a concern.
Special Recognition Awared - Millie's Trust
Millie's Trust was created by the parents of Millie Thompson who tragically passed away in a choking incident in October 2012.
Their efforts have led to newly qualified staff with a childcare Level 2 and 3 qualification being required to have an emergeccy first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate and that all ambulances must carry a paediatric first aid kit. They have also set up Millie's Mark which nurseries can display if all their staff are trained in paediatric first aid.
You can read about my experience of attending a 2 day Paediatric first aid course here.