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A leading nanny agency has been trialling after-school nannies who swing into operation from 3-7pm.
After school nannies could catch on in the future as working mums with school aged children seek to cut the costs of childcare but give themselves more flexibility at the end of the day.
A London branch of leading nanny agency Tinies is trialling after-school nannies in response to parent demand. Manager Tami Galbraith says the idea has proven very popular with parents who don’t want to pay for a full-time nanny, but don’t want the stress of having to get back home every night for after school clubs and activities because of work demands.
“Families are jumping for it,” she says. Nannies are not so keen, although they get paid a slightly higher rate to compensate. “We are trying to show them that they can get more pay for fewer hours, but it will take time for nannies to realise that it can work for them,” says Tami.
Nannies can do up to six hours a day after school and earn between £12 and £15 an hour. “As work becomes more flexible nannies will have to adapt to that,” she adds.
Tami is just about to trial another new initiative – a free meet a nanny event.
The first one takes place at Cupcake, a mum and babies spa in Parsons Green, West London, on 12 November from 10am to 12pm.
“With Tinies we are trying to be something a bit different from a normal recruitment agency,” says Tami. “We want to try different ways of getting nannies to meet families.”
Meet a nanny
Tinies has also trialled speed nanny events, but the meet a nanny one is aimed at busy parents who want to spend more time with their children rather than time researching nannies. Some find it difficult to squeeze in interviews with nannies and then once they do find the nanny has already been snapped up, says Tami.
The event, which includes arts and crafts activities, allows them to meet nannies in a relaxed environment with their children and other families. Parents who sign up a nanny at the event get a 15% discount.
They also get to meet other local parents and to see how the nanny interacts both with their children and with other adults.
“Sometimes busy working mums can feel a bit isolated from others in their local area,”says Tami. “The event gives them the opportunity to meet other working mums.”