When Founder Sarah first began her nanny search back in 2011, she had no idea how hard it would be to find someone ultra reliable, really kind and entirely trustworthy to take care of her daughter while she was at work. And she's not alone – the nanny-finding/-keeping business is rarely straightforward, whether it’s accepting there’s a tradeoff to be made, or accepting ‘good enough’ in lieu of ‘great’:
However, for Sarah, there’s one person who has always come to their rescue in a childcare crisis – her mum, Katie, the most amazing human, who has every skill that could possibly be required for childcare. From cooking and keeping the house ship-shape, to being brilliantly patient and kind, and helping out with homework, Katie has all the qualifications (and more) that the role needs.
Sarah is now determined to do everything she can to help other families secure childcare they can really rely on, with the launch of Granny as Nanny, a nanny recruitment agency which matches fabulous and experienced childcarers with working parents who are looking for childcare.
It's a community-spirited concern, with the aim of connecting people at a local level. Granny as Nanny don't JUST employ grannies but they do focus on utilising the amazing skills of older people who've got relevant nanny/childcare experience or who have the required skills by virtue of having raised a family themselves.
If you're a parent, Granny as Nanny does all the hard work for you, such as sharing the details of nannies who they believe to be a great fit for your family, as well as setting up get-to-know-you meetings and assisting you with negotiating terms and the contract. View the Parent Zone here.
And if you've perhaps raised your own family and are looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in your life, or maybe you’ve worked in education or healthcare and looking for new challenges, take a look at the Nanny Zone.
So, whether you’re a parent who is desperate to find a fit-for-purpose solution to your childcare challenge, or someone eager to embark on (or continue) a career in childcare, Granny as Nanny would love to hear from you!
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