Where Are Nanny Jobs Advertised?
Whether a nanny looking for a job or a family looking for a nanny one of the first and most fundamental questions asked is, “Where do I look to find one?”
In fact, there are many places in which nanny jobs are advertised and once you know where to look; there is an avenue to suit everyone.
Specialist publicationsOne traditional route is to look in the classified section of specialist publications such as The Lady and Nursery World (which also incorporates Professional Nanny Magazine once per month). The Lady has traditionally offered posts for highly qualified domestic staff for well-heeled families and is still seen as the No.1 publication for the owners of country houses, estates and yachts, although more ‘simple’ positions are also advertised. Nursery World is the main ‘industry’ publication read by many involved in the childcare sector and here again, many jobs are featured with separate sections for nannies.
The Local PaperAt a less lofty end of the scale, but by no means less important is the local paper. Many nannies wish to find a job locally, where they can easily travel to work each day, and likewise families like to know that their nanny will not have problems getting to them in the mornings, or that they are relatively nearby, should they need extra help at times of emergency. For this reason, it is always worth checking the jobs pages at the back of the local or regional newspaper and indeed, any local jobs board.
AgenciesAnother main route to finding a nanny or nanny job is to go to a reputable nanny agency. Agencies will take nannies onto their books free of charge, interview them, check their credentials and if suitable, present them to families for interview. In this way, both families and nannies can be helped by being ‘matched’ up with each other.
Agency ServicesGoing through an agency is a more expensive option for families in that the agent will charge a fee for the successful introduction and placement of a nanny. Nevertheless, they will promote the position, often advertising on the families’ behalf, carry out primary interviews with possible candidates, check all documentation and arrange for applicants to present themselves to the family if required. They should also offer an after-care service and support in case things don’t work out.
Internet SitesFor the media-savvy, another very strong stream of advertisements and one which amalgamates both private ads from individuals as well as those from agents, is the Internet. Here can be found many specialist childcare sites, many of which also carry advertisements for nannies, as well as more general jobs boards.
Online Matching SitesA growing source of nannies and nanny jobs found via the Internet are online nanny-matching agencies. These agencies freely allow families and nannies to advertise their details and for a small registration fee, also allow them access to the contact details of other members. In this way nannies can search a large database of families offering positions and families can find a bank of nannies looking for a new post.
Community Classified AdsSimilar to this type of online agency, are ‘community’ classified ad sites which very often contain a listings section specifically for childcare jobs. The beauty of these sites is that they are often free to use, but ads may be limited to a small amount of information and the space can be all too often ‘hijacked’ by agencies.
Whichever method is chosen, the most important thing to remember when looking for a nanny or family, is that you must meet them in person before offering or accepting a position, check all references, make sure that they are who they say they are and read the small print of any contract offered.