We hope you find all the information you need about our after school service below. If you don't, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe finding outstanding childcare in London should be simple. We recruit, vet and train top uni students and older people to help local families after school. When you register for free with Koru Kids, we’ll search through our hundreds of nannies and let you know within a day (or slightly longer if you register at the weekend) if any of them are a good match for you. If you decide to hire one of our nannies they’ll become your regular nanny every week during term-time.
We wish we had the perfect nanny for every family but your chance of matching with one of our nannies does depend on where you live and what requirements you have. 90% of families that live in London will receive suggested nannies. Where we don’t have the right nanny for you, we check daily when we train new nannies and let you know if they look like a good match for you. So there’s no need for you to remember to keep checking.
Matching you with a top after school nanny
- We’ll check to see if any of our nannies match your requirements and send you the ones we think are a good fit. This usually takes 1 day (or a bit longer if you register at the weekend)
- If you like our suggestions we’ll introduce you so you can meet the nanny and make sure they’re right for your family
- You’re welcome to meet with multiple candidates before deciding to go ahead (nannies do this too). You can meet the nanny multiple times or organise a trial (note: trials are paid for) to make sure they’re the right fit for your family.
- If you decide you’d like to hire one of our after school nannies, Koru Kids manage all the admin for you including setting up contracts and payroll. We also continue to support you and your nanny to make their placement a success.
How long will it take to find me a nanny?
We hate to say it but… it depends. If we do have a match for you, the process can move really quickly with many of our after school arrangements meeting up within 7 days and coming to a decision shortly after. If you’re able to get back to us quickly, that really helps keep things moving.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of hours per week the nannies can do?
We generally ask that parents offer a minimum of 9 hours per week (e.g. 3 afternoons) during term time, to ensure enough hours for the nanny, but you can request less than 9 hours per week (and just pay a slightly higher rate).
There’s no maximum. Nannies’ schedules differ — some can do all five afternoons each week, others less.
What can the nanny help with?
Of course, they will turn up on time and keep the kids safe! But they’ll do loads more than that.
Firstly, the nanny will pick up your kids from school and take them home to your house, or to any after school activities. At home, they can supervise homework, cook simple meals and snacks, and help the kids get ready for bed.
They’re all looking forward to having fun with the kids, playing games and other activities and using their skills in music, art, sports etc to engage and bond with the children.
You can expect the nanny to tidy up after themselves – although they aren’t a cleaner. If time allows it’s reasonable to ask them to do some light housework such as putting away a shopping delivery or loading/unloading the dishwasher.
Some of our nannies are also happy to work extra hours outside of their childcare role to help with other things e.g. batch cooking, family admin, birthday parties.
We have an active online community where the nannies swap tips for crafts, cooking, outdoor activities and trips and we share new ideas with them monthly, so they’re always armed with new ideas.
After school nanny shares
If you know another parent at the school and you want to share a nanny we can help set that up. You’ll also save money – our nanny shares cost £9 per hour per family. Plus the nanny will get a payrise so it’s a win-win.
Who are your nannies?
Most of our nannies are university students, studying in London for a wide range of degrees. They make great nannies because they’re smart, energetic and want to work part-time around their studies unlike professional nannies who usually need to work at least 20 hours a week.
We’ve also started to train amazing retirees who are passionate about childcare and are looking for part-time work to suit their lifestyle.
Are the nannies DBS checked and first aid trained?
Once you’ve met the nanny you would like to hire, and you've both agreed to the match, we will process an enhanced DBS check on your behalf. This usually takes 1-2 weeks to complete. We will also invite your nanny to attend our Paediatric First Aid course. There are no additional charges for these – they’re covered as part of our £13 per hour fee.
Usually the nanny will have the completed DBS check and first aid training within two weeks of you deciding to hire them. Sometimes your nanny may start before these are complete – just let us know if this is an issue.
How does your pricing work?
Our price structure is super simple: the service costs £13 per hour per family.
This cost covers your nanny’s pay plus taxes and our service, which includes the upfront recruitment, vetting and training of the nanny. Plus the nanny’s, payroll management and contract setup. Our support doesn’t end there though, we’ll continue to be there for you and your nanny whether that’s regularly sending fun ideas for activities and recipes or coaching your nanny through the early days and settling in period, or anything else you need our help with.
If you meet one of our nannies and decide to work with them privately, you may be charged a finder's fee. Details of this can be found in our Terms of Business.
Note: the £13 per hour rate applies assuming you can offer a minimum of 9 hours of work per week (or 39 hours per month). If you need fewer hours, a slightly higher rate will apply – drop us a line to find out more.
More frequently asked questions
How does the employment contract work?
As the legal employer of the nanny, the contract exists between you and them.
Koru Kids will write the contract for you so you don’t need to worry.
The contract includes notice periods. We recommend a notice period of 2 weeks for the first 12 weeks, and 4 weeks after that. However, this is free to be amended on agreement between you and the nanny.
What happens if my nanny leaves?
Like all employment situations this is always a risk. As part of our vetting process we ask all of our nannies to verbally commit to working until the end of the academic year
If your nanny does end the contract early or the nanny's university timetable changes and they can no longer work the contracted hours we will rocket you to the top of our priority list and will try to find you a replacement as soon as we can – just let us know as soon as you find out and we’ll get the ball rolling
Are the nannies available in holidays?
If you need your nanny during school holidays and inset days, they’re very often available for full days as well. We have an active online community where the nannies swap tips for crafts, cooking, outdoor activities and trips, so they’re always armed with new ideas, meaning longer shifts are no problem.
If your usual Koru Kids nanny can't cover all the hours you need, we can introduce you to another student who can help 'tag-team'.
Some of our nannies are also available in holiday care only for full days or wrap around care for holiday programmes. Just get in touch to find out more.
Can the nannies drive?
Some can, but most can’t. So if you need a driver it does limit your chance of finding a Koru Kids nanny. They are all comfortable taking children on public transport.
What languages do the nannies speak? Can I get someone who speaks [French]?
All of our nannies speak fluent English. For most, it’s their first language, but many speak other languages as well. Our nannies come from a range of backgrounds so just let us know on the registration form if you have a preference and we'll do our best to send you students who speak that language. If it’s a bonus rather than a deal breaker it really increases the number of potential nannies we can send you.
Can the after school nannies look after babies and toddlers?
Our after school nannies are mostly experienced in working with school-aged children, i.e. 4 years and older.
The majority are not professional nannies, and looking after younger children requires a different set of skills.
If you haven’t yet contacted us about getting help with babies and toddlers, you can do so here. We’ll let you know if we have any specialist nannies in your area.