Who are your nannies?
Our nannies are university students, studying in London for a wide range of degrees. Parents told us that many professional nannies want to work full time hours which means finding and keeping an after school nanny can be a real challenge. They wanted someone who was able to work part-time, was responsible, could help with homework and most of all have fun with the kids. That’s why we decided to recruit students and train them to be the best after school nannies in London!
How do you vet the student nannies?
We heavily vet all the student nanny applicants and only 10% make it through. Students complete an application form, a phone interview and attend a training boot camp at our offices. We also conduct two phone references for each candidate.
Once you’ve met the nanny you would like to hire, we will also process an enhanced DBS check which usually takes 1-2 weeks to complete. We will also invite your nanny to attend our Paediatric First Aid course. The cost of these
What is your recruitment criteria?
All of our nannies are at least 18 years old and are in education, either full-time or part-time.
All our nannies have two excellent references taken by us over the phone. Koru Kids will also process an enhanced DBS check once a nanny is matched with a family.
The students have to demonstrate relevant childcare experience. This could include things such as babysitting, nannying or helping at their local youth group.
We expect all students to be passionate about working with kids – they have to be full of fun ideas and understand the responsibility they are taking on.
Once the nanny has been matched we provide a free paediatric first aid training course.
What can the students 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 students 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.
You can expect the students 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 students 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, so they’re always armed with new ideas.
Can the after school nannies look after younger children, like toddlers?
Our after school student nannies are mostly experienced in working with school-aged children, i.e. 4 years and older.
Some of our nannies are able to look after aged 3+ but unfortunately we don’t place students with under 3’s. This is because while the nannies are lovely and sensible university students, they’re not professional nannies, and looking after younger children requires a different set of skills.
If you have younger children than our nanny share service could be what you’re looking for
Can the nannies drive?
Some can, but most can’t. So if you need a driver it can be trickier to match you. They can all use public transport, of course.
What languages do the nannies speak? Can I get someone who speaks [French]?
Mostly, the nannies’ first language is English, but many speak other languages as well. Our nannies come from a range of back rounds so just let us know on the registration form if you have a preference and we'll do our best to match you with a student from the relevant country.