1. The Basics
First, we check that candidates meet the minimum requirements:
- Over 18 years old
- Current student
- With right to work in the UK
- Willing to commit to a family during term time until at least the end of the academic year
2. The Application
We look for signs that the candidate will make a great after school nanny. All Koru Kids after school nannies must have solid experience working with school-aged children. Typical experience includes working as an au pair, a regular babysitter, or running a kids’ club. At this stage, we also check for excellent written English.
3. The Interview
Most candidates have to pass a phone interview. During this interview we probe into their childcare experience and understand their motivation for wanting to be an after school nanny. We assess candidates’ verbal communication, creativity and their understanding of the responsibilities of the role. We only accept candidates that are committed, engaging, bright and articulate.
We contact two references for each candidate. We expect the referees to know the candidates really well -- for example, a lecturer that teaches the student each week but doesn’t know them on a personal level won’t cut it. We expect referees to be able to provide glowing personal recommendations. Candidates must be responsible, punctual, reliable and brilliant around kids.
5. Boot Camp
Successful candidates attend our ‘Nanny Boot Camp’, which takes place at the Koru Kids’ office. Our training team -- who are qualified teachers -- meet all the candidates in person and in an intensive training day cover everything from safeguarding, to fun activities, to helping children to develop a growth mindset. At the same time, we continue to assess the candidates. We’re looking for engaged, smart, proactive, and quick thinking students, and we only accept candidates who demonstrate all of these qualities throughout Boot Camp.
By the end of this process we know our nannies pretty well, and we think they’re fantastic.