1. The Basics
First, we check that candidates meet the minimum requirements:
- Over 18 years old
- With right to work in the UK
- Lives within 30 minutes travel time from our families
- Willing to commit to a family during term time until at least the end of the academic year
- Has previous childcare experience
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 raising their own family. 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 typically require 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 complete Koru Kids training, an online course which has been developed by our in-house training team, which includes both qualified teachers and former nannies. This intensive training course covers everything from safeguarding, to fun activities, to helping children to develop a growth mindset. At the same time, we continue to assess the candidates against the ‘Koru Kids Standards’, which ensure our nannies are reliable, responsible and can communicate effectively with our families.
We’re looking for engaged, smart, proactive, and quick-thinking nannies, and only candidates who have demonstrated all of these qualities make it through training.
By the end of this process we know our nannies pretty well, and we think they’re fantastic.