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Passionate about supporting nannies and raising the standards within the nanny industry.

Posted on 18 November 2018
Passionate about supporting nannies and raising the standards within the nanny industry.

Kids Deserve the Best Nanny Agency are passionate about raising the professional standards within the nanny industry, and we are proud members of The Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA). Our job is to make the matching process between a family looking for the best childcare to the best available childcare worker. We provide impartial support to both nanny and family to ensure a good fit and we are there to support if any issues arise.

Most people who work as a nanny chose to do so as their professional career choice, they care for the children as if they were their own, attending to the child's daily needs, being the child’s ‘constant’ presence and support, helping them to grow, develop and learn new skills, preparing them for life and the challenges they may face and then… GONE!

Sometimes changes happen - a change in the family’s circumstances, a break up between mum and dad, something the nanny has said to the parent which the parent didn’t like, or an unavoidable illness of the nanny are examples of some of the instances I have seen being reported!

From reading some of these various experiences from nannies who have been in the profession for 20 years and even 40 years, it is really sad that parents can decide ‘just like that’ to tell a nanny not to return to work without thought or discussion as to how this may affect the children – imagine a child suddenly not seeing their nanny again, someone the children may have seen nearly all day, every day, for the last 2, 3 or 4 years, sometimes longer – the confusion and thoughts which that child may be feeling, especially if they suddenly find themselves being cared for by someone new.

Nannies do not work with children just for fun! This is their chosen career choice. In every other career choice we will put our heart and soul into doing the best we possibly can to do an exceptional job. Except for nannies…. They put so much more into their job because they are educating the next generation, parents have chosen this person to be the best role model for their most precious children, the nanny would not be allowed to remain in the job with the family if the children were not happy, learning and developing.

Nannies are human too! They are not someone who just looks after the children all day whilst parents go to work! A nanny is not the same as a babysitter! A nanny is a lot more than an au pair! Nannies effectively continue the role of a parent in their absence due to work or other commitments! Nannies have feelings too! (Childcare Forum UK support group have prepared an excellent summary of different childcare roles and responsibilities)

Just for clarity, I am not a nanny, I have never been a nanny, however I am a mum and a grandma. I have 15 years experience working with nannies and families in a nanny agency, the last 10 of which has been with my own agency and the latter 3 of those as Chair of The Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA). I see the passion within the nannies who I interview and maintain contact with for many years, I am envious of the long term bond which a nanny makes with the family, even as the family gets older. However, I also hear the sadness and disappointment when something goes wrong.

Appreciating that nannies are looking after children who are not actually their own, this does not mean they will go home and forget about them at the end of their shift! A completely natural bond is made between not just the little people but the whole family and if something happened to break that bond, it is like loosing a close friend or a family member and not something that can be switched off because they do not work in that job anymore.

The point I want to make here is…. Nannies are human, they have feelings, they get poorly sometimes, usually because they have picked something up from the children they look after, they don’t deliberately become poorly.

Life can be hard for everyone, children can be very sensitive and they quickly pick up on major changes, negativity, undue pressure and stress which can and will have a detrimental affect on them in their grown up life.

To any nanny employer, how would you feel if your boss decided to let you go or dramatically reduced your hours, or even stopped you coming to work without fair discussion or warning? Please be mindful of the feelings of your nanny AND your children if your circumstances have to change – a nanny cannot suddenly switch off and stop caring about the children they look after, and a child’s confusion can last a lifetime.

Spoken from the heart, by Sarah Parkin, Chairperson of The Association of Nanny Agencies and Owner of Kids Deserve the Best Nanny Agency.

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Sarah Parkin runs Kids Deserve the Best Nanny Agency, providing support to families with their childcare requirements including wedding day childcare, babysitting and emergency childcare. Area of coverage includes the following regions across the North East of England, Gosforth, Great Park, Jesmond, Heaton, Killingworth, Shiremoor, Longbenton, Holystone, Forest Hall, Morpeth, Cramlington, Ashington, Blyth, Ponteland, Kingston Park, Westerhope, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Monkseaton, Wallsend, South Shields, Tynedale, Hexham, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Corbridge, Consett, Rowlands Gill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Washington, Sunderland, Durham, Wearside, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland.