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We provide childcare within the environment of the family home in the form of Au Pairs, who are foreign students wishing to improve their English within a British family and who provide childcare and light domestic assistance in exchange for board, lodgings and pocket money; Nannies, who are professional childcarers with experience and qualifications in early
years child care and development, who provide daily or live-in child care; Babysitters, who may be assigned to sit in for the family when requested for short periods offering the family freedom to socialise or attend appointments knowing their child/ren are cared for by a reliable adult in their absence and School Run Assistants, who will come to the home in the mornings to take the child/ren to school and collect them after school, nursery, clubs or Childminder and return them to their homes in the evening where they are cared for until the parent/guardian arrives home to take charge. We also provide Carers, Domestic Helpers offering support and assistance within the home. We set out below a brief description of the categories of childcare provided by Home Away from Home and offer you to opportunity to download the relevant application forms at the end of each section. You may contact us at any time for further information, discussion or clarification:
AU PAIRS: Au Pairs are foreign students and young people from an EU country between the ages of 17-28 with childcare experience ranging from basic to trainee professionals, whose purpose it is to come to the UK to improve their English, experience the culture, assist in childcare and domestic duties in exchange for accommodation and pocket money, by living as part of an English speaking family. The family will provide them with their own room; all meals and pocket money in exchange for some domestic chores and child care duties.
The Au Pair Programme is regulated and monitored by the Home Office. The recommended pocket money is £75 per week for 25 hours (+ 2 nights' babysitting) for a standard au pair and increased remunerations for Au Pair + and Parent’s Help. They must be given 2 completely free days per week (normally weekends) and may be asked to babysit 2 evenings during their working week, (included in the basic pocket money).
NANNIES: Nannies provide professional childcare usually within the home (though they are employed in schools, hospitals and nurseries also). They are qualified and trained in the care, welfare and progression of children from birth to school age, specialising in “The Under 6s”. Their focus is on development, stimulation, socialisation, and education through play, from a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. The duties of a Nanny involve sole charge of children whilst parents are at work or otherwise occupied. They will plan activities to stimulate the child’s senses; educate and develop cognitive skills; keep diaries and records on child’s progress; daily logs of events for parent’s perusal on their return; provide nutritious balanced meals; keep them clean and comfortable in a safe, hygienic environment; attend clinics and doctor’s appointments;
parent’s and toddler’s groups as parent’s proxy. Nannies also perform domestic tasks pertaining to the child/ren such as washing and ironing child’s clothes and the upkeep of play area and child’s bedroom. Nannies are qualified to work in schools, nurseries, playgroups, clinics and hospitals. The average net pay for a newly qualified Nanny is £280 per week.
SCHOOL RUN ASSISTANT: Helping with school run and waiting until parent/guardian’s returns unless of course arrangements have been made to drop off to another adult or institution in charge of the child/ren. School Run Assistants may be required to come to the home in the morning and take the child/ren to school, nursery, playgroup, relative or childminder. They may also be required to collect them again at the end of the session or school day. School Run Assistants are paid on an hourly basis the rates vary depending on whether or not they drive. Non-drivers receive £6.50 per hour and Drivers £8.50 per hour. Drivers must have their own cars, clean driving licences, fully comprehensive insurance, taxed, and have valid MOT certificate. Suitable child restraint (car seat or booster seat), in accordance with the child’s age and height will be supplied by the family.
BABYSITTERS: Babysitters are normally allocated on a call-up basis to care for children whilst parents go out, usually evenings and weekends, formally or socially. Babysitters on our register have to provide evidence of previous babysitting and childcare experience and have a clean CRB report (Police Check). Normally they are already in the childcare industry and Baby sit to supplement their income. Although babysitting is normally conducted in the child’s home, other venues such as hotels, conference centres, banqueting suites are common. Organisations arranging events for staff and colleagues also use this service. The rate of pay for babysitting is approximately £8.50 per hour plus the cost of petrol or taxi home after 22:00 hrs (10pm).
(Download Family Application for Babysitting Form)