Help and Advice

On our help and advice page we will regularly post helpful advice for parents and childcare providers. We will publish articles on parenting, childcare, safety and family topics. Subscribe to our emails to get notified when we publish new posts. Please visit our FAQ’s page for frequently asked questions.

 

Who is a Childminder?

Childminders are self employed professional childcare workers who work from their own homes to provide a childcare service for other people's children in a family setting for payment. They work usually on weekdays. However some childminders work over the weekend to suit parent who work weekends.

They can care for up to six children in their own homes. They offer a home away from home childcare setting, looking after small groups of children of different ages and from different families.

If you are a childminder please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for childminders listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

 

What is a Nanny?

Typically a nanny cares for one or more children in the parent's own home while the parents are at work or away from the home or in some cases while the parents are at home. Nannies most often live-in with the family, it is also common for families to employ a live-out nanny/daily nanny, or a part time nanny. This depends on the family’s individual care needs.

Choosing the right nanny does not need to be stressful or difficult. For many families, hiring a nanny is a popular alternative to nurseries, crèche or childminding services as nannies provide childcare services that offer personalised care and stability within familiar surroundings of the home.

There are different types of nannies. Consider your family needs and decide which type below suits your family care needs.

  • Live-in nannies live in the family home and become part of the family and usually work 10-12 hours a day.  They would usually have the weekends off or work one day on the weekend with a day off in lieu during the week.  A live-in nanny will usually also provide two nights per week babysitting, usually taken Monday to Thursday with weekend babysitting paid for as extra. In addition to caring for children a live-in nanny would also undertake light household chores including grocery shopping, preparing meals for the children sometimes for the parents, doing the children’s laundry, she will ensure the children’s bedrooms and play areas tidy, generally ensuring the home is kept neat and tidy once the children have finished playing, eating or socialising. If more than light household duties are required you may wish to consider a Nanny Housekeeper.
  • Daily nannies or live-out nannies are just like live-in nannies only that they do not live with the family. They arrive at the family home in the morning and leave in the evening
  • Part time nannies would usually work on certain days of the week or during certain times in the day. E.g. a part time nanny may pick the children up from school, feed them assist with homework, entertain the children and do light chores. Their day would typically end when a parent get s back from work.
  • Night nannies are required to support families in certain situations like if the mother is struggling following the birth of the baby. Either because she has undergone a C-section or traumatic birth experience and is having difficulty getting up and down at night to feed baby by breast or bottle. It could be that the baby is colicky and not settling well at night. This could cause parents to be severely sleep deprived. The added modern day pressure of having to wake up early to go to work may mean that the family may need to consider employing the services of a night nanny to help establish and restore calm to night time routine. Parents who work night shifts or very late hours may need an experienced night nanny capable of caring for their children overnight.

If you are looking for a nanny job please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for nanny housekeepers listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

See our Help and Advice page on how to find your ideal nanny-housekeeper.

 

What is an Au Pair?

An au pair is a young adult who may not have any childcare experience or qualifications, who travels to a foreign country, mostly for cultural exchange, for a defined period of time to live with a host family. The au pair is considered as a full member of the family during the entire stay. As such, he or she helps the family with childcare and can be asked to assume some light household tasks. In return, the host family provides free accommodation as well as pocket money for personal use. However, the au pair is neither a housekeeper, nor a nanny.

They provide live-in childcare, offering greater flexibility in caring for your children at times that accommodate your family's individual schedule.

If you are looking for an Au Pair job please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for Au Pairs listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

 

 

What is a Nursery/Creche?

Nurseries/Crèche provide day care for children aged from a few weeks old to those about to start primary school.

If you run a nursery or crèche please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for local nurseries listed and view their detailed profiles.

 

 

What is Nanny-Housekeeper?

The regular nanny position only require the nanny to do “childcare duties” which is everything related to the child or children, such as nursery duties for infants, cooking meals for older children, washing and clearing up, assisting with homework. They are not expected to carry out general housework outside of the children's domain.

Unlike the normal nanny, nanny-housekeepers (aka “house help”) are hired to do both childcare and housekeeper duties. They can be either live-in or live-out depending on your needs or if you can offer accommodation.

A nanny housekeeper is expected to be able to take charge of all tasks relating to the children’s well-being. This includes washing, ironing, cooking or potty training. They are expected to carry out general housework outside of the children's domain. This is particularly useful for parents who are either at home and like the flexibility of someone around them or parents with full time jobs.

It is becoming common for families to opt for nanny housekeepers as their childcare option. If there is a newborn the role would start off as a regular Nanny. Very often families would employ additional help such as a cleaner, this is so the nanny would focus on caring for the newborn. As the needs of the family changes over time, with children starting nursery or school, the role would evolve into more housekeeping, cooking, shopping during the day, and “nannying” in the afternoon. Because of this flexibility, nanny-housekeepers tend to stay with their employer for many years and become very much a part of the family.

 

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for nanny housekeepers listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

See our Help and Advice page on how to find your ideal nanny-housekeeper.

If you are looking for a nanny housekeeper job please register for free.

 

What is a Housekeeper?

A housekeeper is typically responsible for making sure all areas of the home are clean and tidy. The tasks of a housekeeper usually include cleaning the kitchen, scrubbing the bathroom, vacuuming & dusting the entire home, laundry, cleaning floors and changing and laundering linen. Everything needed for the job is provided by the family. Housekeepers usually work within the family home for a longer time than general house cleaners and may have several jobs at the same time.

If you are looking for a housekeeper job please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for housekeepers listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

 

Who is a Private Tutor

This is an instructor who gives private lessons e.g. maths lessons, French lessons, piano lessons etc.

Are you looking to help your child boost their grades in school, help with home work, perhaps your child is looking to learn a new language or a musical instrument? Find the right tutor for your child on Childminder.ng

If you are a tutor please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for your local tutors listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your specific requirements.

What is a Play Centre?

This is a purpose built play place separate from school or nursery where children can play under supervision. Usually open on weekends and public holidays.

If you run a play centre please register for free.

 

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for a list of play centres and view their detailed profiles.

 

Who is a Private Midwife?

These are midwives who choose to work privately, rather than being employed by hospitals and other institutions. It allows them to be flexible about the care they provide and cater to each woman's needs.

If you are a private midwife please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for private midwives listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

 

Who are Childcare Trainers?

These are organizations that provide childcare courses and training.

If you are a childcare training provider please register for free

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for childcare trainers listed and view their detailed profiles.

 

 

 

 

Kids Photography

Professional photographers who specialize in children’s pictures.

If you specialise in kids photography please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for photographers listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

 

 

 

Party Planners

These are people that specialize in children’s parties. Cake bakers, bouncy castle hire, children’s entertainers, mascots, etc.

If you are children’s party planner please register for free.

To get started, register to create a free profile, browse our directory for party planners listed and view their detailed profiles or post an advert detailing your requirements.

Finding a Nanny

Currently the process of finding and hiring a nanny is a drawn out process. Parents rely on agents to fulfil their domestic care requirements and are required to pay a substantial fee for that service.

Modern technology has made it possible for parents and care providers to connect directly via an online platform like childminder.ng removing the barriers of the past and replacing them with the advantage of more access to choice than ever before. This revolution in childcare recruitment means that the lengthy process of finding a nanny is truly a thing of the past.

By creating an online profile on childminder.ng you will already be well placed to start the process of recruiting your ideal nanny. Place a detailed description of the job on offer and also provide some basic family information so that potential candidates can get a feel for what your family has to offer and whether or not she would be a good match. Using an online search platform such as Childminder.ng offers families and childcare providers the opportunity to connect instantly at the click of a mouse or touch of a button.

 

What Type of Nanny?

For many families, employing a nanny is the preferred alternative to nurseries, crèche or childminding services as nannies provide personalised childcare services within the familiar surroundings of the home. There are different types of nannies. Consider your family needs and decide which type below suits your family care needs.

  • Live-in nannies live in the family home and become part of the family and usually work 10-12 hours a day.  They would usually have the weekends off or work one day on the weekend with a day off in lieu during the week. Live-in nannies are hugely popular with families with very young children. In addition to caring for children a live-in nanny would also undertake light household chores including grocery shopping, preparing meals for the children sometimes for the parents, doing the children’s laundry, she will ensure the children’s bedrooms and play areas tidy, generally ensuring the home is kept neat and tidy once the children have finished playing, eating or socialising. If more than light household duties are required you may wish to consider a Nanny Housekeeper.
  • Live-out nannies are just like live-in nannies only that they do not live with the family. They are more popular with families with older children i.e. teenagers. They arrive at the family home in the morning and leave in the evening.
  • Part time nannies would usually work on certain days of the week or during certain times in the day. E.g. a part time nanny may pick the children up from school, feed them assist with homework, entertain the children and do light chores. Their day would end when a parent gets back from work.
  • Night nannies are required to support families in certain situations like if the mother is struggling following the birth of the baby. Either because she has undergone a C-section or traumatic birth experience and is having difficulty getting up and down at night to feed baby by breast or bottle. Or it could be that the parents are severely sleep deprived due to a colicky baby who isn’t sleeping well at night. The added modern day pressure of having to wake up early to go to work may mean that the parents may need to consider employing a night nanny to help establish and restore calm to night time routine. Parents who work night shifts or very late hours may need an experienced night nanny capable of caring for their children overnight.

 

Things to consider before hiring a nanny

Employing a live-in nanny is a very convenient childcare option for most families. However you have to consider a few things as it means you would be inviting a stranger to live with your family or in the case of a live-out nanny someone who will spend their day in your home caring for your children. The following should be considered;

  • For a live-in nanny, suitable accommodation and bathroom. Sharing a bathroom with the children is common practice or with the whole family where there is only one bathroom in the home.
  • What additional perks would be provided?
  • Discuss and agree on all of the duties expected of the nanny and these should be specified clearly in the contract as it may create problems and difficulties if you ask for more to be done after the agreement is made. Any changes to the original agreement would need to be agreed by both parties, usually through amending the contract accordingly.
  • It is normal practise for nannies to have the same meals with the family. Otherwise you would have to pay an extra allowance for her meals.
  • Discuss all house rules you expect the nanny to respect and they should be made very clear. Example, rules on drinking, smoking, your views on her guests visiting her. Also it is useful to discuss what time you think is reasonable for her to return from outings on her time off.
  • Firm rules such as no drug taking and having lovers in the house should be made very clear.
  • It is important to remember that while your live-in nanny does become part of your family, she should also be allowed to have privacy and her time off should be respected.
  • You may also wish to request that your nanny signs a confidentiality agreement at the time she signs her contract as family matters are private and should be treated as such.

 

The Interview Process

Every employer carries out a thorough interview before hiring employees. The interview process is used to determine which candidate is the right fit for the business. This same principle applies to your home. It is even more important to carry out an interview however informal to determine which nanny would fit with your family. This way you don’t find yourself looking for a nanny every three months. The interview process will give you a history of the nanny and what their life aspiration is, which you should help them work towards to achieve. As your employer would give you the opportunity to grow and develop your skills in their company.

Prepare a list of questions that are important to you and discuss them in detail with the nannies you’ve short listed. You should provide a full and detailed job description prior to interview. This will allow your prospective nanny an opportunity to review the terms prior to the interview and prepare relevant questions in advance.

In addition to a thorough interview process, identity and reference checks should also be carried out taking into consideration any gaps in employment and the reasons provided.

 

Identity and Reference Checks

When you have decided on who you would like to employ, it is imperative that you carry out identity, reference and guarantor checks. We recommend face to face meetings with guarantors and referees. If identity and references check out and are able to confirm a guarantor it is also important to take full picture clear photograph of your new nanny. If she has an international passport, take a photocopy of the data page, if not take finger prints. Taking these actions will deter most nannies with ulterior motives from taking the job.

 

What to include in the nanny contract

As with every job, it is essential that a detailed contract is drawn up before your nanny resumes. It is recommended that you include the following points,

  • Name of employer, the address and contact details where the childcare will take place.
  • The names and ages of the children to be cared for.
  • The start date, days and hours to be worked and days off.
  • Annual leave entitlement.
  • The terms and conditions of employment as agreed during the interview process.
  • Include the job description detailing the duties to be performed.
  • Rules to be adhered to during working hours.
  • If applicable, probationary period that needs to be worked prior to the position becoming permanent.
  • Starting salary and pay cycle (weekly/monthly).
  • Notice period to be given by either parties.
  • Disciplinary measures that apply if your nanny is found to be breaking any of the agreed terms of employment.
  • Signed and dated by both parties, each to retain a copy for own records.

 

 

Preparing for a nanny job interview

So you have secured a nanny job interview with a prospective employer. Here are a few tips to prepare you for the interview

  1. First of all, apply only for a nanny job you really want. Nobody likes time wasters.
  2. Prepare thoroughly for your interview before the day. Anticipate questions that you would be asked based on your previous work experience.
  3. A neat smart casual dress code and moderate makeup is advised.
  4. Arrive on time for your interview.
  5. Be honest in your answers.
  6. Show a willingness to learn if you do not have much experience or training in childcare.
  7. Ask questions to understand the terms of employment, i.e., your duties, salary, work days, days off and compensation if you have to take on extra duties. It is important that you understand the terms of employment to avoid confusion in future. If you are happy with it let the parent know. If you are not happy with any aspect of the terms of employment, for example, if the salary is low you can ask if they would increase it and you will in turn resume earlier or close later. Negotiation is the key. You don’t want to start a new job and still be on the lookout for a better one. It’s not good for you or the parent.
  8. If you are hired be ready to provide the following, you will most likely not start work until they check out;
  • Referee contact details (previous employers).
  • Guarantor (preferably a civil servant).
  • ID e.g. drivers licence, passport or national ID card.
  • Proof of address e.g. electric bill.
  • Be prepared to have your photo taken.
  • You would most likely be required to undergo medical tests, be prepared.
  1. After the interview, make sure your mobile phone is available so you do not miss a call from the employer.
  2. If you have not heard from the employer 48 hours after your interview it is a good idea to call them to find out the status of your application.
  3. If you were not hired it is a good idea to ask for feedback from the parent so you know how to improve for your next interview.