In my own words
Super nanny Once her children had grown up and left home, NCMA member Jackie Euden swapped her life as a childminding network coordinator and tutor for that of a nanny.
always wanted to work with children and I became an au pair in Germany for a year when I was 17. Following that I worked as a nanny in London. When I met my husband at 19, and settled down to start a family I decided to become a childminder. As my children got older and I gained more experience, along with an NVQ Level 3, I became a childminding tutor and a network coordinator. I was working very long hours and I began to miss the direct contact with the children, so, ﬁve years ago, at the age of 40, I decided to give up all my commitments and become a nanny again. I haven’t looked back since. I signed up with an agency and was lucky enough to get a job with the fantastic family I still work with now. I look after three children – Hannah, 8, Dan, 5, and Mark, 4. I work two or three days a week from 7.45am until 5pm, and for the rest of the week, I take care of my three grandchildren. The parents are really keen that I spend time with the children and not doing housework, but I do make sure we tidy up after ourselves. As a nanny, you have to respect the fact that you’re working in someone else’s home. You also have to be sensitive to what the parents want and the impact you’re having on the family. The older children are at school fulltime now, so it’s quieter during the day, and it’s easy for me to organise activities that really suit the children because of the very small numbers. Our days are spent painting, making things with play dough, socialising 36
Jackie says she loves being a nanny as she enjoys helping children to reach their full potential.
with other children, going for walks and bike rides, or going on outings during school holidays. I am on Ofsted’s Voluntary Childcare Register, keep up with my ﬁrst-aid training, and have qualiﬁcations, training and experience from my childminding days. Although I don’t have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), I do work around it and cover all the areas, but I can be quite ﬂexible. For example, I can focus on the physical or social aspect of a child’s development if that’s what I feel they need. Nannies have got a long way to go to be recognised professionally in the same way as childminders. In my local authority there is no training for nannies that I am aware of, and nannies are not allowed to attend the childminder training. I would like that to change.
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But, being a nanny means that I have a steady income, four weeks’ paid holiday, food provided, and expenses for outings. I can also leave work behind at the end of the day. The children beneﬁt by being part of the community, knowing where they belong and getting a sense of who they are and where they ﬁt in the big wide world. When this job ﬁnishes, I would like to get another job as a nanny, as I like the security of being employed, working in a diﬀerent community, and leaving my house to go out to work. Ultimately, I love being part of the family, watching the children grow and develop, and being there to help them reach their full potential.
If you are an NCMA nanny member, or know someone who is interested in becoming a nanny, the NCMA website features lots of useful information. Visit www.ncma.org.uk/nanny or call 0845 880 0044 for more details.
Onceherchildrenhad grownupandlefthome, NCMAmemberJackie Eudenswappedherlife asachildmindingnetwork coordinatorandtutorfor thatofananny. Jack...