Demand for Nannies sees Doors Open for Young Graduates

Media Release 19 January 2016

More demand for nannies has New Zealand’s largest in-home childcare provider PORSE launching a major recruitment drive for 100 new internships.

PORSE Education and Training General Manager Erin Maloney says the company will expand its popular 20-week nanny internship training programme to meet a nationwide demand from parents.

The company is recruiting now for 2016, with internships offered in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay and Tauranga.

Ms Maloney says this will see over 100 new interns nationally.

“With 1300 nannies now employed by PORSE families, this intern programme has proved a great success in transitioning younger nannies (aged 17-25) into a career pathway with training, development and then permanent employment.

“Recruits can feel confident that there are strong job prospects after they graduate.

“It's also affordable for families who can enjoy the benefit of a nanny for 21 hours a week.

“The internship has opened the doors to supporting more families, who were using other childcare arrangements, with an affordable nanny in their home ($5 per hour training rate, rather than $15 to $25 for a fully qualified nanny). 

“PORSE also doesn’t charge families placement fees and offers ongoing support to families and nannies.”

The traditional nanny role is still very popular in New Zealand homes and is particularly prominent in the main cities, Ms Maloney said.

“Families enjoy the flexibility of having a nanny at home and find it an affordable option, especially when they have more than one child.

“Parents are choosing in-home childcare because their children form secure attachment relationships with their nannies in a settled home environment where natural play and learning can occur,” said Ms Maloney.

“PORSE is meeting demand through tailoring a range of different nannying options and services because every family is different and has different needs – from a full-time nanny, to a nanny share with other families, and the training nanny,” she said 

Over the 20-week course the interns work through the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3). On top of the 21 hours practical experience per week, they spend a day in the classroom, including lessons in early brain development, attachment theory, care routines, right through to hearing from the Plunket Nurse.

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PORSE nanny, Rebecca le Roux, who did an internship a year after finishing secondary school says she easily found a permanent job when she graduated and has kept working for the family for over two years.Demand for Nannies

 “I gained a lot of confidence through the programme and the hands on experience gave me the tools I needed to enter the workforce. It was also free which is a huge help when you are studying for a career.”

She works with the Evans family in Auckland caring for Paige, 10, Keira, 6, and Kade Evans, 3.

Two of her friends have also completed internships on her recommendation and have gone on to become nannies, one locally and one  overseas, she said.

“I’ve had the same family since I graduated and I adore working for them and being a part of their family.  I think children should have someone they can bond with and form a strong relationship and connection.”

Mum Pip Evans, a Team Leader for a Clinical Research Organisation who, with her brother, has launched Funscreen SPF50+ Suncream, says having experience working with children was an important quality she was looking for when employing a nanny. The on-the-job training made all the difference for her young family.

“It’s great to see an opportunity for young people to get free training and a qualification that they can take with them across New Zealand and overseas.”