One of the PORSE team of Consultants making sure families and nannies are well matched is Nanny Coordinator, Jo Allen.
Based in Auckland, where demand for nannies is high, Jo says it’s all about getting to know individuals and fitting various pieces of the puzzle together.
Jo aims to partner parents with childcare that wraps around the whole family unit.
Families are first interviewed to find out their preferences, before a list of suitable nanny CVs are shortlisted.
Jo is well qualified to make those all-important matches, with a background in early childhood education, and time spent nannying in the UK.
“When nannies walk in my door, I can really relate to them; being a nanny is about forming close, meaningful relationships with children in the home,” Jo says.
“It’s important to find a happy fit for everyone. There are so many nannies at different ages and stages who can adapt and grow with the child’s developmental stages and keep up with the needs of any home.”
In a situation where both parents are working, flexible childcare allows them to make the early morning commute, while keeping children’s routines in check.
“Nannies are the most flexible childcare option and we have many available who are prepared to work hours to suit - full-time, late nights or early mornings - which makes a nanny or nanny share a really workable childcare solution.”
Nanny sharing, where two or three families share a nanny, is also becoming popular in cities like Auckland, reducing costs and providing social stimulation for children.
“This is a really great solution for parents who live close to one another and want to share the expense.”
Nannies provide a caring home environment with the benefits of socialisation through PORSE programmes such as playgroup or music and movement sessions. They also follow Ministry of Education guidelines for early childhood learning and development, and keep a daily child journal for parents.
“There’s really no place like home, especially for younger children to receive the nurturing care they need. Being in the home environment is more one-on-one, it’s really the next best thing to staying at home with your children,” Jo says.
“There is something very special about the bond between nanny and child, you have to be really passionate about children to embark on this journey. So nannies often become part of the family - that’s what we’re aiming for.”