There are many great opportunities to work in childcare in London, as the city has a large number of schools and nurseries. It is also an ideal place to find work as a private carer, for example a nanny or au pair, due to the higher percentage of families where both parents work. In fact, studies say that Londoners work the longest hours in Europe, which means childcare at home is vital.
Nurseries also charge higher fees in London than the rest of the UK, which means a higher salary can be earned, although of course this must be offset against the cost of living in the capital. A typical salary for a nursery assistant in London is around £8 per hour, while a live-in au pair may earn around £100 per week, but avoids paying for accommodation.
Work in childcare may be temporary, for example at a summer school, casual work, such as babysitting, or permanent, in a nursery or school. You could also be employed by a nanny agency, who would put you forward to work with families or nurseries. Some of the biggest employers in the childcare sector are Tinies nanny agency and Busy Bees Nurseries.
Competition for childcare work can be high, especially when no qualifications are required, so experience of caring for children and a warm, professional manner are essential. Vacancies are often filled by recruitment agencies, who aim to match families or nurseries with the perfect staff to suit their children’s needs and personalities.