Students are also having a tough time, with spiralling university costs, zero-hour contracts and minimum wage that can be as low as £5.30 an hour.
This got us thinking… what if parents could hire intelligent local students to look after their children, paying them a fair wage? And what if these parents could act as career mentors for the students they hire? It’s a win-win situation.
Our short video tells you how studentnannies.com works, explains how students and parents can help each other and features some rather fine guinea pigs!
‘Thank you for such a great service. We are very happy with the two Student Nannies we found. They are great and our two daughters have become very fond of them.’
Becca, working mum of two
‘Through your website I’ve found a couple of babysitting clients – exactly what I wanted!’
Student midwife, Kings College London
‘Big thanks to you for starting this website – it’s really great and I have found some work from it already.’
Sarah, studying music at BIMM
‘I can’t even express how professional, kind and dedicated our Student Nanny Farah has been to by almost 2-year-old daughter. I’ve since told quite a few friends about Student Nannies as well. I really love the concept.’
Ashley, working mum
I have started regularly nannying for a lovely family who are flexible around my university schedule and I often tell my friends to start nannying too. I will be helping my flatmate to set up a profile next week!
Holly, studying Spanish and International Relations at LSE
‘Our Student Nanny Milo is so sweet – he’s really lovely and my 7-yro Leo thinks he is ultra-cool. He brought Scrabble yesterday and they played for over three hours. Milo also hooked up Leo’s drum kit and taught him how to play, and showed him how to DJ on his laptop. He’s a really good influence […]
The working mum
‘I love how Student Nannies can help you find parents who are in the same field that you are studying at university.’
Amy, psychology student
‘Student Nannies is such a brilliant scheme for students. It has given me flexibility, opportunity and, unlike many other student jobs out there, fun. I shall definitely continue using Student Nannies as a means to fund university throughout my degree. I really cannot praise Student Nannies enough.’
Issy, 2nd Year English Lit. Student
‘Student Nannies has been super because not only have I found a family whom are wonderful, but I have been able to be organised and specific with my criteria whilst relocating area… all stress free!’
Aisling, second year law student
We found our Student Nanny via the Student Nannies website. She has been looking after our son Jake (aged 7) over the Summer holidays. She is training to be a doctor at the moment and this work fits in perfectly with Uni and her studies. She is reliable, very calm and super bright and Jake […]
Sarah, media executive
‘I have found work through Student Nannies and it has been such a useful and rewarding experience that has provided me with a huge amount of experience for my journey towards teaching after I graduate.’
Abbie, Queen Mary University of London
I’d just like to say thank you – Student Nannies is really great and I have found a couple of really lovely families with adorable kids! I will be recommending this website to all of my friends!
Emilia, history of art student at UCL
Student Nannies are a life-saver. A river of friendly, sensible sitters!
Joy, London, mother of two
As a final year student it has allowed me to balance work and still continue to earn a bit of money both during term time as well as having the security of knowing I have a holiday job to come back to when I’m home.
Bryony, studying at Warwick University
When our youngest child started school last September, we were faced with the challenge of finding someone to help with the children after school and in the holidays. Before Student Nannies we were failing miserably. For our family, Student Nannies was the perfect solution. We were able to go to work and not have to […]
Emma, mum of two
I’ve fallen in love with Student Nannies. We needed someone who’d support our kids in growing their confidence in their bilingualism, while also taking care of them. Our French Student Nanny Laurie-Anne is kind and understanding, dependable and flexible. Such a good fit.
Rachel F, mum of two bilingual boys
I joined Student Nannies and found the perfect arrangement with Rachel. I’m speaking French to her two lovely young boys. The family is really flexible with my term timetable and very friendly.
Laurie-Anne, French student doing a Masters in London
I feel extremely lucky to have been able to get to know another family so well and to have had the responsibility and enjoyment of looking after their three wonderful children. Looking after these children contributed to my decision to pursue medicine as a post graduate, and also to my dream of perhaps becoming a […]
Julia, 23, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
We found a 21-year-old law student to be our nanny and Girl Friday last summer – she proved to be brilliant. She was intelligent, resourceful and great fun to have around. She now comes back to help out every holiday time and we all look forward to having her around.
Judith, mum of two, Oxford
‘The family I’m working for have helped me to get a week’s internship at a national newspaper plus research work for a new museum in Toronto – great for my CV!’
Alice, history graduate who plans to do a Masters in Museum Studies
Being a Student Nanny works perfectly for me as it allows me to work hours that don’t affect my studies, or social life. It’s also very enjoyable as art is my passion and I can teach kids fun art and craft activities.’
Louise, studying Art Foundation at Bucks University
‘Having a friendly local student who comes home at the end of term is brilliant for me – I book her up for every school holiday to look after my three children!’
Alison, works in the City, mum of three, Harpenden
‘Nannying is a fantastic way to earn while you learn. As a student, finding a job that supports you can be extremely difficult but nannying is a flexible, enjoyable job that allows you to earn good money and it fits around your studies.’
Amber, from Aylesbury, studying English Literature at Open University
‘I’m a county-level footballer and I’m planning to study Sports Science at Loughborough in September. I’d love to spend my summer coaching footie-mad kids.’