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!
I’d had really bad experiences in the past with childcare and even though I was just about managing to work freelance and juggling children, I knew that I needed help so my career wouldn’t suffer. I was really nervous about having to train someone new and the struggles we’ve had before with help but as […]
Emily, fashion stylist
After registering, we immediately had several interested students – charming, articulate and motivated young people – and now have two part-time Student Nannies who are the best that we have ever had. We hope in return that we can help them through their studies and with building their future careers.
Mike and Suzanne, doctor and company director
‘Ever since being a primary school teacher in my gap year I’ve caught the ‘nanny bug’. As a student it allows you to work around your university schedule as well as develop amazing attributes for the future – like responsibility and time management skills. It’s also really rewarding as I love children! I’m currently looking […]
Olivia, studying criminology at London South Bank University
‘I felt really comfortable using the site – my safety is important – it’s a very family-oriented business and it feels like a community.’
Rosh, history student at LSE
‘I think you have found a real need in the market. I will promote your services! The nanny is wonderful! Your business model is fantastic. I wish you every success.’
Teena, mum of two & partner in a London law firm
‘I think Student Nannies is great! I’ve got a family for next term so I’m really pleased!’
Georgia always arrives with a sparkling smile even after a shift at the hospital where she is training to be a midwife (the same hospital where our daughter was born!) and we feel so confident leaving our baby daughter in her care – what could be better than a midwife babysitter? We are so grateful to […]
Romilly, working mum to Ophelia
‘I’m an art student and I found a local family who also love art, thanks to the Student Nannies website. I have recommended this website to so many other students.’
Honey, University Of The Arts, London
‘Studentnannies.co.uk is such a great website! I was able to meet a fantastic student who lives locally, my kids adore her and we’ve managed to work out when she can look after the kids around her class timetable. I’m so glad I signed up to the website, it’s so easy to use and has been […]
Tanya, mum of two Bermondsey
‘I have really enjoyed my time as a Student Nanny. It’s made me so much more confident and it was a really fun way to earn some extra money during the summer holidays. And I’m still working for the family now!’
Molly, studying media at BCA College
‘It is my first time nannying and I am really enjoying the flexible hours and the pay is incredible. The family who hired me are an absolute joy to work with. Definitely recommending the website to every student I know!’
Sal, music student at Westminster Uni
‘I’m so impressed with the speed and professionalism of Student Nannies. Our needs were a French-speaking, flexible after school childminder and we are delighted with the result.’
Rebecca, Clapham mum
‘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.’