‘As a working mother of two, I experienced the childcare crisis first hand when I couldn’t find any after-school help for my two children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Childminders wanted to finish at 6pm but I didn’t get home til 7.30/8pm; professional nannies wanted a full day, not 4 hours. I was stuck and getting increasingly desperate,’ recalls Tracey.
‘Then I heard two students talking in my train station waiting room and I said, “Do you live locally and are either of you interested in some babysitting work?” One of them, Louise, said yes, we swapped numbers and after a chat at our house we hired her. Louise was an art foundation student and did amazing craft projects with the children so there was always something for me to admire when I got home. It was such a good fit for us that when Louise left I wanted to find another student but as a 40-year old woman I couldn’t reach into that network. So Student Nannies was born!
‘It’s a service created for working parents by working parents, in a bid to make the juggle between being a parent and having a career just a little bit less of a struggle. If we can make life less stressful for parents and students I will be cockahoop! Please do let us know how we’re doing – I’d love to hear any feedback from you, you can always email me at email@example.com
I live in Buckinghamshire with my partner James and our children Minnie, 10, and Monty, 7. After 12 years as a national newspaper journalist I’m now a full-time entrepreneur, living and breathing Student Nannies! I love horses, movie night with the kids and cosmopolitans.
I live in St Albans with my husband Andrew and our son Charlie, 10. I’m a freelance art director and right now I’m struggling with getting up and leaving the house at 6am so that I can dash back from London to be there for school pick-up. Suffice it to say that I am always in a rush!
I’m Tracey’s other half and dad to Minnie and Monty. I can often be spotted tearing through Marylebone mid-afternoon when it’s my turn to get home early for school pick-up, bath and bed-time.