Wednesday, 2 April 2014

can you be a mummy and a nanny??

I have been thinking about this for a while now... I have been a nanny for over ten years and worked with many different kids. I loved my work but what happens now? My daughter is only 9 months old and I have been lucky enough that I can do some after school care where I get to take her along with me. Even though I'm really grateful that I can do this, it isn't full time work and not enough for it to be a long term financial solution.

I cant imagine going back to working long days (and nanny hours are long) looking after babies and children while my little one is in childcare... so what happens to a nanny once she has kids of her own? Do I need a career change? I would love to hear what other people have to say about this?

Ideally I would love to take my little girl to work and look after other kids her age at the same time, but would parents be willing to hire a nanny that brings her own child along? I have talked to a few parents and most are not that willing to have a nanny with a baby, which is fair enough (you don't bring a baby to the office) but what I did find disturbing was that some parents are not even willing to hire you if you  have a baby that is in child care... NOW that's what I would call discrimination.

All these questions and I don't have many answer. I do know a few nannies and the majority that do have kids of their own, leave work and do something else. Some stay home to look after their little ones solely, others look into a completely different direction. So is being a nanny a career or just a temporary position that will eventually become impossible to carry on?