I am proud of my reputation of providing calibre staff to discerning Clients. Both Applicants and Client Families appreciate the level of friendly, professional and personal service that I provide.
As my applicant, you can be sure that you will be employed by a Family where things feel right for you both, and where you are a good match to each other.
This is because I run my Nanny Agency personally, and take the time to speak to a Family at length, in order to get to know them, their personalities, and their Household, so that I can fully understand their requirements.
I take the same amount of care in interviewing and getting to know you, the Applicant, before sending you there..
However, please be aware that I do not register everyone who applies to my Agency, and I have certain requirements that must be met by you.
•I will only accept applicants with an absolute minimum of 2-3+ years experience (in the UK) within the same field as they are seeking employment.
•You must be able to provide references from your previous UK employers -I will not consider anyone for registration without them. The references show your suitability as an applicant for a particular position, and also are an indicator of whether a future employer could expect to find you honest and trustworthy.
Therefore you would need to supply me with both reference letters (which will be verified), and confirmation of contact details of former employers prior to your interview.
•Any applicant applying for a position that includes childcare will either be required to hold a current paediatric 1st Aid certificate, or must be willing to attend a Course. Norma Lewis Nannies runs Training Courses including Ofsted Compliant 1st Aid.
•One of the legal requirements that we require for all of our Nannies is a current DBS (or CBR) check. We can help you arrange this during an application process but if you want to be prepared we advise you keep this up to date. That way if we require a nanny at short notice (and we often do), you are in a good position to accept the role.
•My nannies love children and enjoy family life. They must demonstrate a natural ability to working with people and be able to provide a safe and stable environment for the children in their care. Applicants must recognize the individuality of children and have the ability to provide a creative environment which fosters trust, self-esteem, independence and learning.
•You must have a very good standard of spoken and written English.
My Nannies may be expected to keep Nanny Diaries, and would definitely need to read with children, encourage their language development, often assist with homework, and speak to other Nannies to arrange play dates etc.
My House keepers are expected to be able to read written instructions, follow verbal instructions, compile shopping lists, keep records of household budgets etc, and perhaps read recipe books.
As Companions, you would be expected to hold an intelligent conversation with your employer, share their interests, and keep him / her company watching TV, at the shops, hospital appointments, and perhaps go on other outings with them.
N.B. I do not supply Care Staff.
•You will need to have a CV.
The is the first impression that you will give of yourself – so it is important to make sure that you provide an accurate and very detailed work history, explaining both your current and past duties and responsibilities.
Applicants with a very “busy” CV, with lots of different jobs in your background will probably not be accepted by my Agency, unless there are very valid reasons why you have “moved around” the job market.
I find that most of my applicants are glad of the help I give in representing their CV to my Clients – but you must have a CV ready in the first instance, ready for us to work on.
•We also prefer that you supply us with a current police check/enhanced disclosure form. (DBS). Of course in the case of companions they are “non portable”, but at least are a good indicator of your character. I can of course apply (but not pay) for an updated enhanced DBS check for you.