Holistic nanny - full time, long term, live in ( UK- France- Portugal)
Position: Holistic Nanny
Location: UK- France- Portugal
Work: Full time
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: 1,000-1,500 GBP per week
Family Background & approach
Family of 5 – Mum, Dad and three boys - 10mths, 4-year-old and 6-year-old
A lovely, health-conscious and alternative-minded family, who have a gentle and playful approach to parenting, and are very involved in their children’s daily lives (they work from home) and would like to find someone with a similar philosophy as well as a fun, creative, open-minded, respectful, adventurous, and positive energy. They are a bit of a mix of gentle parenting, forest school, RIE, and Waldorf in their approach.
American and Argentine parents who speak English and Spanish at home.
For languages, English is a must, with Spanish or French a plus. Finding the right person is more important than the language.
Driver - essential
2022 – Current plan
5 months UK – East Sussex now until Sept
4 months at a Farm in France – Pyrenees area Sept until early Jan 2023
Portugal property – being renovated
The children can be quite sensitive and introspective, so it is important to find a match to their personalities. The parents have an unschooling/world schooling approach to education and the oldest is now getting to the place where he is so curious and specific in what he wants to learn, create, etc that it would be great to have someone who could assist him more directly. Over the next year or two, this need will grow, and they will want someone who can help with organizing, supporting, and driving his educational desires. So, while it's not essential today, it would be great to have someone who could support him in this phase and potentially grow into the next phase (if they are looking for a longer-term role).
Information from Parents
Our boys are now ten months, four and six years old. Someone who is fun, grounded playful, flexible, easy-going, understanding, gentle, kind, patient, enjoys the outdoors and making things like nature crafts would be a great fit. We are unschooling our children and spend time mostly in the countryside. We enjoy a lot about the Waldorf and RIE approach, although we are not following anything in particular.
We would love to find a long-term fit, someone who can help with all three boys, someone who is sensitive and/or more of an introverted person and who can be very connected and in tune with the energy of the home and our children.
Working week and hours
Working 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday with the ability to stay later or come back occasionally (due to an evening work call or if one of the parents is travelling).
A loose example of a day would be the two older children going outside with the Nanny in the morning and playing. The family then have lunch together, and then the Nanny walks the middle child in the stroller to fall asleep, while walking with the older child, while the Mum looks after the baby. Overall, a collaborative, dynamic approach will adapt as the children get older.
In the past, successful candidates have been people who have travelled or are really young and open-minded; happy to learn the family’s way versus bringing their own expertise and structure.
Each day tends to be different depending on the children’s interests. The family are looking for someone who is crafty, really playful and who can also bring new ideas, and new games and initiate different nature projects or science projects from the books the family have in the home. Being flexible and adaptable is important, with the children’s ideas and preferences for the day possibly coming first, and the realisation that it could take a week or two weeks for the Nanny’s idea to happen if the kids are really into some new theme or idea.
COVID and Vaccination Info
They are open to Staff who have and who have not been vaccinated, or not had the booster (but would expect the unvaccinated to be more cautious).
UK - 5-bedroom house and a 3-bedroom cottage
France - 4-bedroom house
- 2 x 1-bed guest houses
- 2 x geodesic domes (1 bed and a 2 bed),
- 1 x Yurt.
Portugal – To be confirmed
UK - rent something off-site for the Staff
France - rent something off-site or use accommodation on-site (depending on expected visitors).
Cars / Transport
Currently rent 2 x staff cars so one can be always used for work and the other for leisure.
- Salary Estimate : 1,000-1,500 GBP per week
- Start Date : 07/04/2022
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