Aussie and NZ nannies are often considered a “gem” for families and are often preferred. So much so that it’s been found by agencies that they will now fall over themselves to get a good supply of qualified Australian and New Zealand girls. This is because the thought is they are not as fixed in their ideas of what it is they require and are more flexible and relaxed at their idealism of what a nanny constitutes without compromising quality.
It’s not all “roses” though as some parents are still anxious about employing Australian and New Zealand girls mainly because they feel that it’s too uncertain. They question their level of commitment and whether they will stick around but it is reasonable to expect a six month or a year long commitment.
The cost of living can be really expensive and somewhat difficult to obtain a lease as a foreigner. In London for example, rents are considered to be astronomical compared to the rest of the UK (you can’t get much for less than around our 250/300 GBP/week).
One of the noticeable differences from working as a nanny in Australia/NZ and as one in the UK is that British nannies generally work longer hours. It is not uncommon to work 12 hours a day for at least 5 days. And then they may or may not be evening babysitting included as well which is often up to 2 nights a week.
It is important to note that we recommend being over 18 years to be taken seriously if you wish to work as a nanny in the UK.
If you are new to London then is an invaluable magazine you need to know about. The TNT…. it comes out on a Monday. You find them outside of Tube stations is the best place, but be quick as they are snapped up fast. You may find that they will become your ‘bible’ on everything. They have travel, accomodation, what’s on, jobs and so much more. Visit: www.tntmagazine.com
Driving in the UK:
You can drive in the UK for up to 12 months if you hold a valid Australian driving licence or you can obtain an International Driving Permit. This includes Australian probationary licences.
Australian licences can be exchanged for British licences for up to 5 years from the date of entry into Great Britain. The DVLA is the government agency that handles drivers’ licences. For more information if you wish to do this is best to visit www.dvla.gov.uk
Useful phone numbers to know in the UK:
Australian High Commission – 0207 379 4334
New Zealand High Commission – 0207 930 8422
and then there is the local numbers to know:
Directory enquiries – 192
International directory enquiries – 153
Emergencies – 999