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Nannies - Now you will be able to finish that book

Nannies - Now you will be able to finish that book

07 May 2013 BY Tim Wells

“Are we nearly there?!” is more often than not the plaintive theme song for families travelling on holiday with children, and if you've left your teenagers at home or elsewhere, who might, just possibly, be expected to help allay the boredom and discomfort of the trip for the youngsters, My Travelling Nanny may just be able to offer the assistance you need. This London-based, family-run agency provides qualified and experienced holiday nannies to accompany you and yours to your villa. They can do wonders in taking the stress out of the trip, help your children settle into their new environment, and while you’re there assist you in all sorts of ways in looking after the little ones.

My Travelling Nanny offers three levels of holiday nanny for every family’s requirements. If you require just a “mother’s helper”, an extra pair of hands and eyes for the simple childcare tasks – feeding, dressing, putting on the suncream, supervising the swim during your delightful afternoon nap, as well as babysitting evenings for the night out at the local restaurant – the Student/Standard nanny is the most economical choice. Qualified nannies are more suitable for sole care situations, maternity help, as well as for any special needs, and Teaching nannies offer specialized skills in helping your children with schoolwork, learning to swim or ski, or with a second (or third!) language, and many other skills. Whatever the skill level, each nanny will have her own individual abilities and charm to make her own unique contribution to the enjoyment of your holiday.

All My Travelling Nanny’s personnel are rigourously screened and vetted and personally interviewed. Written references are verbally verified, and all qualifications – childcare and first aid – as well as CRB and passport, thoroughly checked via their original documents.

When you make your enquiry by phone or email, MTN will endeavour to send you the details of at least one suitable holiday nanny within a couple of days. At this point you are invited to contact the nanny, either by phone or to meet in person and decide if she’s right for your requirements. You will be asked to reimburse any reasonable travel costs for the nanny to meet with you. If you are happy with your nanny’s suitability, you will complete a booking form and a tailor-made contract specifying the days, number of hours, and other particulars will be drawn up. A 50% deposit will be required to secure your holiday nanny; the balance is payable 28 days before departure. (For short-notice bookings the total cost is payable at the time of booking, and a short-notice fee may be chargeable.)

My Travelling Nanny offers several popular standard packages, but as each booking will probably have its own individual requirements, there is a cost calculator on their website to estimate the cost, or you may phone for a quote.

Travelling nannies will ideally travel with you so that they can get to know your children even before you have reached your villa. Ideal for single parent families, holiday nannies can also be booked as teams of two or more for multiple-family groups. Obviously it is impossible to plan every hour of the holiday in advance, so your holiday nanny will be available to work additional hours at the rate of £8 per hour payable directly to her. Her accommodation, travel, and food are naturally paid by the family, and her travel insurance (usually £15) will be added to the final invoice; all agency fees are included in the price. The nanny gets one (non-travel) day off per week – hopefully it won’t rain that day. Prices start at £325 per week.