How do you find the nannies in your portfolio?
We personally interview and vet all of our holiday nannies. We have an informal interview with every prospective nanny, to ascertain whether they have the kind of experience/personality and adaptability we are looking for. We ask for all original documents (CRB/DBS, Passport, First Aid Certificate, and any certificates related to childcare). We build each Nanny a personalised profile including all of their information, experience and checked references - these are then sent to families as the first introduction to a Nanny.
What happens once we have completed our booking with Hummingbird?
We respond quickly with possible matches. We then help organise a Skype / Call / Interview / Informal Meeting with the chosen Nanny/Nannies. We recommend that the prospective Holiday Nanny goes to meet the family or takes on a paid trial. The family can use the opportunity to see how the Nanny interacts with their children and if they feel the Holiday Nanny would fit in well. The details of the holiday can be discussed, as well as approximate hours.
Is there a separate agreement for this service?
We make everything as easy as possible for the family. We provide an agreement confirming all the details, and we also book the Nanny suitable Travel Insurance.
Is there a set number of hours a Holiday Nanny will be “on duty”?
Holiday placements can be for any length of time. We understand that every holiday is unique, so we are happy to tailor-make a package for your holiday childcare. The approximate number of daily/weekly hours are discussed and agreed in advance.
Nannies are entitled to one day off per week (or two half days). Holiday Nannies normally help on both travel days (and the night before departure) as part of their booked hours.
Can any hours be added on once away on holiday?
All our Holiday Nannies are experienced and/or qualified. The majority have worked with families in a travel or holiday capacity before. They are comfortable with the fact that every day is different, and therefore a package of hours booked doesn't have to be spread evenly across the week (or stuck to entirely).
If further hours are required by the family while they are on holiday, this can be agreed with the Travelling Nanny, and payment can be paid directly at a rate of £10 per hour.
Is there anything else I need to know?
• The family pays all the travel, accommodation and meals costs for the nanny.
• We are used to dealing with High Profile and VIP clients. All information supplied to us is completely confidential. In addition, our Holiday Nannies all sign Terms and Conditions which includes a confidentiality agreement.
• You have nothing to pay, until you have met your chosen Holiday Nanny and given us the go ahead.