Koru Kids' latest batch of after school nannies completed their training today, and we're very happy to introduce them to the world!
The class includes students currently studying for degrees in sciences, languages, history, urban planning, archaeology, fine arts, politics, business, psychology and child development at universities including UCL, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Kingston, London South Bank University, Queen Mary and Roehampton. Being an after school nanny means they can combine their studies with a part time job doing something they love, looking after kids.
Janina - studying history and German - worked as an au pair in London years ago and loved London so much she decided to stay here for her studies. She said, "I loved being an au pair and I'm keen to work with kids again. However, now that I'm more established in London life, it's important to me that I have the freedom of living apart from the family. So being a Koru Kids 'live out au pair' is great for me."
Although the students are not professional nannies, they all have some form of childcare experience. Ella, for example, has just returned from working in an orphanage in South Africa for a few months. Masoodeh has already done two placements as a teaching assistant and is thinking of going into teaching after her science degree. Others have been tutors and music teachers, worked in summer camps, run children's parties and sessions at museums, worked in nursery schools and as nannies, and done a lot of babysitting.
For several of the nannies, after-school nanny experience will help their future career as they intend to go into teaching, child psychology or child development related fields.
The students were selected through a rigorous process which included interviews, character references, and background checks, plus a day of interaction with the Koru Kids team. Students must display excellent character, judgement, reliability, and energy as well as a love of kids. Less than 10% of all applicants are accepted onto the programme.
Now that the intense training period is over, the students will be matched with families. They'll be able to pick up and look after children aged 4 and over from school-closing time until 6:30pm on at least 3 days per week. Some can also do morning and school holiday cover. Meanwhile, Koru Kids takes care of all the paperwork including contracts, taxes, and payments.
Koru Kids is now accepting applications from London families for the after school service. To request an after-school nanny for your kids, fill out this form.