Nursery World reports on the shortage of nannies

3rd December, 2021

The PLEYSS programme offers two training routes and one of them is for childminder/home-based Early Years care.  This first step into training enables individuals to consider working as a childminder and/or nanny and with the latest news from Nursery World, it seems this could be a good move due to the current demand for nannies.

We are passionate about encouraging people to work in the Early Years sector and recognise the opportunities this can give to them to be in successful employment.

Nanny agencies are reporting that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit the demand for nannies has outstripped supply.

Debbie Wordley, who runs Wiltshire based Savernake Nannies, said they have seen a real influx in families looking for nannies since Covid-19 and Brexit, which forced many au pairs to return home.  However, since the emergence of coronavirus, nannies have left the sector and fewer nursery practitioners are leaving settings to work in the profession.

Nidum Nannies, an agency in Nottingham, said it had also seen a ‘widening gap’ between families approaching them for nannies and the availability of nannies, which director and partner Jamie Crew said could be down to the change in the way families now work due to the pandemic.

Ms Wordley of Savernake Nannies told Nursery World, ‘We currently have the most clients on our books since we set up in 2017.

’18 months ago, the majority of our calls were from nannies seeking work and now the tables have turned. It’s really a nanny’s market.’

In particular, she said that they are struggling to fill vacancies for wrap-a-round care and roles that require nannies to do housework.

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