British Nannies is a childcare recruitment agency dedicated to providing the highest standards of temporary and emergency Nanny care for families across the UK, and is unwavering in its dedication to remain the best Nanny agency in Britain.
British Nannies – the history
The first stepping stone in the life of our company was the founding of Hampshire Nannies back in the early 2000’s. Having moved from the London suburbs to the South Coast to enjoy life by the sea, our Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith soon realised that finding reliable, flexible childcare while she commuted to and from the City was much more difficult when living in a rural location.
Freya set out to create her own professional Nanny service so she could ensure families in the South could rely on her company, and thus Hampshire Nannies was born. However very quickly, Hampshire Nannies began to grow. It quickly expanded across six counties: Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Wiltshire. Hundreds of families and Nannies were happily using the popular service in all these counties, and plans were developed to extend to other counties and also overseas.
Freya explains: “Our growing success across many counties drove the need for a new brand so we could communicate clearly and all of our clients could enjoy the core benefits of our services. To do this we launched the brand ‘British Nannies’ so all our families and Nannies could access all our supporting services, news and events in one central resource, wherever they themselves may be located. We are proud to be British Nannies!”
About British Nannies’ emergency Nanny service today
As Hampshire Nannies did originally, British Nannies provides caring, reliable, qualified Nannies for busy families requiring temporary and emergency childcare. The emergency Nanny service is highly flexible and the use of integrated technology ensures that we can now support families and Nannies all over the globe.
Freya goes on to say: “Through our advanced online systems we can find the ideal temporary or emergency Nanny for a family anywhere within a matter of minutes! In particular for unplanned childcare gaps such as an unwell child or parent, this ability is a real lifesaver for busy families. With so many wonderful Nannies to choose from, British Nannies can find the ideal Nanny for every childcare requirement!”
The British Nannies team – Freya
British Nannies Founder and Managing Director Freya Smith has a career history in corporate consultancy and a sincere passion for quality and customer satisfaction. As a mother of two herself, she has many years’ experience interacting with both childcare professionals and agencies. Through these years of experience it became clear that finding a Nanny at short notice is not always an easy process – but Freya firmly believes it should be.
She says: “Finding the perfect Nanny to whom a parent will entrust the care of their children is an enormous decision for any family to make. Doing so at short notice and sometimes in adverse circumstances makes it all the more challenging! Choosing the best Nanny agency to provide that ideal person quickly and efficiently is essential to removing stress and worry. This is what myself and my team work so hard to do – find that perfect childcare solution for each and every family, and be the best Nanny agency for every individual requirement.”
The British Nannies team – Lucie
Joining us in 2018 as General Manager, Lucie is merging a prior career in corporate environments with her recent experience of being a hands-on mother. She genuinely understands and fully appreciates both the pressures and dilemmas of being a working mum, as well as the responsibility of the emergency care service British Nannies provides.
Lucie says: “As General Manager at British Nannies, my role is to support the team with the day to day running of the business and ensuring we provide the best possible service to our customers. I will of course, always be on hand for any queries that you may have.
I am a new mum so a lot of my spare time is spent having fun with my son. When I get the opportunity, you will find me outside on a buggy run, walking the dog or spending time with friends. “
The British Nannies team – Helena
Helena is our Head of Compliance, and has recently returned to work for British Nannies after having some time off to have a baby. She has a background in Research, Project and Database Management.
As the mother of a super-active toddler, Helena understands parents’ requirements for a caring, professional and attentive emergency Nanny who puts the needs of children first at all times.
The British Nannies team – Ellie
Ellie has recently been promoted to Head of Delivery here at British Nannies. Ellie has a background in administration, customer service, finance and recruitment.
Ellie says: “In my spare time I’m usually cuddling one of my many animals, hiking, camping, at a concert or an event or seeing friends and family.
I have a passion for helping others; I’m a social, chatty individual always happy to help at the drop of a hat. I always try to provide the best and most positive service possible.
I’m here to support you all the way through your journey with us at British Nannies, so please never hesitate to ask!”
The British Nannies team – Hannah
Hannah is our Head of Recruitment. Hannah’s role is to attract new childcare professionals to join the British Nannies team to help us fulfil the hundreds of emergency Nanny bookings we receive each week.
Hannah explains: “I always like to go that extra mile for someone, and I pride myself on treating others how I wish to be treated.
My background is in hospitality and recruitment and I love building new working relationships. I am a friendly, enthusiastic person and always strive to achieve task to my best ability, so if there is ever anything I can do for you, do just ask.
Outside of work you will normally find me either out on the motorbike, walking my dog, at the gym or spending time with my friends and family.”
The British Nannies team – Megan
Megan is our youngest recruit, supporting the British Nannies team with arranging emergency Nanny bookings, office administration tasks, website updates, data management – and her fabulous vegan muffins!
Working with British Nannies
If you are a childcare professional looking for a great agency to work with as an emergency Nanny, a dedicated customer service professional seeking a new challenge, or you feel you have other key skills that we might be looking for, why not contact British Nannies today? You can also register with us online on our Jobs Board.
We’re a growing company and always interested to discuss opportunities with those who love childcare as much as we do.