About Our Work
The perfect part-time job if you enjoy being with children!
This is ideal if you have relevant experience of working with children. We are interested in suitable people with experience such as: school based work, children centres, nurseries, youth work, mid-day supervisors as well as semi-retired professionals such as ex-teachers, social workers and teaching assistants. Voluntary work in schools, children’s charities and sports coaches are also classed as relevant experience.
"The positive encouragement I got from @Home Childcare and the induction training helped me settle into the job quickly. From the interview, through to meeting the family and working with them afterwards. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a reliable and rewarding part-time job that fits in with other things."
We visit families at home to assess suitability for a family match!
Our first priority is finding the right family to assign you to. That’s why we visit all registered families in their own home to find out about their childcare needs. We also carry out health and safety risk assessments to ensure the home is a safe place for you to care for children.
You will need to be available for at least three after school sessions each week on a term time basis, and commit to at least 1 year for continuity of care reasons.
We can offer:
- 8 – 16 hours per week, depending on your availability and the needs of the family
- Free childcare training ensuring you are fully equipped for the home-based role including first aid
- Work in your local community so you do not have to travel too far to get there
- You get paid up to £9 per hour and receive full employee benefits such as such holiday pay and continuous training.
We are interested in people who have proven experience of working with children such as schools, childcare, youth services and even sectors with transferable skills such as care work. Proven experience is important because we need to verify your experience with references. Qualifications are not essential because we have our own training provision.
The hourly rate is up to £9 per hour, depending on your age and experience. We pay more than national minimum wage and it is on a sliding scale, depending on the number of children you care for and the hours the family uses you for. As your employer, @Home Childcare is responsible for your employee benefits. Pay is on a weekly basis, in arrears, and you also receive other entitlements such as holiday pay.
You need to be able to work at least 3 consecutive afternoons providing after school care from around 3/3.30pm until 5.30 – 7pm school term time, depending on the needs of the family. It works out around 8 – 12 hours per week. The more flexible you are, the more likely we will find a family match to suit you. If you can work the odd morning from 7/7.30am that can help. Some parents offer extra hours for holiday care.
We have minimum hour policy so even if parents use you for less hours, you will still get paid for the agreed minimum hours.
You will need an Enhanced DBS clearance. We will accept a current DBS if is a Child Workforce DBS with a current Update Service. Otherwise you will need clearance. DBSs are not free because they exist for you to prove your suitability and you can take them to work somewhere else. We can help with the cost in some situations. We also carry out a face2face interview to assess your experience and ability to work with children. Reference checks are also completed.
Sometimes but it depends on the hours parents offer. After school care is our most popular service but occasionally some families might ask for 1 or 2 days of day care for young children, along with wraparound childcare. We would expect you to have experience of providing care and early education to early years children, if you wanted day care hours.
People sometimes compare our work to nannying because it is in the family’s own home. We are different because we hire you, not the family. We recruit, train and match you to families. We believe this is a more affordable and hassle-free way of families accessing childcare in their own home.
As an employment business, we are responsible for your PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) tax and national insurance, as well as training and policies/procedures updates all designed to protect you and the children care for. We are the other end of the phone or email if you need support with your work, and you can meet up with other carers online and at our training sessions.
No, although drivers are in high demand, we try to manage parents’ expectations by explaining to them drivers with their own cars are difficult to find and they are limiting our search for the right person by insisting on a driver. If you are driving or using public transport to collect/drop off children, your mileage is also payable at the AA recommended rate of 45p per mile.
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