One couple are offering a nanny an impressive salary of £55K a year but they'll have to follow some very strict rules if they want to bag the job...
Finding the right nanny can be a struggle. You might want the nanny to be able to teach your child a language or other extra-curricular activities and you might require them to cater for your child’s specific dietary or behavioural needs.
You want to feel comfortable with the person you’re paying to look after your child so it’s best to be upfront about exactly what you expect.
One couple, who have a seven-year-old son, haven’t held back in their nanny advertisement. Writing on the website Childcare.co.uk the couple from Ascot, Berkshire are offering a generous package if you can follow their rules.
The couple want the nanny to follow a strict set of Victorian principles as they are ‘a traditional couple from a very traditional and patriotic family and are set on raising our children in a way similar to the Victorians’.
They explain: ‘The Victorian style of parenting helped create well-rounded, respectable and polite young people who went on in later life to become great and successful adults. This is the vision we have for our son and it’s something which has moulded our family, and our relationships with other families/friends. Unfortunately, there are many people we don’t associate ourselves with anymore because of our beliefs.’
Daily responsibilities will include many normal nanny duties like getting him up in the morning, dressed, bathed and helping with his home schooling.
The parents also specify that their son must only play for one hour a day and regardless of the activity he must be dressed in his best clothes.
They explain: ‘We believe that becoming a respectable person starts with always looking presentable and ready for any kind of occasion.’
Other restrictions include a complete ban on television, computers and games consoles. He is allowed board games, books and traditional wooden toys but the parents are keen to avoid their son developing a gaming addition some people his age.
Technology is off the table for this seven-year-old…
Another major rule the nanny must follow is a limit on affection. The nanny must not spoil the son and can only shake the son’s hand or give hi a kiss on the head before bed ‘if necessary’.
They add: ‘We are firm believers that children should be seen and not heard and believe this will help his development. We’re able to offer around £55,000 a year for the right candidate, however this is negotiable. You’ll be entitled to 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays, as well as the statutory sick day allocation.’
The couple admit that their approach is not ‘conventional’ but they are adamant that in the long run it will make their son a better person.
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