Before and after school
Enhanced DBS Application
Childcare staff screening
Welcome to Polkadot Nannies & Sitters, who have been setting the highest standards and providing families with the professional childcarers since 2011. Initially established in Hampshire and Dorset, Polkadot have expanded their service to include Surrey, Wiltshire, Berkshire and surrounding areas.
Polkadot Nannies & Sitters are renowned for their understanding approach to families needs and pride themselves on only sending handpicked candidates who match what you are looking for. We recognise and understand the importance of creating that perfect union in order to put the needs, happiness and well-being of your children first.
We are fully insured, a corporate member of the British Association of Professional Nannies and registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.
Polkadot Nannies & Sitters is now run by Dian Sellers, a qualified and very experienced childcare professional; working as Nanny, Nanny/Housekeeper and Ofsted Registered Childminder whilst raising her own family. Before children, her experience lay in the recruitment and training of sales staff for a large company of estate agents. Her dedication and experience in both childcare and recruitment has led her to lead a company that specialises in providing expert childcare to families in the counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey and surrounding areas. She prides herself on running a nanny agency that treats each family and nanny as an individual. Dian will ensure that you will only be contacted with a job/candidate that is suited to your requirements.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Polkadot Nannies and Sitters are my go-to for all things childcare related! I first turned to them in a moment of desperation and haven't looked back since. Fair prices, great care and fantastic communication. I'd say they're in the business of helping frazzled mums (and dads) regain their identity a little, book date nights, go to work and have a life. "
“ Dian at Polkadot Nannies and Sitters has been wonderful. Dian has been highly professional, thoughtful and responsive in finding us a super part-time nanny for our family. She quickly understood our needs and I felt totally supported. I could not recommend Dian more highly. Thank you”
I totally recommend Polkadot who resolved my childcare crisis... Left without a nanny, due to illness, I needed urgent help. Polkadot were fast, professional & empathetic throughout my crisis. The end result was finding us our wonderful nanny & we haven't looked back. Thank you for taking away the stress in our lives & finding us the perfect resolution! Panic over, Polkadot fixed it!
"I am incredibly grateful for Dian's help. Dian took the time to really understand our family and then matched us with an absolutely perfect nanny who has instantly become part of our family. Dian was very supportive throughout the process and I couldn't recommend her more highly."
The Polkadot Process:
You can contact us via this website, email, by telephone, text, WhatsApp or Facebook to register your interest. We will quickly get in touch to discuss your requirements and send you a copy of our Terms and Conditions.
We then match your requirements to the candidates we have on our database and identify those we consider the best match for you and your family. We will send you a copy of their CV and a summary profile for you to choose who you would like to meet. We would also advertise your vacancy and add it to our Latest Jobs mailing to all childcare professionals registered with us.
All our candidates have been interviewed and screened to assess their suitability. We thoroughly check their identity and qualifications by inspecting original documents. Every candidate will have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate . They will have a current paediatric First Aid qualification. or be booked on an appropriate course to obtain one. Every candidate will have at least two year's paid professional work experience in childcare or a Level 3 childcare Qualification.
Candidates are asked to sign Terms of Representation and provide information regarding any on-going medical conditions. Polkadot take references from the candidates' two most recent employers. These must cover at least two years employment, if not, more references will be taken.
Any new candidate applying for a particular position will be expected to be fully screened accordingly in order for their application to be considered.
In this current crisis, the first interview will take place via video link and it is strongly recommended that the second interview takes place in an outdoor setting, such as your garden.
After discussing the match, with your approval, we will arrange for you to interview your chosen candidates at a convenient location. We would recommend that the first interview is conducted without the children.
Feedback is then gathered from both parties and the decision can be made whether to hold a second interview, where the candidate meets your family and children.
A trial childcare session may be appropriate after this stage. We would make the necessary arrangements for this.
Polkadot will continue to advertise your position until you are satisfied that the right candidate has been found.
We are able guide you through the next steps in employing your chosen childcare professional, including assistance with the negotiation of salary and terms, and introduce you to specialist assistance qualified to prepare a contract and set up an employer's payroll on your behalf.
We are available for on going help and advice during the employment of your nanny.
There are no up-front fees and nothing to pay if we do not introduce you to your successful childcare candidate.
Nannies & More
Are you seeking work as a nanny, housekeeper, babysitter or mother's help? Are you an experienced and qualified Maternity Nanny or specialise in sleep training or supporting new parents? Perhaps you are seeking a permanent position, to work part time, love the variety of temporary work or to travel the country providing emergency childcare.
We understand the importance of finding the right position for you and will work with you to help match you with the right family.
Its completely free to register
Free identity and document screening
We can apply for an enhanced DBS on your behalf (see Other Services for details)
We can help you find suitable First Aid Courses
Hints and tips and interview techniques
We offer advice on conditions of employment e.g. holidays, duties, sickness, contracts & salaries
Polkadot Nannies & Sitters is run by an ex-nanny who understands the importance of on-going advice and support
HOW DO I APPLY TO REGISTER?
Polkadot Nannies & Sitters require all applicants have at least 2 years paid experience working with children and/or a childcare qualification. You would also need, or be willing to obtain, an enhanced DBS Certificate on the update service and a current 12-hour paediatric first aid certificate.
If you meet these requirements:
Send your CV with a brief description of the type of position you are looking for to
If successful, you will be sent a Registration Form to complete and invited for an interview.
Our evening babysitting service starts from 6pm
Monday – Sunday.
All of our sitters are interviewed by the agency. They have at least 2 years paid professional experience working with children and/or a childcare qualification, are reference and DBS checked and have a paediatric first aid certificate.
Having a much needed night out safe in the knowledge that your children are being cared for by a trustworthy, reliable, experienced and qualified babysitter is what keeps families coming back to us time and time again
Fee: From £8 per standard booking
No monthly subscription cost
Babysitter Rates: £9.00 per hour (£10.00 after midnight)
Special occasion i.e. Valentines, bank holidays, December £11.50per hour
Xmas Day and New Year's Eve £15 per hour
Hotel babysitting: £11.50 per hour
To book your sitter please fill in the
family contact form or contact Dian:
"It was the first time that we had used a babysitter that the boys didn’t know and she put us all at ease very quickly.
Having booked through Polkadot, I had no concerns about B’s competence. Your fees are very clear and it’s great that you don’t charge a membership fee, which would have been offputting for me, given that we only want to use a babysitter once in a while.
I would really recommend the service and although we don’t go out very often, would definitely book through you again."
"Fantastic babysitting service provided for the evening of my wedding day. Easy to organise by email and the babysitter arrived at the hotel on time, and looked after 3 children while they were asleep in the hotel room. I would definitely recommend Polkadot Nannies and use them again in the future"
"The service I have received from Polkadot has been really exceptional, very prompt and very professional for a fussy first time parent! The caregiver was very highly qualified and a lovely lady. Would not hesitate to recommend their services again and again."
Found your own nanny? Recruiting childcare staff?
Working with children and/or vulnerable adults?
Polkadot Nannies & Sitters also offer the following services:
Enhanced DBS Application: £70
(We can offer this service to anyone who requires one, regardless of their profession.)
Childcare CV Re-writing: £20
Identity Screening: £48
Two Year Reference Trail: £60
We can refer you to a company specialising in Payroll and Contracts for both long term and shorter term employment. Please speak to Dian for more details.