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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, Sussex 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.


About us

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 training and recruitment 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 Sussex 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.

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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! 

LB, Hampshire
"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. Thank you ladies for doing what you're doing. You know I think you rock (thankfully S and E do too)." 

JL, Hampshire

"Polkadot helped us to shape the right operating model for my household and identified the appropriate requirements for the domestic help needed. They offered a very personal and thorough service far exceeding any other nanny agency I have used.”

SD, Hampshire

"I totally recommend Polkadot who resolved my childcare crisis.  Left without a nanny, due to illness, I needed urgent help.  Clare was fast, professional and empathetic throughout my crisis.  The end result was finding 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!"


The Polkadot Process:

All candidates are interviewed and go through the following screening process:

  • We look for proof of  any childcare qualifications, a first aid certificate and an enhanced DBS certificate or update service subscription.  We look at their driving licence and check for endorsements, birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate (if applicable), National Insurance details, current address and Ofsted registration (if applicable). 

  • 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. Candidates are required to have at least 3 years paid experience and/or a relevant childcare qualification.


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.


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 three 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 three years employment, if not, more references will be taken.

Next, we 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 negotiating salaries, the negotiation and preparation of contracts and setting up an employer's payroll.


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.

Get In Touch


Are you seeking work as a nanny, nanny/housekeeper, babysitter or mother's help?

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 cost 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


Polkadot Nannies & Sitters require all applicants have at least 3 years paid experience working with children and/or a childcare qualification.  You would also need, or be willing to obtain, an enhanced DBS Certificate dated within the last three years (or updated via the subscription service) and a paedriatric 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.


Other Services 


Found your own nanny?   Recruiting childcare staff?   Working with children?


Polkadot Nannies & Sitters also offer the following services:

Enhanced DBS Application:  £65

(We can offer this service to anyone who requires one, regardless of their profession)

Identity Screening:  £48

References:  £35 each

We can refer you to a company specialising in Payroll and Pensions and Contracts


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