My Big Buddy

We have always had the Nanny but now we have the ‘Manny’ - the Male Nanny! The ‘Manny’ is fast becoming the latest ‘buzz word’ in town and he is a highly sought after addition to the busy lives of London parents. Whilst Mary Poppins has typically been every parent’s childcare dream, many families are now coming around to the idea that a spoon full of testosterone is often more effective than a spoonful of sugar!

My Big Buddy, London’s leading male nanny agency, was established in June 2006 by two Australian Nannies who felt that some children would benefit from the encouragement, care and enthusiasm of an energetic male role model. After huge success in London, My Big Buddy has since launched in Melbourne with other Australian cities yet to follow!

Founder and Managing Director of My Big Buddy, Annie Merrylees, worked as a Nanny in both Melbourne and London for over 12 years before launching the company. She uses her experiences and training to recruit and guide the Big Buddies whilst offering support to both families and candidates throughout their placements.

London Manager, Jill Chantry, joined our team in 2014 and is responsible for all the day to day running of London MBb. She has two young children of her own, so she understands family requirements and the expectations we have of our Buddies/Mannies.

Candidates are all met individually by Annie or Jill, or a member of our carefully selected recruitment team, reference and ID checked. A recent DBS check is a condition of registration as well as a thorough induction on responsibilities, family expectations and routine.

Nov 13, 2019
£17.00 hourly
Full-time live out position £17 per hour Start date: August (flexible) Location: Hampstead Heath, South End Green, NW3 Day/Hours: 4 flexible weekdays 8.00am - 7.00pm Children: Boy of 3.5 and boy of 1 Driver necessary? no Looking for an experienced manny with childcare qualification, interested in gentle parenting and has experience with Montessori, Steiner or Reggio. Experience with outdoor Forest School would also be an advantage as the older boy goes to a Forest school and loves playing outdoors. Nursery duties as standard - cleaning and tidying children's rooms, laundry and ironing, etc. The older boy goes to nursery in the morning, so would need taking and picking up. The baby has a nap in the afternoon, so the manny would need to to keep their routine going. Going out on play dates and to other activities as well as outdoor playing is important. Cooking healthy food and keeping the family areas clean and tidy is also important. Mum is around some days, so she will care for one child, and manny the other, so one-to-one time can be had. Travel with the family 3-4 weeks per year
My Big Buddy Hampstead, London, UK Full time
Nov 13, 2019
£0.00 - £14.00 hourly
JOB SHARE AND/OR COVER NEEDED £14 per hour Location: Greenwich SE10 Days: Thursdays plus occasional Saturday morning or afternoon times tbc Hours: 3.15pm - 7pm Children: One boy of 15 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to look after a 15-year-old boy who has learning difficulties and a diagnosis of ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). He is a lovely boy, very positive and cheery, but acts much younger than his years. He likes to play imaginative games with his little figures and playing outside. He can be a little stubborn, so buddy needs to be calm and patient with him. Buddy will be at home when the boy gets back from school between 3.20 and 3.40 pm. There needs to be a routine of getting him a snack and then going out to the gym, bike riding, playing basketball and other fun and age-appropriate games. Experience with children with additional needs would be advantageous. Family have a small, good-natured dog.
My Big Buddy Greenwich, London, UK Part time
Nov 11, 2019
£500 weekly
January - April 2020 3-month placement plus optional 1-month placement to follow on from April to May 2020 Weekly salary £500 per week NET Start date: January 2020 Location: Antigua, the Caribbean for 3 months followed by an optional 4th month in Zimbabwe Day/Hours: Every day 8 - 10 hrs - 1 day off per week Mornings sole charge and shared care in the afternoons Children: 1 boy Age: 3 Driver necessary: Yes Strong, competent swimmer: Yes Boating experience: Yes Accommodation; own room, with bathroom shared with boy. Departure around January 10th - April 10th with the possibility to extend one additional month if the buddy wanted to travel on to Zimbabwe. Boy at home every day so buddy to fully engage with fun and educational activities. There is a lot to do on the island from hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, sailing, etc. and the buddy must create a stimulating and creative environment for boy, engaging with nature and the environment, whilst keeping him safe. The house is on the beach so buddy must be a strong swimmer. Some time will be spent sailing so someone who can sail is a plus but buddy must, at the very least, be comfortable on boats. Parenting rules are relaxed and 'free-range'; no star charts, no material rewards and very little screen time. Lots of positive enforcement, nurturing, and learning how to have age-appropriate independence. A couple of nights babysitting per week
My Big Buddy Antigua and Barbuda Temporary
Nov 11, 2019
£14.00 hourly
September buddy French-speaking buddy required £14 per hour Location: Belgravia Start date: Sunday 1 September Sundays: 10am - 7pm Mondays: 4pm - 9pm Children: Boy aged 8 Driver necessary? No Buddy to spend Sunday's playing, exploring and getting out and about, enjoying some sport and activities, and making sure all homework is completed before supper. On Mondays, the buddy will be waiting at home; and support with homework and some fun downtime or games, and getting outdoors. Supper and bedtime routine. Must speak fluent French as a second language. Must be able to live-in for 1 week every 8 weeks (tbc), with an additional payment of £35 for each overnight stay.
My Big Buddy Belgravia, London, UK Part time
Nov 07, 2019
£12.00 - £14.00 hourly
Days are flexible £12 - £14 per hour Start date: ASAP Location: Marylebone W1H Day/Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, approx 3/3.30pm - 7pm Children: One boy of 6, nanny looks after twins of 3 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to look after the boy while the nanny looks after the twins. Buddy to pick up boy from school. Take to activities, playdates or to the park. Then bring home. Look after all three children for 1/2 an hour while the nanny cooks dinner. Help boy with 10 -15 mins of homework; encouraging good habits of concentrating for a small amount of time, reading spellings etc, then playing and have fun. More hours available in the school holidays
My Big Buddy Marylebone, London, UK Part time
Nov 07, 2019
FULL-TIME MANNY POSITION Salary to be discussed with appropriate applicants Start date: ASAP Location: St John's Wood Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 11.00am 4.00pm - 8.00pm Saturday: (once or twice a month) 9 - 12pm - tbc Children: boy aged 12 (plus older girl) Driver necessary? Not required The boy leads a very active life and is looking for a manny to be fully involved with sports, activities, homework and homelife. The family live in NW3 and are offering a live-out position. They are looking for someone who will join in with family life from making the boy's social/school and (if required) medical appointments, to picking up from school and arranging activities. The manny will also be occasionally asked to work at the weekend, either taking the boy to sports practice, parties or to play sport together. Ideally, the manny will have some teaching experience to help with Y9 prep, test and exam revision and help the boy to be ready for the next school day. The family ski in the February half term, spend time at their holiday home in the South of France and visit other (mainly) European destinations, so some travel will be required but this is flexible. This position is for a minimum of 1 year.
My Big Buddy St John's Wood, London, UK Full time
Nov 07, 2019
£14.00 hourly
JOB SHARE AND/OR COVER NEEDED £14 per hour Location: Greenwich SE10 Days: Thursdays plus occasional Saturday morning or afternoon times tbc Hours: 3.15pm - 7pm Children: One boy of 15 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to look after a 15-year-old boy who has learning difficulties and a diagnosis of ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). He is a lovely boy, very positive and cheery, but acts much younger than his years. He likes to play imaginative games with his little figures and playing outside. He can be a little stubborn, so buddy needs to be calm and patient with him. Buddy will be at home when the boy gets back from school between 3.20 and 3.40 pm. There needs to be a routine of getting him a snack and then going out to the gym, bike riding, playing basketball and other fun and age-appropriate games. Experience with children with additional needs would be advantageous. Family have a small, good-natured dog. £14ph
My Big Buddy Greenwich, London, UK Part time
Nov 05, 2019
£15.00 hourly
Immediate start - can be in addition or separate (job share) to the position advertised below £15ph High Street Kensington W8   Friday 4pm - 8pm Saturday 8am - 9pm Sunday 8am - 9pm Children: Boys aged 11, 9 & 7 - another boy of 2 who has his own nanny. Driver necessary? No - but a driver would be helpful Three boys who lead very active lives are looking for a manny to become an integral part of their lives. The family live in Kensington, with Holland Park and Kensington Gardens on the doorstep, and they are offering a live-out position. The manny will join in with family life and enjoy taking the boys to art, cultural and sports events, museums and playdates and have lots of ideas for fun activities. There is already a team in the house (housekeeper, chef, driver, and cleaners) and the manny will need to work with them. Ideally, the manny will be a graduate and have some tutoring/teaching experience to help the children with their homework and to prep for tests and school exams. There may be some travel with the family. This position is for 1-year minimum.
My Big Buddy Kensington High Street, London, UK Part time
Nov 05, 2019
£14.00 hourly
5 WEEK BUDDY COVER £14 per hour November 18 - December 29 (Xmas week OFF) FULL TIME in school holidays - from Dec 11 - Dec 20 (tbc) Location: East Sheen Mornings; Monday to Friday 7.00am - 10.00am Afternoons; Monday to Friday 3.30pm - 7.00pm Children: Boy & girl - twins of nearly 10 Driver necessary? Yes, auto car supplied Buddy to look after children in the morning, make breakfast and get ready for school and drive children to nearby school. Return home and tidy-up and then enjoy taking the dog for a 1hr walk. In the afternoons, make a healthy snack for the children and take the car to collect from school at 4.00pm. Both children have tennis coaching every evening in Chiswick or Richmond so they need to snack in the car and do their homework at the tennis centre. Once home supper will be ready so children can eat and then relax. Buddy must be sporty and love both tennis and dogs.
My Big Buddy East Sheen, London, UK Temporary
Nov 01, 2019
£13.00 hourly
Immediate start -  English grad with/or excellent verbal and written English required £ 13 per hour Start date: ASAP Location: Eldon Grove (Belsize/Hampstead village), NW3 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.30pm - 6:30/7.30pm Children: Two boys of 10 & 7 and girl of 9 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to help Mum look after the children, especially the youngest boy. Shared care most of the time. Buddy needs to be fun and dynamic but also firm and good at time management to make sure the children get everything done by bedtime. Pick up from school (10 minutes walk), and mainly look after the 7 yr old boy so he has a proper English speaker at home to play with, read stories, help with written homework and enhance his English vocabulary, while Mum focuses on older children's 11+ and 13+ exam prep. Buddy needs to actively play with the children, help them tidy up and encourage lots of chatting about their activities and their day, notably at dinner time. Mum speaks French to the children but their main language is English. The youngest son is both sporty (loves tennis and football) and crafty; he has a very happy (and quite cheeky) character. Babysitting will also be required on occasions.
My Big Buddy Eldon Grove, London, UK Part time
Nov 01, 2019
£0.00 - £15.00 hourly
From November 18th £15 per hour Term time; Days: 3 - 5 days per week - to be agreed Hours: 3.30pm - 7.00pm PLUS full-time over half terms and all other school holidays Location: Maida Vale, W9 Children: boy of 10 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to pick up from school (near St John’s Wood tube), come home or take to play dates or after school activities, help with Y6 homework, light cooking for supper, playing cricket, hockey, tennis, and football. Some knowledge of French and also music/piano playing would be a bonus. Plus additional babysitting is available
My Big Buddy Maida Vale, London, UK Part time
Nov 01, 2019
£15.00 hourly
Full days, 8am - 6pm are available during school holidays, £15 per hour Start date: ASAP Location: Parsons Green SW6 3EF Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Hours: 3.30pm -7.00pm Days: Tuesdays Hours: 4.45pm -7.45pm Children: 2 boys & 1 girl Ages: 14, 10 & 8 Driver not necessary but preferable for playdate pick-ups and holiday course attendance etc. Boy aged 14 makes his own way home from school. Main duties are for boy aged 10 and girl aged 8. Pick up from school which is a 2-minute walk from home, homework help and fun activities and cooking supper. Children love arts/crafts/music (singing -they don’t play instruments), sports, playing games and reading, and the family are looking for a fun energetic buddy. Plus occasional babysitting
My Big Buddy Parsons Green Lane, London, UK Part time
Oct 30, 2019
£14.00 hourly
URGENT - IMMEDIATE START £14 per hour Location: Fulham W6 Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays Hours: 3.30pm - 7.00pm Children: Boy of 8 and girl of 10 Driver: Yes, manual supplied Buddy to pick up the car from the home, then drive to school to pick up the children, bring them home, get a snack, actively play with them, help with homework, reading and spellings and cook supper. Bath and get ready for bed depending on when mum gets back. Girl is very sporty and likes guitar and skateboarding and boy loves the drums and football. Both are musical and both love acting and drama. Children have after school activities on one or two of the days, so Buddy will need to go back to school to pick one up later on in the afternoon.
My Big Buddy Fulham, London, UK Part time
Oct 30, 2019
£13.00 hourly
Start November 11 - interviewing now £13 per hour Location: Highbury Term Time: Days: Mon to Friday Hours: 3:30 to 7 pm Children: girl/boy Ages: 5/7 Driver necessary? No Term time buddy to pick up from school, which is a 5-minute walk from home. Go to the park, manage playdates, pick them up from after school clubs, take them swimming, come home and have some fun/downtime then help with homework, make supper and start bathtime routine.  
My Big Buddy Highbury, London, UK Part time
Oct 28, 2019
£13.00 hourly
Start November 11 - interviewing now £13 per hour Location: Highbury Term Time: Days: Mon to Friday Hours: 3:30 to 7 pm Children: girl/boy Ages: 5/7 Driver necessary? No Term time buddy to pick up from school, which is a 5-minute walk from home. Go to the park, manage playdates, pick them up from after school clubs, take them swimming, come home and have some fun/downtime then help with homework, make supper and start bathtime routine.
My Big Buddy Highbury, London, UK Part time
Oct 24, 2019
£15.00 hourly
Immediate start - must be a graduate £50 per afternoon (2.5 - 3hrs) Start date: ASAP Location: Marylebone Term time Days: two to three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Hours: from 3.20/ 4pm to 6.30pm Holiday time  £15 per hour Days: most days of the week Hours: from 1pm or from 3.30pm, potentially some mornings as well Children: Girl of 10, Boy of 8 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to help the family with picking children up from school and take them home. Once home, help with homework/ engage children in intellectually challenging activities and conversations. Playing board games. Buddy must have a good academic university education and be very organised and motivated to help the children complete their after-school prep and extra studies.
My Big Buddy Marylebone, London, UK Part time
Oct 18, 2019
£13.00 hourly
September buddy £13 per hour Start date: from September 4 Location: East Finchley N2 Children: 1 boy aged 10 Driver desirable but not necessary Term-time buddy Days: Monday - Friday Hours: 3.30 – 7.30 Buddy to collect boy from school and walk home. Help with homework and 11+ revision is key so buddy must be confident he can support this. Have some play/chill-out time and make supper.
My Big Buddy East Finchley, London, UK Part time
Oct 18, 2019
£15.00 hourly
£15 per hour Term time; Days: 3 - 5 days per week - to be agreed Hours: 3.30pm - 7.00pm PLUS full-time over half terms and all other school holidays Location: Maida Vale, W9 Children: boy of 10 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to pick up from school (near St John’s Wood tube), come home or take to play dates or after school activities, help with Y6 homework, light cooking for supper, playing cricket, hockey, tennis, and football. Some knowledge of French and also music/piano playing would be a bonus. Plus additional babysitting is available
My Big Buddy Maida Vale, London, UK Part time
Oct 16, 2019
£13.00 hourly
Start date; Nov 4th - interviewing now £13 per hour Location: Balham SW17 Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays Hours: 3.30pm - 6.30/7.00pm Children: Girls aged, 5 & 8 Driver necessary? No The buddy will pick the girls up from school and walk around 10-minutes home. Once home the buddy will settle the girls with a little reading and ensure homework is completed. The buddy will prepare a vegetarian supper and eat together and then have some fun downtime with board games and play. The buddy will begin the evening/bedtime routine and make sure homework books and kit bags are ready for the next day.
My Big Buddy Balham, London, UK Part time