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.

May 21, 2019
£500 - £600 weekly
Start date: asap Location: Ladbrook Grove, W10 Day/Hours:Mondays to Fridays? 2pm - 7pm term time, full time hours in school holidays, 2 nights babysitting  Children: 14 year old girl at boarding school (home in holidays),12 and 7 year old boys at home.  Driver necessary? Yes, manual and auto car General notes: Manny needed for a creative family and who encourage creativity in their children. They would like someone who has an interest in contemporary culture but with a traditional sense of values. Manny must be bright and educated and a teaching background would be a positive. The manny needs to be able to help with all homework and studying at a high level, as well as being a great role model for the children. They need to be active and show enthusiasm for the children’s activities which include cricket, football, skateboarding, swimming, drums and pottery and get stuck in with these activities.  Separate studio apartment available in W10 to live in, which is preferred. Bills included but not food. Manny would take their holiday time when the family are away themselves. Salary flexible for the right candidate and paid at an average rate when hours differ from term time week to holiday time week. £500 - £600 net a week dependent on experience. 12 month minimum stay.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 21, 2019
Dates/times: Tuesday 11th June 3-6pm, Friday June 14th, 12pm-7pm; Tuesday 18th June 3-7pm; Friday 21st June 12pm-9pm. The timing could be a bit flexible.  Location: Brook Green, W14 Children: Girl of 7 and one girl of 11 Driver necessary? no General notes: Casual buddy needed for dates above. Details are: Tuesdays - collect daughter plus two friends from school and bring back home for the afternoon. Look after the girls, Prepare dinner and then tidy-up after. Fridays - collect daughter from one school at 12.15, give pack lunch, take to another school and collect at 3 ready for normal after-school afternoon.
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
May 21, 2019
£12.00 - £14.00 hourly
Start date: asap Location: South Hackney E9 Day/Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 3.30pm - 6.30pm Children: girl of 7 and twin boys of 5 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy required to pick up all the children from school, take the girl to her art class on one day (its a short walk) and play with the twins in a nearby park for an hour before all going back to pick her up again. Then go home, feed them dinner, tidy up. Active playing. Help with homework or reading. The children are curious and like learning and discussing things and the buddy would need to actively engage in these conversations, teach and have fun with them. Occasional other days might be needed or babysitting. £12-£14ph
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 16, 2019
Start date: Beginning of June Location: Hampstead NW3 Day/Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays or Thursdays, starting times flexible, either 3.30pm or 4.30pm - 6/7.30pm Children: Two boys of 10 and 6 and a girl of 9 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy required to help mum look after the children. Sometimes sole charge and sometimes shared care. Buddy needs to be joyful and dynamic but also patient and firm buddy as the kids are full of energy and sometimes (for our boys) challenging authority. Pick up from schools (all at walking distances), ensuring the kids focus on their homework or do not disturb those focusing thereon, help or supervising instrument practice (piano, trumpet, cello and violin), supervising dinner (most of the time already prepared), play, punctual babysitting. Mum speaks French to children but their first language is English.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 09, 2019
£14.00 hourly
Start date: asap Location: Mitcham CR4 Day/Hours: Initially 3 hours every Saturday, either 10am – 1pm, 11am – 2pm or 12pm – 3pm.  Children: One boy of 15 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy need to keep company with a 15 year old bubbly and bright young man. He is a talented artist, and likes making digital art, and enjoys swimming and paddle boats. He also enjoys playing Uno and Hungry Hippos. Thomas has a diagnosis of global developmental delay, which means he functions several years younger than his chronological age. He goes to a special needs school in Mitcham. He is very intelligent, and likes to talk about his interests, however can at times be quite anxious and often struggles to go out and engage in activities in the community. The boy needs a buddy who can help him get more active, and go outside and spend time doing activities that he likes. He spends a huge amount of time on his computer, so the ideal buddy would be able to eventually get him out of the house so that he can spend time in different environments. Thomas needs his buddy to speak clearly and be patient with him. He likes to be spoken to like an adult, but needs plain and simple language. Thomas needs some time to get used to the buddy before he can trust to go outdoors with them, so a buddy who could engage with him in computer games and build a relationship at home first would be helpful. A buddy with experience in working with young people with learning difficulties would be preferred. £14ph
My Big Buddy Mitcham, UK Part time
May 09, 2019
Start date: End May/June 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 General notes: Buddy required to to look after the boy while a nanny looks after the twins. Buddy would pick up the 6 year old from school. Take to activities or play dates or to the park. Then bring home. Look after all three children for 1/2 an hour or so while the nanny cooks dinner. Help 6 year old 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. Some more hours available in school holidays occasionally with notice.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 02, 2019
Location: Fulham Start date: mid may (til July prob) Kids details: Boy of 8, Girl of 5 Driver: no Hours: Mondays 3.30pm - 8pm, Tuesdays 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Wednesdays 3.30pm - 7pm General Requirements: Buddy to collect children from school during term time. General after school routine requires sporty games and active play (park by house), a small amount of homework, basic dinner prep and service. Both kids enjoy being active and the boy plays football and practices Judo. Extra babysitting occasionally.
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
May 02, 2019
Start date: asap Location: Clapham Day/Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3pm - 6pm, Thursdays 3pm - 7pm Children: Two boys of 13 and 10 Driver necessary? no, but must be able to ride a bike General notes: Buddy required to meet the boys at home, go to the local park and play, coming home and making an evening meal or snack. Cycle the boys to Battersea Park for athletics twice a week and bring them home. Help with homework, tidying up and pick up shopping from the supermarket. Family have a dog. They lovely boys, really fun and polite. Fun, active and arty buddy to play games, draw or do activities with them.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 02, 2019
£15.00 hourly
Location: Between Chiswick and Hammersmith, W6 Day/Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays - 7:45-9:15am (paid for 4 hrs) and 3pm - 8pm  Children: One boy of 9 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy needed before and after school for 4-6 weeks min (but could become a permanent position). Duties include getting ready and drop off at school, then pick up from school, taking him to activities/ playdates/ park etc, then home, supervising homework, playing games, cooking his dinner and making sure he's ready for bed, and prepping for the next day. The buddy needs to enjoy joining in playing with the boy, and making daily life fun. He likes to bike ride, swim, Minecraft and has a great imagination, he loves acting too. He'd love a fellow bike rider now the weather is good! Some household tasks e.g. putting recycling out, carrying items for mum, light shopping etc. His mum is disabled and mainly housebound, and her son has had a tough time at school at the moment, so she needs a reliable buddy who can also bring some fun and positive energy to her son's everyday life! £15ph+
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
May 02, 2019
Start date: Sunday 19 May Location: Putney SW15 Day/Hours: Saturdays 12.30pm - 6.30pm, Sundays 2.30pm - 8.30pm, definite dates: 19th May (10.30am - 6.30pm), 2nd June, 8th and 9th June, 15th June, 22nd and 23rd June, 30th June (10.30am - 6.30pm) and 6th July plus flexible when required Children: Two boys of 9 and 11 Driver necessary? yes, must be experienced UK driver  General notes: The children like playing football and other sports. Buddy would need to play with the boys, keep them entertained, and take them out to activities. Main activity is driving to Oxford to collect or drop older boy at school.
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
May 02, 2019
Start date: asap Location: Walthamstow E17 Days/Hours: The role is now flexible either: 1. Monday, Weds, Thurs and Fri: 330pm to 7pm; 2. The above plus Tuesday but 530pm to 10pm (with flexibility on exact finish but thereabouts); 3. Just the Monday and Friday, times above. Children: Boy of 7 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy required to pick up boy from school and bring him home on the tube. (Pick up is from N1, travel from Highbury & Islington tube to Blackhorse Rd) He is in year 3, so has a reading book to read aloud and talk about what he has learnt in school. Active playing, cook supper and then getting him ready for bed with bath and putting PJ's on. Buddy might sometimes be needed to stay later to babysit if mutually agreeable.
My Big Buddy London, UK Full time