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.

Sep 20, 2019
£13.00 hourly
EVERY OTHER WEEK ONLY £13 per hour Location:Nr Paddington Station Start date: September 9th, September 23rd.... and every  other  week thereafter Day/Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 4pm - 7pm Children: Two girls of 6 and 10 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to collect the girls from their local school, walk home or take to activities, help with homework, cook supper, tidy up, play and/or read, get them ready for bed. The girls live one week with Dad and one week with Mum. This role is to help out Dad Some extra days are available in half term and holidays and babysitting.
My Big Buddy Paddington, London, UK Part time
Sep 20, 2019
£0.00 - £12.00 hourly
September buddy £12 per hour Start date: Wednesday 18 September Location: East Dulwich SE22 Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays Hours: 5pm - 10pm Children: Boy aged 7 Driver necessary: No Wednesdays; meet mum at home at 5pm and take over sole care Thursdays: meet mum in Peckham at Taekwondo class at 5pm and take over sole care - 5 min bus ride home Buddy required to look after boy while mum works. Buddy must help with homework, make supper and supervise bath and bedtime. He loves to skateboard, play games including PS4, Lego and Imagine time. He loves to chat about Spiderman (most of The Avengers), astronomy, gaming (Minecraft, Roblox), video making, drawing and delights in anything funny and stupid.    
My Big Buddy East Dulwich, London, UK Part time
Sep 20, 2019
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
Sep 18, 2019
FULL-TIME MANNY POSITION Salary to be discussed with appropriate applicants Start date: End September/early Oct for hand-over with the existing nanny and full time from mid-October Location: Chelsea SW10 Monday - Friday: 1.00pm - 8.00pm Children: Boy aged 6 and girl aged 9 Driver necessary? Preferred The children have a busy after-school schedule and the manny will be fully involved with sports, activities, homework and homelife. The family live in SW10 and are offering a live-out position. They are looking for someone who will join in with family life and the manny will be involved with all aspects from making the children's social/school and (if required) medical appointments, to picking up from school and arranging activities. Ideally, the manny will have some teaching experience, including excellent English skills, and be able to support Y2 and Y5 prep, test and exam revision and help the children to be ready for the next school day. The manny must also be a decent cook and be competent in shopping, preparing and cooking supper every evening. Travelling with the family may be required over the February half term, 3 weeks over Easter and up to 4 weeks during the summer holidays but this is flexible. The hours will be increased during the school holidays and the weekly salary will be increased to take additional hours into account This position is for a minimum of 1 year.
My Big Buddy Chelsea, London, UK Full time
Sep 18, 2019
£14.00 hourly
4 WEEK BUDDY COVER £14 per hour Monday November 25 - January 5 (Xmas week OFF) FULL TIME in school holidays - from Dec 11 - Dec 20 and Dec 30 - Jan 3 (tbc) Location: Fulham SW6 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 Fulham, London, UK Temporary
Sep 16, 2019
£13.00 hourly
Immediate start £13 per hour Location: Crouch End N8 Days: Wants 3 days a week so the days are flexible Hours: 3:30pm - 7:30 pm Children: Two boys of 7 and 10 Driver necessary? No, but an automatic car for an experienced driver is available Buddy required to pick up children from school in Crouch End (walking distance), take them to after school clubs, activities and play dates at friends or at home, cook dinner, help with homework, reading, and active play. Buddy must be fun, resourceful and organised and help boys with baths and wind down before parents get home to put them to bed. Occasional babysitting and extra hours in school holidays available.
My Big Buddy Crouch End, London, UK Part time
Sep 16, 2019
LIVE IN TEMPORARY POSITION 2 WEEKS ONLY Start date: 7 Oct - 22 Oct Inclusive Location: Seal Chart, nr Sevenoaks, Kent Days: 7 days a week School: 4 days a week 7.00am - 9.00am drive to school (20 miles each way) Pick up from school: Varies Home: 3 days a week Hours: full time Children: 1 girl aged 17 Dog: 16-month cockerpoo Driver necessary? Yes, must have a least 2 years experience Buddy required to be a companion to 17-year-old girl whilst parents travel. Buddy must drive the girl to school (20-miles away), 4 days a week. She only attends school for music lessons so is in school for a reduced time table. On two days the buddy will wait for her and walk the dog, and on the other two days, there is time to go home in between. The girl is a budding musician and loves to sing, play her guitar and write music. She has Aspergers and is happy and self-sufficient but needs a gentle, firm and fun buddy to hang out with. The housekeeper will be in charge of the home and the buddy must enjoy cooking, helping the girl organise her time to ensure music practice and prep are completed, ensure she takes her meds, and generally hanging out and being good company. A buddy who is a musician or singer would be ideal.
My Big Buddy Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, UK Temporary
Sep 12, 2019
Start date: Monday 9 September Location: Dartmouth Park NW5 Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am - 10.00am (3 hours paid) Mondays to Fridays: 3.30pm - 7.00pm Children:3 boys of 7, 9 and 12 Driver necessary? no Buddy to help mum look after the children and the logistics of going to different schools. In the mornings, buddy to help mum get the children ready and take the 7-year-old around the corner to Brookfield school or walk with the 9-year-old to Yerbury School. Both schools are a short walk from home. Return to tidy breakfast or pick up shopping. In the afternoons, the buddy will pick up the 7-year-old or 9-year old and come home or go to after school activities with one child. Mum mostly does homework and cooking dinner and buddy will be on hand to help, and tidy up after dinner. Children sometimes stay with Dad on Fridays so buddy will take them from school to Cricklewood NW2 on the overground. Children will be collected from there on Monday mornings and the school drop off will be shared with Dad.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Sep 12, 2019
Start date: 7 Oct - 22 Oct Inclusive Location: Seal Chart, nr Sevenoaks, Kent Days: 7 days a week School: 4 days a week 7.00am - 9.00am drive to school (20 miles each way) Pick up from school: Varies Home: 3 days a week Hours: full time Children: 1 girl aged 17 Dog: 16-month cockerpoo Driver necessary? Yes, must have a least 2 years experience Buddy required to be a companion to 17-year-old girl whilst parents travel. Buddy must drive the girl to school (20-miles away), 4 days a week. She only attends school for music lessons so is in school for a reduced time table. On two days the buddy will wait for her and walk the dog, and on the other two days, there is time to go home in between. The girl is a budding musician and loves to sing, play her guitar and write music. She has Aspergers and is happy and self-sufficient but needs a gentle, firm and fun buddy to hang out with. The housekeeper will be in charge of the home and the buddy must enjoy cooking, helping the girl organise her time to ensure music practice and prep are completed, ensure she takes her meds, and generally hanging out and being good company. A buddy who is a musician or singer would be ideal.
My Big Buddy Kent, UK Temporary
Sep 10, 2019
£15.00 hourly
£15 per hour Term time from November 4th: Monday to Friday 3.45pm - 6.45/7.00pm School holidays: Monday to Friday 8.00 - 6.00pm Location: Maida Vale, W9 Children: boy of 10 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to pick up from school (St John’s Wood, near St John’s Wood tube), bring home (between Maida Vale and Warwick Ave Tube) 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 Full time
Sep 10, 2019
£17.00 hourly
£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 Part time
Sep 06, 2019
Start date: September term Location: Tooting Bec SW17 Day/Hours: Mon - Fri 4 - 8pm Children: Boy 8 Driver necessary? No A sporty, academic, bi-lingual boy, whose first language is French, is looking for a buddy whom he can look up to and enjoy spending 'boy' time with. Buddy must be at the nearby bus stop for a 5pm pick up, make supper, assist with Y4 homework, followed by some activities/games/downtime and ready for bed by 8pm. Responsibilities include making sure uniform is clean and ready for the morning as well as homework signed and book bag/kit bag packed. Occasional babysitting.
My Big Buddy Tooting Bec, London, UK Part time
Sep 06, 2019
Start date: September Location: Highgate N6 - 10 mins walk from Highgate tube Day/Hours: Monday to Friday, dependent upon Y8 timetable; 3.30/4.30pm - 8pm Children: One boy of 13 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to be at home when boy gets home from school bus;  help/support Y8 homework, ensure timetabled projects/homework is complete  and bags/sports kit ready for the next day. Put dirty uniform/sports kit into the washing machine, cook supper, tidy kitchen, hang out and develop a strong bond as the family are looking for a long-term buddy. Boy enjoys sports - squash/paddle tennis, football, animation, drama and he plays drums so a buddy who is both sporty and creative would be great. Occasional evening babysitting Occasional overnights will be required and are paid in addition to the hourly rate
My Big Buddy Highgate, London, UK Part time
Sep 04, 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 shoes, 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 Guatemala, Guatemala Full time
Sep 04, 2019
£500 - £600 weekly
Employed PT MANNY role : Minimum stay 1 year - overseas travel required £500 - £600 per week - depending on experience and qualifications Start date: Flexible start - from early July through to early September based on Manny's availability Location: Hyde Park Corner Day/Hours: Term time: Monday - Friday: 3pm - 8pm  plus alternate weekends - Saturday & Sunday: 7am - 7pm Two boys of 6 and 8 Driver necessary? no, but preferred, auto car available Fun, active and sporty manny to help look after boys who enjoy active play, building things, football and helping with cooking and baking. The manny will sometimes need to pick up from school, take to activities, play and have fun, help with homework, reheat and serve dinner and tidy up. Mum is around so the role is to share the care of the two boys most of the time During half of each school holidays, the manny will travel with the family and full-time working hours are required. Maximum time away would be for 2 weeks at a time - example of travel schedule would be; worldwide overseas travel for 2 weeks straight after Xmas, 2 weeks at Easter, 4 weeks in the summer (2 weeks away at a time), and October half term. Minimum stay 1 year
My Big Buddy Hyde Park Corner Underground Station, Knightsbridge, London, UK Part time
Sep 02, 2019
£500 - £600 weekly
£500 - £600 net a week dependent upon experience 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 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. 12 month minimum stay .
My Big Buddy Ladbroke Grove, London, UK Full time
Sep 02, 2019
£12.00 hourly
£12 per hour Start date: September term Location: Tooting Bec SW17 Day/Hours: Mon - Fri 4 - 8pm Children: Boy 8 Driver necessary? No A sporty, academic, bi-lingual boy, whose first language is French, is looking for a buddy whom he can look up to and enjoy spending 'boy' time with. Buddy must be at the nearby bus stop for a 5pm pick up, make supper, assist with Y4 homework, followed by some activities/games/downtime and ready for bed by 8pm. Responsibilities include making sure uniform is clean and ready for the morning as well as homework signed and book bag/kit bag packed. Occasional babysitting.
My Big Buddy Tooting Bec, London, UK Part time
Aug 29, 2019
£12.00 - £14.00 hourly
£12 - £14 per hour Start date: September term Location: Highbury N5 Day/Hours: Monday - Friday 3.30pm - 6.30pm but some days 2pm/ finish 8pm.  Children: 2 boys. 4 & 9 Driver necessary: No Buddy required to pick up from school and either bring home or take to activities. School is two min walk from home. Buddy to cook supper, tidy up kitchen, play with both boys and help with homework. Mum comes home around 6-6.30pm and either mum or buddy will take older boy to football or cubs whilst the younger boy is to be bathed and put to bed. Sporty, football mad, fun and active boys but buddy will need be gentle and look after a tired 4 year old who will have just started reception class. Option for buddy to start before school pick-up and do light housework and meal prep? More hours available for babysitting and during school holidays.
My Big Buddy Highbury, London, UK Part time
Aug 29, 2019
£0.00 - £12.00 hourly
£12 per hour Start date: September Location: Highgate N6 - 10 mins walk from Highgate tube Day/Hours: Monday to Friday, dependent upon Y8 timetable; 3.30/4.30pm - 8pm Children: One boy of 13 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to be at home when boy gets home from school bus;  help/support Y8 homework, ensure timetabled projects/homework is complete  and bags/sports kit ready for the next day. Put dirty uniform/sports kit into the washing machine, cook supper, tidy kitchen, hang out and develop a strong bond as the family are looking for a long-term buddy. Boy enjoys sports - squash/paddle tennis, football, animation, drama and he plays drums so a buddy who is both sporty and creative would be great. Occasional evening babysitting Occasional overnights will be required and are paid in addition to the hourly rate
My Big Buddy Highgate, London, UK Part time