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.

Jul 12, 2019
Start date: 23 July until 29 August, excluding 13 July - 22 July and 19 August - 23 August Summer Time: At home Days/times: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 3.00pm Term Time: School, W10 Days/times: Monday - Friday 5.00pm - 8.00pm Location: Queens Park W9 Children: Boy of 6, girl of 11 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to look after both children while they are on school holidays. Both children love to play outdoors and would like a buddy to take them to do activities; swimming, hiring bikes and going on a bike ride, playing tennis, football and all kinds of sports and games like rounders and baseball. Term time responsibilities  include pickup up boy from school at 5.00pm (may be earlier on some days so will be dependent on his new timetable), walk home and help with homework, reading and spelling. Make supper for both children and supervise bath and bedtime.
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
Jul 10, 2019
Start date: 19 August onwards Location: Fulham SW6 Monday to Friday 7.00am - 10.00am 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 London, UK Part time
Jul 08, 2019
Start date: ASAP Location: South Hackney E9 Day/Hours: Monday - Friday  or any 4 days;  3.30pm - 6.30pm Children: girl of 7 and twin boys of 5 Driver necessary? no Buddy required to pick up all the children from school, take the girl to her art class on one day (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, make supper, tidy up. Lots of active playing and 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, encourage and have fun with them. Occasional other days might be needed or babysitting
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jul 08, 2019
Start date: Summer: full-time - Monday - Friday 8.00 - 6.00pm  weeks of August 12th and 19th ONLY Term time from Sept 4th: Monday - Friday 3.30pm - 6.30/7.00pm 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 or take to play dates or after school activities, help with Y6 homework, light cooking for supper, playing football, cricket and tennis.  Some knowledge of French and also music/piano playing would be a bonus. Plus additional babysitting if wanted
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
Jul 08, 2019
3-month placement plus optional 1-month placement to follow on from April to May 2020 Weekly salary £500 per week NET Client: OLI0307K 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 and Barbuda Temporary
Jul 02, 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 London, UK Part time
Jul 02, 2019
Start date: Early September Location: Eldon Grove (Belsize/Hampstead village), NW3 Day/Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, starting times flexible but ideally 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 bed time. 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 London, UK Part time
Jul 02, 2019
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. More hours available for babysitting and during school holidays.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jul 02, 2019
Start date: asap Location: Forest Hill, SE23 Day/Hours: 3-5 mornings and afternoons a week 7.15am - 10.15am, 2.30pm - 6.30/6.45pm Children: One boy of 7 - plus boy of 9 is home from boarding school during holidays  Driver necessary? Yes, auto car supplied Buddy required for preferably both mornings and afternoons but job share would be considered. In the morning: 7:15am start to provide breakfast, get ready for school and take to school. After school drop off, drive home and tidy the bedrooms and clean kitchen and other light housework. In the afternoon, do meal preparation, shopping and other errands, then school pick up at (usually) 3.40pm. Then homework help, music practice, cook supper and get the boy bathed and ready for bed. Parents home at 6:30pm-6:45pm Full days, for part of the week, would also be considered if the buddy is happy to take on further house-work including washing/ironing etc. Non-smoker
My Big Buddy London, UK Full time
Jul 02, 2019
Start: asap Days/times: Mondays or Wednesdays 3pm - 6pm Location: Hampstead Heath Children: Three girls aged 4 Driver necessary? no A buddy who is FLUENT in German needed to look after and play with three little girls whose parents want them to be exposed to the German language in a fun and relaxed setting. The buddy would pick the girls up from two different schools near each other and then in good weather, walk to the park to explore in the forest, climb trees, play, sing, read stories, all in German. The buddy to play with the girls and have creative outdoor fun. This would be weekly in term time and sporadic in school holidays and in good weather it would be outside but in bad weather at one of the girls home.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jun 28, 2019
Start date: August 12 - 16th  Location: London Fields, Hackney Day/Hours: Every day 9am - 12pm Children: 1 Ages: boy aged 3 Driver necessary: no Buddy required to look after boy who is visiting London with parents. The buddy needs to have some great ideas of fun, age-appropriate, outdoor activities and things to do such as playing in the Royal parks, visiting the Science and History Museums, taking a trip on a London bus etc., he loves playing outside, has lots of energy, and is easily entertained. If the weather isn't great then some imaginative indoors play. He loves anything to do with music, space, vehicles, nature and generally running around and having fun.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jun 28, 2019
Start date: August (flexible) Location: Hampstead Heath, South End Green, NW3 Day/Hours: Mondays to Fridays 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 London, UK Full time
Jun 26, 2019
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 London, UK Part time
Jun 26, 2019
Start date: Flexible start - from early July through to early September based on Manny's availability Location: Central London Day/Hours: Term time: Week 1 - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3pm - 8pm (15hrs per Week 1) Week 2 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 3pm - 8pm  plus  Saturday & Sunday 7am - 7pm (44hrs per Week 2) 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 school holidays the manny will travel with the family. While travelling full-time working hours are required. The family usually travel for a part of each school holiday. A rough outline of annual travel plans is below. Maximum time away would be for 2 weeks at a time. Worldwide overseas travel is 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 London, UK Full time
Jun 26, 2019
Start date: 19 August but wants to interview ASAP and have 2-day hand over in early August before the family holiday Family away from August 7th - 17th  Location: Chiswick, W4 Term time days/hours: 3pm - 7pm Mon - Thurs, 3pm - 5pm/5.30pm on Fridays Summer time days/hours: 12pm - 7pm Mon - Thurs, 12pm - 5.pm/5.30pm on Fridays Children: Boy of 9 Driver necessary? Yes, auto car provided Collect from school and drive to and from after-school activities.  Must be able to support Y5 homework  - encourage and help to make it fun and ensure work is completed according to the homework timetable. Boy likes lots of sports - football, bike riding, athletics, climbing, karate. He also likes srama and music and enjoys Lamda at school and plays drums in a band. Buddy will need to be organised and proactive in arranging holiday activities and playdates and must like dogs. Supper will be pre-prepared but will need to be reheated, and twice weekly babysitting required - up to 10.00pm -11.30pm Possibility of accompanying mum on work trips abroad with son, e.g. NY, Singapore, San Fran etc.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jun 26, 2019
Start date: 16 July - 3rd Sept - except 12-23 Aug when away Location: Fulham, W6 Day/Hours: Every Tues 8.00am - 2.00pm Children: Girl of 10, Boys of 6 and 5 Driver necessary? No Buddy required to help and oversee homework first thing in the morning followed by something outdoors and active. Play in the park, visit the wetlands, museums, bike-riding and then making lunch at home.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jun 24, 2019
Date: July 4th - July 11th, July 20th - July 23rd, August 1st - 4th, 9-13th Aug  Times: 9.30pm until 6pm  Location: Kensington W8 Children: Two boys of 5 and 7 Driver necessary? no General notes: Buddy required to look after these two little boys who are visiting their grandparents in London. The buddy can take them to the Science and History Museums, Kensington Gardens, Holland Park, etc, they love scooting about and playing outside, playing football as well as visiting places. Also, play indoors with them, they love Lego and other toys, and are creative and like drawing and making things and generally running around and having fun. In the evening, the buddy would need to get some supper for the boys. The buddy needs to have some great ideas of things to do as well as being calm and patient!
My Big Buddy London, UK Temporary
Jun 24, 2019
Start date:Early July Location: Tooting Bec SW17 Day/Hours: Mon - Fri 4 - 8pm Children: Boy 8 Driver necessary? No General notes: 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 confident in taking charge and being authoritative if and when needed. Buddy must be at the nearby bus stop for a 5pm pick up, have supper already prepared, assist with Y4 homework, followed by some activities/games/downtime before shower and ready for bed by 8pm. First hour each day will be to make supper and responsibilities include making sure uniform is clean and ready for the morning as well as homework signed and book bag/kit bag packed. Dirty uniform/sports kit to be washed and kitchen to be left clean and tidy. Occasional babysitting.
My Big Buddy London, UK Part time
Jun 18, 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
Jun 18, 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