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 10, 2020
£13.00 - £14.00 hourly
Location: Parson Green SW6 Start date: May 18 onwards but could start earlier Days: Monday to Friday Hours: 3.00pm to 8.00pm Children: Boy aged 9 (10 in Sept) Driver necessary? No Energetic, organised and fun buddy wanted for bright and engaging 9-year-old boy. Boy has a busy after-school schedule and he needs to stay focussed and on top of his homework (and any revision), and also have some fun and sporty downtime every afternoon with his buddy. The general routine is for the buddy to collect dog from dog walker and go home to prepare a healthy supper. Buddy to be waiting at the school bus stop for the boy when he comes home from school, or walk to school and collect him if he has a late after-school activity. Buddy to oversee homework and then enjoy supper together, catching up and chatting about the day. Buddy to manage the evening/bedtime routine of shower and reading before parents return home. Extra hours in the school hols
My Big Buddy Parsons Green, London SW6, UK Part time
May 10, 2020
£14.00 - £115.00 hourly
Location: Shepperton Days: Monday to Friday - pick up boy daily from Chertsey High School Hours: 3.30pm to 7.30pm Children: Boy aged 12 Driver necessary? Yes Buddy wanted for active and happy 12-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsey who has just started Y7 in mainstream school. The boy has some social communication difficulties and struggles with lapses in memory so he needs a buddy who is organised, calm, fun and reliable. A warm and welcoming family with Mum at home so care is shared - there is a 10yr old sister and a new puppy too so it's a busy home, ready to welcome their new buddy. 30hrs a week in the school hols
My Big Buddy Shepperton, UK Part time
May 10, 2020
£12.00 - £13.00 hourly
Location: St John's Wood NW8 Children: Two boys of 11 and 14. Both boys have ASD and ADHD and they are also both taking medication which helps manage any impulsiveness and hyperactivity.  Driver necessary? No WEEKDAY BUDDY Mondays 3.30pm - 7.30pm Fridays 3.30pm - 7.30m  Buddy needed to collect the eldest son from school on Mondays and Fridays and take him for the evening to give him the opportunity to develop his independent skills and support him. The buddy needs to be sporty as the boy needs to be encouraged to engage in activities that have an exercise element to them such as trampoline parks or swimming. On occasions, the buddy may be required to work with the younger boy. WEEKEND BUDDY                   Saturdays 11.00am - 7.00pm Sundays 11.00am - 7.00pm   Shared care of both boys with mum depending on activities planned for the day. Ideally, this would be the same buddy but it...
My Big Buddy St John's Wood, London NW8, UK Part time
May 10, 2020
£12.00 - £13.00 hourly
Location: SW3 Start date: January 21, 2020 Monday - Thursday 5.00pm to 9.00pm Children: Boy aged 13 Driver necessary? No Buddy needed for bright/sporty 13-year-old boy. Buddy to pick up boy from school/bus stop/or activity and walk home. Boy enjoys lots of different sports so would love a sporty and energetic buddy. Buddy to oversee homework and ensure all prep is completed and help boy stay on top of his weekly homework timetable. Buddy to introduce fun activities like cooking, board games, arts/crafts and enjoy some downtime and oversee bedtime routine. Buddy to act as a mentor and positive role model.
My Big Buddy London SW3, UK Full time
May 10, 2020
£14.00 - £15.00 hourly
Location: Elstree WD6 Start date: ASAP Days: Monday - Friday - flexible number of days Hours: 8.00am - 7.00pm - this is flexible too but a minimum of 5hrs needed per day Children: Boy aged 7 - Boy communicates but is unable to speak Driver necessary? No A team of buddies are required to share the care of a delighted, energetic 7 year-old boy who has an acquired brain injury (meningitis at birth), autism and ADHD. He is very active and mobile and has no medical or mobility needs. Care will be shared with mum and boy is currently being home-schooled. He loves music, singing and lots of active play and mum is looking for some great buddies to get stuck in but you must be reliable and responsible. Buddy must have experience with children who are non-verbal and present some or all of the above conditions.
My Big Buddy Elstree WD6, UK Full time
May 10, 2020
£14.00 - £15.00 hourly
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, London, UK Part time
May 10, 2020
£12.00 - £13.00 hourly
Client:  CYN0805/OM 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 W1H, UK Part time
May 10, 2020
£23,000 yearly
Start date: ASAP Location: SW3   Term Time: ASAP Days: Monday - Thursday Hours: 12.00pm - 7.00pm   Children: Boys aged, 5 & 3 Driver necessary? No, but car available to a driver Shared/sole care with mum for two happy and active boys in a young, fun household. The oldest boy is in Year 1 at school just a five-minute walk from home and the youngest is at nursery, also a few minutes walk, 5 mornings a week. The family lives in Knightsbridge and is offering 30 hours a week. They are looking for a manny to join in with family life including cooking meals; making some of the children’s appointments; arranging playdates; picks up from school and nursery and helping with reading/spelling/homework. The oldest boy is energetic and needs a guiding and consistent approach and the youngest boy is easy and very relaxed. Both boys love being out and about and being active. A driving license will also be helpful but is not mandatory. Babysitting...
My Big Buddy London SW3, UK Full time
May 10, 2020
  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...
My Big Buddy St John's Wood, London, UK Full time
May 10, 2020
£16.00 - £17.00 hourly
Start date: ASAP Location: Hampstead Heath, South End Green, NW3 Day/Hours:  Wednesdays 8.00am - 7.00pm (changing to every Friday from February) AND Saturdays 8.00am - 7.00pm Children: Boy of 4 and boy of 1.5 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....
My Big Buddy Hampstead Heath, London, UK Part time