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Role of the week - URGENT START 20TH JUNE 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 2:13:03 PM

Are you looking for a quick start in a part time/after school role? We will accept applications for this position from temps and permanent candidates.

Type: Part time, permanent or temp

Location: Holland Park

Kids: Boy-8 and Boy-9

Days: The weeks alternate so to Week 1= Mon to Thurs, then Week 2 = Tues to Friday... then back again to Mon to Thurs and so on

Hours: School pick up is 4pm Monday to Thurs and Friday pick up is at 3.30pm until early evening 7:30ish Would require help for half of the school holidays too.

Driver preferable, but not essential.

Duties: School pick up, help with homework, sports and fun activities

Start date: 19th June

Pay: £14 per hour  

ROLE OF THE WEEK - Are you the perfect candidate? 

Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:36:33 AM
We have decided to start listing some of our available roles each week to give male nannies who are not currently registered with Manny Poppins the opportunity to apply.
If you see something that you feel is perfect for you, then please get in touch and we can quickly register you and put you forward. Manny Poppins has no joining fee and takes no further fees from candidates even when placed in a role - it's a no brainer! We have a huge selection of roles available each week all of which are well paid and mainly in central London. Please send CVs and a photo to hello@mannypoppins.com.
As it is our first week we are listing two very different vacancies, one temporary and one permanent.


Children: Boy - 6 yo (nearly 7)
Location: Putney/Fulham
Start Date: Friday 9th June for 6 weeks
Days and Hours: Fridays 15:30 - 19:00 tbc
Duties: School pick up in Fulham, take him to local park to join an organised football playdate/tournament and participate, take home to Putney afterwards at 17:30. 
Driver not required.
Requirments: Someone sporty, fun and responsible who they could establish a relationship with for the future to extend into the summer for further hours. Someone who could play a musical instrument is a bonus as he is learning drums, guitar and piano. Cooking, bath or bed time not required.


Job type: Full time, permanent APRROX 50 HRS PER WEEK
Location: Barnes SW13
Children: Boy-1.5 yrs, Boy - 3 and a baby on the way
Days and Hours: Monday - Friday 7am-6pm and Thursdays 7am-7:30pm
They would also like the flexibility of occasional babysitting - however realistically this rarely happens.
Driver: required
Requirements: They would like someone who is OFSTED registered - no problem if this needs to be applied for afterwards though. They would also like someone who is firm but fun. The 3 yr old is very clever, wilful and energetic and the 1.5 yr old is quite different, more loving and independent. They would like someone who can provide a structured routine, they will both be starting ballet, the 3 yr old has swimming lessons and you would be required to go into the pool with them. They would like someone who can create a strong network with other possible mannies/nannies so they can arrange play dates and social occasions with the boys. Non smoker. There current nanny has been with them for 3 years and she is a Norland nanny and so traditionally trained. They would like to now try a male nanny due to the boys being older and maintain a long standing relationship with the right person, they were close to their nanny and she is god mother to one of their sons but is moving country. A lovely family!
Start Date: Officially end of September, however they would quite like a long handover so from the beginning/mid September.
Length of placement: Minimum 12 months - ideally for much longer!
Pay: Gross 25K-30K+ - all depending on candidate & experience etc

Our Favourite Day: SHROVE TUESDAY  

Monday, February 27, 2017 5:51:31 PM

We have made it a little easier for those of you (mannies pay attention!) who may have forgotten that today it's pancake day! We have listed our 3 favourite recipes below and there is something for everyone.

1. Traditional Crepes with Lemon and Sugar

This really is easy peezy lemon squeezy! Try some coconut sugar to make it a little healthier. If lemon juice is a too sharp for the kids, nutella and nut butters will also go down a treat.


140g Plain flour

4 eggs

200ml milk

Juice of one lemon

Sprinkle of sugar


Tip flour into a bowl, add the eggs and beat until smooth. Slowly add the milk and beat until there are no lumps! Add a little butter or olive oil to the pan, pour in enough of your mixture to cover the pan and FLIP if you dare..... a squeeze of lemon and a spinkle of sugar, et voila!


2. American Fluffy Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Crispy Bacon OR Bluberries

A breakfast staple in the USA! If you don't like the idea of bacon, add a handful of fresh blueberries to your pancake mixture instead.


135g Plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2tbsp caster sugar

130ml milk

1 beaten egg

2 tsp melted butter

Maple syrup


Method: Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster into a large bowl. Whisk together the melted butter, egg and milk and pour into the dry mixture. Mix together with a fork until there are no lumps and allow to settle. Add butter to pan and pour in your pancake mixture, turn throughout cooking. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and some crispy grilled bacon. Enjoy the salty sweet goodness!


3. Wholemeal Savory Pancakes with bacon, spinach and mushrooms.

For those who are sweet enough already....


125g Wholemeal flour

1 beaten egg

150ml water

1tsp salt

25g butter

1 tsp olive oil

Handful of chopped mushrooms

Handful of pancetta

Handful of spinach

Method: Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the egg, olive oil and whisk, then gradually add the water until you have a smooth batter. Add butter to pan and add small amount of pancake mixture, flip halfway through. In a separate pan fry the pancetta until crisp, add the mushrooms and lastly the spinach until slightly wilted. Add the mixture to your pancakes with a little grated cheese of your choice or add a fried egg for an extra treat.



Friday, April 22, 2016 11:26:07 AM

It has been a while since Manny Poppins has had a little break and so after a very busy Easter period, we will be taking annual leave between Monday 25th April - Sunday 8th May.

We will still be contactable via email, taking enquiries and applications, however there may be a slight delay in our response. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause. If your enquiry is URGENT, please say so!

Please send all emails to: hello@mannypoppins.com and we will try our best to respond within a 24 hour period.

We will be back with a bit of a tan and a spring in our step after some time out and look forward to speaking to you all soon!

Au Revoir for now...

Team Poppins x


Wednesday, April 06, 2016 4:49:29 PM

Spring is in the air, we can almost taste summer and the demand for male nannies in London and surrounding areas is on the rise!

We have a tremendous amount of enquiries for male nannies at this time of the year and we are looking for some extra special candidates to fill these roles.

Perhaps you are already a male nanny looking for the perfect family or maybe you are a sports coach or tutor looking for some extra work. If you have child care experience and are interested in some great roles then do not hesistate to contact us.

What do you need to know?

Each job role is different. We place full time, part time, live in, live out, weekend, holiday and temp roles. The most popular enquiries are families looking for after school roles, however there is always something for everyone, including some great perks with travelling!

We place candidates all over London and surrounding areas.

There are no agency joining fees or any other fees for you to pay once placed in a job.

We are looking for a diverse range of candidates. Whether you are super sporty, a little geeky or fancy yourself as a bit of a masterchef, we are interested to hear from you.

We like to get to know you - if your application is successful Richard will meet you for a friendly interview where you can discuss your past experience and tell us a bit more about yourself.

What do we need from you?

A copy of your CV sent via email to hello@mannypoppins.com

You must include:

  • Your date of birth.
  • A clear work history and all of your childcare experience in as much detail as possible. (Start and end dates, employer name, location, age and sex of children & your responsibilities)
  • A list of your educational qualifications and extra achievements.
  • A photo of yourself.
  • Please let us know whether you hold a current DBS/CRB certificate and whether you are a driver.
  • Tell us what type of work you are interested in and let us know your availabilty to start a new role.
  • Who are you? We want to know what you love and what your hobbies and passions are in life.

Above all we want hardworking, enthusiastic, reliable candidates who are serious about a career in childcare.

If you can impress us, then we can impress your future employers!

MANNY POPPINS - Top 5 October Half Term Activities 2015 

Monday, October 19, 2015 4:51:40 PM

1. FOR THE FROZEN FANS (don't deny it!)

Where? The Royal Albert Hall 

When? Performances at 2pm and 6:30pm, Thursday 29th October 2015

Why? This is a World Premiere of Frozen in Concert, with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a bit of a treat and what every little girl and most probably their brothers too, have been dreaming of since seeing the movie for the first time. What in the world can compare to an all consuming live performance of 'Let It Go'. Do not wait to book these tickets!

Cost? Around £40-£60 



Where? Hackney City Farm

When? Tuesdays - Sundays, feeding time at 4pm

Why? Most children living in London rarely spend a lot of time around animals and especially not on a farm yard and so we think this is the perfect setting to let them become country bumpkins for the day. Sheep, pigs and ducks amongst others animals will make it a cuddly day out and there are educational activities and pottery for the more mature kiddies. Don't miss feeding time at 4pm!

Cost? FREE (they are a charity and appreciate any donations)



Where? Michael Rosen Exhibition @ Discover Children's Story Centre, Stratford

When? Now until Sunday 10th April 2016

Why? Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things. A giant chocolate cake and a bear hunt put together by the best illustrators....it's a no brainer! An exhibition of fun discoveries and inspiration for children to write their own poem at the end, a great family experience.

Cost? Under 2's FREE, Children/Adults £5, Family of four £18



Where? Royal Gunpowder Mills, Essex

When? Saturday 21st October - Sunday 1st November 2015

Why? Scientific experiments, making gruesome monster parts and a spooky tour and ghost hunt in the old mills. Let the boys be brave and chase the thrill of ghost hunting...they really won't be bored with this activity.

Cost? £7-11 for adults and children, discounts for group bookings



Where? Comedy Club For Kids @ Royal Albert Hall

When? Sunday 25th October 2015

Why? This is not the first time that we have mentioned Comedy Club for Kids... we are big fans and not only is it a great way to build their confidence and social skills, but they can use their knowledge and strengths to make other people laugh which is quite a gift to behold. Nothing beats a smile :) 

Cost? £26.50


Sunday, April 05, 2015 1:50:15 PM

If you are new to the concept of male childcare and would like to explore the opportunity that it presents to you and your children then head to The Telegraph online and see what Richard at Manny Poppins has to say on the subject to Lydia Gard at Mr Fox Magazine.... you won't be disappointed!

Just copy the address below or head to www.telegraph.co.uk


Mr Fox Magazine 

Thursday, January 08, 2015 5:55:57 PM

Happy New Year!

This year Manny Poppins is spreading the word of the Male Nanny even further, because we see how the child care industry is opening their eyes year on year to the concept of male childcare.  

What was once considered unusual, is now considered the norm and male child carers are just as in demand as females.

We would shout it from the rooftops if we could, but it would seem that the world has already come to realise what the child care industry has to offer them and the diversity and choice that families now have at their fingertips.

Have a read of what Manny Poppins director, Richard has to say about it in this months edition of Mr Fox magazine....


Babyem Childcare Courses 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 3:37:49 PM

This is a post for our male nannies.  We are constantly encouraging our candidates to expand their qualifications and CVs by taking an active interest in new courses that they can learn new child care skills from.

Not only is this a great personal learning curve which will bring you extra confidance in your working environment, but it will dramatically increase your chances of finding the perfect job. 

Recognised qualifications will make you more appealing to families who are concerned for their children's welfare and it will prove your dedication to your child care profession.  

It is a short amount of time spent from which you will reap great rewards.

Babyem, the London based company who provide childcare courses for professionals, provide courses that range from Maternity Courses for babies, Baby Massage, First Aid Training, Common Core and Knowledge Training and Cooking for Children.

Below is just one of the courses that Babyem has to offer.

Level 3 OCN Common Core Skills Training

This Common Core Skills & Knoweldge course is suitable for male and female nannies wishing to register with OFSTED and also candidates wanting to gain a recognised level 3 childcare qualification. The course develops the skills required to work with children, young people and families.

Next date: 20th Septemeber (London) or 13th September (Surrey)

Cost:£120pp (+£40 assessment fee)

Time: 10am - 5:30pm

Venue: Rydges Hotel, Kensington, SW7 4PE

 For further information please contact Manny Poppins at hello@mannypoppins.com or visit www.babyem.co.uk

Summer Skimboarding 

Thursday, August 07, 2014 5:01:18 PM

We are loving the new kiddie craze that is skimboarding!

Predominantly an adult water sport, children have caught the bug with much more size appropriate boards and are taking to the water.

A few of our male nannies who are working abroad with families on vacation have been filling us in on the latest sport and it seems to be keeping the children (and their mannies!) entertained for hours on end trying to master the art of skimboarding.

The water sport is great for both girls and boys and despite having fun on sunnier shores abroad, we are encouraging our families staying in London this summer to head out to the nearest beach on a nice weekend to try the sport themselves.

The board is only small and you can find them with handles on for children so that they can balance...it is guarenteed to keep the little ones happy and exhausted for a good nights sleep.

You tube will give you a very good insight to the sport in more detail. The idea is to ride the wave, however this is obviously far too dangerous for children who are advised to glide over fresh waves coming over the sand, known as 'sand skimming'.

We hope to hear of many other children enjoying the seaside air with skimboarding this summer..... have fun!

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