We are a young family with 2 lovely young girls aged 7 years and 3.5 years. The eldest is at school and the youngest goes to nursery until mid-afternoon, so in term time, this role is to help get the youngest to nursery (a short walk), pick her up and play with her until her sister comes home, then play with them both until dinner time as both Mum & Dad work fulltime.
The girls are well behaved and at an age now where they will play with each other & they really enjoy dolls, dressing up, arts/crafts and music & dance, so they are good fun and its really enjoyable spending time with them.
We have a lovely garden with outdoor toys, bikes, scooters and so on, as well as being walking distance to the beach and playgrounds, shops, train station and other facilities.
It is a live-in position and we can offer an extremely large bedroom with double bed, lots of wardrobe space, dressing table, wifi and satellite TV & you would be welcome to park a car on the drive or store a bicycle if you wanted to, however there are nearby buses, trains and most facilities are walking distance anyway. Central Dublin is a 30 minute train ride away.
We are entirely flexible on other arrangements, e.g. if you wanted to eat with us in the evenings or wanted to cook your own food separately, and if you wanted to stay and enjoy the house when we are away then we would continue to provide a stocked fridge! Similarly, if someone was happy to help with housework during term times when kids are at school then we would be very grateful (& increase the pay accordingly), but the childcare is key so would also be more than happy to hear from people who are interested in that only.
In school holidays, duties would extend to caring for the 7 year old during the day (& the youngest only for the couple of weeks when nursery is shut).
What we really want is someone passionate about kids and childcare who is willing to become part of the family for at least a year - we would really want someone for as long as possible, but I want to avoid less than a year so that the kids don't get disrupted too much.
We try to make the most of our spare time and have BBQs, picnics, garden games and try to enjoy whatever we can of the limited Irish sunshine. We respect personal space, but would like someone positive, engaged and who will embrace being part of the family unit rather than just viewing this as just a job. In return we will be very welcoming and ensure that you enjoy the role as well as being a highly valued member of the household.