One of the biggest decisions any working parent needs to make today is deciding who will look after your children while you are at work. Not everyone is privileged enough to stay at home and look after their own children or have grandparents to assist. Although both appointing a nanny and sending your child to day care have its advantages and disadvantages, we would like to highlight some of the advantages of appointing a nanny:
  1. Nannies provide one-to-one care for your child in your family home, so it's similar to the type of care she'd receive from you. This means she'll benefit from plenty of attention and stimulation, and will form a close bond with her nanny.
  2. Having childcare in your home allows your child to adjust more gradually to you returning to work. She'll enjoy the familiarity and security of being at home with all her own toys and routines.
  3. A nanny often becomes part of the family, and may even stay in touch after her employment with you has ended.
  4. If you work unpredictable hours, a live-in nanny will be more flexible than other childcare providers. It's easier to arrange a last-minute change in working hours with someone who lives in the same house. It's good to know that your nanny will give your child dinner and put her to bed if you're going to be really late home.
  5. You don't have to get up two hours earlier in the morning and fight with your tired little ones to get them dressed in order to bring them to day care when you hire a nanny. She will come to your home, ready to start entertaining the children as you head out the door to work.
  6. At the end of the day, you can go straight home. There is no driving out of your way, through traffic jams and busy streets (and sometimes halfway across town) to pick up children at the day care center.
  7. When your little one is sick, day cares don't want to take them in and expose the other children to the illness. If you have a nanny, you won't have to lose a day off work due to your child's sickness. You also won't be taking the chance of being called halfway through the work day to pick up your child due to sickness, either.
  8. A nanny can be trained about family values and morals and pass them onto the children, and the children are not exposed to other children at a young age that do not uphold the morals and values that you want them to be raised with.
  9. Although day care may be less expensive than a full-time nanny, families with multiple children will find that day care gets pricier with each child and a nanny starts becoming more economical.
The biggest socio-economic problem South Africa is faced with today is unemployment. More or less 25% of all people actively looking for a job, won't be successful in finding one. Therefore, the most vulnerable of these work seekers, our domestic workers, nannies, cleaners and gardeners, need assistance in order to help them set up a Curriculum Vitae and bring them into contact with prospective employers.

BloemNannies is specialising in nannies and domestic workers by assisting them in setting up a simple, though functional, CV, free of charge, and then bringing them into contact with prospective employers in need of their services. The CV will include references and reference checks are done by us - therefore saving our prospective employers time and effort. Only nannies and domestic workers with references are invited for interviews.

We are currently the only registered private employment agency in Bloemfontein specialising in the placement of nannies and domestic workers. Our target market is parents looking for a nanny, but also anyone looking to employ a domestic worker (which includes guest houses, play schools, day care centres, etc.). We are doing permanent and temporary placements and are assisting our clients with basic Labour Law advice. Employment contracts can be drawn up on request.

Our vision for the future is to include training for nannies and domestic workers in order to equip them and better their "qualifications". First-aid training, basic hygiene for nannies, baby and toddler stimulation, cooking classes etc. is in the pipeline and will be conducted by professionals after which the nanny or domestic worker will receive a certificate. Please feel free to give us your input regarding these possible training courses.

Please note that at this stage we are a part-time business and phone calls will only be answered between 14h00-17h30 during weekdays and on Saturdays from 8h00-13h00. Our website's Registration and Contact Us pages are interactive and we will reply within 3 business days by means of an email.

Interviews will mostly be arranged to take place on Saturdays, because most of our clients work during the week. In order to assist the nannies and domestic workers our clients will be asked to reimburse every nanny and/or domestic worker they interview for their transport. Our nannies and domestic workers are currently unemployed and vulnerable and therefore we try to assist them in all ways possible.