Are you a talented creative who loves spending time and has experience in working with children? We’re hiring London based multilingual creative sitters! Creative sitters look after children (like nannies or babysitters) but also share their creative craft and/or languages with the children they care for! We’ll train you and provide continued guidance so you feel supported every step of the way, from your application to when you’re on the job. We don’t just offer you the perfect job between your creative commitments, we also strive to give you development opportunities with continuous training throughout the year and various types of work that is sure to increase your skill sets. Join our growing community of creative sitters!
CocoRio is a Creative Child Care agency employing freelance creative professionals with experience working with children to provide a smarter child care service combining creative education with child care. Many of our sitters are also multilingual and can teach the different languages they speak through creative play. We cater to children aged 0-15 years old as well as children with SEND.
Our creative sitters are responsible for all child care duties as well as creative/language activities for the children they care for. The child care side of the job includes mealtimes, routines, helping with homework, picking children up from school and most importantly keeping children safe at all times. The activity side includes delivering creative and language learning activities previously planned according to the child’s age and abilities, including adapting to the child’s response, making sure to fulfil the family’s requests that have been previously agreed.
Families may have different reasons for booking a creative sitter, including respite care, interest in fostering the development of a specific skill/language, or entertainment. In all these scenarios, safety and wellbeing of children are always our sitters’ top priorities.
Our sitters are responsible for liaising with the family at the beginning of the session, asking questions about the family’s requirements and routines, as well as at the end to obtain feedback.
The first few hours with a new family/child are focussed on getting to know each other, and on encouraging the creation of a relationship of trust between the sitter and the child and the sitter and the family. Indeed we believe that a trusting relationship is the base for any interaction with children in a child care role.
Our sitters hold zero hour freelance contracts with the CocoRio agency. Most of our roles are ad hoc, encouraging flexible hours working around your availability. We also have some roles requiring regular commitment.
Our sitters can be put forward to lead entertainment sessions at children’s birthday parties and events if this is appealing to them and they have experience working in group settings.
CocoRio hosts regular training sessions and provides support to sitters who would like to discuss activity ideas, challenging situations on the job and more.
Our hourly rate for sitters is £12 - £20 per hour, depending on the nature of the job - normally £15. Our sitters must be willing to register as Self Employed and will be responsible for paying their own taxes.
CocoRio doesn’t pay any travel expenses. We will try to match you with families local to you but depending on where you live, this may not be possible and you should be willing to travel to families who are up to 1 hour away.
CocoRio is looking for creative professionals of all kinds (musicians, actors, dancers, painters, etc.) who have professional experience working with children and are committed to children’s safety at all times. We are looking for candidates who are confident working with different age-groups and have an understanding of children’s development, health and safety and safeguarding, who are proactive in their session planning, devising activities that are age appropriate and that aim at fostering the healthy development of the child, as well as being a lot of fun!
Our sitters need to be responsive on the phone and on email, as the agency needs to know their availability for upcoming jobs.
Please send us a cover letter and we will then ask you to complete our application process.
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