Trainee childcare placements for families

What we can offer families

Have you recently had a new baby, or are about to soon, and would like some additional support and guidance in those early days and weeks?  Or perhaps you would just like an extra pair of hands so that you can catch up on some sleep and other things?  Maybe you have an older baby or child and could benefit from some additional support and guidance, or an extra pair of hands to enable you to juggle everything?  If so, and if you are looking for an affordable way to receive some temporary support, then the London School of Childcare Studies (formerly known as HATA) Work Experience Programme could be just the thing for you.


LSCS specialises in providing a range of high quality training and professional development courses for child carers including Maternity Nurses, Night Nannies, Day Nannies and Sleep Consultants.  All our courses are developed by industry experts and delivered either by these experts themselves, or by highly experienced, vocationally competent trainers.  A key component of our training programmes and courses is work experience placements, which enable newly qualified students to gain valuable experience and references.  LSCS trainee students have varying degrees of practical experience, although many have a strong background in a childcare profession (e.g. our Maternity Nurses and Sleep Consultants are often highly experienced nannies who are looking to develop their skills through further training or want to take a slightly different career path).


All trainees that take on work experience placements will have: a placement on a LSCS training course and/or a successfully completed LSCS qualification; an up-to-date DBS check; a valid first aid certificate, relevant references (either character, professional, or both); and will hold appropriate insurance.

What roles can we fill?

Below you will find an outline of the roles that the LSCS Work Experience Programme can fill, alongside further detail on the range of support that each role can provide.


Maternity Nurses
Maternity Nurses will typically be looking to work with families with young babies aged from 0-3 months.  They can offer a wide range of support, including:

  • general care (bathing, nappy changing, dressing, sleeping arrangements, transporting your baby);
  • guidance on breastfeeding and bottle feeding;
  • guidance on establishing sleep routines for your baby;
  • helping siblings to develop a bond with the baby; and
  • keeping a detailed log to help you track your baby’s routines, feeding times, sleeping patterns etc.


Night Nannies
Night nannies will typically be looking to work with families with slightly older babies, toddlers and children.  They can offer a wide range of support, including:

  • overnight care for your child, either by sleeping in the same room or via a child monitor;
  • bringing the baby to you for feeding and resettle them after, or feed the baby a bottle if preferred;
  • changing nappies, clothing and bed-linen;
  • dressing the baby in the morning; and
  • keeping a detailed log to help you track your baby’s routines, feeding times, sleeping patterns etc.


Sleep Consultants
Sleep Consultants will typically work with babies, toddlers and children.  They can offer support in a variety of different formats that are best suited to any individual family. This may include, for example, telephone conversations offering advice, written sleep training plans, follow up calls, and even overnight stays.  Sleep Consultants will be able to offer advice and guidance on:

  • the physiology and psychology of sleep;
  • the importance of sleep in babies and children and the relationship between diet/nutrition, exercise, routine and sleep;
  • common sleep problems and interventions to tackle these through the provision of written sleep training plans and verbal advice; and
  • guidelines for preventing SIDS and how to implement these.

(Day) Nannies

Day Nannies will typically work with older babies, toddlers and children.  They can offer a wide range of support including:

  • general care – (feeding – including the preparation of healthy meals and snacks, bathing and dressing children, and changing nappies);
  • providing development opportunities (such as taking children out on trips to broaden their experiences, encouraging children to learn through play, and providing opportunities for your children to mix with other children through play dates);
  • doing nursery and school runs and taking children to appointments;
  • tidying up and cleaning rooms used by the children; and
  • record keeping.


We recommend that trainees are only left in sole charge of babies and children, with no parent on the premises, if both the families and the trainee are confident that the trainee has a sufficient level of experience to take on this responsibility.

Recommended terms

Rates and hours

It is for LSCS trainees and families to negotiate the terms for each placement.  Many of our trainees are flexible with fees, which are typically at a considerably lower rate than fully qualified and experienced practising practitioners.  However, LSCS Training Academy recommends the following suggested terms regarding rates:


  • Maternity Nurses: not less than £70 over a 24 hour period.
  • Night Nanny: not less than £40 per night for night.
  • Sleep Consultants: not less than £55 for an overnight sleep trainer over a 24 hour period and £40 for verbal and/or written guidance that doesn’t include an overnight stay.  
  • Day Nannies (live-in and live-out): not less than the £35 per day for a live-in nanny, and £40 a day for a live-out nanny.


Whilst we do recommend that trainee work experience placements are paid, there is no obligation to do so, especially if the trainee has minimal experience.  However, as a minimum, all expenses (such as travel and food) will need to be paid for.  We also recommend that students who take on unpaid roles should work on shorter-term placements.  It is, however, possible to submit a request for another student once the initial placement has been completed.


Feedback and references
Whether a role is paid or unpaid, it is important that all work experiences placements provide trainees with the opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills and learning objectives that they can add to their CV.  In addition, we ask all families to provide ongoing feedback to trainees throughout the placement.  We also ask that parents allow students to practise ‘teaching’ them, even if confident in all areas, so that students can develop their own skills for future families.  Families will also need to provide references upon completion of placements.

Recruitment Process

  • Register your vacancy. Get in touch with one of our professional HATA Consultants who will discuss your requirements and determine the best type of vacancy to advertise.
  • Select and interview candidates. We will send you profiles of available trainees who best match your requirements.  You can then interview any candidates you are interested in, preferably in person, but this can also be conducted via Skype or telephone, if necessary.
  • Confirm rates and hours. See the ‘Recommended Terms’ section above.
  • Create a Work Agreement. We strongly recommend having a written agreement in place, even if the placement is unpaid.  Your chosen candidate will provide you with a work contract for their services which needs to be signed prior to the placement commencing.
  • Provide Feedback and References. See the ‘feedback and references’ section above.


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