Looking for a nanny in High Vosges in our farm type house surrounded by nature near Lac Blanc ski resort, from June 2019, for 6 months minimum.
We are a family of four (two boys of 2 and 6 years old). We live in a farm type house in the Vosges, 10 min by car from the famous "route des crêtes". At 700 meters high, the place is surrounded by 5 hectares of forest, meadow and spring.
We love meeting new people, from the neighbours next door to the one coming from a far and unknown place.
Settling in a house is our new adventure and we'd love to share it. We love the idea that other people can enjoy the place in accordance with their own intent or project and that we can all contribute to make this house a lively place.
We have great interests in volunteer simplicity, permaculture, zero waste, autonomy, less impact way of life... We're collecting informations, experimenting, trying our best, at our own rythm. We also have interest in mindfulness/meditation. We'd like to start a permaculture garden and be more self-sufficient (but we are still far from that...). And at the same time, we both work outside and we love our jobs. That's why we need help for all those projects.
Christophe works full-time for a caritative organisation. I (Estelle) am a mediator (Conflict Resolution with NonViolent Communication process). I work few days a week. The rest of the time I take care of the place and spend time with our children who are home-educated. They love to meet new people. They learn everywhere from everyone (in the house, in the nature, with adults, other kids of any age, babies or grand-parents...).
Walks and cross country skiing paths start from our house. Few weeks a year there is plenty of snow just around the house. We are 20 minutes away from the Lac Blanc ski resort (open in January and February, sometimes December and March with a cold winter). In the summer we like climbing, walking, cycling and swimming at the Longemer Lake (20 minutes driving).
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
The kids and us love receiving visitors, sharing our daily life, knowledge, talks, stories, walks, and all types of activities.
Please note that the house is quite isolated. So if you don't have a car, I reckon it's better if you love walks, and being in the nature. We can drive you the village every Tuesday, or to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges every Wednesday. Christophe drives close to Strasbourg every 2 days so it could be an option if you want to visit this city and spend a night there. Otherwise the bus stop to Saint-Dié is about 35-45 minutes walk from the house.
To visit the rest of the area, some of our guests sometimes hitch-hike.
The ski resort of the Lac Blanc is 20 minutes away by car. There are bigger ski resort 30 to 40 minutes away (La Bresse, Gerardmer...). It's not as big as the Alpes but you can still have fun there. Those stations are open in January and February for sure, sometimes December and March, but that's not guaranteed. In the summer we like climbing, walking, cycling and swimming at the Longemer Lake (20 minutes driving). We're also 20 minutes away from the Alsacian WineRoad (Route des Vins) and the beautiful medieval village of Kaysersberg. We are also 10 minutes away from the Route of the Ridges of the Vosges mountains (Route des Crêtes).
We’re looking for a live-in nanny for our 2 home-educated boys (7 and 2.5 years old), who would wish to stay with us in the High Vosges (France) as soon as possible, for 6 months minimum, and take care of our kids around 20 hours/week, that is 80 hours/month, with a declared fixed-term contract. Someone from EU or with a work permit. We offer payment for that position.
We would be happy to find someone who loves spending time with children, having fun with them and who would be happy to follow them in their learnings, plays and aventures, with a watchful and loving eye. Someone who is familiar and open to positive/collaborative/compassionate communication/education, alternative pedagogies, and home-schooling, or would agree to read a book about the subject (and/or a documentary that we can provide about natural learnings). Someone who would agree with our way of raising our kids, that is finding the good balance to guide them consistenly but with kindness and empathy.
It would be wonderful to find someone who also loves nature, and would be happy to spend time outside with the kids in nearly all weathers, as they need fresh air a little bit every day. Someone would be happy to teach them skills and also give langage courses. Who is also a good housekeeper and laundress and could also help to cook.
French, English, a little bit of German and Montenegrin
About the accommodation, for the workaways we have a suite of two adjoining bedrooms with a separate bathroom. This means one has to go through the other one bedroom to get out. For the "passing" room, we put like a stretched blanket so that the one that has it, still has his intimacy. As you will be staying during 3 months, you will have the private bedroom.
We have create a special profil for this payed nanny position, but we've been hosting volunteers for 2 years already. You can read our references on that link:
"Help at our family home surrounded by nature near Lac Blanc ski resort, in High Vosges, France"
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
20 hours a week