Enjoy helping with children and dogs near to Sherwood Forest in England

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  • Last activity: 12 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    *️️*️️ONLY FEMALES APPLY PLEASE!!!*️️*️️


    We are a family of five - mum, Julie, and four lovely children - two teenage boys 14 (he lives mainly with his Dad atm) and 13, and girl aged 10, who have always been home-educated. Also our littlest one who is 7 months old. We have quite a varied routine trying to balance days at home with fun days out, according to everyone's needs and wishes. Mum is running her own business so an extra pair of hands around the house would be amazing!

    We live on the edge of Nottingham city and not far from Sherwood Forest. There is train station not far away with trains every hour to the city, but even better we have a bus stop right outside our house and buses run every ten minutes.

    PLEASE NOTE*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️ our household can be a busy and chaotic one. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to have your own time and you will have your own space to retreat to when it is time off. We will make you feel very welcome and it is very important to me that you feel part of the family while you are here.

    ALSO PLEASE NOTE - my reply rate on here is low (which decreases host rating) due to the fact hat I had a few messages during the last couple of years which I never read due to the fact that we have not had anyone during covid and themn I was moving house and had a baby!

    We have had Workawayers for about 3 years until Feb 2020 and have had a BIG break! Now we are ready to have someone stay again as we love it! and I know the Workawayers love it too with us. We have a new bigger house than before with lots of room and the kids are older (than in the main profile picture but i dont know how to change it!)

    Pocket money offered, complying with UK regulations for au pair stays.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I think we are a fun and friendly family with many interests. We don't quite follow a normal routine (what is "normal" anyway?!). You would have the option to accompany us on the many educational outings that we do out and about, for example going to museums, train trips, family visits, rambles, shopping trips, looking at old buildings or just sitting in the pub!

    We are very close to the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron and there are many great places to visit locally - Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, The Peak District, Derby....

    I have travelled a lot in my life having studied languages myself. I understand what it is like to be in a foreign country and in someone else's home (I was an au pair in Italy in my twenties and it was by far the BEST way of learning a language being with small children)

  • Au pair

    Au Pair Help

    This host has let us know they’ll be complying with UK regulations for au pair stays.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    An extra pair of hands around the house is needed - whether it be for entertaining one or two of the kids while I do something with the other ones or talking them a walk while I catch up with things in the house/with the baby. Cultural exchange is also invaluable. I would love the children to learn some other European languages from native speakers too. (I did a language degree but am rather rusty now!)

    But anyone who is good at crafts and would like to do that kind of thing with my daughter would be nice, though she is pretty self sufficient. Or just someone to do fun things with the kids like play in the garden with them, go to park etc or take them to activities close by. Some child-minding of the older ones would be invaluable also - if the five hours was done in the evening then of course there would be no hours during the day - it would all balance out.

    The older three children do go to their dads house one full day in the week so you would have an extra free day in the week (Maybe do those 4 or 5 hours one evening or at weekend....?). It's nothing too strenuous or strict - I am pretty laid back and flexible - just having another person in a busy house would make so much difference to my sanity! Share the load a bit. Thanks :)

    We have 2 lovely dogs too - so walking them and/or dog-sitting when we have a busy day could be useful too! I may occasionally need help at the weekends when I may have to work or go out. Many thanks :)

    Travel to our house:
    If you are flying to East Midlands Airport you can easily reach our home by public transport. Or fly to London and then get a bus or train to Nottingham. More detailed travel info when you are definitely coming :)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I do speak other languages but will only speak to you in English if that is what you want

  • Accommodation


    Bedroom with large bed to yourself. You will share the family bathroom but we also have another shower room too as well as three toilets (if you are coming as a pair one will have to sleep on a mattress in same room)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are plenty of opportunities for interesting cultural experiences in and around the area. Nottingham is 35 mins away by bus. And there are many lovely walks in Nature close by.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    My kids would love to see some of these as they are really into tech now that they are older

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a big drive so this is a possibility

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    possibly if it was a female dog as we have a male who can be territorial

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 328392532986

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