Mum of three, Shelley Roberts, created a nanny agency offering nonna’s for hire to families in need of extra support.
After just two months the business concept already has 15 nonna’s on its books, and a long list of families in Melbourne’s west wanting home-based care.
The idea for the business came from the daily struggles Ms Roberts and her husband Simon had caring for their children Harry, 6, Ruby, 3 and Isabel, 1, while working full-time, reports Herald Sun.
“After we had Isabel I remember saying, ‘I wish we had a nonna!’ and that started it all,” Ms Roberts said.
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“Who wouldn’t a nonna to pick up the kids, help with homework and put dinner in the oven? When you come home you can have some quality time with the kids without going crazy,” she said.
Ms Roberts said the business was not looking for carers from any particular ethnic background.
“We just liked the idea of nonna’s as it sounds warm and inviting,” she said.
“We are being contacted by women who have finished raising their own families but won’t want to dip into their superannuation,” she said.
“Many of them miss being around children and love working again after a break. They’re happy to do split shifts and have time to do the things you never get around to doing”.
The nonna’s charge $35 an hour and have insurance, working with children checks and training in first aid.
Nawww what a great idea! Traditional Nonna’s always sound so amazing with all the cooking and family support they provide.
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