FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For Sennies (SEN Nannies/Teacher's/Specialist's/ Carers)
How do I apply to become a Sennie?
Follow our Step by step guide for full details!
All 'Sennie(s)' are subject to a comprehensive background check including but not limited to:
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring service (DBS)check (Must be on the update service or willing to purchase a new certificate an join if offered employment through a SENNIES introduction.
A minimum of 2 professional references (related to SEN and/or Childcare)
Proof of identity
Right to work in the UK
We collect and share all necessary identification documents with your Employer (Family/Client), but it is important that the 'Sennie' provide the 'Family/Client' with physical documents so they can collects their own copies.
How much does it cost to join SENNIES?
It is FREE to register as a Sennie. All we ask is that you abide by our Code of Conduct when introduced to a Family through SENNIES. By completing our application form you hereby agree to abide by our T&C's and Code of Conduct.
We also offer Free online training to all registered Sennies from understanding Autism, Manual handling, Peadiatric First Aid and much more.
How much will I get paid as a Sennie?
All roles through SENNIES are advertised in gross pay. Click here for more information regarding 'Gross VS Net' Pay.
Part-time - up to 20 hours per week - £17 - £25 p/h gross
Full time - 30 hours + - £15 - £20 p/h gross
(We advise £17+ p/h for retention purposes and to obtain an experienced Sennie.)
Live in - £15+ p/h gross
SEN Specialist - Rates vary - Please enquire within
We ensure all of our Sennies are paid fairly for their incredible work. You get to keep 100% of your wage when employed directly by a family and that is why we love working in this way.
A Sennies rate of pay is determined on a families budget, how many hours you are working per week and also the Sennies level of experience within SEN Childcare.
Each Job description will state clearly the pay for the role as well as the essential and desirable qualities.
Does SENNIES become my Employer
and who pays my wages?
At present SENNIES does not employ anyone as we are an introduction agency. You will be paid by your employer directly.
99% of the time, this is the Family/Client but we will inform you if this isn't the case when you apply for a specific role as some placements may be paid directly through the Family's/Client's local coucil.
Why should I register with SENNIES
to find my next SEN Childcare role?
SENNIES opened in to the public in January 2020 and is already the leading Special Educational Needs childcare introduction service in the UK.
We help families and clients source, train and place quality specialist child care at low cost fees compared to our industry competitors and do not take commission from our Sennies. We also offer free training to all of our registered Sennies!
SENNIES is run by a dedicated team of neurodivergent ‘Super Sennies’ who have decades of professional and personal experience within Special Educational Needs in both the private care and educational sectors.
We understand how frustrating it can be to lose money due to agency fees/commission, so decided to change that as well as the price families/clients pay!
Once a Sennie is placed, we offer training and support for our Sennies as well as our family's/client's. We care about the success of every single placement! Don't just take our word for it, check out our incredible Trustpilot Reviews here!
How long is each contract?
All permanent roles require a minimum commitment of 1 year, however consistency is key so we hope that all of our Sennies are able to stay long term.
If it is a temporary SENNIES Placement (which is very rare as we only take on temporary roles on a case by case basis), then the contract length will be made clear within the job description.
What level of experience do I need to have
to register with SENNIES?
We are a small but dedicated team and therefore require a registration fee before we begin any search. This is to ensure we can dedicate our time to those serious about finding quality SEN Childcare.
As an introduction agency we are looking for Sennies with a wide variety of experience which includes but is not limited to:
Teaching assistants / SEN 1:1's
Graduates and Students (Studies relating to SEN and/or childcare)
We ask that all Sennies have at least 2 years of experience in SEN childcare including a sole charge childcare role.
How long until I know if I have been invited
for an interview?
To ensure we can submit all suitable Sennies to all roles, we are unable to get in touch with those who are unsuccessful in gaining an interview.
Families do not always let us know who they do not want to meet with and sometimes want to meet with or see other candidates first before moving forward with the interview, so we are unable to provide feedback or a result unless invited for an interview.
Once you have been introduced to a family, we will keep in touch for prep calls and to let you know the result of each interview/trial along the way.
How long will it take to find me a job through SENNIES?
As we are an introduction agency, we cannot guarantee work.
Once registered we will put you forward for all role you are interested in and suitable for. It is then up to the family/client to deiced if they want to meet with you and invite you for a trial.
Are trials through SENNIES paid?
Yes, all trials are paid at £10 per hour and you should invoice the family/client directly following a trial.
If you would like SENNIES to collect payment on your behalf there is £10 admin fee.
Can you help me obtain an enhanced DBS?
Yes we can! An enhanced DBS costs £60.40 in total through SENNIES which includes a £10 Admin fee.
If you are registering as a Sennie or are a Sennie and need a new Enhanced DBS please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure you sign up to the update service as soon as you receive your certificate
I am not on the DBS update system, can I still accept a role through SENNIES?
Whilst we can register you to apply for our roles, if you accept a role through SENNIES you MUST be on the DBS update service. If you are not, you will need to obtain a new DBS and join the update service (within 14 days of receiving your certificate), prior to your start date.
This is so your employer can check your DBS status at any time during your employment. If you are not on the update serve then your DBS is only clear up until the day you received it. You could commit a crime the next day and without the update service your employer wouldn't know.
For more information please see here
Do you help with negotiations and contracts
if offered a role?
Yes. The SENNIES team are here to support you throughout your journey to gain employment. We advise our families use our draft contract however if they chose to use their own you can send us any sections you are unsure about or want us to review on your behalf.
As we offer an 'Introductory Service', meaning the employment contract will not be through SENNIES and instead be directly between the 'Client' and 'Sennie' selected.
When should I hand in my notice at my current job, if offered a role through a SENNIES introduction?
This is completely up to you, but we advise you do not hand in your notice until you receive and accept an offer letter from the family/client which stands in place of your contract until complete.
What is expected from me as a Sennie in terms of my day to day duties?
Duties vary depending on the family and the care required for the child(ren) you are caring for and will be detailed in the job description for each role.
Duties can include but are not limited to:
School pick up / drop off
Booking attending appointments with the children (where appropriate)
Arranging and/or attending playdates
Creating a visual timetable for the family based on the child's needs
Continuing therapies/interventions as set our by the family and/or their specialists
Tidy up after themselves and the children
Light PA or Housekeeping duties related to the children and/or family (if a role requires more than light duties, the role will be titled Sennie/PA or Sennie/Housekeeper so we can be sure to only introduce interested and suitable Sennies
Plan and attend day trips / school holiday activities
Plan/cook healthy meals
Bath time and bed time routine
Prepare visual aids for your child/children
Attend a family holiday
Join a child at an activity camp
Liaising with other professional involved in the child(ren's) health care and education
Do you sponsor Sennies from other countries?
At SENNIES we cannot register someone as a ‘Sennie’ if they are an international applicant who has not been in the U.K for a minimum of 6 months, as this means we cannot complete all necessary background checks.
Calls and emails made outside of our office hours will be picked up the following day. (Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5.00pm)
Any urgent communications outside of these times must be made directly with the Sennie you have chosen to interview/trial.
Please be aware that the majority of childcarers are signed up to multiple agencies and not exclusively to SENNIES, therefore we cannot guarantee that a Sennie will not take other roles offered by another agency during your interview process. We only allow our Sennies to trial for 1 role at a time to avoid this type of disappointment.
The ‘SENNIES search’ runs for 8 weeks* and is offered as an ‘introductory service’, therefore we do not employ anyone but make it our priority to only introduce you to suitable Sennies. If you feel a Sennie is not suited to your family’s needs, please give us detailed feedback, so we can be sure to only send you suitable Sennies moving forward. *8 weeks is offered as standard as this is usually a sufficient amount of time to procure and process a suitable ‘Sennie’. We always aim to place within 4 weeks where possible and can extend this time when needed to ensure we meet our mutual goal.