Frequently Asked Question
For Sennies (SEN Nannies/Teacher'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
A minimum of 2 professional references
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.
Do you offer any Special Educational Needs training?
Yes we do! Please see below.
Group Training sessions:
Please head to online booking page where you can book yourself in for one of our popular group training sessions, in partnership with iAAS.
Girls on the spectrum
PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)
Our group training session are held on Zoom every other Tuesday from 7.00pm - 8.30pm and are booked on first come first serve basis.
Registered Sennies: £25
Non Registered Sennies: £45
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Date: Tuesdays every fortnight
1:1 Bespoke Training Session:
We offer a bespoke 1:1 virtual training session in an area of your choice.
Registered Sennies: £35
Non Registered Sennies: £60
Time/Date: To be booked at a convenient time for you and the trainer.
We have also partnered with the amazing Sign and Shine Team!
Sign and shine offer Accredited Makaton Training, Levels 1-4
in person and virtually. They also offer specialist, refresher and taster courses!
If you are interested in registering for a Sign and Shine course, please let us know as we will see if anyone else is interested so you can access a group discount!
Do you offer training in First Aid training?
Yes we do! You can book yourself into a Paediatric first aid course through our partner First Aid for Life.
Use promo code 'sennies' for 10% off the cost of your first aid
course thanks to our partnership!
On the practical course, you will receive a full course manual and a Paediatric First Aid certificate valid for 3 years. All courses are held in Balham, London in a purpose-built training room which is 5 minutes from the mainline and Northern line tube and easily accessible (10 minutes by train) from Clapham Junction, London Victoria and Waterloo.
Courses are arranged for a small group of individuals and run from 9.30am - 4.30pm.
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.
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 must be paid directly through the Family's/Client's local Council.
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 ad do not take commission from our 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.
How much will I get paid as a Sennie?
London (Live out) : £15 - £20 per hour gross
Rest of the UK and Live In roles: £14 - £20 per hour gross
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.
What level of experience do I need to have to register with SENNIES?
As an introduction agency we are looking for Sennies with a wide variety of experience which includes but is not limited to:
Special Educational Needs Nannies
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 but ideally you have 5 years of experience which includes a sole charge childcare role.
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.
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 sometime want to meet with or see other candidates first before moving forward with 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. ross
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 email@example.com 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.
Gross VS Net pay?
All roles through SENNIES are advertised in gross pay just like all other professional industries. Click here for more information regarding 'Gross VS Net' Pay. G
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 a Contract of Employment from the family/client or an email from SENNIES to yourself and your new employer stating that this role is 100% going forward.
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.
A family likes my profile and wants to interview me, I would like some more information on the role who do I contact?
Great news! When a family is keen to speak with you, we arrange a video interview between yourself and a senior member of the SENNIES team. If this is your first video interview with us it will be lightly longer. This is because as of June 2021 we have resigned our process to best suit our entire community and ensure we do not waste anyone time.
We then give all information to the family/client so they can decide if they would like to meet with you in person.
If a family/client would like to meet with you we send an introduction email to you both and ask sk the Family/Client to reach out within 48 hours. If they haven't then the Sennie should reach out to the family/client directly to secure a time to for their face to face interview with the family/client.
• Calls and emails made outside of our office hours will be picked up the following day. (Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm)
• Any urgent communications outside of these times must be made directly with the family/client you are to interviewing/trialling with
• If you can no longer make an interview please let the family know directly and keep us in the loop
• Please ensure you read our detailed job descriptions in full and only apply/interview for roles you are able to commit to for at least a year (unless temporary). It is a priority that no one within the SENNIES community has their time wasted. If you have any concerns or questions about the role ensure these are addressed with a member of the SENNIES team, prior to speaking/meeting with a family/client of ours
• If you would like to withdrawn you application to a role please let SENNIES know and we will pass the message on on your behalf
MORE FAQ'S COMING SOON! IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION PLEASE SEND THEM TO INFO@SENNIES.CO.UK!