Why We Are Different
Problems we solve
Run by a Neurodivergent Super Sennie, SENNIES understands how difficult it can be to find quality SEN childcare.
SENNIES have a proven track record of sourcing, vetting and qualifying suitable SEN childcarers to introduce to families seamlessly.
We know how time-consuming finding childcare can be, especially when there is a lack of childcarers who have the experience and training your child may require. On average we receive 200 applications for every role and only accept up to 10% of applicants onto our books. SENNIES will ensure you only speak and meet with potential matches!
We take the pain out of recruiting a new Sennie (SEN Nanny / Carer / Teacher) by introducing you to creative, patient, thoughtful professionals who are passionate about childcare and working within the Special Educational Needs sector.
Whilst we aim to place experienced Sennies in the majority of our roles, we also work with families who have time to train a Sennie with our support, so we can increase the pool of quality SEN childcarers over the years as a community. When we accept a candidate with less hands-on experience within SEN childcare, they will need to demonstrate patience, engagement and kindness with a real desire to start the transition from neurotypical childcare to neurodivergent childcare.
With that being said it's good to remember that you set the parameters for your search and we share the potential matches we have at present and are able to source on your behalf throughout your 8-week search.
Each Sennie must pass our thorough interview process prior to accepting a role as a Sennie:
Our Sennie registration process consists of
A telephone call and a video interview with a Member of the SENNIES team
An Enhanced DBS check and checking update service status
Passing 2 professional reference checks
Passing identification and right to work checks
Supplying evidence of any childcare related certificates
We will work with you to develop your Sennies specific job description and advertised rate of pay.
Our fees are competitive within the industry having recently adjusted our package so you only pay for the services you need!
Say goodbye to extortionate commission prices! We charge a Flat Fee!
We are confident that you will love our service, however, if you're not 100% happy with your Sennie within the first 30 days, we will find a replacement at no additional cost
Whether you are looking for a Full-time, Part-time, Afterschool, Overnight, Holiday or Weekend Sennie... We've got you covered
Let SENNIES support you in finding the childcare you deserve
The SENNIES Process
Once you have paid your registration fee and completed your online SENNIES profile, the SENNIES team will be in touch to discuss the level of support you require for your search.
We will review your Job description / Online profile together prior to your role going live.
Let the Matching begin
You will receive SENNIES profiles to your online account and you will also be notified by email.
We aim to send at least 3 Sennies for every search and use a complex matching system whereby we only send you a Sennie to review who is at least a 75 % match based on the information you have provided.
We will work with each family to coordinate interviews for Sennies under consideration.
Regardless of your preference in terms of face to face, telephone or video interviews, we will help make this process seamless and enjoyable!
Interviews and trial
We recommend :
- 1 x face to face interview
- Trial successful Sennies for a maximum of 2 days
All trials are paid at a reduced rate of £10 per hour, paid directly to the Sennie.
Trial Day suggestions:
Day 1 - The Sennie should meet the children and join in with a preferred activity of theirs. We recommend the Sennie then shadows your day so they can see your routine and get to know the children in a setting similar to the role.
Day 2 - This is when we advise you to let the Sennie take the reigns. Perhaps they could organise an activity that you can observe or take the lead in a group activity. The Sennie should not be left alone with the children as the trial is an opportunity for you to see them in action and decide if you feel they are right for the position however we strongly advise you step back for even an hour where possible (this could be in another room or making lunch whilst the Sennie engages with the children 1:1).
Offer of employment
Once you are ready to make an offer, we will send you our online offer letter to complete.
We will then share this with the Sennie who will accept, negotiate or decline. Once an offer has been accepted by a Sennie, your final placement fee is due. We will collect payment through your online account and then support you in getting off to the best start based on your chosen support package.
We serve as a continued source of support and advice for both you and your Sennie throughout.
We will also recommend a number of organisations that make hiring a Sennie seamless, such as help with payroll and pensions.
Why choose SENNIES
Save time and frustration
SENNIES is the fastest-growing SEN childcare support service in the UK.
We recently changed our process and pricing to ensure everyone has access to a SENNIES search and can work with a team that fully understand your requirements.
If you have ever recruited a Sennie/nanny before you already know how time-consuming it is and that there are nowhere near the amount of SEN quality Nannies/Carers available. Whilst it can take a while, they are out there!
We received over 200 applications for every role and only 10% make it onto our books! Let SENNIES take the load off and only send you the suitable Sennies to review.
Owned and run by a Neurdivergent Super Sennie
SENNIES is run a Super Sennie who also has ADHD herself!
Our CEO's personal and professional experience in SEN has helped create a small but dedicated team of Matchmakers to support families in a search that can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack.
Affordable and personalised SEN introduction service
At SENNIES, we pride ourselves on being a low cost, introduction agency.
We source quality SEN childcare, saving our clients time, money and frustration. We charge a flat fee to ensure families have access to an affordable and supportive introduction agency.
Sennie Hourly Rates - (Paid directly to your Sennie)
Part-time: £17 - £25 per hour gross
Full-time: £15 - £25 per hour gross
(If you require someone with specific SEN qualifications then you will likely need to offer a salary of £20+ per hour gross to obtain the right talent)
Live in: Live In: Rates starts at £14 per hour gross
If you are not happy with your Sennie we will replace them within the first 30 days for FREE!
We offer an Extended SENNIES Guarantee for an additional monthly cost of £75 Per month + VAT.
Flat Fee - No commission
We charge a set price per placement allowing you to pay your Sennie a fair wage without worrying about the rise of agency fees.
We have broken down our price to ensure every family can build a package that works for them based on their time, budget and previous experience with childcare.
*Most agencies charge a commission rate of 16%-22% of the Sennies/Nannies annual salary
All placements come with a 1 month guarantee as standard. If for any reason you are unhappy with your Sennie we will replace them with no additional charge within the first 30 days of employment.
If you would like to extend your SENNIES Guarantee to cover your placement for up to one year, you can subscribe to our extended guarantee for £75 + VAT per month. This can be cancelled at any time but once cancelled it can not be restarted.
Once you make an offer the SENNIES team will discuss this option with you.
Family Consultations, Support and Advice
We have partnered with a number of incredible family Consultant and SEN trainers who can offer 1-1 sessions virtual for as little as £75 + VAT per hour
Your first session would be at a discounted rate of £45 + VAT if you are registered!
1. Registration fee
Standard: £500 + VAT Per year
If you have less time on your hands to go through profiles/CVs and conduct interviews, then we would advise using our premium support service which starts from £500 per placement.
2. Final Placement fees
(Invoiced following a successfu search)
Under 20 hours p/w = £1500 (+VAT)
Under 30 hours p/w = £2000 (+ VAT)
30 + hours p/w= £2500 (+VAT)
How much do I pay my Sennie?
Under 20 hours p/w
£17 - £25 p/h gross
Under 30 hours p/w
£17 - £20 p/h gross
Over 30 hours p/w
£15 - £20 per hour gross
(£20+ per hour for qualified Specialists)
All registered Sennies are offered free online training to set them up for success! This covers a wide variety of topics
We also offer discounted training courses in specific areas some of which can be added to your premium support package.