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Mothers Helpers Recruitment

A Mother's Helper provides support to parents in their own home, while the parent is present. They do not have sole charge of children. Mother's helpers can be hired to work on a temporary or permanent basis.


They can work with a family full-time for an agreed period, for example to help out when a new baby arrives or after an operation. Or they can work with families on set days and times each week to make things easier for parents.


Mother's helpers provide a much-needed extra pair of hands at busy or stressful times. We work hard to match the right mother's helper with each family depending on their needs and requests.


Recruitment Criteria

Mother's Helpers do not require to have childcare qualifications; however it is essential that applicants have experience in caring for babies and young children. The minimum age of mother's helpers working for Lothian Childcare Solutions is 25 years. Successful candidates must have:

  • experience and knowledge of issues surrounding parents with young children and how to support them.
  • ability to recognise when support is needed and provide this with sensitivity and empathy.
  • a non-judgemental attitude.
  • the ability to prioritise tasks.


We also expect mother's helpers to:

  • have a very good understanding of how to meet children’s basic needs
  • show a willingness and enthusiasm when carrying out agreed tasks
  • positively interact with children and help provide age appropriate activities that match their interests
  • know how to identify and deal with a child protection. Staff should be willing to keep their knowledge up to date by undertaking relevant training
  • child first aid and if not already held, work toward a certificate in first aid
  • help prepare snacks and meals if agreed beforehand, practicing safe food handling.


Recruitment Process

  • Express interest by competing our registration form or sending us your C.V.
  • Complete our application form, which can be downloaded, emailed or posted to you.
  • If from your application form, we consider you to have the right level of skills and abilities, we will arrange for you to have a face-to-face interview with us.
  • At the interview, we will ask you to bring with you:
    • confirmation that you are legally entitled to work in the UK, passport or identity card and National Insurance number
    • certificates confirming any qualifications
    • your most recent certificate confirming PVG scheme membership (if applicable)
    • your completed PVG scheme membership form and appropriate fee (see below)
    • SSSC registration certificate (if registered)
    • any other registration with a professional body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Teaching Council
    • your bank details to set up payroll.


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Getting Started

If your interview is successful, we will countersign our PVG scheme membership application or renewal. To speed up the recruitment process, we will do this at the interview. You should bring with you:

  • previous PVG scheme membership certificate or Disclosure certificate (if you have one)
  • your passport
  • two forms of ID, one of which must have a photograph of you (your passport can be used). Others include, birth certificate, utility bill with address, photographic driving licence
  • list of all previous addresses in the last 10 years
  • the disclosure fee, which is currently £59 for new applicants or £18 for an Existing PVG scheme member application.


Note: you are unable to start working as a mother's helper until we receive a satisfactory PVG Scheme membership certificate. Please see our page with details of the PVG Scheme Membership and Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.


Once we are satisfied that you have met the criteria for a mother's helper, we will inform you of what jobs we have that you might be interested in.

Rates of pay are dependent on experience.


Further information on both PVG membership and SSSC can be found at the following links:



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