Rent-A-Mum has over 100 people registered with us who are fully able to provide quality childcare.
Backgrounds and abilities are varied and we place staff in accordance with the type and nature of the assignment as well as with our clients’ specific requests. Here are general profiles of the type of women registered with us.

"As owner at Rent-A-Mum, I have a moral duty to provide the right kind of childcare for individual families. Happy nannies and happy parents means happy children - It's all about the children!"

The Owner & General Manager




Ms Shirley Robinson is a British national and a Hong Kong Resident, who has lived and worked in Hong Kong since her arrival in 1988. A qualified nurse, Shirley was initially nursing in the private sector here. She later qualified as an English Language trainer at the British Council in Hong Kong. Shirley bought Rent-A-Mum in 1998, and has operated all aspects of the business management ever since. As well as a very busy and demanding role within Rent-A-Mum, she teaches English part-time in local schools throughout Hong Kong. Through her varied 20+ years’ experience in this part of the world, Shirley has an extensive, and insider’s knowledge of how the childcare system works.

Shirley is a “people person” with strong social and communication skills. Her local and overseas reputation for being able to quickly identify the specific needs of her clients and personnel is second to none! Mention professional childcare to expatriates in the region, and it won’t be long before you hear her name being mentioned!

Our Team

Rent-A-Mum has over 200 personnel registered with us both in Hong Kong and some based overseas. Our personnel include nationals from UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, France, Germany and Holland. Whilst most come from child-orientated professional backgrounds such as nursery/ maternity nurses and kindergarten teachers, others are students, general and paediatric nurses, office workers, mothers and grandmothers.

Our screening procedure

The fundamental requirements to join our team are as follows:

  • Native, or near native English speaking and from a western cultural background.
  • Minimum age to join is 19 years.
  • Willing and able to be a positive role model for any child in their charge.
  • Ability to act and think independently.
  • Mature enough to be responsible for themselves, and so able to be responsible for others.

It is important to us that all those registered with us are caring and trustworthy. All personnel wishing to be registered with us are interviewed at length by the owner of Rent-A-Mum. Both personal and professional references are taken up. If they do not meet our expectations they do not become members of our team.

Finding the most suitable childcare to fit your family

We can broadly categorise our personnel into five groups as follows:

The Professional Nursery Nurse

Apart from our fundamental criteria listed above, this type of individual will possess the following type of bio:

  • Has a recent and proven history of caring sole-charge for children on a full-time/permanent basis; normally in the family home.
  • May or may not have professional childcare qualifications but will have a comprehensive resume outlining previous positions together with references.
  • Most are already based and have worked as a nanny previously in Hong Kong or at least internationally.
  • Generally between the age of 23 – 45 years of age.
  • Able to care sole charge for children from newborn up.
  • Will have updated CPR/First Aid certification.
  • CRB checked.
  • Most are drivers and will have driven as part of their job.

The Maternity Nurse

Apart from our fundamental criteria listed above, this type of individual will possess the following type of bio:

  • Has a recent and proven track record of caring for all aspects of newborn care as well as sleeping/feeding routines.
  • Will have normally completed a UK/Australian/NZ Maternity Practitioner Course. Will have a comprehensive resume outlining previous positions together with references.
  • Can be based in Hong Kong or overseas.
  • Normally come from a nursery nurse background. Occasionally they may be midwives or nurses. Some are mature women with grown up children.
  • Generally 30 – 70 years of age.
  • Will have updated CPR/First Aid certification.
  • CRB checked.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Apart from our fundamental criteria listed above, this type of individual will possess the following type of bio:

  • Works full-time in a Hong Kong Kindergarten or Nursery as a class teacher.
  • Will be professionally qualified in an area of childcare such as an education degree holder or nursery nurse.
  • Aged 22yrs +
  • Will be registered with the Hong Kong Education Authority
  • In most part able to care for infants from 3 months+
  • Will have updated CPR/First Aid certification.
  • CRB checked

The Student/Big Sister/Mature Big Sister (or Brother)

Apart from our fundamental criteria listed above, this type of individual will possess the following type of bio:

  • Born, raised and for the most part educated Hong Kong (expatriate parentage).
  • Usually studying at an overseas university and home for holidays or gap year. The mature big sister will have graduated from university and is now based in Hong Kong.
  • 19 – 30 years old
  • Although often capable, Rent-A-Mum has a policy of placing this type with children aged 2+ years.
  • Great working knowledge of Hong Kong.
  • Often energetic, bright, sensible and very enthusiastic.

Others

Registered with Rent-A-Mum are also office workers, housewives, mothers, grandmothers and actors. This list is not exhaustive!