I am in a few mummies chat groups and one of the most common complaints I have heard were terrible confinement nannies. For me, I wouldn’t be able to imagine entrusting a newborn and myself to someone inexperienced or with poor attitude. This is why I feel that it is best to engage nanny services from an agency, especially PEM which is the largest agency in Singapore.
Here’s the pros of engaging PEM:
(1) Trained confinement nannies
There is no doubt that the confinement period is very important to help us regain health and vitality. I find that it is extremely important for there to be proper care provided by a trained professional.
PEM Confinement Nanny Agency is the first agency in Singapore that has an in-house training centre where nannies undergo special classes on breastfeeding, proper hygiene practices and confinement diet planning. All their nannies also have to undergo a test at the end of their training to examine their level of skills and knowledge acquired during training.
My nanny even told me that she attended a refresher course again and was issued a handbook to guide them on the dos and don’ts. Very good initiative by PEM!
(2) Positive reviews
There are several confinement nanny agencies in Singapore. Based on my checks, PEM was considered affordable and mummies have told me that PEM has better quality nannies who are dedicated and well-trained. These nannies could also whip up decent confinement food!
Time is money so I believe we would all like to save as much time as possible. Engaging a confinement nanny through an agency definitely helps to reduce the hassle of application, collection and termination of work permits. If your confinement nanny does not work out for you, you could also go back to the agency and there would be free replacement of confinement nannies (max of 2 replacements) by PEM. In this case, you would not have to put up with a nanny who does not suit your liking. After delivery, I called PEM to inform them about it and they quickly assigned a nanny to me. Her profile was even emailed over.
(4) Largest confinement nanny agency in Singapore
PEM was established in 1987 and has a huge pool of around 400 confinement nannies. They are also the first Ministry of Manpower (MOM) licensed employment agency specialising in the provision of confinement lady services. I have heard of several mummies whose confinement nannies decided to “fly kite” on them. In the end, they either had to cope on their own or get their mums to help. Since PEM is an established company with such a big pool of nannies, it provides reassurance that we would definitely get a nanny if we sign up in time.
So what’s the downside of engaging a confinement nanny agency?
Well, it would mean that you can’t specify a particular nanny unless you are willing to pay more but this applies to many freelance nannies out there, especially the popular ones.
I hope my sharing on the pros and cons above will be useful in helping you make your decision of engaging PEM Confinement Agency as your choice!
Look out for my next post!