New Zealand Granny Nannies on the Rise as a Late Career Choice.
At 74, Yvonne van Der Merwe is in the prime of her newfound career as a Granny Nanny - a job that is on the rise across
“I certainly don’t have any plans for retirement, that would make me feel old!” says Mrs van Der Merwe, who works in
Auckland caring for a four-year boy.
According to PORSE, New Zealand’s leading home-based childcare provider, Granny Nannies are in demand as more families
support each other into work.
PORSE General Manager Kerry Henderson says Granny Nannies are continuing to be a popular late career choice among New
Zealand’s growing aging workforce, where they can care for their own grandchildren or another family’s children.
“We are certainly seeing more grandparents formalising childcare arrangements with their own families so their adult
children can remain in the workforce.
“For many grandparents this is becoming a way to help provide support, and has turned into a viable late career choice,”
said Ms Henderson.
Mrs van Der Merwe says working with children keeps her young and her brain active.
“More people in their golden years are looking for work and more young families have working parents - we are a great
A Granny Nanny for eight years, Mrs van Der Merwe says she can speak with plenty of experience and wants to advocate the
advantages of her job so others can join her.
“It’s very rewarding work and the ideal job if you love children. You can earn a good income especially when families
know they are getting the benefit of years and years of experience that comes from being a mother and a grandmother,”
“Job flexibility also is important when you get to my age, and there are a range of options from working full or part
time because all families have different needs."
Mrs van Der Merwe says while she is not slowing down, it’s important to have a good work-life balance.
“So my job is perfect. In my spare time I enjoy knitting and crocheting and I volunteer making woolen toys for children
in Starship Hospital,” she says.
PORSE provides Granny Nannies with ongoing network support and better access to resources along with the opportunity for
training and personal development programmes. To become a Granny Nanny go to www.porse.co.nz
or call 0800 023 456 to find out more.
Caption – Granny Nanny Yvonne van Der Merwe with her arms full of the knitted toys she creates for Starship in her spare