About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household & Childcare Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household & Childcare desk for Leaman Consulting and has worked with the most affluent and well know households with great success. A consummate professional and a highly trained individual within this area Celia has a degree in Primary Education and an in-depth understanding of the importance of the quality of candidate needed to work within a personal residence. Celia has a caring and professional approach and will visit the residence when required to ascertain the right fit for you or your Principal, whether it be an experienced Housekeeper,  Nanny, Estate/House Manager, Butler, Driver, Chef or Household Couple. Celia has often worked on adhoc roles and specifications - so do not hesitate to run anything by her!


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£550 - £600 npw DOE

High Profile family of 4 are looking for an experienced housekeeper to join them on a live out basis. They are a really lovely family and their previous housekeeper was with them for 7 years!

They live in a large 5 bedroom townhouse - you will be responsible for all housekeeping, laundry and ironing, running some errands and so on.

You must be child friendly as they have a 2 year old and a newborn, but a full time nanny is employed. They also have a very friendly small dog.


This role is to start ASAP

Salary will depend on experience but around £550-£600 net per week.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm (flex)

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£60K joint + 2 bed cottage provided

Seeking a Domestic Couple with experience of working for a UHNW family.  This is an exceptional position in the stunning countryside of Perthshire Scotland a 5 minute walk from The Gleneagles hotel. The current Couple in the role have been there for a number of years and are retiring. This is a rare opportunity to live and work in a prestigious environment.


The Couple must be hard working, both have a positive outlook and a 'can do' attitude.  They will be busy when the Principals are in residence up to 8 times per year for up to 4 weeks. There will be 1 to 10 people visiting at a time. 


There is a Housekeeper who visits the property one day per week.  When the Principals are in residence the Housekeeper will increase their hours to cover the Housekeeping allowing the Couple to focus on the other duties to ensure the Principals’ visit run smoothly.


Duties will include:


·         Housekeeping

·         Flower arranging and wardrobe management

·         Cooking for the family - healthy dishes

·         Responsible for budgets and expenses - must have strong IT skills

·         Gardening

·         Property maintenance

·         Driving

·         Food and household shopping


Teamwork with principal’s staff when they travel with them to Scotland i.e nannies and lady’s maids and sometimes their chefs.


The Couple must have complete discretion and be aware of the boundaries working for a private family.  They must be able to provide excellent references.


There are many benefits to living in a rural setting in the Scottish countryside.  The couple must appreciate the lifestyle that comes with this location.


Start Date:       To suit Couple and Principal


Salary:              £60,000 gpa


Accommodation: 2 bedroom cottage next to the main house

                                Utility bills and Council Tax are covered by the Principal

                                Excellent condition

                             Pets considered

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£46,000 - £55,000

A wonderful opportunity has arisen for an energetic young family of 4 relocating to London from NYC. They are looking for a positive, proactive and loving nanny for their two boys aged 20 months and 6 months old.

The ideal nanny will have experience with both babies through to school age and able to recognise and encourage developmental milestones and learning at all times in a fun interactive way. The eldest will hopefully attend school for half days from September.

As the family are new to London they are keen for the boys to attend activity clubs and classes, partake in playdates and get outside as much as possible! All usual nursery duties will be required including keeping the boys room and toys tidy, cooking fresh healthy meals and snacks and keeping  on top of their wardrobes.


The family will require their nanny to travel with them on occasion and you should see this as a bonus to a role! Babysitting and proxy parenting some weekends if the parents decide to have a long weekend away. This will be arranged in advance and paid extra.


The family have a very loving and kind natured dog (Bernedoodle breed) so you must be comfortable around animals and ideals a dog lover!


Location: Notting Hill

Start dates: 10th or 17th May 2021

Hours: Monday to Friday 8/8.30am – 7pm

Salary: £46,000 - £55,000 DOE

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£40,000 - £40,000

This is a lovely role working for an American family of 7 located in Chelsea. They lead a busy lifestyle and work in London during the week, occasionally spending time at their family home during weekends and travel internationally in school holidays. The children range from 1 – 8 years in age and the family have a Labrador puppy. This position is to work from Thursday 7am – Monday 7am. There is a Live out nanny who covers Monday – Wednesday, plus 2 housekeepers Monday to Friday.


Your main charges are a boy aged 3yrs and a girl aged 1yr. However, working alongside another nanny and the parents, there will be a cross-over helping with the older children; a boy aged 4, girl aged 7 and a boy aged 8. The role will be a mixture of shared care and sole charge, caring for the children at home and providing a fun, stimulating and nurturing environment for them. There will be the requirement to travel overseas with the family and attend regular activities with the children.


As a nanny you will have relevant experience working with young children within private homes, with a fun, kind and energetic nature.


Your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Plan and lead educational activities with the children, researching new age appropriate activities to carry out with them, as and when appropriate
  • Support the children through child led play and oversee their activities at all times
  • Support and nurture the children interacting with them at all times
  • Plan playdates with friends from nursery
  • Support the children’s morning routine, dressing, washing and breakfast
  • Ensure bottles and mealtimes are prepared and arrive on time with correct food
  • Keep to routine ad support with potty training.
  • Tidy away after activities and play areas
  • Support the older siblings aged 4, 7 & 8 and their Nanny, as required.
  • Prepare any meals for the children and support the Cook, Housekeeper and other Nanny when required to do so
  • Follow any direction from the parents on appropriate food for the children


Starting: ASAP Jan 2021

Location: Chelsea SW3

Hours: Thursday 7am – Monday 7am (hours on Thursday & Friday, 7am – 8pm, weekends 8am – 8am + occasionally babysitting)

Accommodation: Own bedroom & bathroom on the lower ground floor, kitchen shared with other staff on the same floor. You do not need to leave the accommodation on your days off.

Salary: £40,000 gross per year depending on individual


Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application

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£600-£650npw + accommodation DOE

Informal family of 3 living in Chelsea are seeking a positive and proactive nanny to join them on a live in basis mid-January 2021. You will be caring for a baby girl, who will be 3 months old at the start of the role. It is essential that you have the relevant experience as a nanny with babies and young children and are knowledgeable when it comes to routine, feeding and other milestones along the way. It is an informal home, where you would work as part of a small team alongside a live out housekeeper and a PA. 


The family love the outdoors and are looking for a nanny who is optimistic, passionate and energetic, and ideally shares the same passion for nature as they do. There will be monthly travel to the family estate in Scotland plus some international travel 3-4 times a year. 


You must also be a dog lover as they have 2 friendly dachshunds that are very much part of the family.


Confident London driver with a clean licence is essential; the family will provide a car for childcare duties.


Days & Hours: Monday – Friday 7.30am – 7.30pm

Starting: 21st January 2021

Location: Chelsea SW3

Salary: depending on individual experience

Accommodation: Own nanny suite on lower ground floor with private bedroom, en suite bathroom, sitting room area and kitchenette.



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£600-£650npw + accommodation + food allowance

Live in baby nanny required for a lovely family living close to Victoria. The role is live in 5.5 days week, with flexibility to include weekend cover. 

All usual nanny duties to include routine, encouraging milestones, learning through play, being  proactive in ways to interact with the babies. Once out of COVID - planning baby classes and clubs, playdates etc.

You must have experience with young babies and children and be safety aware. Up to date first aid required as well as enhanced DBS.

High energy and sunny disposition, with a willing personality.

Some travel required through the year (shared with the housekeeper). 

This is a lovely role and household to be a part of. 

Salary £600 - £650 net per week, negotiable. 

Accommodation is own bedroom  & bathroom and shared kitchen. 

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£500-£550 net per week + accommodation

HNW family of 4 + a dog are seeking a hands on, proactive and very experienced housekeeper to join them on a live in basis working  Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm.

The house is a newly refurbished 5 bed, 5 bath home, over 8 floors. There is also a gym, pool, spa and film/games room. You will work as part of a housekeeping team  of 4 (2 live in, 1 live out).  The family have very high standards and expect their housekeepers to keep the home immaculate and to a 5* level.

Attention to detail is key. Experience working with different cleaning  products for luxury fabrics, wood and metal is required as well.

The position would suit someone who has worked in a high level household before, delivery high level cleaning, laundry and generally ensuring the house is ran smoothly. There will be some simple and occasional cooking required for the family, so a confident cook is important.


Some travel to the countryside and elsewhere when allowed, so a flexible nature. The family have 1 friendly little dog who will require a walk either at the start or end of the day by the housekeeper.


Hours: Monday to Friday, 7am -  7pm with breaks

Accommodation: Newley refurbished double bedroom and own bathroom, shared kitchen and living area in separate staff quarters with separate entrance in the basement. There is the option to live in Mon - Fri and leave at weekends or you can stay there the whole 7 days too. 

Salary: £500 - £550 net per week

Starting: ASAP

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£40,000 - £50,000 DOE (neg)

Nanny | High Profile Household – London
£40,000.00- £50,000.00 (neg, DOE)

Central London (NW1)

Permanent, Live-out

Start date: 2 June 2021

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced professional Nanny. Applicants must have had previous experience with children of primary years (4-7) and worked with high profile families.

You are required 5-days per week Monday to Friday from 08.30-18:00 on average (sometimes your day will be shorter and sometimes slightly longer).

To be suitable for this role, applicants must have a warm, relaxed, yet highly professional and calm approach and apply a high level of appreciation for client privacy, confidentiality and discretion.

This role will suit a candidate with previous experience within a team-based environment (working alongside an executive assistant, weekend nanny, family PA and housekeeper) and adapt to last-minute schedule adjustments with ease.

The successful applicant will be taking over from a long-term Nanny. The role is extremely sustainable and would be ideal for a candidate who is wanting to offer long term commitment to their next employer.

All applicants must hold an enhanced DBS check, first aid certificate, verifiable references, and a warm, proactive manner.

All candidates must be flexible to travel at short notice when required (UK & International) for short or extended periods of time.


  • Sole and shared charge childcare duties (2 girls ages 3 and 4)
  • Full-time hours 08:30-18:00 Mon-Fri (school run 08.30)
  • School/Nursery runs
  • Nursery duties (all housekeeping relating to the children)
  • Preparing healthy and balanced meals and snacks for the children
  • Working closely with additional staff to ensure a smooth itinerary each day
  • Children’s diary (appointments, play dates etc)
  • Monitoring child development milestones
  • Offering children consistency and security
  • Only candidates looking for long term employment may apply
  • Travelling when required (UK & Overseas)

Key requirements

  • Significant experience with primary years
  • A clean driving license is a must (5+ years of driving experience is essential)
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Flexible to travel when required (UK & International)
  • Paediatric First Aid certificate
  • Written, verifiable references
  • A warm, caring and dedicated personality
  • Looking for a long-term position with a welcoming, busy household
  • A high level of discretion and security awareness
  • Experience working within a team of assistants
  • Experience working with high-profile clients
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up to 5,500 CHF per month
HNW family of 3 are looking for a kind natured, knowledgeable, and passionate nanny to join them on a live in or live our basis, to care for their first baby who will be around 4 months at the start of the position. He has been cared for by a maternity nurse up until this point, the baby is in a really great routine and Mum is hands on. The afternoons are generally where they need the most support with the day-to-day routine. Once covid allows the parents are keen for the nanny to book clubs and classes and encourage socialising with other children.
Educationally stimulating the child is key to the family, the parents are academics and keen to be kept up to date with all the latest studies and research to ensure they are giving their son the best care possible. So, a nanny interested in development and studies would be advantageous.

The ideal nanny will be qualified, with a loving but structured approach.
Nursery duties relating to the baby are part of this role - sterilising bottles and toys, keeping on top of his wardrobe and clothing, weaning and meal preps etc.
There will be travel involved when covid allows, including trips for up to 5 weeks at a time, so the nanny must be happy and flexible to go on these trips. The nanny must have either an EU Passport, be a Swizz citizen and hold a Swiss C permit to be able to work and live in Switzerland.
The family are open to this being a live out role if you are local to Zug in Switzerland, but also happy to consider a live-in arrangement where you will be provided your own bedroom and a shared bathroom with the baby.
Location: Zug, Switzerland (approx. 35 mins to Zurich)
Starting: April/May 2021
Hours: 5-6 days per week, 6-8 hours a day with flexibility
Salary: will depend on individual and living arrangement
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4 day Housekeeper, Thursday to Sunday - Live Out in London
High profile family living in central London are looking for an experienced and switched on housekeeper to work 4 days a week from Thursdays to Sundays.

This is a busy family of 5 so the ideal candidate will have worked in a family environment before.
The property is a large 5 storey home, with lots of stairs. The day to day duties are general cleaning, laundry and ironing and ensuring the house is kept tidy. Thursday and Friday you will work alongside 1-2 other housekeepers, at the weekend you will e the sole housekeeper. 
Starting: mid April 2021
Salary: £500 net per week, You will be provided a uniform to wear too.
Location: Central London W1
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Up to £65,000 + accommodation provided

German speaking rota nanny sought by family of 3 in Chelsea.  This HNW family are looking for a fluent German and English speaking nanny to care for their daughter who is aged 3. From April she will be in nursery half days, with a view to longer days in Sept 2021. 

You will be responsible to give the utmost level of care and support to the little girl, constantly encouraging learning and development as she reaches various milestones. An understanding and qualification in Early Years development is preferred.

The family are mainly based in  London, but there is frequent travel (when COVID allows) to Italy and other destinations. So you must be flexible and happy to travel as part of your role. The ideal candidate will be proactive with an enthusiastic attitude.  

You must have experience working in a similar role with excellent checkable references, up to date 1st aid & DBS.


This is a rota position, working 24/7, 2 weeks on / off with 1 other nanny.

The accommodation provided in the London home is own en-suite bedroom within the main house.

The family have a friendly dog, so you must be happy working in a household with animals. 

The salary will depend on individual experience and qualifications, but up to £65,000 for the right person.


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£45,000 - £51,000

Family of 4 in Belgravia are looking for an experienced, professional and proactive Cook Housekeeper to work 6 days a week (Mondays off) on a live out basis. You will work as part of a small household team – 1 daily housekeeper and nanny.

The family live in a large 5 storey home just off Sloane Square SW3. You must have previous experience working both as a housekeeper and cooking for families. You will be responsible for cooking and prepping meals and snacks for the family (2 adults, 2 children aged 1). You Will be responsible to keep the kitchen and larder stocked at all times, compiling shopping lists and other housekeeper related duties.

The family have 2 dogs, so you must be happy with animals.


Hours: Live out Tuesday – Sunday (Mondays off) Approx 8am – 6pm

Starting: April 2021, first interviews will be held via zoom call

Salary: £650 - £700 net per week (£46,000 - £51,5000 gross per year)

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