The strange reason this childcare job is 'terrifying'

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The role of nanny takes a special sort of soul: patient, kind, fun, and firm but fair. But one particular family in Scotland is looking for a nanny that is also brave, stoic and not easily frightened.

No, it's not because the children are terrifying, but they do live in a haunted house.

Yes, really.

The family advertised the role on a British childcare website.

"We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years," the family explains. "We were told it was 'haunted' when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless. Five nannies have left the role in the last year, each citing supernatural incidents as the reason, including strange noises, broken glass, and furniture moving."

The parents say their family hasn't experienced any supernatural incidents, with all of them occurring while they're out of the house.

And clearly the family is serious about retaining the right person. Not only will the nanny have their own room with en suite and private kitchen, but they will also receive 28 days of annual leave, plus public holidays, and around $85,000 Australian.

"We're happy to pay above the asking rate, and feel it's important to be as up-front as possible to find the right person," they say in the ad.

The year of going through so many nannies has taken its toll on the children, and the parents are keen to find someone who will stick around. And with pay and perks like that, the house is starting to sound not so scary after all.


The children are aged 5 and 7, and need to be prepared for school, and picked up in the afternoon. And then the nanny is tasked with helping with homework and getting the children ready for bed.

With both parents in busy professional jobs, they sometimes work away from home for up to four nights at a time. So the nanny will be left alone with the children for days at a time. On a "spacious, historic" property on the Scottish borders. That might be a little bit haunted.

On second thoughts, there's not enough money in the world.