Frequently Asked Questions

For Parents:

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All our nannies have been interviewed personally, supplied essential documents such as ID and proof of address and have confirmed their eligibility to work in the UK.  They all have enhanced DBS certificates either on file or pending – we process applications for anyone who does not have a current enhanced certificate via the facilitating agency Civil and Corporate with whom we are registered.

We request contact details for at least two referees and we follow these up with reference requests ourselves.  We advise families to carry out their own reference checks in addition to any we have obtained – see our reference request email templates (link)

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Nannies are paid direct by the family, and pay is usually worked out to an hourly rate (currently recommended as no less than £10-12 net per hour depending on the nanny’s age and experience).  Nannies with a lot of experience may negotiate a higher hourly rate.

It is the family’s responsibility to pay Tax, National Insurance and Pension contributions when applicable on the nanny’s behalf. Our nannies are briefed about this and also the importance of a written contract/agreement between nanny and family.  They will therefore expect that families will undertake to register them with HMRC when necessary and pay any Tax/NI that becomes applicable in addition to the recommended hourly rate.  They are also aware that as employees they are entitled to statutory benefits such as paid holiday entitlement (currently 28 days per year (pro rata)) and SSP (Statutory Sick Pay).

We work closely with our partner Nannytax and recommend our families exclusively to them at a discounted rate for everything associated with Payroll, Pension and Contract. 

For families who choose to “go it alone” you can access our Nannytax approved draft contract free of charge through the Recruitment Toolkit.

For more information:

https://www.nannytax.co.uk/what-we-do/our-services/nanny-payroll-incl-contract

You might also find these documents helpful:

Nanny fact sheet

Self employed vs employed fact sheet

5 reasons why employers should go gross

Pension fact sheet for employers

The average “core” hours associated with after school care are between school pick-up (usually at around 3.30pm) until 6.30/7.00pm.  So, 3-4 hours per day.  Some of our nannies are happy to work extra hours to help with supper preparation before school pick-up, batch cooking for the whole family, grocery shopping or deliveries, light housework such as tidying children’s bedrooms, sorting and cleaning toys and clothes, or even family admin.

We advise that nannies are employed for a minimum of three hours per day.

The majority of our nannies are not.  Families can assist their nanny to become Ofsted registered (https://babyem.co.uk/becoming-an-ofsted-registered-nanny-for-professionals/). We advise that the cost should be met by the family not the nanny – in our experience we find that normally this outweighs the benefits of schemes such as childcare vouchers.

We recommend all our nannies to our training partner Babyem for discounted paediatric first aid training. Many families offer to pay for this as part of their agreement with their nanny. Use code NANNIES10 for 10% off when you book the Emergency Paediatric First Aid 6 hour course or the Paediatric First Aid blended 12 hour course

Every one of our nannies will have been phone screened and video interviewed.  We check ID (passport or driving licence), visas and work permits, proof of address, Paediatric First Aid, DBS and childcare related qualification certificates and give advice about how to apply for these where necessary.

Our nannies rarely have professional childcare qualifications, but they all have to have relevant childcare experience and minimum two referees – and be genuinely interested in children and like spending time with them!

We request at least two references per Nanny. We encourage families to check references for themselves too – you might have specific questions to ask so never feel that you can’t contact a referee because we have already done so.

This is not officially part of our remit for the simple reason that many of our nannies are not available first thing in the morning if they have part-time jobs lectures/tutorials to get to.  It’s also not financially “worth it” for a nanny to get up early and use public transport for work that will only last an hour or so.  We ask all our nannies about morning drop-off if families are close enough and you can find this information on their profiles. If it’s a deal-breaker but your After School Nanny choice can’t offer the morning drop-off it might be worth considering employing two nannies, one for the morning and one for the afternoon.

Driving can be a non-negotiable requirement for some families but if you have any flexibility it will increase the number of available nannies.  Check individual profiles for those who have driven elsewhere but have not yet taken to the roads in London.  Many of these are willing to drive for a family but would need some lessons in order to boost their confidence and assure families of their safety.  We encourage families to consider this as an option and to offer to pay for refresher lessons.

Our service is focused on families with children of primary school age (4 years) and upwards.  Some of our nannies have experience with younger children but by no means all.  We advise families to seek professional “career nanny” care for pre-school aged children.

We specialise in finding nannies who want to work afternoons in term time, and can offer longer hours or full days in school holidays. The majority of our nannies want to work during school half terms and holidays, at least the same core hours as during term time and more if possible.  If you don’t need a nanny during the school holidays, we advise you to offer a retainer based on the core term time salary to ensure that your nanny is able to survive financially.

Yes!  We actively encourage you to trial a nanny for a few days (paying them for the hours they work) to ensure they are the right choice for your family. Whether you trial your nanny or not we encourage a comprehensive hand-over during which your new nanny will “shadow” either a parent or existing nanny in order to be taken to school to meet teachers and experience the existing after school routine at first hand.

Happily this doesn’t happen very often.  But we all know that life is uncertain and things can change.  We advise families to include a probationary period in their written agreement with their nanny (6-8 weeks is the norm).  During this time the notice period on each side can be just one week.  In our experience, 6-8 weeks is ample time to assess whether things are working or not. We also advise that you maintain your After School Nanny membership at least until the end of your probationary period.

For Nannies:

If you enjoy working with children and are interested in supporting their development and nurture we’d love to hear from you. Find out more and apply here.

You’ll need a minimum of one year’s experience and be aged no less than 18. Experience doesn’t need to be qualified but it should have been paid work. For example, ad hoc day time childcare (sole charge or mother’s help), au pair work, evening babysitting, summer camp or after school club work, teaching or teaching assistant work. We also like to hear about your volunteer experience with children.

Yes, you’ll need a fully enhanced DBS for the child workforce. If you don’t already have one we’ll process an online application for you which you will need to complete and pay for (£56) before being able to start work as an After School Nanny.

Being an After School Nanny covers a range of duties. Here are the core ones:

  • School pick-up (usually at around 3.30pm)
  • Taking children to after school activities, often outside their own school (for example, swimming lessons, extra sport sessions, music lessons, drama groups…) You may need to wait while the activity takes place or come back later to collect the children.
  • Get the children home to their family home.
  • Assist them with or supervise their homework. We work with families whose children are at primary school so the homework will cover the KS1 & 2 curriculum.
  • Prepare a healthy, nutritious evening meal for the children according to the family’s preferences. You may also be asked to give the children healthy snacks on school pick-up or after an after school activity.
  • Keep children generally happy and entertained during the periods when they are not doing homework or eating supper. This might involve playing in the garden, doing arts and crafts, playing board games, baking together…
  • Keep all the areas that you and the children have been in clean and tidy – encourage children to help you to put toys away and keep their bedrooms tidy.
  • You might also be asked to oversee the children’s school uniforms and sports kit.
  • If children are at the younger end of the primary school age range you may be asked to bath them and help them to get ready for bed.
  • Parents will usually arrive home at around 6.30/7.00pm. You may be asked to babysit on some evenings or to work slightly later than your usual finish time. This should be negotiated with you and is not something that you have to agree to. If you’re happy to offer extra hours it’s a good way to earn a bit more money.

The average “core” hours associated with After School Nanny work are 3-4 during term time. This is usually 3.30pm-6.30/7.00pm. Some families may offer extra hours for evening babysitting or ask you if you can start an hour or so earlier than the school pick-up in order to get ahead with preparing supper for the children and maybe do a bit of tidying up and children’s laundry.

During the school holidays families can sometimes need extra hours. This ranges from slightly longer afternoons to full days. Other families are happy just to maintain the same hours as you work during term time. Or you may find that it’s a mixture of the two. Depending on how flexible you are some families offer to “scrunch up” the hours you normally work during term time in to one or two full days during the holidays. Flexibility tends to be the key to making the school holiday periods work for nannies and families.

Nanny pay is usually negotiated by the hour and is net (i.e. the amount you will take home after any applicable Tax/NI has been paid). The current hourly rate is £10-12 depending on experience. It’s important to understand that if Tax/NI becomes applicable, the family pays this in addition to your agreed hourly rate. So you should always take home the money you’ve earned according to the hourly rate.

For more information, check out the Nannytax website.

You might also find these Nannytax support documents helpful:

Nanny fact sheet

Self employed vs employed fact sheet

5 reasons why nannies should go gross

We advise families to offer their nannies a contract in all circumstances, no matter how short term the agreement. It’s really important to have written clarification of everything you’ve agreed verbally during your interview(s). Sometimes families have their own contracts or they may be given a contract by their chosen payroll organisation (agencies used by families to run the nanny’s payroll, calculate Tax/NI and issue payslips to the nanny). We also have a draft contract on our website which families can make use of.

Statutory paid holiday entitlement is 28 days per year (20 days plus the current 8 UK Bank Holidays). If you are on a PAYE payroll (this depends on the total number of hours you work) then you are entitled to take statutory paid holiday. This may be pro-rated if you work a part week i.e. not Monday to Friday. The holiday entitlement accrues each month. Your nanny contract will put all of this in writing for you.

Most families negotiate with their nanny so that the family and the nanny go away for two weeks at the same time (usually in the summer) and then the nanny is free to choose how she uses the remaining two weeks throughout the rest of the year – as long as there is always good advance notice and it doesn’t inconvenience the family.

We advise all our families to adhere to this basic “formula” even if their nanny is not on a PAYE payroll.

For more information on holiday entitlement check out the Nannytax website.

We advise all our nannies to undertake paediatric first aid training.

We’ve partnered with top-rated training agency, Babyem, to offer Emergency Paediatric First Aid training in a 6 hour course which is ideal for nannies and anyone caring for babies and children: https://babyem.co.uk/emergency-paediatric-first-aid/

This course can be upgraded to the full 12-hour Blended Paediatric First Aid if required. https://babyem.co.uk/paediatric-first-aid-training-new/

Book either course using code NANNIES10 to receive a 10% discount.

 

Look out for our upcoming bespoke “After School Nanny Diploma”, a modular online training course covering all aspects of the job:

Module 1: Working as an After School Nanny

· Role of an After School Nanny

· Routine and Time Management

Module 2: Child Safety

· Child Safety in the home

· Fire Safety

· Child Safety outside the home

· First Aid and Medical

Module 3: Healthy eating and Cookery

· An introduction to the basics of nutrition including food safety & hygiene, allergies and intolerances and fussy eating

· A cookery course to give nannies the confidence to prepare a raft of quick, healthy and nutritious evening meals and snacks for children

Module 4: Homework supervision

An introduction to Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculums to enable nannies to give maximum homework support and assistance to children

Module 5: Child development and Managing Behaviour

· This module focuses on child development and key markers during the primary school age range including strategies for managing difficult or challenging behaviour

Module 6: Building relationships with your nanny family

· First few days

· Communicating effectively with parents

· Understanding what is expected of you

· Settling into the role and making the most of the transferable life skills it affords you – whatever your future direction