Nannies are responsible for all nursery duties, encompassing everything that relates to the children. This includes but is not limited to: dressing, bathing and feeding the children, preparing nutritious home cooked meals, packed lunches, organisation of play dates and activities. They may know the area in which you live and be familiar with local groups or if new to your area would be required if needed to research age appropriate activities within your community. If children are attending school or nursery it is expected that they will do the school run either by car or public transport, and are responsible for taking the children to sports/music classes after school. One of the most important parts of a nanny`s role is to create a safe environment. A great nanny will encourage education and developmental play, supervising homework and assisting if needed. It is part of the role to communicate daily or weekly as to any developments and milestones that the children may have had discussing ideas with the parents as to how these can be supported and enabling further development.
In addition, it is part of the role as a nanny to manage light household duties relating to the children, including their laundry (washing and ironing), keeping their bedrooms and bathrooms clean and tidy and picking up shopping for the children if required, i.e. school uniforms, birthday presents for parties. More commonly now nannies will manage the internet grocery shop. He/she is responsible for keeping the kitchen and play areas clean and tidy. Some families may also ask the nanny prepare an evening meal for the whole family, this is something that would be raised at interview as it is not considered a standard part of their role.
Interviews normally take place at your home or where the position will be based. Some clients prefer to do first interviews without the children present; others have them meet the children to see how the nanny interacts with them and vice versa.

It’s a good idea to find out what the nanny’s expectations are to see if they meet yours.  It’s important to talk them through a typical week, giving them an idea of the children’s routines and interests such as academics, music, sport etc.  It is essential to discuss working hours. 
It can be helpful to have the nanny talk you through her cv explaining her past employment and experiences working with children.

Below are examples of questions you may want to ask your nanny:

  • Why do you want to be a nanny?
  • What is it that you enjoy about working with children?
  • Can you give some examples of what you would cook for children 
in a typical week?
  • Have you worked with fussy eaters before? How did you get round
 it?
  • Talk about discipline and your style of parenting. This area is 
particularly important, you both need to have similar ideas if 
this is going to work. Ask the nanny for her comments on this.
  • Have you ever had to cope in an emergency? What did you do?
  • Give the nanny an opportunity to ask any questions she may have.

You may want to show the nanny around your home before finishing the interview.   If the nanny gets to meet the children you may want to leave them to show the nanny their rooms as it will give the nanny an insight into their personalities, an opportunity for them to engage and ask any questions of their own.

Wages and time off, exact duties and all other terms of employment should be negotiated and agreed before the Nanny commences employment. When agreeing wages, both parties should be clear whether wages are quoted gross or net. In the UK it is the employer’s responsibility to deduct Tax and National Insurance Contributions from the Nanny’s wages and forward it to the Inland Revenue. Outside the UK, Clients make their own arrangements with the Nanny on this matter, but deductions must be made where the relevant local law so requires.
Automatic enrolment is a new law that requires all employers – including nanny employers – to make sure they have a pension in place for their employee. Most nannies will need to be automatically enrolled into the pension scheme, and both the nanny and the employer will have to contribute to it. If you would like help please click on the nanny tax website www.nannytax.co.uk
Maternity nurses are exempt from the above as they are self-employed.
Salaries vary and are generally based on age, experience and qualifications. Salaries quoted below are only guidelines and net of tax. We are able to supply you for net to gross conversion rates on request, otherwise please visit www.nannytax.co.uk

  • Daily / Live-out Nanny: £500 – £600+ net per week (based on a 10 hour day Monday-Friday)
  • Live-in Nanny: £350–£450+ net per week (based on a Monday-Friday position consisting of 12 hours per day plus up to 2 nights babysitting included Monday-Thursday as part of net weekly wage). Additional babysitting outside of these hours is to be negotiated with the nanny.
  • Daily / Live-out Mother’s Help: £450-475 net per week (based on a 10 hour day Monday to Friday)
  • Live-in Mother’s Help: £280 – £350 net per week (based on a Monday-Friday position consisting of 12 hours per day plus up to 2 nights babysitting included Monday-Thursday as part of net weekly wage). Additional babysitting outside of these hours is to be negotiated with the nanny.
  • Part-time nanny: Hour £11 – £15 net per hour based 10 hours a day. Hourly rates vary and the number of days per week worked will determine the hourly rate.
  • Temporary Daily/Live-out Nanny: £10-12 net per hour (based on a 10 hour day
  • Temporary live-in Nanny: £70-90 net per day (based on a 12 hour day).
  • Proxy / Sole Charge Nanny: providing 24 hours cover: £150-200+ net per day.
  • International Nanny: Salaries for permanent Nannies placed abroad vary considerably and range from £500-£1000+ net per week dependant on the days/hours required to work and the level of experience of nanny.
  • Maternity Nurse: Rates vary dependent on whether 4, 5 or 6 day week is worked. Rates for a single baby start from £180+ per 24 hours and twins from £220+ per 24 hours. Night maternity nurse rates vary from £12-18 gross per hour and generally consist of a 10-12 hour day. These rates are gross as maternity nurse are self-employed.
We invoice 2 weeks after the candidate has started a permanent position so in effect offering you a 2 week free trial, provided all parties are happy.
You will only ever speak to either one of us.
As the owners we are not commission or target driven unlike some of our counterparts. We take pride and care in the quality of our work and in our sourcing of the best candidates in the market. If we are not successful in finding you someone we are always happy to advise where necessary on how best to maximize your search.

  • We are discreet and keep your information confidential at all times.
  • We keep in regular contact with our nannies once placed to ensure that they are settling into their new role.
  • We meet all of our candidates.
  • See originals of qualifications, certificates and photo ID.
  • All references (not only 2 as required by industry law) are thoroughly checked and vetted to ensure your peace of mind and the happiness and safety of your children.

We believe that we provide an exclusive and bespoke service to our clients carefully assessing your requirements in order to send you the very best candidates for your position. Our emphasis has always been on maintaining the high standards we have established over the years in selecting responsible, competent and friendly nannies. Our company policy is to provide a personal service whereby we focus on selecting only the best candidates who closely fit your specific job specification. By doing so we aim to send two or three well-suited candidates rather than sending just any candidate on our books that happens to be looking for work. This make the whole process much less daunting and saves your precious time.
As part of our service and commitment to you, we make sure that all of our candidates are interviewed personally so that we only introduce you to the highest quality nannies who indeed we would be happy to leave our own children with.

All of the nannies that we select for sole charge positions are candidates who are qualified in childcare and/or have a proven childcare background of at least 2 years full-time experience.
We also consider qualified teachers, nursery nurses and graduates who have proven to be extremely popular with families who have older children and likewise trained paediatric nurses who are great caring for infants.
We consider newly qualified nannies for live-in positions, possibly shared care roles and have a very high success rate placing Australian and New Zealand Childcare Assistants with centre based backgrounds.
 There are a number of widely recognised childcare qualifications:

  • CACHE Level 3, Diploma in Childcare and Education (previously known as NNEB)
  • CACHE Level 2, Certificate in Childcare and Education
  • NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Childcare and Education
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma
  • Early years Degree or Diploma
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Montessori
  • City & Guild
  • In addition we also recruit:
  • Norland trained nannies
  • Chiltern trained nannies
  • Rangi Ruru Early Childhood Teachers
  • New Zealand National Nanny Certificate
  • Porse Nanny Training

We require all of our nannies to have:

  • Checkable childcare references
  • A current DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Public liability insurance
Over the years we have always worked very differently to other Nanny Agencies making our service unique. As part of our service and commitment to our clients we allow for a 2 week free settling in period with all permanent UK contracts to ensure that all parties are happy with the placement. As a result we have an excellent reputation for successfully placing our nannies.
At The Nanny Service our philosophy is to find the right person for the right job. For this reason we do not charge a registration fee.
UK PLACEMENTS

Temporary
Total cost to the client for the engagement of a Candidate on a temporary basis in the UK:
Minimum booking fee: £150.00
Nanny: £110.00 per week
Maternity Nurse: £130.00 per week
Weekend Nanny: Minimum booking fee of £150.00
Temporary placements are considered temporary for up to 12 weeks and thereafter a permanent fee applies.
(Note: A week is calculated from Monday-Friday and a weekly fee is charged if any part of a week has been worked)

Permanent (a period exceeding 12 weeks)
Total cost to the client for the engagement of a Candidate on a permanent basis in the UK:
1 day a week – £600
2 days a week – £1200
3 days a week – £1800
4 days a week – £2400
5 days a week – £3000
6 days a week – £3600
7 days a week – £4200

NON UK PLACEMENTS

Temporary
Total cost to the client for the engagement of a Candidate on a temporary basis outside the UK:
Minimum booking fee £225.00
Nanny: £125.00 per week
Maternity Nurse: £145.00 per week
Temporary placements are considered temporary for up to 12 weeks and thereafter a permanent fee applies.
(Note: A week is calculated from Monday-Friday and a weekly fee is charged if any part of a week has been worked)

Permanent (a period exceeding 12 weeks)
Total cost to the client for the engagement of a Candidate on a permanent basis outside the UK:
Nanny/Governess: 20% of net annual salary
All overseas placement fees are payable in full prior to commencement of candidate

Please download our full terms of business below.
NannyService Terms of Business 2015

We prefer to speak to our clients directly as this gives us a better understanding of their requirements as employing a nanny to work in your family home is very personal.
You can phone either Corrina or Ronel to have a chat and to register your job vacancy. However, we do appreciate that some clients don’t have the time to do this whilst at work so alternatively you can fill in our online registration form and we will call you for a chat at a convenient.
Corrina Slater-Simmons 020 7935 3515
corrina@nannyservice.o.uk
Ronel Engelbrecht 020 7935 3515
ronel@nannyservice.co.uk
Register online now (link to form)
We will take a detailed job specification over the phone, taking on board all your requirements, giving guidance and general tips on interviewing, contracts, tax, insurance etc. We then match your requirements to the candidates currently on our books. If we don’t have any suitable candidates we may advertise your position discreetly, never disclosing any of your personal information. We will then start the recruitment process for your position and once completed we will send you the details of a selection of suitable candidates to potentially interview. We will proceed by setting up interviews with any of the candidates you wish to meet. Following the first interview we will discuss your feedback with the candidate and report their feedback back to you. Second interviews will then be arranged if required. We will continue the search until a suitable match is found. If a permanent offer is made to one of our nannies, we will supply you with a draft copy of a nanny employment contract.

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