The Top Ten Things You Should Think About When Hiring a Nanny

October 24, 2017

If you are looking for a Nanny, consider the following to ensure the process is both smooth and successful…

  1. Using a Nanny Agency

To give you a helping hand when you are looking for a nanny, consider using a reputable nanny agency. Whether you are a busy working parent or you simply don’t know where to start with your search, an agency is there to take the pressure off you and give you a much needed, helping hand.

Using a nanny agency, means that you can give them all your requirements and expectations and they will carry out the search on your behalf. They will ensure that the nannies have been pre-screened, with a wide range of checks and reference checks carried out to ensure a safe candidate with a high level of childcare experience is presented to you.

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  1. What are your requirements?

What is the job description? Are you looking for a live in or live out nanny? Would it be a permanent or temporary position? Would it be part time or full time?

Know your requirements before you start your search! Be clear on what you are looking for to ensure you don’t waste time.

  1. Are you looking for a sole charge nanny?

Will there be a parent around whilst the Nanny is on duty or will she be in charge of looking after the children on her own?

  1. What are you looking for in a Nanny?

A Nanny will become a part of your family so it is important to ensure that they have suitable characteristics. Are you looking for someone who is sporty and energetic or arty and crafty? Look for a nanny who is going to fit in with your family and who has the same interests as your children.

  1. Do you need additional help?

A nanny’s main role is to take care and look after your children. They will be responsible for the general care of your children, including carrying out all nursery duties (children’s washing, making sure the children’s bedrooms are kept tidy etc). However, you may decide that you are also need extra help with other household duties. If this is the case, consider hiring a nanny housekeeper to not only help with the care of your children, but to also help with household duties including washing, ironing, and running errands. A Nanny and a Nanny housekeeper, are 2 separate roles.

  1. What can you offer?

Are you able to offer any benefits or entitlements to a Nanny? Are you able to offer the use of a car or a certain membership? If you are able to offer anything, this can work as a good enticement to nannies.

  1. Nanny employment

It is important to think about what guidelines you will put in place for the Nanny. You will also need to think about terms of employment for your Nanny as this is a legal requirement. You will need to agree the terms of employment before both signing it off.

  1. Nanny taxes

When hiring a nanny, you become an employer so have a responsibility to pay TAX. As the employer, you will need to ensure deductions are made from the Nanny’s gross salary and are paid to the HMRC. This can be a rather daunting process so if you are in need of some much-needed guidance, NannyTax is there for you.

  1. Salary

An important factor to consider when hiring a Nanny is how much you are going to be able to pay. Have an idea in mind but be open to this figure changing. Harmony at Home Nanny Agency can help offer advice and support when it comes to Nanny salaries.

  1. When would you like your nanny to start?

This is an important question to consider. If you are looking for a Nanny, make sure you allow plenty of time for a Nanny Agency to find the perfect candidate. Finding the perfect Nanny is not going to happen overnight, so make sure you allow a sufficient amount of time to find the best Nanny you possibly can.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Posted by Charlotte Hudson, PA to the Director | Filed Under Top Tips for Employers