Why should you use an accredited Nanny Agency, like Harmony at Home?

December 17, 2015

Recently there has been an influx of childcare websites, where parents can search for childcare workers online. We have detailed, below, the five services not provided by online nanny search websites, in order to explain why you should always use an accredited nanny agency, such as Harmony at Home.

1) Extensive screening:

Online search websites do not screen nannies. They only gather information that is provided by the nannies themselves. An accredited nanny agency, by contrast, performs extensive screening, background checks, CV and employment history checks along with referencing—saving you a considerable amount of time and trouble both initially and throughout the entire recruitment process.

2) Comprehensive criminal background checks, known as an Enhanced DBS (previously a CRB or Police Check):

Online Agencies do not check the status of the background check, they rely solely on the nanny or work seeker’s information as given. An accredited nanny agency performs a check on an existing DBS status along with a new DBS check, if required.

3) Dual roles:

Online agencies offer a search facility for parents to search for nannies. However, an accredited nanny agency offers a whole lot more, including a bespoke and tailored service to specifically meet your needs and requirements. An accredited nanny agency will work with you in order to best understand your requirements, and will only present candidates who meet your requirements. All candidates will be recommended to you based on many years of experience in the industry.

4) Registration Fees:

For online childcare websites you will need to pay an upfront fee. With an accredited nanny agency you only pay a finder’s fee for the successful introduction of the right nanny.

5) Tax, Insurance and Contractual help:

Not all online nanny agencies provide direct service help with taxes, insurances and contract: most will provide resources but few will provide services. An accredited nanny agency will guide you and provide templates, advice and guidance where required.

Harmony at Home is accredited with Best Bear Childcare, and is a Member of PACEY (the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years) along with being registered with ICO (Data Protection) and the International Nanny Agency Association.

Contact us today for more information.

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