A nanny is a carer who is qualified or very experienced in childcare and looks after your child/children in your home. An experienced Nanny is capable of sole charge of the children. Levels of experience will of course vary.
A family should expect the following from a Nanny:
- Plan, organise, and carry out age appropriate, stimulating activities for children.
- Use consistent behavioural management techniques, previously discussed and agreed with the parents.
- Establish or follow children’s individual routines, responding to the children’s personal needs.
- Discuss progress and daily activities with the parents, directly and/or through a daily nanny diary.
- Supervise children at all times; making sure children are always safe.
- Approve any transport and activities with the parents beforehand.
- Administer medication only as agreed by the parents.
Hygiene, food, nursery duties
- Clean feeding equipment and sterilise if appropriate, keep children’s bathroom, potties, toilets clean.
- Teach and encourage children basic hygiene rules and bath them regularly.
- Perform children’s laundry – wash, iron, organise and maintain.
- Keep toys and child related equipment in good order. They should be in good working condition and stored in an organised way.
- Prepare nutritious healthy and varied meals for the children.
- Follow food hygiene principles, checking sure ingredients are not out of date, following standards to avoid cross contamination.
- Be aware of food or other allergies.
- Keep children areas clean and tidy – kitchen, play area, bedroom, and bathroom.
- Make the beds/cots on daily basis.
- Wash and change the bedding weekly or when soiled.
For live in Nannies, 2 nights babysitting between Mondays – Thursday (by arrangement) is included.
Your requirements should be discussed at interview with the Nanny.
A Nanny is not responsible for cleaning the family home and the parent’s laundry/ironing and cooking.
Pets are also not their responsibility unless agreed.
A nanny’s wage depends on qualifications, experience and whether they are a daily Nanny or a Live in Nanny. Nannies that live in are paid less than those living out, because they get a room and full board. Salaries vary depending on qualifications, experience and the demands of the job.
Salaries are usually discussed in weekly terms and figures quoted are almost always net of tax and NI so it is important to take these costs into account in deciding what is best for you. Please do contact us so we can advise you on the gross figure (total cost to the employer).
An average Daily Nanny salary in London is £450 – 550 per week net. This is calculated on an average 10 hour day. Please remember this is a net figure and as an employer you will be responsible for paying the Nannies Tax, NI and employer NI contributions.
An average weekly salary for a Live in Nanny in London is £350 – 450 net. This is calculated on an average 12 hour day and included 2 evening babysits Monday – Thursday.
These figures will also vary depending on location – please call us and we advise you on the current market rate.
Time off is normally two days per week at the weekend and a minimum of 28 days paid holiday per year which includes the bank holidays – this applies to full time nannies. Part time nannies will have the same entitlements but on a pro – rata basis. Generally the Nanny will choose when they would like to take 2 weeks holiday and the family choose the other 2 weeks.
Employing a nanny, can be the most expensive form of childcare. However, a nanny is the only childcare professional who will care for your child on a one to one basis in your own home. A nanny is also the most flexible childcare option as they will be open to negotiation about such matters as hours, duties, responsibilities and holidays. Exactly what a nanny does is open to discussion between both parties.
A nanny may also be prepared to accompany the family on holidays. You should bear in mind that this is work for the nanny. The Nanny should be paid in full and the time should not be deducted from the nanny’s annual holiday entitlement.
It is important that you have a clear job description and person specification in mind before you start recruiting and interviewing.