Information for parents: Are you looking for childcare?
We can help you with vetting and performing the correct checks, should you wish to verify the suitability of a child carer already known to you. Please contact us to discuss reference checks, DBS checks, nanny insurance, Professional Nanny courses, First Aid courses for nannies, Ofsted registration etc.
Types of childcare:
Nannies are individuals qualified and experienced in looking after children of any age and should provide plenty of fun and learning opportunities in the safe environment of your own home, including having a knowledge of First Aid . A nanny would take sole charge of your children in your absence.
The nanny is expected to be responsible for all aspects of a child’s life. This also includes organising the child’s meals, clothes, laundry, bathing, cleaning the nursery and stimulating the child’s mind and imagination. She does not usually do other housework. A nanny earns up to £500/week net pay and can work up to 12 hours a day and usually has two days off per week(Saturday and Sunday), as well as 28 days/year paid holiday (which can include bank holidays). Babysitting and extra hours are by prior arrangement and paid extra.
- Live-in nannies live with the family they are working for, who provide them with food and a private bedroom/separate accommodation in addition to their salary of £200-£300/week.
- Daily/ part time nannies come to the family home each day and can earn anything between £70-£100/day, working part time, or £8.00 to £12.00/hour, depending on qualifications and experience.
- Nanny-share is an arrangement where two families (or more) share the employment of a nanny or the nanny can bring her own child to work with her.
- Nanny/housekeeper or PA is a nanny who combines childcare with general household duties or secretarial/admin work.
Mother’s helps are unlikely to have formal childcare qualifications but may be experienced. They usually work alongside the parent helping with childcare and general household work. It can be a way for the parent who may be at home during the day, to be able to come and go without worrying about leaving the children for short periods of time. They can earn £200- £300/week net pay.
Maternity nurses are trained and experienced nannies who can take care of new babies for up to three months after the birth. They are on call 24hrs a day and will usually work 6 days/week, employed on a short term basis. A good maternity nurse can provide physical and emotional support during the first few exhausting weeks following the birth of a new baby.
Au pairs are usually single young women (occasionally men) from a number of European countries. They come to the UK to study English, live with a family and help out in the home for a maximum of five hours a day. In exchange, they must have two days off and be provided with a weekly allowance (around £70+), meals and their own room. Au pairs are not registered or usually trained to work with children so are generally considered inappropriate to care for a young baby, but can be a good option when it comes to providing affordable after-school care. We do not provide this service at the moment, but there are other reputable agencies who do; check with BAPAA for agencies in your area www.bapaa.org.uk.
Most common are:
NNEB Nursery Nurse Examination Board Certificate (2 years college course & exams)
CACHE Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (2 years college course & exams)
BTEC – Business and Technical Education Council Nursery Nursing Diploma.
NAMCW National Association for Maternal & Child Welfare Nursery Nursing Diploma
NVQ in Early Years Care and Education, level 2 or 3, combination of practical and written knowledge.