Taking care of a child for a working parent is not easy. If parents want someone who can look after their child in their own home, when they are outside, then they should start searching for a good childcare service. A nanny could be the best choice for you if you are looking for the best childcare, no matter how old your kid is.
It is always good to hire a nanny instead of a childminder for the care of your kid. Nannies are experienced enough in childcare at your own home. They work longer than childminder and can also work on the weekends. They are responsible for washing kids’ clothes, cleaning their rooms, cooking food for them, and taking them for a bath. And, in all these activities, they take care of hygiene and child’s health, and handle the responsibility efficiently through several years of experience.
If you live in the UK and want one to one childcare for your baby in your own home, then it is the right time to become an employer for hiring a nanny for your kid. She would be the person who will look after your child when you are not at home. However, there are some legal obligations to fulfill before employing any of the nannies. Let’s shed light on these obligations below:
Does she have the right to Work in the UK?
Before you employ, make sure that the nanny has all the documents, such as passport, citizenship, letter from a government agency, identity card etc., to prove her eligibility to work in the UK.
Register as an Employer and contribute in Income Tax:
You should need to register at HM Revenue and Customs as an employer and set PAYE (Pay As You Earn) scheme. Thus, you can contribute in paying and deducting the taxes of your nanny. You will also be responsible to pay for National Insurance and liability insurance.
Keep Payment Record
You should also keep the record of payments you have made and provide payslips to the nanny you have employed. You can also opt for a payroll to keep everything managed regarding payments.
Don’t Forget the Employment Contract:
If you are looking to hire a nanny, then issue her an employment contract in written, either before the date of joining or after two months of joining. This employment contract consists of the salary, duties, holiday entitlement, etc. You and your nanny both have the separate copy of this employment letter.
Pay at Least Minimum Wage Set by the Government
The UK government has fixed a minimum wage for nannies on hire. You cannot pay them below this minimum wage. However, nannies ask for the salaries according to their qualification and experience. There are different wages for day nannies and live-in nannies, as per their working hours.
Rules for Termination:
If it’s been a month only when you employed a nanny, then you or your nanny should be obliged to give the one week’s termination notice. If it’s been more than one month, then one month of notice will be given by you or your nanny for the termination.