Hiring a Nanny is not a daunting task, if you are bit smarter

Having a caring nanny for your little one is not less than a boon for the family looking for a nanny to look after their kids during their absence. Therefore, when it comes to searching a perfect nanny for your kid never get mesmerized by alluring endorsements made by the nanny service providers. Because a person to whom consider suitable to take care of children in your absence is not less than a family member of your family rather than an employee. If I say that nannies are the parents of a child when his parents are out of home, then the percentage of parents arguing with me will be very less.

Therefore, now the question arises that how the parents can select the best nanny for their child from the various agencies offers the service of Nannies for hire in North West. In-fact, it is one of the vital questions, from which all parents have to undergo when they have faced the situation. Anyhow, in this regard the best way is the conventional method, i.e., asking for your known ones who at some point have hired the services of nanny for their children. Although before finalizing on any of the nannies suggested by them it would be better to meet the nanny personally and also conduct a search about her background and working experience at your end. This will help you in enjoying a mental peace, otherwise agencies offering the services of nannies have already gone through various cross checks about the background of any nanny before allowing her to work with them.

Once you are satisfied about the background of a nanny, the next thing for you to consider is the charges, Because as the nanny you appoint for your child will stay at your home will not only look after your child but will also use various facilities available at your home. Therefore, keeping all these factors in concern you should make an estimate about the payment that you will be able to pay. If you do not want to stay in your home for a whole day in that scenario you can determine her charges depending upon hourly rates.

Finally the last but not the least, as referred above that a nanny is not your employee, but like a family member and therefore it would be better to give her the same respect as you respect other members in your family. This will not help you in strengthening your relations with her, but also get her closer to your kid.

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Plan & Research Thoroughly to Hire a Nanny

Hiring a nanny is not an easy task which you can do in a day. Lots of planning, thorough research, verification, and several other steps are needed to find the one whom you can rely for childcare and for the safety of them as well. After all, you need a caregiver who can look after your child in your absence and can meet your expectation within your budget. So, it’s the biggest challenge for parents spending several days in searching the right candidate for the nanny job in their home.

You can either search individually or can take the help of nanny agencies. Well, agencies can save you a lot of time in the searching of a good candidate. They can provide you the best match as per your need. And then you can select the most appropriate one among the candidates sent by the agency. You can also trust on them as they are pre-screened nannies and have gone through the Agencies’ interview already. Despite all these verified candidates whom an agency sends, you should also need to consider few things while looking for a nanny for childcare.

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  1. Identify Your Needs: At first, you should make a list of all your expectations you want to look in your nanny. After making the list, you need to rank them according to priority, because, a nanny is basically for offering the childcare and will handle daily chores of children. This will help you in creating a good job description describing your needs in a precise way. If nanny’s age matters for you, then do not forget to mention it in the job description.
  2. Post the Job Requirement: After finalizing your needs, you need to post your job requirement on the websites of nanny agency or in local newspapers. Well, it is good to avoid searching through newspapers. Hiring the one coming from reading the classified in newspaper may be a wrong decision. You might give your kids in a wrong hand due to the lack of information about the nanny.
  3. Interview: You should interview the candidates, which you find good as per your needs. Interview can help you in analyzing her behavior and experience. You can check the documents for identity proof. You can also ask them about the experience and the certification if they have any. You should ask every necessary question which can help you in analyzing her characteristic.
  4. Reference Check: You should also ask for the references where she worked earlier. Asking past employers for their experience with that particular nanny can help you in making the decision. If the references giving you the positive reviews, then you can hire the one for your children. But, do not forget to cross check the references to avoid any type of fraud.
  5. Listen to Your Intuition: You have found everything perfect in a nanny as per your expectations. She is also costing you affordable, but your instinct is saying no for her. You are somewhere inside not feeling good for hiring a particular nanny despite her qualifications and experince, then drop the idea of hiring her. Sometimes listening to intuition is good for you, because she will be caregiving your kids and your kids will grow under her observation. Let your intuition decide and hire the one which cannot only fit best for the job but, can also fit in your intuition as a perfect match.

Some Legal Obligations to Follow for Parents to Hire a Nanny

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.