Factors to Consider before Hiring the Services of Live In Nannies

In recent years the practice of hiring the service of nannies has gained huge popularity across the world. In-fact if I say that nannies have become the third arm of the working parents then there would be hardly any person who will disagree with me. This is mainly because of the relaxing services offered by the nannies to the parents who are concerned about the safety of their children during their absence.

Well, before proceeding ahead, let us understand the fact that why there is need of a nanny to look after the child. So, you will agree that today it is the desire of all parents to give their children the luxurious life and the best education, and therefore to achieve this objective both the parents go out for working. It is here when they feel the need of hiring a nanny who could take care of little infants during their absence. But, now the question arises that what type of nanny you wish to hire for your children the live in nanny or live out nanny.

Live in nannies: Live in nanny refers to the nanny that stays at your house throughout the day and go for holiday or holidays only after you grant her permission.

Live out nannies: Live out nannies are those nannies that stay at your house for specific hours of the day during your absence and go back to their home after you return back to home.

Therefore, depending upon your requirements, you can hire any of these nannies for your child. However, hiring the service of live out nanny is highly preferred by lots of families due to affordable charges charged by them, but there are lots of families that prefer to hire the services of live in nannies due to the plethora of benefits they could enjoy by hiring them.

Well before proceeding ahead, let us point out some of the benefits enjoyed by hiring the service of live in nannies.

1. As the live in nannies live at your house throughout the day they also take care of your child while you get yourself free from your regular stuffs after returning back to your home.

2. Moving ahead, sometimes there are various functions where you cannot go with your little ones, at that time you can leave your kids without any concern of their care during your absence.

Apart from these above mentioned there are various benefits which families enjoy by hiring the services of live in nannies. But before hiring their services it is necessary that you should consider the following factors, so that you do not face any problem in future.

1. Staying arrangement: As the nanny that you hire for taking care of your child throughout the day, she will require appropriate room for her to stay and retain her privacy. Moreover, as she stays with your family, she is like the member of your family and therefore, despite of considering her as your paid employee, you should always try to give her the same respect as you give to each other in your family.

2. Determining her duties: Although nannies live in your home, but still she is not your servant that performs your all tasks like dusting, cooking food for you or washing clothes. Always remember that she is there to look after your kid and his basic needs and not to work as your individual servant.

3. Time for personal activities: However live in nanny stays 24×7 with your child, but apart from this she also has her own life, hiring her doesn’t mean that throughout the day she will be with your child. After you return back to home it would be better to ask her for going out and finishing her personal tasks.

In simple words it can be said hiring the service of nanny is boon for you and if you succeed in maintaining this relation with full respect you will enjoy the benefits which you would have enjoyed by keeping your child in supervision of someone known to you.

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How Busy families can Find a Good Live in Nanny for their Children?

If your work schedule doesn’t give you time to look after your toddler, then you need better childcare services which can nurture your kids every time, day or night. Having a nanny is not enough for few hours if you are often on tours and live often out at night due to some work reasons. In such conditions, you need a nanny who can give your kids proper care and can live with your family for caregiving.

The only person who can fit best in this situation is live in nannies. You need to find the one who is available every time for your kids, from get off to school to pick them when they end the school day, from helping in study to encourage them for good habits, from preparing hygienic food to clean their clothes, and lots more.

She is the only person who can give your child overnight care when you are away from home for a night or you work in the night or evening shifts. Below, we have mentioned a few tips which can help you in finding the right one for your children.

Decide your Needs:

First off, find out do you really need the live in nanny? What kind of service you are looking for? Will your other family members be comfortable having a new member in the house? You should talk to every family member for their comfort before hiring the one.

Consider the Budget & your Financial Condition:

You are going to hire a full-time nanny who will live with you in your home. So, it is always good to set your budget first. If you are capable in affording her salary and other expenses, then go for the one. After all, when you select live in nanny service, then you will have to provide a separate room, board, and salary to her. Apart from this, you will have to manage taxes also. So, consider your financial condition and set a budget, before you hire any nanny

Find through a Reputable & Credible Source

If you have decided for hiring a nanny, then you need to search very carefully. You can take the help of nanny agencies. These agencies have pre-screened and pre-interviewed nannies. They have sent you the candidates who best match with your job requirement. Later, you can interview them in person and choose the one which you find most suitable for your children.

Reference Checks & background Checks

The safety of your kids and your house is always on priority while hiring a nanny. So, the necessary background checks is must for any employer, before hiring live in nannies. However, an agency has suggested you the candidate with all screening and background checks, but you should also do the same for own satisfaction. You should also ask for at least three reference where she worked earlier to collect reviews about her work quality, behaviour, etc.

If you are satisfied with all the search and screening, then sign a contract with her before the joining. You should also issue an offer of employment within one or two weeks of joining. Keep one copy of the job contract and offer of employment with you also to avoid any inconvenience later.

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.