As hiring a nanny is fast becoming the most cost effective and the most suitable childcare option for working families, we have prepared some advice on how to get the most of our agency.

1. Decide What You Need

Do you need a daily live-out nanny or a live-in nanny? And what about an au pair – are they the right choice for you? Before you get into the hiring process, decide what kind of childcare will best suit your family. Write a comprehensive list of all the qualities you want your nanny to have: a sense of fun, a perfect driving record, first-aid certificate (compulsory for professional nannies), a childcare qualification, Ofsted registration etc. Make a list of the absolute no-no’s: smokers, speeding tickets, unqualified, DBS record etc. This will help you to create a precise job description that will attract nannies with the qualities you are looking for.

2. Calculate Your Budget

What can you afford to pay your new nanny? Don’t forget to factor in things like expenses for activities, annual raises and bonuses. And make sure you include taxes and pension enrolment as well. Visit our website for further Payroll information

3. Build a good relationship with our consultant

It’s important for us to get to know you and your family as much as possible to achieve a good fit. Create a positive and upbeat job listing that describes the qualities you are looking for a nanny, and which is an authentic picture of your family life. Make sure that you tell us of any concerns, allergies, religion believes or anything relevant for us to base the search on.

4. Interview Candidates

When we send you relevant CVs, consider each one with an eye towards professionalism and experience. 

As we don’t bombarded you with unsuitable candidates, we hope you interview each carefully selected nanny. They can meet you in your own home or at a neutral location, like a coffee shop, ideally without the children present. Ask them questions and see what kind of rapport you have with each candidate. 
Discuss how your household runs and ask detailed questions about her background and child care philosophies.

Use our article on how to interview a nanny to get you the right interview questions.

When you see all the candidates we sent you, invite the most suitable for a second interview and to meet the children.  See how she interacts with your children. Try not to watch like a hawk (hard as that will be!), so you get a sense of how they will naturally interact.

5. Get Checks Done

We always check that nannies have a DBS in place and if they don’t this needs to be submitted before their start their new job with you.

If you check references yourself, don’t forget: did other families have good experiences with this nanny? Are there any red flags to watch out for? Also double-check the actual references. You want to make sure you’re not talking to a candidate’s relative or friend, who may be giving you the wrong impression.

6. Sort Your Taxes

Now that you’re an employer, you’re responsible for paying employer taxes. Make sure that you get this done properly, through a reputable payroll company or use our in-house Payroll.

And, Finally

You often just know when you have the right candidate. If you really get on with one nanny over the others, once you have done the checks – you can generally trust your instinct that you are on to a good thing. Now that you are all set, we will prepare the full employment contract for you!

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