Many Nannies are qualified, having completed a 2 year intensive Childcare course at an accredited College. Examples of qualifications gained are NNEB, BTEC Diploma, and NVQ levels 2 and 3. All of these courses involve both written work and practical experience in all areas of baby and pre-school development and care.
A Nanny without these qualifications may well have had several years of relevant experience of working with children within a variety of age groups, and be able to provide sound, verifiable references.
Whether the Nanny is qualified or not, you should feel confidence in the person you select, and trust them with the sole charge of your child.
The Nanny will undertake a full range of duties and childcare for your baby and toddler, such as:
- sterilising and preparing bottles,
- feeding and weaning,
- changing nappies, potty training,
- doing school runs,
- supervising homework,
- playing games, (age appropriate / helping to develop your child’s language skills)
- preparing meals from fresh ingredients
- generally providing a caring environment for your child
The Nanny should be able to develop your child in all areas – physically, intellectually, linguistically, intellectually, and socially.
A Nanny’s role is not that of a Housekeeper or Cleaner. He / She is employed as a childcare professional, and to look after your children and their needs, (which may include their washing and ironing, and keeping their rooms tidy), but not your general cleaning.
Nannies can live in or out, and salaries will vary accordingly.
As of Jan 2016, live out Salaries range from approximately £100 -£120+ net per day, and live in from £450 -£500 net per week, depending on hours / days, and experience of the applicant.
Occasionally, it may be possible to find another family with which to share the employment, and costs, of the Nanny.
Full time Nannies can work up to a 10 or even 12 hour day, in order to cover when their employers are at work. This puts them outside the European Working Time Directives, so an “opt out” clause must be included in their employment Contract.
The days of the year that a Nanny will be required to work should be discussed, and this should include not only the applicant’s holiday entitlement each year, but also whether they will be required to work on public holidays. Some employers require that a Nanny take their time off when the Family are away, others that the Nanny should travel with them.
Please do not confuse the role of a Housekeeper with that of a Cleaner….the work of a House Keeper goes way beyond that of a Cleaner, and the applicant should be able to take complete care of running your Household.
Some different Duties that may be undertaken by House Keepers include:
- Taking care of all general household duties, such as cleaning, vacuuming, dusting etc, and scheduling their own work
- Polishing silver, brass
- Complete cleaning of kitchen, stove, refrigerator, oven, counter tops
- Watering Indoor plants / Flower arranging
- Organising wardrobes, shelves, cupboards
- Changing linens
- Laundry, ironing to high standard.
- Sweeping patios
- Some windows (within reach only )
- Dealing with Workmen – book appointments / supervise work.
- Taking messages
- Helping at dinner parties
- Cooking or preparing food, sometimes for the Family, and perhaps for Guests
- Occasional childcare
- Feeding pets and cleaning up after them at client’s request
As of Jan 2016, a guide to approximate London salaries for Live in house keeping staff would be £400 – £450 net for a 5 day week, and up to £500 net for 51/2 day week in London.
For live out Staff, pay would be £10 -£12 net per hour in London,, depending on the hours and days to be worked, the duties expected, and the experience of the House keeper.
Full time housekeepers work usually a 10 – 12 hour day, between the approximate Hours of 7.30am -7.30pm. Sometimes, employers prefer to ask for a later finish, so that the Housekeeper can cook and clear up after Dinnier, and then give a few hours break in the middle of the day. Although this is flexible according to the individual position, all Housekeepers must legally have break periods during their working day.
Some housekeepers are happy to work during the weekend, perhaps half or whole of Saturday in exchange for a day off during the week.
Because of the hours expected, these put the Housekeeper outside the European Working Time Directives, so an “opt out” clause must be included in their employment Contract.
The days of the year that a housekeeper will be required to work should be discussed, and this should include not only the applicant’s holiday entitlement each year, but also whether they will be required to work on public holidays. Some employers require that a housekeeper take their time off when they are away from the property, others that the house keeper should be there when they go away either for security reasons, or to catch up on specific “project”.
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What is a Companion?
A companion needs to be a kind, compassionate and trustworthy person who can help provide light services for your elderly Parents or Spouse.
These services may include:
- undertaking errands and shopping on the person’s behalf
- accompanying the person to shops, Doctors’ appointments and Hospital visits, or even out to Dinner, Galleries and restaurants
- meal preparation,
- light cleaning,
- some assistance with bathing/showering, dressing and undressing,
- medication reminders
This person can be available on either a live-in or live-out basis, for either short term or permanent placements.
All Applicants have either an enhanced CRB check, or a police check Certificate from their own country, and are fully reference checked. Some will even have NVQ qualifications as Carers, but as I am not a licensed Nursing Agency, I can only provide applicants as Companions.
As of Jan 2016, average live in salaries for a companion would be £500 net per week depending on the type and calibre of person wanted, and approx £200 net for a weekend.