Choosing a nanny
The best place to start is by asking people you know. Tell
colleagues, friends and family that you are looking for a nanny.
They may be able to recommend one. But stay focussed – at the end
of the day it’s your decision, and what’s right for your friend or
neighbour may not be right for you.
Remember to start early – some parents are lucky enough to find
their ideal nanny arrangement almost straight away – others take
There are several ways to find a nanny:
- advertising in a local paper
- advertising in specialist working families magazines
- contacting local colleges that offer childcare courses – ideal
if you would like to employ someone newly trained
- using a nanny agency.
Agencies usually charge a fee to find you a list of
suitable nannies. A good agency will carry out their own checks
before adding a nanny to their lists. There are hundreds of nanny
agencies in the UK and you can find lists of agencies on the
internet or in specialist working families magazines such as The
Lady and Junior magazine. You'll also find contact numbers in the
Many agencies offer families an "after care" service, helping
make sure the arrangement is successful. The nanny may be
interviewed, have their employment history and references verified,
and have an enhanced DBS disclosure. The agency will also let you
know your legal obligations when employing a nanny.
Payroll and employment
If you are employing a nanny, you are responsible for their pay
and benefits. Specialist companies can help you ensure you're
meeting your legal objectives. PACEY has partnered with Nannytax to
offer parents support in employing a nanny. Find out more about
Some parents are lucky enough to find the right nanny almost
straight away, but it could take several months. Allow time to
advertise, draw up a shortlist, interview and select. You will also
want to give your child plenty of time to settle in with their new
carer, so it’s wise to start looking early.
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