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Findahelper quick guide nannies

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Find out about Nanny jobs and what to look for when choosing a nanny.

Find out about Nanny jobs and what to look for when choosing a nanny.

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  • 1. Quick Guide: Nannies July 2013
  • 2. What is a Nanny? A nanny is a person, male or female (male nannies are affectionately known as mannies) who is trained in childcare, either formally or informally (practical experience) who is competent enough to take sole charge of children at any age. A nanny often has a close working relationship nurturing her charges in the absence of the parents or support parents in raising children together.
  • 3. Types of Nanny Nannies can work part time or full time, live in or live out either as a shared care role or sole charge of the children. If you have a shared-care nanny, the parent should take the lead and give the nanny a certain amount of responsibility. For example, the nanny can take the children out for walks or play at the park, dropping and picking up at school. Nannies are employees and can work on a part time or full time basis. Nanny shares (where 2 families share 1 nanny) is also a popular choice to save on childcare costs. Nannies can live in pr live out. The latter is more common as not many employers have the right accommodation.
  • 4. Duties of a Nanny A nanny’s duties are predominantly childcare related. For very young children, a nanny can be responsible for all aspects of care of an infant, from changing nappies to making baby food, bathing and keeping the infant clean. For toddlers a nanny may be asked to assist with potty training, taking the child to playgroups, mother and toddler groups or being dropped off at nursery. For older children a nanny may be asked to do the school runs, make packed lunches, ironing for the children, keeping their rooms clean.
  • 5. Working Hours of a Nanny Most nannies work a 5 day week with babysitting and weekend work as extra. Most nannies will be expected to work set hours with a small degree of flexibility built in in case parents are late home. Part time nannies will work fewer hours and often in a shared-care role as the main carer may be at home.
  • 6. How much does a Nanny cost? This depends on your location and the experience of the nanny. Salaries vary from £400 a week upwards and the employer is responsible for paying the nanny’s tax and NI contributions. A nanny is regarded as an employee and is subject to the usual holiday entitlement of 4 weeks plus all the public holidays.
  • 7. Nanny Qualifications Technically nannies do not need any qualifications to practice and many parents would use their childcare experience with very young children as a more important and relevant guide rather than paper qualifications. A nanny should have a First Aid Certificate and enhanced CRB check. The number of qualifications available make it very difficult to judge how competent a nanny is. Cont….
  • 8. Nanny Qualifications Typical qualifications a nanny may have are as follows:  NVQ – National Vocational Qualifications are recognized competence-based qualifications.  CACHE  City & Guilds  Edexcel offer BTEC Qualifications  Degree Courses  Montessori
  • 9. www.findahelper.co.uk The safest, easiest and most affordable way to find every type of helper in the home. Findahelper provides a great Free resource for finding out about helper jobs and How to guides on a wide range of subjects about childcare, carers, and help in the home.

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