Finding The Right Nanny In London
Finding the right nanny can seem like a daunting task. It is important that you find someone that you can trust and rely on and feel would be the right influence on your children. At Snuggles we match appropriate nannies in London with the right families to save you the hassle of trawling through CVs and wasting precious time interviewing unsuitable candidates. Our philosophy aims to provide families with nannies that can offer nurturing, empathic and loving childcare.
A Thorough Vetting System
All our nannies are interviewed in person and go through a thorough vetting system. They are all required to apply for an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly CRB, on registration with us. This is the highest level of access and not only provides us with information regarding criminal records they may have but also includes a check on local police records. This helps employers and organisations make informed decisions when recruiting, particularly when it comes to hiring a nanny.
We ask for a minimum of 2 references and make sure we speak to them in person.
We check all documents to make sure they are genuine and valid.
Safety A Priority
We also make sure all our nannies in London hold an up date paediatric first aid certificate. If it is older than three years we will ask that they renew their certificate by attending an approved first aid course.
Need A Nanny In London?
If you are interested in meeting one of our nannies in London the process is simple. Register your details online with us and we will get back to you to discuss your requirements. Once we understand exactly what your’re looking for, we will search our database to find appropriate matches and if no one meets your requirements we will advertise the position for you and vet all potential candidates that can then be sent on to you to interview.PARENT REGISTRATION
Found your own nanny but need a little help?
We provide a screening service which can thoroughly check all the nannies references, documents, issue an enhanced CRB check and enrol on a first aid course.
If this process is new to you, here is a little information about different childcare roles.
Nannies normally work approx 10-12hrours a day, Mon-Fri, but this does vary. Their salary ranges from approx £300 net per week to £550 depending on experience, duties involved and region. Holiday entitlement is usually 4 weeks per year.
A nanny will look after your child/children in your home either while you are at work or alongside you, depending on whether it is a sole charge or shared care role.
Duties include the organisation of the childrens belongings, preparing and feeding nutritious meals, organising play dates and going on outings, facilitating play activities and age appropriate education. The nanny is expected to leave the home how they found it and are not expected to do heavy duty house work or cook family meals unless this is agreed before the position is accepted.
Due to the often demanding nature of a Nannies role, it is important that they have time to sit down and have a break. If it is not possible to do this during nap time then it is acceptable for a nanny to organise ‘quiet time’ with the children by reading or engaging them in a calm, quiet task for 20 minutes while she has a cup of tea.
Babysitting is either paid as overtime, normally £8-10ph, or time off in lieu. Nannies often agree to this as long as they are given sufficient warning. If regular babysitting is required then this needs to be clearly stated before the position is accepted. If weekend babysitting is required then this also needs to be discussed before employment commences. It is advisable to have specific babysitting requirements drawn up in the contract so you both know where you stand with it.
Live In Nanny
Live in Nanny hours are generally breakfast time to bath time, but this does vary. Their salary ranges from £300 to £500 net per week depending on experience. Two nights babysitting a week is usually included in their salary and any extra babysitting is paid as overtime. A live in Nanny is provided with their own bedroom, which is expected to have a TV and desk and a comfortable resting place for time out. some Nannies will eat their dinner with the children, while others may want to eat with the parents or alone. This is something to discuss in the interview. it is a good idea to find out what the nanny likes to do at the weekend or in her time off and who she may have over to the house in regards to friends, other nannies ect.
The Nannies duties are much the same as daily Nanny duties. A live in Nanny however becomes very close with the family and should be treated with respect and as a family member.
A Mother’s Help is an extra pair of hands around the home. Because of reduced responsibilities, Mothers Help salaries range between £600 and £1000 per month depending on age and experience. Child care is their predominent role, however their duties also include light house work, running errands and cooking. Mothers Help have less responsibility when it comes to the care of the children as they are less experienced and often start off as Mothers Helps before going on to become a nanny. Because they often have less child care experience they are not given constant sole charge of the children. Instead they work alongside the Mother as an extra pair of hands.
Nanny shares offer a more economical solution to childcare and can be a sociable alternative. There are several ways a nannyshare can work. For example two families can share the same nanny all of the hours she works. This is good for smaller families. Or she can divide her time e.g. half the week with one family, the other half with the other family. It is up to the families to negotiate a system that fits both their needs. It is important that the families have clear communication and are flexible with a business like approach, otherwise it can get messy! The nannies salary is split between the families and the pay is the same as a live in/out nanny.