5 Top Tips When Hiring a Nanny

When it comes to childcare, you will find that there are many options, including childminders, nursery schools, and play groups. However, if you would prefer someone to come to your home and take care of your child there, you might want to consider hiring a nanny. But do you know anything about hiring a nanny?

It is important that you do your due diligence before starting your search. For example, you will need to know things such as how much is the going rate for nannies, and how he or she will be paid. Furthermore, you would also need to know about any rules or regulations in hiring someone to work in your home. However, most importantly of all, you need to make sure that whoever you do hire can meet your needs and the requirements of your child. To help you along, we have listed what we believe are the top 5 tips when it comes to hiring a nanny.

1.     Consider What is Important to You

It is vital that you hire the best person for the job, and the only way to do this is to consider your requirements and reflect what is most important to you. You should think about what your priorities are in terms of the care that is provided for your child. For example, do you want an older person with more experience, or someone who is a bit younger but who has more training?

Do you need your nanny to have a full driving licence so that he or she can take care of the school run for you? Are you hoping that whoever comes to your home to take care of your child can also help around the house by keeping it clean and tidy or cooking meals?

Make a list of your priorities so that you can match potential candidates to this before you create a shortlist for interview.

2.     Have a List of Questions Ready

It is likely that you will want to interview more than one candidate for the post of nanny, so it is important to have a list of questions ready to ask the potential candidates. If you ask each person the same questions, you will then be able to compare their answers, which will help considerably when it comes time to make your decision.

You might want to discuss various scenarios with each candidate, such as how he or she would react in the event of an emergency or what he/she would do should your child be misbehaving. It is important to know how any potential child carer would deal with emergencies and discipline.

3.     Get Your Child Involved

If your child is of an age to participate in the interview, this will give you a better understanding of how potential carers are around kids. Many parents will go with their gut instinct when it comes to finding the right nanny. They will look for someone who can interact well with their children and who is kind and engaging with them.

When each client has left, speak to your child and ask for his or her thoughts. Children can often be a lot more insightful when it comes to judging other people. Moreover, it is important that your child is happy and comfortable with whoever will be taking care of him or her.

4.     Make Sure You Conduct Background Checks

This is a vital part of the selection process. You may be tempted to forego this if you just click with one particular candidate and if your child also seems comfortable with this person. Nevertheless, to neglect background checks is a big mistake, and one you should very definitely not make.

As well as checking up on qualifications, it is important that you speak to referees so that you can get answers to any questions. You need to ensure that any potential nanny is reliable and trustworthy. Ask about his or her ability to multi-task, for example, and whether punctuality was ever an issue. No matter how nice and friendly a nanny is, it will be no good to you if he or she is not reliable.

5.     Know Your Responsibilities

If you hire a nanny to work in your home, you will automatically become an employer; this brings its own set of responsibilities that you need to be aware of. The first thing you need to consider is whether potential candidates have a legal right to work in the UK. This means asking for copies of identification documents and following up on any non-UK citizens.  You can get the information you need from the Home Office website.

You will also need to speak to HMRC to find out what your responsibilities are in terms of deducting tax and National Insurance contributions. It is likely that you will need to register as an employer and set up a PAYE scheme from which you can deduct tax and NI contributions. It is important that you keep accurate records of payments and deductions made.

In addition to taking care of payments for your nanny, you will need to make sure you have employer’s liability insurance in place. This will mean that you are insured if your nanny becomes ill or has an accident in your home. Many people fail to get proper insurance when hiring someone to work in their home because they mistakenly believe that they are already covered under the current insurance policy. It is your responsibility to check.

What Else to Consider

You need to ensure that you issue your nanny with a contract of employment either on the date that employment begins or within two months. This contract should include information about the job such as salary, hours of work, and holiday entitlement. It will also include a description of duties.

For more information about drawing up a contract of employment, you can speak to a solicitor or check online to get a standard template that you can then adjust as appropriate.

In terms of salary paid to your nanny, please bear in mind that you must pay at least the national minimum wage. You need to also pay your nanny for annual leave and you must check with HMRC what the allowance is.

You will also have to set up a pension scheme for your nanny where both you and your nanny make contributions. The amount you contribute will depend on gross salary.

There is a lot to consider when hiring a nanny to work in your home, but there are many benefits of having someone to care for your child in the comfort and safety of his or her own familiar surroundings. You will need to weigh up the benefits with your responsibilities and decide if this type of childcare is right for you.

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