Information For Our Nannies

Hello Nannies! Welcome to our information page. Please explore our information subpages below to find out more about us, what we do, and all things ‘nanny’! If you require more advice and information on any of the following, please get in touch.

We have full and part time vacancies, both permanent and temporary, live in and live out, throughout London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, as well as overseas.

If you’re looking for a supportive and friendly agency, with a real understanding of what it means to work in the childcare industry for a private household, contact us today to register.

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HOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM

We are always looking for professional and experienced nannies, mannies, maternity nurses and nanny/housekeepers to register with Hello Nannies.

Welcome to Hello Nannies Nanny Agency! We are always looking for professional and experienced nannies, mannies, maternity nurses and nanny/housekeepers to register with Hello Nannies. If you're looking for a supportive and friendly agency, with a real understanding of what it means to work in the childcare industry for a private household, register with us today.

As standard, we hire candidates with a minimum of 3 years' professional childcare experience, and an accredited childcare qualification. If you do not hold a qualification, or the 3 years' experience, don't despair - everyone has to start somewhere! Mothers help or junior nanny roles may be ideal for you. We consider candidates on a case-by-case basis and we welcome all new enquiries.

With offices in Milton Keynes and London, we can be flexible when it comes to getting you registered with us, often meeting applicants during evenings and weekends by arrangement. Get in touch to find out more!

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HOW WE WORK

We use a professional, friendly and personal approach to focus on YOU and to find out what it is you're looking for.

Here at Hello Nannies, we know how important it is for you to find the right employer. We use a professional, friendly and personal approach to focus on YOU and to find out what it is you're looking for. In turn, we work closely with our families to ensure we make the most successful match possible. Using our service is totally free for nannies, and we continue to support our nannies post-placement.

Here are a few things that we do to make everything a little easier for you:

*Due to the high volume of applicants we get, it is sometimes impossible for us to personally contact all applicants who may be unsuccessful at securing an interview with us, or for one of our positions. We do, however, welcome you to call us at any time!

INTERVIEWING WITH US

This is an opportunity for us to have a more detailed discussion with you and really get to know you, in order to get you the best job match.

Once you've registered your interest with us by filling out our online registration form, and attaching your CV, a member of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your application further. Providing you have the necessary skills, attributes and professional experience, we will then invite you to interview with us in person. This is an opportunity for us to have a more detailed discussion with you and really get to know you, in order to get you the best job match.

If you are invited to interview with us, we'll ask you to bring the following documents with you:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • DBS check
  • First aid certificate
  • Nanny insurance
  • Any childcare certificates you may hold
  • 2 x proof of address documents dated within the last 2 months (council tax bill, bank statement, household bill, etc.)

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID

We insist that all of our nannies hold a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid certificate.

We insist that all of our nannies hold a 12-hour Paediatric First Aid certificate. If you don't currently have one we can discuss this at interview and can point you in the right direction. If you are looking to book a course as soon as possible please ensure you do the full 12-hour Paediatric First Aid. There are many reputable providers around - give us a call so we can help you to find the right course provider for you locally. Courses will cost anywhere between (approximately) £75-£120, depending on the provider and location.

DBS CHECKS

All of our nannies will need to have a current Enhanced DBS Check on the Update Service.

All of our nannies will need to have a current Enhanced DBS Check on the Update Service. You cannot obtain an Enhanced DBS yourself - but we can process one for you. We can discuss this at interview and will ask you to bring the following documents with you in order for us to assist you with this:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • 2 x proof of address documents dated within the last 2 months (council tax bill, bank statement, household bill, etc.)

If you have recently received your Enhanced DBS, please click here to register with the Update Service.

NANNY INSURANCE

We recommend all of our nannies and childcarers take out public liability insurance.

We recommend all of our nannies and childcarers take out public liability insurance. Annual insurance policies offer you all-important peace of mind for any incidents for which you could be held liable. Hello Nannies work alongside Nannyinsure who offer a discount to our nannies: 13 months of insurance for the price of 12.

With Nannyinsure, the policy covers the policy holder for:

- £5million public liability insurance
- £50,000 personal accident cover
- You can use the policy abroad for up to 90 days consecutively with a total of 180 days over the period of cover

The Nannyinsure policy costs £70 including insurance premium tax. The policy is specifically for nannies and will not cover for other domestic staff duties. Contact Nannyinsure to apply: 02031 374410

PENSIONS

Your employers are legally obliged to automatically enrol you in a pension scheme

It's good news for nannies - your employers are legally obliged to automatically enrol you in a pension scheme. Automatic enrolment is a mandatory process designed to get people saving for themselves. Please see the following links and have a look through the information to see if you qualify.

NannyTax - Pensions for Nannies
The Pensions Regulator - Information for Individuals
Gov.uk - Workplace Pensions Explained

GROSS VS NET PAY

Hello Nannies always advertise positions in gross figures.

The days of working in 'net hourly rate' terms are fading and the majority of the nanny industry is now working together to move towards advertising and agreeing salaries in gross figures. Typically, nannies have wanted to know their net pay - which is how much they are taking home at the end of the week or month. However, despite what you may think, this is not in the nanny's benefit.

Hello Nannies always advertise positions in gross figures. Agreeing a gross salary is the way to go and this article from the Nanny Lounge explains it perfectly. Working out your net salary from your gross salary is very easy to do with NannyTax's calculator.

REGISTERING WITH OFSTED

Nannies can voluntarily register with Ofsted as home childcarers. Working as an Ofsted registered nanny can often increase your chances of employment.

Nannies can voluntarily register with Ofsted as home childcarers. Working as an Ofsted registered nanny can often increase your chances of employment, as parents are able to take advantage of Childcare Vouchers or the Tax Free Childcare scheme if they employ Ofsted Registered nannies. Registering with Ofsted costs £103 per annum, and needs to renewed every year. In order to apply, you will need to have the following in place and up to date:

- A 12 hour Paediatric First Aid certificate
- Public Liability Insurance
- An Enhanced DBS Check on the Update Service
- A recognised childcare qualification or, if you are an unqualified nanny, you'll need to complete a Common Core Skills course

Once you have all of the above in place, you will need to sign up to the Government Gateway website. From here, you can then apply to join the Ofsted register. Ofsted registration can take up to 12 weeks.

OUR £200 REFERRAL SCHEME

We offer our nannies a referral reward payment!

We offer our nannies a referral reward payment! If we successfully place a permanent candidate with a family you've recommended to us, we pay you a generous £200 simply to say 'thank you'! So please get in touch today if you'd like to share a contact with us, or feel free to pass on our details to anyone you know who may be looking for a nanny or a member of household staff. Thank you in advance.

BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL NANNIES

BAPN are an association dedicated to raising the profile of nannies and promoting quality childcare throughout the industry.

BAPN are an association dedicated to raising the profile of nannies and promoting quality childcare throughout the industry. They provide information, support and training to their members and set industry standards. Joining BAPN offers a wealth of benefits to nannies - explore the BAPN website  to find out more.

If you decide to join BAPN, mention Hello Nannies to receive a year's membership for only £10.

SUPPORT AND LINKS FOR NANNIES

If you're looking for further support, we've compiled the following list to some of the best companies, communities and providers in the industry.

Here at Hello Nannies we are as passionate about helping our nannies as we are our families. We are always here to answer any questions you may have on all things 'nannying' so please get in touch today if you'd like help and advice. If you're looking for further support, we've compiled the following list to some of the best companies, communities and providers in the industry. Happy browsing!

The Nanny Lounge
A virtual lounge created by nannies for nannies. You'll find a supportive community of nannies here and a safe space for UK nannies and au pairs to chat online, arrange meet ups, learn tips, discuss courses and campaign for nannies' rights.

The Go Gross Campaign
Educating nannies, agencies and employers on the benefits of advertising and agreeing salaries in gross terms, as opposed to net.

NannyTax
For useful information relating to pay, pensions, HR advice, tax and National Insurance, understanding your statutory rights, and more!

Nanny Insurance with NannyInsure
Public liability insurance for £70 per annum. Mention Hello Nannies and receive one month free.

DBS Update Service
If you have recently received your Enhanced DBS, please click here to register with the Update Service.

Ofsted Registration
Ready to sign up to Ofsted as a registered nanny? Start the process here.

BAPN - British Association for Professional Nannies
BAPN are an association dedicated to raising the profile of nannies and promoting quality childcare throughout the industry. They provide information, support and training to their members and set industry standards. Joining BAPN offers a wealth of benefits to nannies - explore the BAPN website to find out more. If you decide to join, mention Hello Nannies to receive a year's membership for only £10.

Safeguarding
It is our responsibility to keep children safe at all times. Please explore the following link to learn more about safeguarding.

NSPCC
24 hour helpline, staffed by trained counsellors: 0808 800 5000.

Understanding your Employment Rights
A useful information page about your statutory employment rights, courtesy of BAPN.

Understanding the EYFS
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Framework is a Government document to support those working with children aged 0-5. Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are required to follow the framework; nannies are not. However, nannies should have a sound understanding of the EYFS… find out more here.

ACAS - Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
This free and impartial information service offers advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law, helping to prevent or resolve problems in the workplace. The ACAS helpline - 0300 123 1100 - is open Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm.