Domestic childcare - your FAQs

Domestic childcare – Your FAQs

As a parent considering childcare for your children, you will understandably have many questions. Get answers to some of the queries that are raised most frequently.

What hours and days will a nanny generally be able to work?

A live-out nanny will typically work for between 8 and 10 hours a day, whilst a live-in nanny will work between 10 and 12 hours per day – it is usual for the nanny to have a break at some point during these hours. Days of work are typically Monday to Friday with weekends free. Talent Private Staff recommends that a simple contract should be drawn up at the start of the nanny’s employment detailing the hours of work expected each week. Nannies may work longer hours or over the weekend by prior agreement, in exchange for additional pay. It is expected that bank holidays are to be given to nannies, or payment made should a nanny agree to work on a bank holiday.

Most nannies prefer to work five days a week, typically Monday to Friday, and fewer are willing to commit to a permanent 6 day week.

Although you can search for a nanny to work six days a week, the pool of candidates will be much smaller and the search is likely to take longer. We recommend exploring other options, such as a second child-carer to cover at weekends. Also, nannies are usually happy to be flexible and work the occasional weekend by prior arrangement.

Live-in nannies will usually perform up to two nights a week babysitting as part of their standard hours. On other nights, although they will be resident in the home, they will not be working and should not be asked to supervise the children outside of their standard hours, even if the children are asleep.

Many live-out nannies will happily stay overnight occasionally, and take on the responsibility of proxy parenting whilst the parent(s) are out of town or are having a late evening. This is something that should be agreed in advance with the nanny, giving them plenty of time to make suitable arrangements.

What kind of childcare qualifications might a nanny have?

There are several types of childcare qualifications that a nanny may have, the most common being CACHE, Montessori, Btec, and City & Guilds. More information on these particular courses and what they contain can be found at the following websites:

Can a nanny accompany us on holidays?

If you will require your nanny to travel abroad with you as part of the employment it is very important to ensure that the nanny has the appropriate travel rights. Not all nannies will travel with families as they may have other commitments, and in such instances Talent Private Staff can help you source a short-term holiday nanny.

Do I need to pay tax and national insurance on behalf of my nanny?

Once an employee earns over £105 per week you then as an employer are legally liable to register with the Inland Revenue to make National Insurance contributions on their behalf. Although this may seem a daunting task there are a number of agencies that can help to organise this for a minimal cost. For example:

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