FAMILIES

Benefits of employing a nanny

One of the greatest benefits of employing a candidate to care for your children at your home regardless whether you require a nanny, manny, junior nanny or mothers help is that they will provide a personal relationship with your children. When a special bond is formed between a nanny and the child in a nurturing environment where the candidate is diligent in the care that they provide whilst ensuring the children are safe, educated and stimulated, this environment allows for children to feel secure and loved.  

Having a nanny will give you more flexibility which is very valuable when there are unforeseen circumstances that are in evitable in life. Nannies can often assist a family when there is an emergency. One example is when the mum goes into labour, the nanny is usual called to care for the rest of the children.

Some nannies are happy to accompany their families on holiday. This is beneficial as the children will have an established relationship with their nanny and gives parents peace of mind whilst having some time off in the beautiful English countryside or a complete foreign country.

Employing a nanny is often more cost-effective especially if a family have two or more children and some nannies are happy to care for family pets which may include feeding the family’s beloved cat or walking the family’s playful pooch.

Another helpful benefit is that all duties pertaining to the care and welfare of the children forms part of the nannies duties. This includes preparing quick healthy meals, snacks and dependent on the time available, some nannies batch cook meals ready to be served fresh and/or the homemade meals will be frozen for additional meals that can be used as needed.

Keeping the kitchen clean and tidy after meal preparations alongside cleaning of children’s toys, changing children’s bedding, washing the children’s laundry, ensuring their school bags are ready for the next day.

This helps ease the load when parents come home after a long day at work and will allow more opportunity to spend quality time as a family.

 

Ensuring a Smooth Process

Initially, it is helpful to work alongside the nanny to show the routine that you have put in place. There is no set rule, but Christian Nannies would suggest that at least 2 days are spent together working alongside each other. This is especially instrumental for the children, as they will have sometime to adapt to the new transition which will allow them to feel more content seeing their parents build a trusting relationship with the new nanny.

It will be a good idea to work through an emergency situation and what you would require the nanny to do in such an event. Please be sure to discuss any house rules, so that the new nanny can be on board with this, e.g. do you allow third parties to drop by unannounced?

It is advisable to leave your nanny a “kitty”, as this will allow your nanny to pay for a book sale at school or for taking the children for an ice-cream or picking up some milk etc. Ask the nanny to keep a simple log of what they have spent and to provide you with the receipts.

Some families find it advantageous if the nanny keeps a diary of each day. This is great for families to read and can serve very useful when writing down important information, such as when and how much medication was administered etc.

Ensuring a Smooth Process

Initially, it is helpful to work alongside the nanny to show the routine that you have put in place. There is no set rule, but Christian Nannies would suggest that at least 2 days are spent together working alongside each other. This is especially instrumental for the children, as they will have sometime to adapt to the new transition which will allow them to feel more content seeing their parents build a trusting relationship with the new nanny.

It will be a good idea to work through an emergency situation and what you would require the nanny to do in such an event. Please be sure to discuss any house rules, so that the new nanny can be on board with this, e.g. do you allow third parties to drop by unannounced?

It is advisable to leave your nanny a “kitty”, as this will allow your nanny to pay for a book sale at school or for taking the children for an ice-cream or picking up some milk etc. Ask the nanny to keep a simple log of what they have spent and to provide you with the receipts.

Some families find it advantageous if the nanny keeps a diary of each day. This is great for families to read and can serve very useful when writing down important information, such as when and how much medication was administered etc.

Families Responsibilities

Families need to have Employer’s Liability Insurance in place when employing a candidate. 

Parents need to ensure that their home is safe and a good working environment, so that the nanny is able to fulfil their duties.

The family [employer] is responsible for paying the nannies [employee] Income Tax, Employee’s National Insurance Contribution’s and the Employee’s Pension Contribution’s, if applicable. If the nannies salary is agreed in gross then the above deductions will come directly off the nannies salary. 

The family may be required to pay  Employer’s National Insurance and Employer’s Pension Contribution’s, which does not form part of the nannies salary but rather an additional cost to the employer.

The family [employer] will need to provide the nanny with a Contract of Employment ideally prior to the candidate starting with the family or on the official start date. Nannies are entitled to paid holidays pro rata to how many days the nanny works.

Families Responsibilities

Families need to have Employer’s Liability Insurance in place when employing a candidate. 

Parents need to ensure that their home is safe and a good working environment, so that the nanny is able to fulfil their duties.

The family [employer] is responsible for paying the nannies [employee] Income Tax, Employee’s National Insurance Contribution’s and the Employee’s Pension Contribution’s, if applicable. If the nannies salary is agreed in gross then the above deductions will come directly off the nannies salary. 

The family may be required to pay  Employer’s National Insurance and Employer’s Pension Contribution’s, which does not form part of the nannies salary but rather an additional cost to the employer.

The family [employer] will need to provide the nanny with a Contract of Employment ideally prior to the candidate starting with the family or on the official start date. Nannies are entitled to paid holidays pro rata to how many days the nanny works.

Payroll Companies

Families may find it beneficial to use a professional PAYE company that will ensure that the families responsibilities regarding payroll are dealt with correctly and with as little stress as possible. Nanny Tax or Payroll for Nannies will be happy to answer any questions that a family may have regarding payroll.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

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