Employing a Nanny


Role of a nanny

A Nanny should fulfil all childcare duties whilst your child is in their care. This will include:

  • Making sure that your child’s emotional needs are met through an understanding and loving demeanour.
  • Providing stimulating activities to encourage your child’s development.
  • Ensuring that your child’s clothes are washed and clean and that they are presentable.
  • Cooking them balanced and healthy meals.
  • Teaching and promoting independence, selfcare and hygiene awareness e.g. potty/toilet training.
  • Developing your child’s social interaction and communication/language skills.
  • Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle (not plonking them down in front of the television for hours).

Above all, the role of a Nanny is to provide a loving and stable environment for your child in your absence.

 

Working Hours

A Nanny should fulfil all childcare duties whilst your child is in their care. This will include:

  • Although each family’s timetable and lifestyle differs, it is generally expected that a nanny should have two free days a week.
  • It is encouraged that you and your Nanny come to an agreement as to when they can be expected to assist you during the evenings and weekends.
  • It is better to have a clear arrangement in place that can then adapt as you get to know each other.
  • Nannies are entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave (if they are working five days a week). Bank and public holidays can be included in the minimum entitlement.

We advise that all the requirements and the agreement between yourself and your nanny is written in a contract, especially for employment exceeding consecutive 12 weeks. The contract can cover the minutest of details. Nationwide Nannies is here to assist clients in devising contracts.