Helpful Information

Getting the right childcare advice can make all the difference.

Information for families

Are you looking for a nanny? If so, we hope you’ll find some of the following information useful.

We also have a Frequently Asked Questions page where we answer your questions about how to get going with employing a nanny. Plus, if you'd like to speak to someone - why not get in touch today?

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Here you can find lots of information that we hope will help you and your family find and hire the perfect nanny in your local area.

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Nanny's Duties: What does a nanny do all day?

In the UK, nannies work inside the family home caring for the children in their charge, offering them a safe, encouraging, and nurturing atmosphere while attending to all their everyday needs. Planning the days to be stimulating, educational and include fun activities and outings.

A good nanny should:

  • Be able to plan and arrange safe, fun learning opportunities;
  • Know how to plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks;
  • Have first aid training;
  • Show good organisational skills;
  • Have an interest in children as individuals, and a confident and positive personality;
  • Have experience of working with children of various ages, as a sole charge nanny;
  • Be warm, caring and patient;
There's more about the role of nannies on our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page here, including our answers on 'Why Should I Use A Nanny Agency?' and much more.

I’m a nanny, not a housekeeper

Nanny duties normally include:

  • To advise and guide on child development, age appropriate activities, behavioural issues, and health and safety
  • Washing, ironing, sewing of children's clothes and bed linens
  • Changing nappies, bathing, and feeding of younger children
  • Cleaning children's bedrooms, bathroom and playroom and keeping tidy
  • Cleaning maintenance of all toys and play equipment
  • Attending playgroups, play-dates, park trips and children classes.
  • Reading stories to younger children and encouraging older children to read, including help with their homework
  • School runs
  • Babysitting by agreement

Nannies are not expected to perform housekeeping duties for adults. However some nannies may be happy to shop for the family, walk the dog or do similar agreed duties by prior arrangement.

Nanny employer responsibilities

If you decide to hire a nanny you must remember that you will be the nanny's employer and instantly have a set of responsibilities to your employee.

The main consideration when hiring a nanny is to find the best person for the job, but please keep in mind that as an employer there are certain things you should know:

  • Register as an employer with the Inland Revenue
  • Set up and operate a PAYE (Pay As You Earn) scheme on your nanny's behalf
  • Keep tax records on your nanny's behalf
  • Provide your nanny with regular payslips
  • Pay regular income tax and National Insurance Contributions
  • Pay employer's National Insurance Contributions
  • File an employer's annual tax return
Nanny Pensions

Employer info - pensions #dontignoreit

While automatic enrolment into workplace pension has been rolling out across the UK since 2012, it is only now that 1.8 million small and micro employers are being required to take action to help their staff to save for later life.

Nanny contract of employment

Once an offer of employment has been accepted we will assist you to organise contracts if requested, or you can simply customise our standard contract of employment.

Written particulars of employment

When you hire a nanny, you are required by law to provide a contract of employment between you and your nanny, and issue a written statement of employment particulars within the first eight weeks of commencement of employment if their employment contract lasts at least a month or more:.

  • Start date of the employment
  • Remuneration and intervals when paid
  • Hours of work (if flexible: maximum hours to be worked in any one week)
  • Overtime requirement and method of payment (additional pay or time off in lieu)
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Sickness entitlement
  • Pension arrangements
  • Length of notice on both sides to terminate the contract
  • Title of the job
  • Place of work
  • Details of discipline and grievance procedures

Nanny contract

If you'd like to be sent our specimen nanny employment contract please let us know - you can send us a message by following the link below.

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Interview questions for parents employing a nanny

Here we offer some ideas for interview questions which you can ask when you're at the selection phase of hiring a nanny to work for your family.

Remember by asking open-ended questions - beginning with how, what or why, it will encourage the candidate to reveal more about themselves and should help you with seeing their suitability for your job.

Personal background:

  • How long have you been a nanny?
  • What's your experience with children the same age as mine?
  • How did you become interested in this type of work?
  • Which childcare qualifications and training do you have?
  • What are your goals for the future? Are you pursuing a career as a professional nanny?
  • How would you describe your approach to childcare?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging (or interesting) part of working with children?
  • What did you like most about your last position? What did you like least?
  • What were your responsibilities in your last position? Why did that position end? Describe a typical day in your last position
  • How many days have you had off sick in the last 12 months?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Do you have any special talents or interests to share with us?

Behaviour, Discipline, Situations:

  • How would you cope with difficult behaviour - for example if one of the children said they hated you?
  • Which methods of boundary setting or discipline do you find effective. How do you set limits?
  • How do you handle a crying baby?
  • How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?
  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
  • How would you approach a parent if you were worried about anything?
  • What would you do if my child fell and bumped his head really hard?
  • What difficulties have you experienced as a nanny with parents or children, and how were they resolved?
  • What do you think are the greatest safety risks for children (infants)?


  • What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's day?
  • What indoor activities (age-appropriate) would you engage a child in?
  • What are the most important aspects to being a good nanny?
  • How do you feel toilet training should be approached?
  • What are your views on play, food and mealtimes, social and educational activities, discipline and control, rest, sleep and so on?

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