Using An Agency To Help You With Finding A NannyReady for the understatement of the decade?
It isn't easy being a parent.
Juggling the vastly different demands of your home and career is challenging enough. Add to that the rewarding but exhausting work of parenting, and the balancing act can become nearly impossible to master.
Looking for a helping hand to get you across the tight wire?
That's where Fulham Nannies come in.
Whether you need temporary or short-term assistance or you're looking to hire someone on a full-time basis, a nanny can be the practical, hands-on solution to your need.
Today, we're sharing a few of the many reasons why it pays to invest back into your family by bringing a nanny on board. If you're considering these services for yourself, read on!
1. Qualified Care at the Last Minute
Did your usual nanny call in sick? You can't take the time off work and just stay home and you have a full schedule to get through. What do you do when the nanny is sick?
You could hire a qualified, experienced and reputable temporary nanny to fill in for you, instead. Available on a short-term basis, these nannies are no less reliable than full-time nanny staff. Rather, they go through the exact same rigorous validation process before joining our agency.
In addition to an in-person interview, we also require that all of our applicants share their official ID, complete a police check, and undergo a first-aid document check. We'll also call and verify all of their referees to make sure they're an ideal fit for the job (and your family).
2. A New Perspective and Ideas
Whether you take a temporary nanny along as an extra set of hands during your family holiday or you hire a live-in one to help out around the clock, you'll find that everyone in your family will benefit from the fresh perspective they bring.
Professionally trained in their craft, our nannies can suggest simple adjustments to your routine that can help your brood grow. For instance, they might know a new educational game to play, a great picky-palate-friendly meal to try or gentle techniques for behavioural management.
These might not be groundbreaking revelations but for families that feel stuck in a rut, they can spark creativity and encourage ongoing exploration.
3. Different Hiring Options
Through our platform, we offer two different kinds of solutions. These include:
- Live-in nannies
- Live-out nannies
In addition to these two main options, you can also select from among the following choices:
- Temporary nannies
- Permanent nannies
- Part-time nannies
- Full-time nannies
The bottom line? We're ready to work around your schedule, however hectic and crazed it might be at the moment. From a few days to weeks at a time, you'll work together with your nanny to create a timeline that meets both of your needs.
Keep in mind that all of these nannies will work inside your home. In any situation, their goal is to attend to the well-being of your child. That's the case whether they retire to a different residence or their own room on your property when the workday is done.
In addition to child-related household duties, your nanny will also look for opportunities to encourage educational and social development in your children.
Let's explore how the two main setups work in greater detail.
As the name implies, a live-in nanny lives with your family full-time. Also called residential nannies, they're there to help with morning breakfasts, evening tuck-ins and everything in between. In most cases, live-in nannies will officially be on the clock from early morning up to late evening. In addition, they'll also babysit two times per week.
In exchange, as their host family, you'll provide them with room and board in addition to their salary. This usually consists of a personal bedroom and bathroom.
The good news? While it might seem more cost-prohibitive to hire a full-time nanny, you'll find that you actually save money in the long run. This is because the lodging you provide is factored into your salary costs.
If you have space at home to accommodate this request, the reliable yet flexible assistance is a major benefit.
On the other hand, a live-out nanny does not live with your family. Instead, they'll visit your home and provide support for a pre-determined amount of time, returning back to their home when the job is complete.
Most live-out nannies in London begin work between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and finish around 7:00 p.m. Need a little help getting the kids ready for school while you get ready for work? Looking for someone to take care of school pickup, homework, and dinnertime? A live-out nanny is there at the right times, taking all of those duties off your shoulders.
4. Household Management Support
Despite your best efforts, it can be nearly impossible to stay on top of the kids' mounting pile of laundry, keep their rooms and bathrooms clean, organize their daily schedule and keep up with all of your parenting duties.
By allowing a nanny to step in and help, you can remove some of the burden off your shoulders. This expert will be qualified and experienced, able to help with the smallest of children. You'll also come home to clean rooms, fresh laundry and their dinner made.
As parents, we aren't meant to walk this journey alone. When the realities of day-to-day life set in, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. You don't have to suffer in silence, only devoting a half-hearted effort to household duties. It's worth the investment in employing a nanny to save both your surfaces and your sanity.
One important distinction to note? Nannies are not housekeepers. Their sole focus is your children, as it should be. This means that while they're more than happy to help out with household duties such as cleaning and cooking, those efforts will be focused on the children.
5. A Calmer Home Atmosphere
Do you find yourself rushing home from work with job duties still fresh on your mind? If so, staring at a pile of toys in the playroom, dirty socks in the back of their nursery and an empty fridge in the kitchen can leave you feeling hangry, dialing for pizza delivery in no time at all.
Both a live-in nanny and live-out nanny can help turn your home environment into the tranquil and calming space of your dreams.
While they aren't obligated to actually cook for the whole family, taking care of the children's meals alone is a feat!
In addition to cooking for your kids, they'll also take the time to tidy up after your little ones on a regular basis, ensuring that no messes are allowed to accumulate and grow. In addition, they'll head to the market with a list full of healthy and nutritious ingredients to make scrumptious meals for their tiny bellies.
What happens next?
You're able to come home to a relaxed spot that makes you feel immediately at ease. As a result, you're able to be a more gentle, even-tempered parent and partner.
It's no secret that it's easier to snap when we feel stretched to the limit, and our loved ones, unfortunately, receive the brunt of the stress, most of the time. When even a little bit of that chaos is calmed, you're able to approach parenting from a different angle.
6. New Mum Maternity Support
The days and weeks directly following the birth of your bundle of joy can be some of the most blissful of your life. At the same time, they can also be some of the hardest. Being suddenly thrust into this new position of "parent" can be joyous and overwhelming, all at once.
That's where a maternity nurse can make a world of difference.
Whether you're looking for specialist care to help you navigate the newness of a newborn, a nursing consultant to help you learn those ropes, or simply someone with advanced knowledge and expertise in this area, your nurse can do it all.
Even if you don't need the advanced medical care that a hands-on maternity nurse provides, your nanny is also adept at handling most childcare duties. This might include preparing and sterilizing bottles, coordinating a feeding and napping routine, and even shopping for and preparing pureed baby food.
In other words, you're never alone. You'll be able to find your footing in this beautiful and crazy season of life with a reliable and qualified expert leading every step of the way.
7. A Professional Partnership You Can Trust
Once you've found the nanny of your dreams, you might be wary about the exchange of power. Will you suddenly take a backseat as someone else with more experience steps in? Or, are you supposed to act like a boss, dictating every situation?
The answer to both questions is a resounding "no."
When you team with one of our nannies, you're exactly that: a team.
You'll work on a one-on-one basis with your nanny to come up with a plan of care that all parties feel comfortable with, keeping your children's security and protection top of mind. As your relationship continues, you'll find that such open communication isn't only helpful in the beginning, but it's critical to maintaining a successful and rewarding partnership down the road.
8. A Custom Fit for Your Family
There's no one-size-fits-all nanny. While all of the nannies registered with us are qualified, experienced, trustworthy and professional, we know that every family is different. Your needs and expectations for childcare support might be different than your neighbors, and that's perfectly OK.
That's why we take the time to understand your requirements fully before we work with you to hire a nanny. We'll also make sure your geographic details align with ours, as we're centered in South West London and West London only.
Then, once you've officially registered your nanny vacancy with us, we'll go to work finding your custom fit. Along the way, we'll steer clear of any confusing pay structures or underhanded fees. In fact, you'll only pay for our services if we find a good match for your family among our team of candidates, and that candidate accepts the offer.
Not sure which qualities you should prioritize in your search for candidates? Check out our recruitment guide to get started! Here, we outline all of the traits that qualified nannies should exhibit. You'll also find helpful interview questions that can help guide your discussion, with key topics ranging from personal background questions to inquiries on their discipline style.
Once you've found the right fit, you can also participate in a trial day with your chosen nanny. This can last for one half-day, one full day or two full days. During this time, you can take a back seat and watch as both you and your nanny assess whether it's a good fit.
Childcare Your Whole Family Can Trust
Deciding to let someone new help you with your childcare responsibilities is a major step. However, it can be an important one to take, especially when they're younger.
Are you looking for a nanny to help your children thrive, even when you aren't able to be there? If so, Fulham Nannies are the way to go. Our local London agency understands the pressures that mount during the average day, and they'll work to help you relieve them.
From our rigorous background check process to our customisation options and stringent pre-employment vetting requirements, we prioritize quality and trustworthiness at every turn, and we only select nannies who do the same.
When you're ready, head over to our Parents Registration Form and fill out your information. Our services are free to try with zero obligation and no sign-up fees. Find out for yourself what makes our approach so special!
Our job is to deliver you the right candidates and help you to arrive, in good time, at making the best hire for your family and your unique situation, and to do our best to make hiring a nanny a really easy experience and take away some of the complexities for you.
Applicants' information is thoroughly checked and our screening and matching is all done by hand.
We keep track of all tasks and feedback - as would be expected using a nanny agency service, meaning you save more of your valuable time, and can concentrate on deciding which individual will get your job done the best.
BRIEF US ABOUT YOUR NEEDS
We work closely with our clients to understand what you're looking for and any situational factors that can help us tailor our candidate searches. Being honest and giving you our best intelligence on contemporary hiring conditions, current supply of candidates for your job, and around key considerations such as typical pay levels, and understanding the different factors that help to attract the type of nanny candidates you're looking to engage.
To complete the initial consultation we ask you to register with us through our website. You will need to read our Terms & Conditions and provide the required information about your vacancy. Once signed and submitted we'll get going with our candidate search.
CANDIDATE ATTRACTION & SEARCH
Now that we've defined your role requirements this is where we begin our proactive search for the knowledge, skills and relevant experience, and culture fit needed for the role. We're constantly in touch with applicants, candidates and professionals, and good nannies find us. We also advertise on our website, social media, email jobs list to subscribed candidates, and through other trusted mediums.
SCREENING & MATCHING
It’s really important to us that we only ever present nanny professionals who fit with your defined role and who are very much interested in the position. On that basis, we identify potential hires and hand-pick candidates who we believe are well-suited for the job and invite them for an in-person registration interview with us.
REGISTRATION INTERVIEW (VETTING AND FACT-CHECKING)
Registration interviews are face-to-face and last up to an hour and a half, depending on the applicants' needs. This is an opportunity for us to gain a good understanding of each nanny and learn about their work preferences and flexibility, and it gives us a better sense of the person and their overall suitability. We also look at original documents to verify identity, right-to-work in the UK, enhanced criminal record certification, and professional registration or licence, and qualifications. Finally, we make calls to confirm employment history & references.
INTRODUCTION TO CANDIDATES
We initially introduce you to candidates by sending their formatted CV with our interview notes and assessment summary, and any written verbal references we have obtained. We will always advise you of any checks that are still being done.
FAMILY NANNY INTERVIEW
We handle all the scheduling of interviews, communicate and relay feedback and, if requested, assist you with a contract for the nanny, typical nanny duties, salary negotiations, or any other support we can provide. There's no magic number of candidates that any given family should see. Some jobs attract lots of candidates, some jobs very few.
TRIAL DAYS & SECOND INTERVIEWS
If you're hiring a nanny for a long period - temporary or permanent nanny, we recommend a trial day before deciding who to employ. While it's true that good nannies don’t stay on the market for long, choosing your nanny should not be rushed. Read about trial days here. Second interviews are another way to help inform your decision.
YOU CHOOSE YOUR NANNY
Offer & acceptance, Trial days, 2nd interview. If you decide you are ready to make an offer send an email to the successful candidate, and to us, confirming your job offer, starting date, and remuneration. There is no committent to hire a nanny.
NANNY AGENCY FEE
We only invoice you for an introduction fee once our candidate accepts your job offer. If you don't find the right person to hire there's nothing to pay - no hidden commitments or obligations. In fact, we often advise our clients with hard-to-find jobs or during market shortages that it's a good strategy to register with a couple of nanny agencies in order to tap into their networks simultaneously.
EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT & PAYROLL SERVICES
We can help clients and candidates to finalise the engagement and provide any support you may need, including free draft contract of employment. If it's your first time employing a nanny we can recommend selected nanny payroll services who will do all the payroll calculations and provide you with pay slips for your nanny - making the whole process of hiring a nanny a good deal easier.
BEYOND THE PLACEMENT
After your nanny starts their employment with you we'll check-in with both of you to make sure everything is going smoothly and assist you in any way you need. Once again a little further down the road, and beyond for as long as we're needed.