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Nannies and Home Childcarers

Provide care for your child in your own home.  Some nannies/ home childcarers live in, or come to work daily, and may care for children from two different families at the home of one of the families.  They offer flexible working to fit-in with non-typical working hours, offering minimal disruption to your child’s routine.

What is the Difference between Nannies and Home Childcarers?

Home Carers are registered by Ofsted under the Voluntary Childcare Register (VCR) to care for children from birth to 17 years.  Nannies however, do not need to be registered with Ofsted, but may choose to voluntarily register. If more than two families use the care at the same time, then it is classed as childminding. 

How old does a Nanny/Home Childcare have to be?

The minimum age is 18 years old.

What Working Hours Can they Offer?

Live-in Nannies, will have their own space in your home, or day Nannies will work to your required hours. Although both will work agreed hours, a live-in Nanny may be more flexible if you need to change these hours at short notice.

What does a Nanny/Home Childcarer do?

A Nanny/Home Childcarer’s responsibility is to meet all the needs of your child. They are more of a parent figure than other childcare options and your child will build a close bond with them.

Most nannies will agree to taking care of all the domestic chores related to your child. These tasks may include:

  • changing your child’s bed sheets
  • cleaning your child’s bedroom
  • tidying away toys
  • washing and ironing her clothes
  • making her meals and snacks

A nanny should not be responsible for any other domestic work.

How much does a Nanny Cost?

When you hire a nanny you become an employer, and you will have to pay tax and national insurance for your employee. The rates will vary depending where you live and day Nannies generally charge more. You may also want to offer other benefits such have a car to use, or perks such as private healthcare or a gym membership.