Frequently Asked Questions
Below is some information on some of the most frequently asked questions
SHOULD A NANNY HAVE INSURANCE?
DO NANNIES GET PAID ANNUAL LEAVE?
Yes again like all employees you accrue annual leave (both permanent and temporary roles) The amount of days per year you are entitled to will depend on how many days per week you work. A 5 day nanny is entitled to 5.6weeks (28 days) per year which includes 8 bank holidays. If the nanny takes a Bank Holiday off, this comes out of the annual leave entitlement. If a part time nanny does not work on a certain day (eg Monday) and there is a Bank holiday this does not come off their entitlement as they don’t normally work on that day.
IS A NANNY ENTITLED TO SMP?
Yes they are as long as they have been in the same employment for 26 weeks prior to the notification week which is 15 weeks before the baby is due.
The first 6 weeks of your maternity leave you will receive 90% of your salary, and for the further 33 weeks you will receive SMP (from April 2019 £146.68 per week).
Maternity pay is usually 100% claimable back and you will need to give your employers your MAT B1 form (you usually get this around 20weeks from your midwife) for them to claim the money back.
Annual leave is accrued whilst on maternity leave as normal and is at the employer’s expense. You will not accrue annual leave if you are made redundant or resign as you go on maternity leave.
You are entitled to paid time off for appointments advised by your Dr or Midwife. The employer can make reasonable contact with you whilst on maternity leave to discuss your return to work.
Employers must hold your position open in the same capacity in which you went on maternity leave and they do not have to allow you to return to work with your baby.
HOW DO I BECOME OFSTED REGISTERED?
To become OFSTED registered, which allows your employers to use childcare vouchers, you must meet certain criteria, this being:
hold a recognised childcare qualification
hold a current paediatric 1st aid qualification
have a Enhanced DBS on the update service
hold a personal liability insurance policy
The process can take quite a few weeks to complete so best to start it as soon as you are asked to. Nannies only need to register on the Voluntary part of the OFSTED register.
You will need to create a government gateway ID and then complete a CR1 form.
ARE NANNIES ENTITLED TO WORKPLACE PENSIONS?
Yes they are, like all other employees. From April 2019 the nanny will pay 5% and the employer 3% into the nanny’s pension. Please see our blog on pensions https://www.eastgreenchildcare.co.uk/blog/2506/
IS A NANNY ENTITLED TO REDUNDANCY?
Yes nannies are entitled to redundancy as long as they meet the qualifying criteria, which is:
1. Aged over 18yrs
2. Have been employed by the family for two continuous years
3. Are employed with a PAYE scheme in place
Family circumstances can alter and the need for a full time role may no longer be there. If the family are reducing the role to part time, you, as the current nanny must be offered the part time role, which if you decide not to take means you are still entitled to redundancy unless the contract was for a fixed term.
HOW DO I PUT MY DBS ONTO THE UPDATE SERVICE?
Click on Register for the Update Service
Handy tip no.1! Where it says Application Reference, click on Use my certificate number instead, this is on your email confirming your DBS is completed.
Handy tip no. 2! Once you have paid you will be given the option of an automatic annual payment this is really worth doing as if you forget to renew, your DBS will drop off of the update service and you will require a new DBS.
HOW DO I GET AN ENHANCED DBS CHECK DONE?
As an agency we can do this for you. When we meet we will ask to see various documents and forms of ID, we can then submit the DBS for you (cost £56 if registering with us) and will notify you when it is complete.
WHY SHOULD NANNIES TALK IN GROSS FIGURES AND NOT NETT?
Lots of nannies still talk in terms of what they earn nett rather than what they actually earn gross. It is really important that you accept a gross salary not nett and that you know what you earn per hour gross as this is how your new positions salary will be calculated. See our blog from Alison at Nanny Matters as to why this is important:
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE AGENCY INTERVIEW?
You will have been sent a link to complete an online application form and have been asked to email your up to date CV if you have not attached it to the form. You will then need to bring:
Proof of address less than 3 months old
Address history for last 5yrs with month/year you moved in/out of the address
Birth certificate if possible
Any references, DBS etc that you may have
Any change of name documents if applicable
WHY SHOULD PARENTS USE AN AGENCY?
We have been placing nannies and maternity nurses since 1996 and therefore have a lot of experience in what nannies will/won’t undertake, interviewing nannies and selecting the right nanny for your family. We make the process much simpler for you, selecting only the candidates we feel match your criteria. We will check the DBS, their driving licence and their references saving you time and giving you reassurance that the nanny you have chosen has been properly vetted.