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Please could you tell me about the work of a nanny

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MUM2BLESS Mon 18-Feb-13 11:39:53

Thank you so much. Nice one. smile

nannynick Sat 16-Feb-13 23:40:02

What type of work is a nanny expected to do?

Look after the children. Take them to school, collect them.
Take children on outings. Assist with homework.
Play games, playdough.
Cooking - for the children, plus as an activity such as making cakes.
Laundry - the children's, sometimes adults as well.
Parents expectations will vary, so it's something that parents should think about and come up with a job description which they then discuss with job applicants.

Tell me about live in/live out nannies

They either live at their place or work, or they don't.

Is there such a thing as a nanny who works nights?

I suppose there could be, if they had time off during the day and were able to sleep during the day if they had been up a lot during the night due to children not sleeping. A NightNanny is something you can get, it's more a maternity nurse who does nights only... often caring for newborn twins/triplets.

How much per hour is a nanny paid?

It varies. £10 gross an hour is not unusual outside of cities. Higher in cities.

If you do employ a nanny what do you have to pay on their behalf?

You need to operate PAYE... so you deduct Employee Income Tax and you deduct Employee National Insurance, both of which you transfer to HMRC. As the employer you pay Employers National Insurance. Statutory payments would apply, such as SSP, SMP, Redundancy Pay.

If you have an au pair do they have to speak a good level of english arlready?

Wouldn't an au-pair be here mainly to learn the language? Their level of english language could vary. If you need them to be able to speak a good level of english, interview them verbally... video chat via Skype can be useful as you can see and hear them.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 16-Feb-13 22:53:01

What type of work is a nanny expected to do?

Childcare and all nursery duties (some nannies will also do light cleaning/errands etc). It will depend on how many children/ages etc.

Tell me about live in/live out nannies

Live-in nannies live with the family. They will need their own bedroom as an absolute minimum. It is best to provide a separate bathroom as well. If you can provide completely separate accommodation it will be a very popular job. They ususally earn about a third less than live-out nannies.

Live-out nannies do not live with the family.

Is there such a thing as a nanny who works nights?

Yes a night nanny or a maternity nurse will work nights.

How much per hour is a nanny paid?

It depends on location and experience/qualifications of the nanny.

If you do employ a nanny what do you have to pay on their behalf?

You pay their wages (including tax and NI) and employers NI. You need employers liability insurance. You will need to add them to your car insurance if you want them to drive your car or reimburse them for costs if you want them to use their car. Parents will often pay for nannies Ofsted registration and sometimes their first aid training. It is standard for lunch to be provided. You will pay for all costs incurred like playgroups/days out etc.

If you have an au pair do they have to speak a good level of english arlready?

It is a private arrangement so entirely up to you. They're here to learn English so unlikely to have perfect English when they arrive. If you speak another language and are happy to have them communicate with you/children in that language then they don't need to speak any English. Though obviously bear in mind they will need to make friends/talk to people on behalf of the children so some English is probably a good idea.

MUM2BLESS Sat 16-Feb-13 21:37:28

Chatting to a friend who is aksing about nannies.

What type of work is a nanny expected to do?
Tell me about live in/live out nannies
Is there such a thing as a nanny who works nights?
How much per hour is a nanny paid?
If you do employ a nanny what do you have to pay on their behalf?
If you have an au pair do they have to speak a good level of english arlready?

Thanks in advance

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