I am in the process of finalising childcare arrangements for the summer for DS (4.5). The mother of one of DS's friends has found (by recommendation) someone who will look after both of them at either one of our houses.
So - I am pretty sure this is isn't childminding as it is not in her house, but is she a Nanny, a babysitter or something else - and does it matter? She has given us a straight £/hour rate which we will split 50/50 but I am starting to wonder if there are other issues I should be aware of.
I am meeting with her and the other mother tomorrow morning, so all pertinent questions which I should be asking would be welcome!
So if she is a nanny but charging a straight (and very reasonable) rate per hour, is that OK - or do I need to worry about tax, NI, etc? We are only talking about a total of about 15 days over the summer as both boys will go to holiday clubs and the other mother and I both work ~4 days/week.
Thanks everyone. Massively helpful. Now all I have to do is to work out the answer!! If we averaged it over even the holiday it would be less than £97/week as there are some weeks we won't need her at all (this fluctuation was agreed up-front, BTW) - so if she can live with it and/or we pay her in advance so that it doesn't leave her out of pocket, I think that might be the way around it.
also (to cover your self) you have 3 months to register as an employer (i THINK!)
if after 3 months you've herd nothing then you should be fine.... also so long as the nanny has anoterh job and is paying tax and NI etc normally some where then the inland rev arnt going to investigate!