Here are some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on special needs.
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Hello! After some advice... Im looking to return to eduction in September and sorting childcare for my son is proving to be difficult.
No childminder will take him. Mainstream nursery will but he's immunosuppressed and I'm worries about all the illness in nursery as he will end up in hospital for who knows how long if he gets sick.
He's under two so our local special needs nursery can't take him.
What did other people do? Did anyone have a nanny? If so how does that work with ni ect? I only need part time childcare. Any advice greatly appreciated!
We have always had a nanny. We have NT 8 year old and a 3yo with severe ASD. I went back to work when DS1 was 1yo, and I've worked ever since, I do three days a week, and our nanny works the same hours that I do, plus my commute. It works out at 32 hours a week. She is our employee, we pay her a gross salary and are responsible for NI etc. I take the maximum I can of my salary in childcare vouchers as our nanny became ofsted registered.
How do you look to employ a nanny? Are there specific agencies for Sen? If you don't mind me asking, what is the cost per month?
Thank you so much for replying! A nanny seems like the most sensible option but I've never needed one before, in very new to all of this, including Sen.
Our nanny was with us before we realised that DS2 had ASD, so we didn't look for a nanny with the Sen in mind really. But she is now pregnant, so we will need to look into replacing her for her maternity leave.
We pay an hourly rate of £11 gross. We live outside London but within the m25. I think this is the going rate, we will increase by about 3.5% this year. 5 weeks paid holiday in top. Christmas bonus (not compulsory, but have always done this). As many perks as I can manage eg late starts and early finishes now and again, extra holiday.
Brilliant. That seems fine- just the prospect of become an employer is quite daunting.
Did you phone up an agency? Can I just google it?
Thankyou for your advice, you've been really helpful.
We've had three nannies in 7 1/2 years. First nanny came through an agency, which know t recommend as I don't think they were great. Second and third nanny came through word of mouth. None of the nannies have left for new jobs, they've all gone on maternity leave and not come back.
Agencies will ask you to put together a basic job description, hours etc. and then send you through CVs and you can whittle down from there. I would google agencies in your area. If you don't want to use an agency, you can put an ad on childcare.co.uk or gumtree (but you will get masss of interested people and there will be loads of sifting) or a local nanny Facebook group maybe.
You can also use a company such as nannytax, who will calculate the nanny's salary, produce payslips every month, P60 etc, tell you how much NI etc, for an annual fee.
I find the mn Home childcare board good for nanny stuff.
Excellent! You've been great. Thankyou! I didn't know where to start, you've given me a lot to go on! I really appreciate it.