Top Ten Tips for Employers:
1. EMPLOYERS INSURANCE:
All nannies should be employed, which then makes you an employer.
All Nanny employers must have Employers liability Insurance.
(Check your household insurance as you may already be covered for "Domestic Staff")
2. CONTRACT: ALL Nannies must have a written agreement prior to their start date regardless of whether permanent, temporary or ad hoc
It is an employer’s legal responsibility to deduct Tax, NI, pension contributions, student loan payments from the gross salary. Savernake Nannies advise employers to use a dedicated nanny payroll provider. ALL workers must receive a payslip
4. EXPENSES: Savernake Nannies recommend nannies use an expenses sheet to go alongside the “nanny purse” or “nanny account” We strongly recommend employers set a budget for what they feel is appropriate for outings and craft activities.
If the nanny is to use their own car to fulfil their employment duties, they are legally required to have insurance cover including business use. Employers who provide their nanny with a car including “personal use” should inform their payroll provider so that the correct taxation deductions can be applied
6. RISK ASSESSMENTS:
Private home risk assessment: Savernake Nannies expect all employers complete a risk assessment. Additional risk assessments must be provided for pregnant nannies, nannies continuing to work with broken limbs etc… working in a pandemic (April 2020)
This is the key word in any nanny/employer relationship. Communication diary: Savernake Nannies recommend nannies/employers use a notebook for communication about the children/activities etc...
8. OFSTED REGISTERED NANNIES:
Ofsted registered is a benefit for employers and therefore, it is normal practice that should the employer wish to benefit from their nanny being on the Ofsted Voluntary Register, they should cover the annual registration fee. Nannies have to apply themselves and hold: A DBS on the update service, 12- hour paediatric first aid, nanny insurance and a level 3 NVQ or equivalent / core skills certificate. For more details, current fees etc., go to https://www.gov.uk/…/childminders-and-…/nannies-registration
9. NANNY FOOD:
Savernake Nannies recommend you discuss with your nanny about them eating with the children using the family food. Hot and cold drinks should be accessible for nannies throughout the day. The majority of nannies expect to sit down with the children at mealtimes - this helps to encourage table manners, conversation and eating healthily
10. WORKING OVER 48 HOURS:
If the employer wishes for the nanny to work more than 48 hours per week and the nanny agrees to this, employers must provide the nanny with a statement, in writing, in the form of an ‘opt-out’ agreement.
More information is given to clients in our registration welcome packs
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release this should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is the opinion of Savernake Nannies. Copyright 2020 SavernakeNannies.co.uk