Nanny Spring Clean!
We first wrote this blog a year ago and feel it would be good to refresh annually:
Check your card is updated on your online account.
Paediatric First aid:
Certificates last 3 years and the majority of trainers recommend you attend (online) an annual refresher.
Many trainers offer a blended course which allows you to do complete 6 hours online and 6 hours in the classroom.
Courses are still operating in accordance with Covid -19 regulations.
Nanny Insurance (It is currently not a legal requirement to have Nanny Insurance in place. It is, however, a legality for ALL employers to have Employers Liability Insurance)
Read through your documents and confirm things you are unsure about, such as working in a creche /pandemic.
Check the renewal date and if on a rolling renewal, check the payment card /bank details.
Read your contract thoroughly and anything you are unsure about discuss with your employer/ nanny association.
Is the content current? Have the family moved home/ had more children, have your duties changed or have you had a pay rise?
Remember ALL Nannies must have a written agreement prior to their start date regardless of whether permanent, temporary, or ad hoc.
Do you receive a payslip?
From April 6th, 2020 both employees and "workers" must be given a payslip
Has your employer completed a private home risk assessment and an additional Covid -19 RA?
If you are pregnant/have broken limbs have your employers added an additional risk assessment?
Have you, as a nanny, completed a risk assessment for the children in your care and is it up to date?
All nannies can find these in the documents section on our website.
Have you got written permission for administering medicine to children in your care?
Have you got an incident form and a prior to form in your nanny folder that's kept at the employers’ home? All available on our website
If you use your own car to fulfil your employment duties, you are legally required to have insurance cover including business use. If you use the employer’s / family car, again, additional insurance cover may be required. It is the employer’s responsibility to check adequate cover is in place and premiums kept up to date.
Have you got breakdown cover?
Have you got written permission for driving the children in your care?
If you drive your employers’ car for work purposes - have they got breakdown cover?
Have you recently checked the current fuel allowance: See https://www.gov.uk/expenses-and-benefits-business-travel-mileage/rules-for-tax
Working over 48 hours:
If you have agreed to work more than 48 hours a week employers’ must provide you with a statement, in writing, in the form of an ‘opt-out’ agreement. If you decide later on that you wish to stop working more than 48 hours per week, you must give at least three months’ notice to the employer as stated in your "opt out " agreement.
Ofsted registered is a benefit for employers and therefore, it is normal practice that should the employer wish to benefit from you being on the Ofsted Voluntary Register, they should cover the annual registration fee. You have to apply yourself 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/guidance/childminders-and-childcare-providers-register-with-ofsted/nannies-registration
How do you record your expenses?
How are you paid for your expenses?
Are you paid up to date?
When was your last review?
Are you due a review? Savernake Nannies recommend you have a review every 3-4 months to enable both parties to catch up and discuss the childrens development and changes to their routine etc…
This is an opportunity for both parties to discuss any niggles they may have.
We always say communication is key in a nanny/family relationship
Things to think about:
* How many pages is it (Savernake Nannies recommend 1-2 A4 pages)
* PLEASE check your spelling and your grammar. Ask a friend to proofread it for you.
* Think about the language you use: A good example of this is “Kids V Children.”
* Does it contain a photograph of you? (Savernake Nannies do not accept CVS's containing a photograph)
* Does it contain your personal data? (Savernake Nannies do not accept CV's containing personal data)
* Does it contain your previous employers’ names? Have you asked their permission to include this on your CV?
* Does it contain previous employers’ personal data? (Addresses of previous employers should not be on your CV)
* Does it contain a personal statement? This is a chance to sell yourself and make your CV stand out amongst others.
* Is it updated with your latest positions? (Savernake Nannies prefer to read them in reverse order -so the latest position first)
Have you asked their permission to pass on their details to prospective employers and agencies and given them permission to discuss you?
Savernake Nannies recommend you take this with you to all interviews.
What should it contain?
* Your updated CV with copies to leave on the day.
* DBS certificate
* Paediatric certificate
* Qualification certificate
* Other relevant certificates such as CPD training and attendance certificates from workshops
* Written references
* Referees details on a printout to enable the prospective employer to contact them. REMEMBER to ask the referee first and to give them permission to discuss you!
* Cards and letters from previous employers and children
Notes: Savernake Nannies recommend you make it an "easy read" The prospective employer does not want to feel obliged to trawl through pages and pages of previous references and letters from employers. Don't take it personally but they don't have any proof that these are genuine, and we expect all prospective employers to take up their own references.
What should my file look like?
This is down to personal choice. Savernake Nannies has seen some pretty personalised files to some that are more business style. The most important thing to remember is to make sure it's organised and you know where everything is.
Are you a member of a Nanny association?
Now is a good time to look into membership of an association and see what they can offer you as a nanny.
www.bapn.org.uk is the only association purely for Nannies
www.pacey.org.uk is an Early years association
www.eyalliance.org.uk is an Early Years association
www.voice.org.uk is a trade union
In the current situation we are in with the coronavirus many training providers are taking the training online. Have a look at the training available
These are some of the training providers we have come across
Have you thought about attending a show once the restrictions are lifted?
Nanny social media groups:
These are great places to look for support/ideas and find other nannies in your area.
Please do not take any legal advice from these groups unless from an official source.
Savernake Nannies have a Facebook support group for nannies:
Early years magazines:
Nursery World (are becoming more "Nanny friendly" and have included the Nanny of the year award for the third year running)
Early Years Educator (more for practitioners but does contain some great ideas and articles)
Early Years Child carer (Includes Home Child carer - a supplement for UK based childminders and nannies. "All content is supplied and managed by Morton Michel Ltd"
What childcare magazine do you read?
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 2021 SavernakeNannies.co.uk