The benefits of using a nanny agency
by Lucy Howell and Clare Plumb, Polkadot Recruitment
and Sarah-Jane Butler, Parental Choice
"A nanny's job is priceless, such precious minds to reach
A job done out of compassion and love for the ones they teach."
(Sarah from BC www.carerrnanny.com/quotes.html )
What do Katie Price, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow all have in common? They all hire nannies. But having a nanny isn't just for the rich and famous. A nanny can provide the perfect childcare for anyone who doesn't work a standard nine to five day and wants their child to be cared for in a secure home environment, with focused one to one attention and care. In many cases, hiring a nanny can prove to be a more cost effective and flexible way of managing your childcare, especially if combined with other forms of day care as the children get older. However, finding a perfect nanny can be a daunting and time consuming process.
Juggling family life and work means that you may not have the time to fully commit to the interview process needed to find the right nanny for your family. In addition checking each potential nanny's references and obtaining criminal record bureau (CRB) checks on each one can be a very laborious task. A nanny agency can help you focus and save time throughout the hiring process. Nanny agencies interview many candidates and have a large pool of people to choose from, they know what to look for and strive to make the perfect match between the family and the nanny.
A first rate nanny agency will undertake a stringent registering process including a face to face interview, where all documents are checked and gaps in employment explored. A nanny agency will check for correct qualifications and relevant experience, as well as making sure the nannies are first aid trained and CRB checked. References are also taken up to gain a thorough understanding of the person's character and work ethic. Moreover, a good nanny agency will discard those potential nannies which are not exactly suited to your requirements.
As well as saving time and effort a nanny agency will be able to offer advice on what to do after a suitable nanny has been found. A standard nanny agency will be able to give you a list of companies that can provide payroll services and even a standard template employment contract.
However the ideal nanny agency is one that takes away all of the administrative hassles for you from start to finish. That means one that not only carries out all the necessary reference checks and takes the time to match the right nanny to your family, but one that also can, or has a direct relationship with a company that can, not only provide the payroll services but also a bespoke employment contract tailored to your needs, whilst also being there on hand to offer advice on any of your employment obligations, including insurance throughout your nanny's employment with you. Once you have found your perfect nanny, there is a list of legal and financial obligations which you will need to take on board in you capacity as her employer. A nanny agency that is able to be there throughout your nanny's employment and guide you both at the beginning and the end of the contract is of enormous benefit and relief.