About Us

What Can NannyWanted Do For Me?

All Weather Childcare, established in 2008 in North West London and approved by The Good Nanny Agency Guide, last year expanded its offering to provide four different types of specialist services to cater more precisely to our clients’ requirements. Each service is backed by professionals who specialise in each of these areas of recruitment: Permanent, Temporary, Specialist and Evening Babysitting Staff.


Nannies North London


       Hampstead Nanny Agency


The Nanny Agency London


BabySitters In London

 

This concept was well received by our clients and now we have taken this approach one step forward by making it even easier for you to find the right childcarer with our ONE FORM APPROACH. For parents who simply don’t have the time or are not sure exactly what they need they can provide their requirements in a single form via NannyWanted and we will make sure your request gets routed to our most appropriate service.  Whether you are looking for a holiday nanny, baby sleep-training consultant, manny-gardener or a French speaking afternoon nanny NannyWanted can help you find exactly what you need.
 

Why use a nanny agency at all?

Whilst it is possible to use the classifieds to search for a nanny or child care for your children you will soon be inundated with CV’s, emails and phone calls from prospective candidates, many of them unsuitable or  with a completely irrelevant work background. This can leave most parents slightly bewildered especially if it is the first time they will be using a nanny. This is where an agency can help. Agencies have experienced staff who fully screen each nanny before introducing them to families. Yes, of course the agency charges but like any other business they offer an invaluable service to those who need help and give them a peace of mind.

 

Process of hiring a nanny through our agency

To be able to register, all nannies:

  • need at least 2 years of solid professional experience or a childcare-related qualification
  • need an up-to-date Enhanced CRB check to make sure they do not have any convictions and are eligible to work with children (we can arrange a CRB check)
  • need Paediatric First Aid Certificate (if not, they are encouraged to get one)
  • need Flawless references (which are verified)
  • need the right to work in the UK/their visa status if applicable

If they tick all these boxes, they are then invited either to a face-to-face interview or a phone interview, where we try to understand the gaps in their CVs as well as capture their character and views on the work with children so that we can match them as closely as possible with the families.
The next step is taking a phone call from you and identifying your needs and preferences and matching them to our nanny profiles. You may prefer a driver, a nanny who can play piano, somebody who is ready to work occasional weekends, who does not mind pets in the house (allergies)… As we work under the instructions we have from you, the more details we know, the closer match we can get.

We then send you several CVs that are relevant to your requirements, should you like any of them; you can speak to nannies on the phone before arranging an interview.
Before you interview nannies, we will send you a concise interview guide to give you some ideas of what to talk about and ask at the interview. Our clients rarely need to interview more than 4 nannies, but they can if they wish. Once a perfect match is found, we can then help with the outline for the formal agreement between an employer and a nanny and also advise on the tax issues if needed.
As sometimes the starts could be difficult even between the best employers and a dream nanny, we offer a free post-placement consultation to help find bridges and smooth up the lines of communication.

 

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Essential Info

NannyWanted’s ultimate parents glossary to childcare

Au-pair
Babysitter
Child-carer
Childminder
CRB disclosure, enhanced
Doula
Employer’s insurance
Insurance for nannies
Manny
Maternity nurse
Minimum wage
Montessori
Mother’s/Father’s help
Nanny
Nanny-share
Night nanny
Ofsted childcare tax credit
Ofsted registration
Ofsted vouchers
Proxy-parent
Shared-care
Sole-charge
Tax and N.I. for nannies

 

AU-PAIR

A young person from a foreign country who helps look after the children of the host family and also provides light housekeeping (altogether 25-30 hours per week)  in exchange  for room, board and weekly “pocket-money” of about £100. They are not qualified nannies so should not have sole care of young children and are not considered an employee and therefore taxes need not be paid unless their weekly pay is higher than the current weekly minimum as established by HMRC.


BABYSITTER-

A babysitter provides supervisory/custodial care of children typically on a part-time or an as-needed basis (often in the evenings). They do not need formal qualifications, however, the babysitter should have some childcare experience and possess the ability to respond to a crisis situation, communicate effectively with parents and have basic first aid skills. If you need an all-nigh help experienced with babies, the experienced or qualified night nanny is a more suitable option. The usual London babysitting rate is  £8- 12 per hour.


CHILD-CARER-

Any person who looks after children.


CHILDMINDER –

Childcare professionals who in their own home look after children (of different ages and from several families). They are self-employed carers.


CRB DISCLOUSURE, ENHANCED-

CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) disclosure enables employers to undertake appropriate  checks on staff who may come into contact with children (under 18) and vulnerable adult groups.


DOULA 

Childcare professional assistant who provides emotional support and advice during pregnancy, in the childbirth process, and/or after the birth. They are self-employed carers. They are trained and experienced in childbirth and have a good knowledge of female physiology but they are not midwife/medical staff.
Birth DoulaBefore the birth the doula usually meets with the mother (or couple) at least once. During labour the doula is there to offer help and advice on matters such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. After childbirth the doula may offer a couple of postnatal visits. The cost of birth doula is £300-£500 gross per package
Postnatal Doulas work flexible hours to suit the family. The role is live-out, advice and support sessions and is not to be confused with a role of a maternity nurse. The cost of postnatal doula is £12-£15 gross per hour


EMPLOYER’S INSURANCE-

The employing family has a duty to have their own Employer’s Liability cover to cover nanny if she sustains an injury in their home as a result of their negligence.  However, this is something that is normally added on to a Household Contents policy so they should contact their current insurers first.


INSURANCE FOR NANNIES-

Public liability insurance covers a nanny for anything that may happen to the children in nanny’s care for which they can be held legally liable.  The Nanny policy will not cover the use of car.


MANNY-

Male nanny; most popular with families with school-age boys and girls, especially with several energetic and sporty siblings, but fully qualified mannies are equally competent to work with babies and toddlers.


MATERNITY NURSE-

Qualified / highly experienced childcare professional who works alongside the mother to look after the baby for the first few weeks after the birth. They offer their experience, advice, support and guidance usually on a 24/6 or 12/7 basis. They are self-employed carers. They advise on breast feeding and any problems arising from it, teaching first time mothers how to bath and become comfortable around baby, helping establish a routine and providing moral support for the mother when she most needs it. Maternity nurses will deal with baby’s laundry, sterilise bottles and prepare light meals for the mother if she is not up to it. They shouldn’t be expected to look after other siblingsThey generally sleep with their charges and either bring the baby to mum for breastfeeding during the night or bottle feed the baby themselves so that the mother has a chance to recover from the birth. The rates are at £550 – £800 gross per week for a live-in 24/6 care or starting at £90 gross per day for 12 hour care.


MINIMUM WAGE-

national minimum for nanny’s wage
£3.64 per hour gross for employees aged between 16 and 17
£4.92 per hour gross for employees aged between 18 and 20
£5.93 per hour gross for employees aged 21 years and over


MONTESSORI -

A method of educating young children that stresses the development of a child’s own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play.  Dr. Maria Montessori saw that children learn best by doing things themselves and are self-motivated learners. Important is the belief that a child’s early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.


MOTHER’S/FATHER’S HELP-

An arrangement where a nanny with little experience  (nanny in training) looks after children under the parent’s full supervision, rather than taking charge. The responsibilities rise with the experience. A mother’s help is not qualified in child care. They may have done some child care work either baby-sitting at week-ends and evenings or worked casually in a child care centre/nursery.  The mother’s help duties are to assist the mother/father with the children and generally help around the house, e.g. vacuuming, dusting, preparing meals, light washing, ironing, etc. The current rates are £150 – £300 net per week if live-in or £250 – £380 net per week if live-out for a full week.


NANNY –

Childcare professional; qualified or experienced; employed by a family to take care of the children in family’s home. Duties are typically focused on childcare and any chores or tasks related to the children. A nanny may or may not have any formal training; however, most have significant actual experience.  The current rates are £300 – £400 net per week if live-in or £450 and more net per week if live-out.


NANNY-SHARE

Childcare scheme used often when a single nanny is employed by two families, looking after (simultaneously or on alternative days) children of both families. £500 ++ net for full week.


NIGHT NANNY –

Very popular with new parents and parents of multiple babies/toddlers, night nanny is a childcare professional working all-night shifts who will take over care of the baby/child. They help establish sleep/ night feeds patterns, are in full charge of the child, giving parents time to re-charge batteries.  Fees start at £100 gross per night (usually 7pm till 7am)


OFSTED CHILDCARE TAX CREDIT –

For families with a joint income of up to £58,175 (or £66,350 if there is a child under 1), childcare tax credit is available to assist with the cost of using an “approved” nanny as part of working tax credits.  If you do qualify, you can get up to 80 per cent of what you pay in childcare, to a maximum of £175 per week for one child £300 per week for two or more children. 


OFSTED REGISTRATION-

Enhances a child-carer’s credibility and professionalism and provides reassurance and financial advantages (vouchers and tax credit) for employers/parents. In order to be OFSTED registered a nanny will need to apply for the registration to include Enhanced CRB check,  update her 1st Aid knowledge to OFSTED standard,  needs to be either  NVQ qualified or attend a Core Skills Course and also needs to buy a Liability Insurance. The  cost of this is about £400.


OFSTED VOUCHERS 

This is form of tax relief available to all parents. To be able to use childcare vouchers you must be employed and your employer needs to set up a childcare voucher scheme. Childcare vouchers are just a different way of paying your nanny. Her salary, tax and NI you pay on her behalf will not change. However, you will be able to save money on your own tax payments, meaning that the first £55 per week per employee is exempt from tax and national insurance (and employer’s national insurance) provided Ofsted registered childcare is used.


PROXY-PARENT –

Childcare professional acting as a parent/guardian while the parents are absent (24 hours or more). They are responsible for the children, the running of the household and supervising and liaising with staff. Proxy parents come into your home and carry on with the child/children’s daily routine without changing their timetable or alter their days. The proxy parent will ensure the children are given good nourishing food, that their bedrooms and clothes are kept nice and clean, that they are driven safely and punctually to and from school and any other activities they attend and to help with their home-work.  Usual rate is £130- £200 gross per 24 hours depending on number and age of the children.


SHARED-CARE –

An arrangement when a stay-at-home parent and a nanny share the care of the children and tasks related to children; usually in large families where nanny is a helping hand to the parent(s) but is experienced enough to have sole-charge of the children.


SOLE CHARGE –

An arrangement when a nanny is working on her own, not supervised or helped by the parents; being solely responsible for the children and all decisions while planning their day.


 TAX  AND N.I FOR NANNIES-

If you employ a nanny in the UK and you pay her £102 or more per week the law requires you to register as an employer with HMRC and also

  • Pay Employee’s income tax  if the nanny is  paid £143 or more per week and does not have another job
  • Pay her National Insurance Contributions if the nanny earns £137 or more per week
  • Pay Employer’s National Insurance Contributions
  • Keep a payroll record and provide payslips on her behalf
  • Provide an annual summary of all these deductions and payments

As an employer you are also responsible for paying Statutory Sick Pay (current rate is £81.60 per week)  and Maternity Pay which may be reclaimed in full from the state. The first six weeks of SMP are at 90% of average gross weekly earnings. The remaining weeks of the maternity pay period (up to a maximum of 33 weeks) are paid at the lower rate of £128.73 gross per week, or 90% if lower.

 
 

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Fees

Our Fees are VAT exempt, saving you 20%.

Service Permanent Role Temporary Role Babysitter
In the UK £600 [1] / £900 [2] £15 Daily or £50 Weekly £10 or £15 [3] per evening
Outside the UK £1200 £100 Weekly Only N/A

    1. One-off fee for a permanent carer where suitable applicants are interviewed on the phone by an All Weather Childcare recruiter.
    2. One-off fee for a permanent carer where suitable applicants are interviewed in person, face-to-face by an All Weather Childcare recruiter.
    3. The agency fee is for each babysitting is £15 if a request is made on the day when the babysitter is needed or after 4pm the previous day. For all the other requests the fee is £10.