Why Choose Little Steps To Help You Recruit A Nanny?
Friendly and professional service
No registration fee
Longer opening hours and weekend support
We conduct a comprehensive screening service, which carefully checks every candidate, saving you a lot of time!
We verify a candidates qualifications, identity checks, employment records, their references and right to work in the UK and also request and check the candidates unique and up to date Enhanced DBS Certificate Number.
Interview support for you, as a client
We are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office)
Solicitor written documents
Fully insured agency
Clear fee structure
Once a candidate has been placed, we continue to provide ongoing support to both parties
Refund or a new nanny replacement (see Terms and Conditions)
What Areas Do You Cover?
Weybridge, Chertsey, Walton on Thames, Egham, Leatherhead, Cobham, Oxshott, Esher, Virginia Waters, Sunninghill, Chobham, Woking, Guildford, Camberley, Farnham and surrounding areas.
Reading, Ascot, Sunningdale, Windsor, Slough, Earley, Wokingham, Crowthorne, Bracknell, Sandhurst, Finchampstead, Winnersh, Twyford, Maidenhead, Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas.
Basingstoke, Fleet, Hartley Witney, Hook, Yateley, Eversley, Farnborough, Aldershot, Tadley, Alton, Winchester, Odiham, Liphook, Bordon, Petersfield and surrounding areas.
*These are the areas we tend to cover, although we can also cover Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex and London if we are asked, or we have been recommended from our previous clients.
Types of roles and services we provide at Little Steps
Daily Nanny or Live-out Nanny
Daily Nannies or Live-out Nannies usually undertake all nursery duties relating to the children only. As the “Live-Out” suggests she/he will not reside in your house. Full Time Nannies are 35 + hours per week and Part Time Nannies are under 35 hours per week. Nannies are often used to working 10 - 12 hour working days.
Nannies daily duties include preparation of healthy meals and snacks, school runs, organising play dates with local nannies, sourcing and attending groups, attending appointments where required, assisting with homework and educational activities, children's laundry and keeping the parents informed daily.
FT and PT salaries vary depending on qualifications, experience, working hours, location, ages of the children and other factors.
Live-in Nannies would be living in your family’s home or out-building. These positions can either be sole charge; where both parents work, or shared charge; where the nanny works alongside a parent. Live-in Nannies are exempt from the National Minimum Wage. Their hours average at around 50 hours per week. Live-in nanny duties are usually the same as a daily nanny (see above).
Maternity Nannies are usually live-in and are on duty 24 hours a day, up to six days a week, on a self employed and temporary basis. A maternity Nurse is skilled in supporting and caring for your newborn baby whilst also allowing yourselves, as parents, the time to rest and recover from the birth of your newborn baby.
A Maternity Nanny will be employed to only look after the newborn baby, no other siblings. The maternity nanny may help to establish a sleep routine for the newborn baby and complete baby laundry duties, bottle sterilisation and cleaning of the nursery.
Holiday Nannies accompany you on your holiday. They are live-in for this period of time and you can specify whether you would like your child/children to stay in their room for the duration or whether the nanny will have his/her own accommodation. The type of holiday can vary from a beach holiday to a skiing, action packed holiday. As an employer, you will be required to pay for your nannies accommodation, food and beverage costs, flights and occasionally hire of equipment on holiday ie. Skiing. Holiday nannies should also be entitled to some down time, unless your contracts state otherwise.
A proxy parenting role is similar to a daily nannies role, although this is in the absence of the parents and guardians, for 24 hours a day.
The proxy parent is solely responsible for the day to day running of the household, care of any pets and liasion with any other household staff. Proxy Parenting can also be stipulated in a daily nannies contract, if the parents and/or guardians are away on holiday or business trips often.
UK minimum wage must be adhered to at all times (yes, even when the Nanny is sleeping). Expect to pay £220 + per 24 hours.
Nanny-Housekeepers differ to the traditional role of a nanny. The duties are carried out to benefit the family as a whole, rather than just the children. The usual duties of a Nanny-Housekeeper includes: general house cleaning, family laundry, some cooking, driving and errand running. Nanny-Housekeepers can be Live-in or Live-out.
Ofsted Registered Nanny
Ofsted refers to a nanny, as a Home Childcarer, and they are exempt from the compulsory registers. Nannies can register under the voluntary part providing they meet the criteria; Paediatric First Aid, minimum qualification of The Common Core Skills and Knowledge in Childcare, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Public Liability Insurance. The employer usually pays for a nanny to become Ofsted registered, as it benefits only the employer, not the nanny. The cost of this is around £105 for the year. The process takes 10 - 12 weeks usually. Click here for further information.
Sleep Consultant - Gemma Axford at Sleeping Gems
Gemma Axford is a certified Baby and Sleep Consultant, living in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, UK.
Before qualifying as a Sleep Consultant, Gemma worked as a Nanny for many years. She qualified in
2004 with a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education.
As a mother, Gemma understands herself how important it is to know a child is well and content. She believes sleep is crucial to aid the fast paced development which children go through.
Gemma's Sleep Training method is gentle and each family she works with is treated individually; their needs are met with her bespoke plans.
There will be no need for "Crying it out" or "Controlled crying"; each case is tailored for the child, and their needs.
Her methods are in line with best practices, recommended by the UK's National Health Service, the American Academy of Paediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society.
Gemma offers three types of packages, to suit your needs and budget. Each package is individually tailored to fit around your family.
Norland Nannies are nannies who have been trained in a specific college, in Bath, to gain their qualification. They wear a distinct uniform whilst gaining their qualification; this is sometimes required to be worn by within a household after gaining their qualification and some households do not require this uniform. This is a discussion to have with your nanny.
Junior Nannies are usually not qualified, are currently studying or have just finished studying for their childcare qualification.
Nanny PA’s assist with the running of the family home. They are flexible and hands on, however their main duties will involve the children, managing staff and organising the personal and business life of the parents. A Nanny PA is responsible for taking care of the food shopping, organising the family diary, organising holidays, paying bills, school runs, organising children’s activities and parties, homework supervision, children’s shopping (shoe fittings, school uniform, P.E. kit etc.), care for family pets, planning and cooking children’s meals, house sitting, dealing with all correspondence, attending meetings on behalf or with the parents and more.
A nannyshare is when two or more families share the same nanny and use one household. Nannyshares can be complex regarding paying taxes, contracts, and holidays. NannyShares should be talked through and discussed in depth with both families prior to employing a nanny. This should include the discussions around meals, manners, discipline and your day to day parenting styles. Please note Nanny Shares require the National Minimum Wage to be paid to the Nanny by both employers and are usually upwards of £18 gross per hour.
Babysitters and Wedding Nannies, Corporate Nannies, Event Nannies and a Mobile Pop - Up Creche are also available.
What Is The Process Of Hiring A Nanny?
We try to make the process as simple as possible for you!
Complete an enquiry form via the website - We will be in touch, within less than 24 hours.
We will email you across some further information and will arrange a convenient time to call yourself, to discuss your requirements further.
We begin the search for you and see if any of our registered candidates are suitable for your position. If not, then we start recruiting for suitable candidates.
We conduct our necessary background checks on the candidate(s) - Enhanced DBS on the government update service only and a check on the update service. Direct written contact with the candidates previous employers of which at least two are obtained. Face to face interview with childcare related questions i.e.. correct bottle feeding preparation, sterilising of toys. Qualifications checked. First Aid certificate checked. ID checks. CV Checks.
If we believe the candidate(s) is suitable for the role, we will send you across a version of their CV and ask if you would like to interview the candidate(s). We try to send across a minimum amount, to ensure you are not overwhelmed. We can send you across some example interview questions to help with the process.
If you wish to employ the candidate, we will provide you with an offer letter template to complete for the candidate.
The candidate will be sent the offer letter and will accept/decline the job offer. If the candidate declines, we will begin the process again. If the candidate accepts, agency fee's will then be invoiced in accordance to Little Steps Nanny and Events Agency T's & C's.
We will be here to offer our advice and support along the way.