In the first blog post for this series I outlined all of the things you need to consider when you're looking to hire a new nanny. Hopefully it goes to show you that there actually is a lot to think about. In this post, we'll go over three important things YOU need to do before you even start recruiting your nanny:
Important tip number 1- Do some research
This might sound silly to say but we speak to lots of families who really don't know what they're doing when it comes to hiring a nanny. Assumptions can be made throughout the process that cause issues in the later stages.
For example, many families don't understand the legal requirements around hiring a nanny. Once you hire a nanny you become an employer, and you are responsible for paying your nannies tax and NI. On top of this, like any employee, your nanny is eligible for paid annual leave and statutory sick pay. You might have to pay a 2ND nanny to cover the role when your primary nanny goes on annual leave. All of this contributes to the cost of having a nanny, and many people don't account for these costs early on.
One family I spoke to recently had lost a brilliant nanny over money- when they hired her they assumed they would simply pay her cash, and the nanny understood the family would register and pay her tax. When at the end of her first month the nanny asked for a payslip, the parents had a nasty shock once they realised they were liable for more pay. They decided they couldn't afford the nanny and they had to cover the cost of the additional tax, pay the nanny notice pay and start recruiting again.
To find out more about the real costs involved in hiring a nanny read over this useful info on the HMRC website or visit the NannyTax website.
Important tip number 2- Plan your recruitment process
Once you've fully assessed the costs involved in hiring a new nanny it's time to start planning your recruitment process. Put simply, there are two ways to do this- the good way, and the BAD way!
What NOT to do when hiring a nanny
It's easy. Please please please don't simply write a job ad, line up some interviews and hope to meet your dream nanny. I've spoken to too many parents over the years who've assumed the process is that quick- then found out the nanny they've hired simply doesn't fit the bill.
If you don't put enough thought into this process, then you will most probably leave out important information that a nanny needs to know about your family in order to succeed in your job. Likewise, you might miss important warning signs that signal interviewees are wrong for your role. Either way, you've wasted your own time, your children's time and the nannies time by not being clear enough about your expectations.
The good way- best practise when hiring a nanny
We'll go into this in more detail in later blog posts, but again, its pretty simply. Make sure you write everything down. Your contract, your job description, your list of things a 'Dream Nanny' would do for your family. What your 'Dream Nanny' looks like- her strengths, her interests and how she would help.
Also, be honest about your family. Nannies are a part of your home and see the good, the bad and the ugly. Mum, if you like every sheet, towel, pillowcase and sock to be ironed please don't tell your interviewees there is minimal ironing involved in the job. If your children are prone to tantrums, be up front with your interviewees and let them know the current behaviour situation. If you're happy with the way children behave you need to source a nanny who is happy with that as well. If you're not happy then your dream nanny will be able to help you guide better behaviour- if you source the right person.
At KiwiOz Nannies London we'll provide you with a nanny hiring toolkit that will guide you step by step through this process. It does take a little bit of time, but I find families who take advantage of the toolkit have a much higher chance of success. To find out about registering with KiwiOz Nanny Agency London and getting your toolkit, call our consultants on 020-3427-5423.
Important tip number 3- Involve your children
Hiring a new nanny is a transition process for a family, and one that can be stressful for both parents and children. Involving your children in this process will help them understand what's happening, and be excited about their new friend instead of being worried.
You might like to help your children prepare an 'about our family' booklet to give to your new nanny, and the children can draw pictures and tell the nanny their age and their favourite toys. As you work through the hiring process your children will understand what's happening and the sudden change in family dynamics will be less of a shock.
Again, our nanny hiring toolkit can help get the children and family involved in the recruitment process- contact us for more details.
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