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Nanny

A nanny is experienced in childcare, looks after your child(ren) in your own home and ensures that all their emotional & physical needs are met whilst looking after your child(ren). As a result, your child or children will get plenty of attention and your child or children’s routine will not be disrupted. A nanny would normally do everything you would do if you were looking after your child. Having a nanny is convenient as you don’t have to rush to drop your child off at nursery or a childminder first before going to work. Nannies may be employed on a live-in or live-out basis, depending on the preferences of the family. A nanny is responsible for the safety and development of the child/ren in their care by providing a safe and loving environment for the child/ren, and plans activities that help stimulate the children’s learning and encourage development. The duties of a nanny, known as nursery duties, include doing the children’s laundry, maintaining the cleanliness of equipment, toys and rooms used by the children, and the preparation of the children’s meals. Nannies are not responsible for general housework.

Nannies can drop off and collect children from schools or nurseries, organise and attend play dates, and source group activities such as musical or gymnastic groups. Generally, nannies can work up to 10 or 12 hours a day.

Nanny Share

A Nanny Share usually comprises of two families, each with their own child/ren employing the same nanny. The nanny can be based in one house or alternate between the two, or two part-time parents could take it in turns to use the nanny on different days.

Key responsibilities of a nanny

To feed the children fresh and nutritious food, taking into account any potential or existing allergies. Ensure they have a balanced diet.

To wash, iron and mend the children’s clothes.

To change and wash the children’s bedding and towels when necessary.

To organize stimulating activities for the children, e.g. appropriate playgroups, visits to friends, outings to places of interest.

To ensure that the children get plenty of exercise and fresh air. Under close supervision when in the garden or the park.

To keep the kitchen, nursery and bathroom tidy, and clear items away after use.

To plan menus for the week ahead and prepare a weekly shopping list for your and the children’s food.

To create a happy and relaxed environment around the children. To be loving and kind but also firm when required. To make them feel secure at all times.

To take the children to the doctor/hospital when they are sick. To visit the dentist when necessary. To get their prescriptions and to ensure that they take their medication.

To be responsible for the weekly float. To purchase food or clothing for the children as required.

To report all accidents and breakages to us as soon as possible, however minor.

To inform the parent/s at the end of each day about how the child/children have been and other relevant issues. To review how the job is going and provide them with open and honest feedback on a regular basis.

Au pair

An au pair is usually a young adult aged between 18 to 30 years although can be older if not from the European Union. The au pair will live with you, the host family. Au pairs are considered as a full member of the family during the entire stay. He or she will help the family with childcare and will often do some light household tasks. In return, the host family provides free board and lodging as well as pocket money. The pocket money has to be a minimum of £75 per week although we often recommend families pay slightly more. The au pair is neither a housekeeper nor a nanny. Find out more about Au pair.

Babysitter

A babysitter will take care of children whilst the mother and or father are temporarily away. Our babysitters are usually qualified and experienced nannies, nursery nurses, teachers and child-minders, who will come to your home to look after your children normally in the evenings so that you can have a night out. Typical duties of a babysitter will include looking after the children and carrying out light household chores. As taking care of children can be messy, babysitters will regularly clean up. Babysitters keep your children clean and clean up utensils and baby bedding. Another task for a babysitter is to provide children with engaging activities. It is also a basic duty of a babysitter to ensure that the children are fed. In case of younger children, the parents need to direct the babysitter on feeding times and meals, and the babysitter should observe the set rules. The babysitter should, however, have the ability to observe the children and know if they are hungry. In cases of older children, it is often the babysitter’s responsibility to prepare meals and feed the children. The babysitter usually possesses basic cooking skills and has the knowledge to deal with different eating habits.

Nanny Housekeeper

A nanny housekeeper will take care of child/ren as well as household chores and are responsible for the day to day running of the household. Nanny Housekeepers can be live in or live out. As the children are likely to be older, the childcare aspect of this role is generally only part time – before and/ or after school, and perhaps more hours with childcare, and less with housekeeping, during the school holidays. Generally, a Nanny-Housekeeper can work up to 10 hours a day.

Listed below are the duties of nanny housekeepers:

Feeding, bathing and keeping children neat and well groomed.

Doing household chores like washing plates, laundry and general cleaning of the house.

Taking child/ren to school.

Going to and participating in events a child is supposed to attend.

Keeping an eye on children during playtime and setting play dates.

Preparing warm meals for children.

Organizing schedules for children (play time, studying etc.)

Nanny-Housekeeper PA

Some Nanny-Housekeepers are able to assist with admin duties for home businesses, paying bills, organising social engagement and the like. These are often termed NannyHousekeeper-PA.

Nanny-Housekeeper Cook

Nanny-Housekeeper Cooks are excellent cooks who are able to help organise and cook for dinner parties or larger events.

Mothers’ / Fathers’ Helps

A mothers’ or father’s help is generally filled by someone training or newly qualified with little or perhaps no previous experience of sole charge care of children in the home. It is a position that, for many, is a ‘stepping stone’ to become an experienced sole charge nanny. A mother’s / father’s help cannot be expected to take full responsibility or have sole charge of the children until they have gained more experience, and their duties are to assist with the day to day childcare and housekeeping duties.

Maternity Nurses

A Maternity Nurse can help to provide a smooth introduction to new parents and their baby into family life. Their role is to help new mothers in all aspects of caring for the newborn, from breast feeding to establishing a feed / sleep routine, bathing and helping mum through those first very tiring weeks. They will advise on breast / bottle feeding and any problems arising from it, and teaching first time mothers how to bath the baby. Generally, they will help Mum and Dad become comfortable around the baby, and providing support to them. Maternity nurses will deal with all the baby’s laundry, sterilise bottles, make up the feeds, and keep the babies area and equipment clean and tidy. Maternity nurses usually live in and work up to 24 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week, for anything up to 8 weeks at a time.

We ensure that all Nannies and child-carers registered with us have as a minimum requirement a current first aid certificate, an enhanced DBS certificate (previously CRB) and are Ofsted registered if appropriate.

Our Verification Procedure

We do a lot of work around verification of our applicants. As a minimum:
2 proofs of identity, one of which must have a recent photograph. We see the originals.
Require a police check (known as DBS) if it not recent unless it was obtained via Ofsted within the last 3 years.
Request to see original certificates for relevant child care qualifications.
Verify references.
Verify visa status if necessary.
Applicants have a current first aid certificate.
In addition to the formal checks, we will interview the applicants and only put forward candidates for positions we feel they are best suited for.

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Home Star Childcare Limited
3rd Floor, 207 Regent Street
London
W1B 3HH
United Kingdom

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