Live in Nannies
Hours of work
A residential nanny should work between 10-12 hours per day Monday
to Friday with two nights baby sitting included in their salary.
Any additional baby-sitting should be paid extra. Babysitting nights
are usually taken between Monday-Thursday. Weekends are free unless
stated otherwise (possibly working a half or full day at weekends
by mutual arrangement, for extra pay or a day off in lieu)
Live in salaries vary between £350-£450+ per week net.
It is important to make clear from the start whether the salary
you are offering is gross or net. Nannies salaries are usually quoted
as net. Families are liable for the Nannies Tax and National Insurance. (Please see
Nanny Tax Information)
The nanny will require a separate bedroom but they
should be happy to share a bathroom with the children/family.
Most families provide a Television/Video, desk and storage
It is always best to have clear ideas about your house rules before
hiring a live in nanny. This will differ from household to household.
It is advisable to state in the contract that you require the nanny
to inform you first of any people not connected with the family
who may come to the house ie other nannies or friends. It is worth
remembering if you have a good relationship with your nanny that
she may over time wish to have a close friend or family member to
stay once you have met with them.
Other points to keep in mind:
1) If you do not have a separate phone line for the nanny it is
worth requesting an itemised phone bill from your phone company.
2) Nannies will expect the family to provide their food unless
they require specialist items i.e. vegetarian, vegan or wheat free
3) If you require the nanny to drive the car, you are responsible
for the insurance, up keep and petrol. It is also worth checking
with your insurers before offering the position that the nanny is
insurable on the car you are providing and also check that their
driving licence is valid for England. New Zealand, Australians and
South Africans can only use there licences for one year then they
need an international or British licence.
4) It is a good idea to have a kitty for the nanny which she can
use for entrance fees, bus fares, the occasional ice cream, pint
of milk etc etc so she feels she is not having to ask frequently
to be re-imbursed for things. It is advisable to ask her to keep
receipts so you can keep an eye on general expenditure.
5) Smoking - make sure your nanny is aware if you have strong
views on smoking eg no smoking in the house. Even if she herself
doesn't smoke it may be that a close friend of hers does and she
should adhere to your guidelines.
6) Respect for privacy. Some live-in Nannies will have their meals
with the children, whilst others may expect to eat evening meals
with you - it is worthwhile discussing this with your Nanny and
making her aware of your preference. Likewise you may want to know
how she plans to spend her weekends - does she visit friends/ family,
or will she mostly be staying in the house.
Obviously strong preferences regarding all the above should be
discussed with your consultant at the registration process, and
your consultant will tailor your selection accordingly.