A nanny is someone who looks after your children with a skill and professionalism to provide plenty of fun and learning opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment. Employing a nanny, compared with other childcare options, provides a greater level of flexibility with the benefits of a close relationship between parent, child and nanny. This results, in a more comprehensive and indeed less stressful provision of childcare.
'The Yorkshire Nanny Company' believes that a nanny can have a huge impact on a child's life. I am extremely selective when registering nannies, as they are a person your child will be spending an awful lot of time with and can have a huge bearing on how your child behaves in the social world.
I believe a nanny must be well spoken, with good manners, have good social skills, common sense, good hygiene, be fit and healthy, have good cooking skills to provide healthy nutritious meals and good organisational skills. Being a nanny is not just a job it is a vocation.
I take my role in sourcing candidates very seriously. I look for candidates that are 'career nannies', those that have a good education, a kind and nurturing nature, a healthy attitude to outdoor play and understand the importance of a good diet. I believe that a sense of fun and humour are essential and a firm but kind approach to steer children in the right direction.
A family can expect the following from a Nanny...
-Plan, organise, and carry out appropriate, stimulating activities for children.
-Use consistent behavioural management techniques, previously discussed with the parents.
-Establish or follow children's individual routines, responding to the children's personal needs.
-Discussing progress and daily activities with the parents, directly or through a daily nanny diary.
-Supervise children at all times, making sure children are always safe.
-Teach and encourage children basic hygiene.
-Perform children's laundry and keep children's bedrooms and playroom tidy.
-Keep toys and child related equipment in good order. They should be in good working condition and stored in organised way.
-Prepare nutritious healthy meals from scratch.
-Follow food hygiene principles, checking ingredients are not out of date, following standards to avoid cross contamination.
-Be aware of food or other allergies.
I require a minimum of two proofs of identity
Check qualifications – see all certificates
At least two written references and one verbal reference - these are followed up
I require a valid First Aid Certificate – these last 3 years
I require a valid and clear DBS (enhanced Police check)
In the situation where a candidate does not hold either First Aid or DBS, I require candidates to agree that they are happy to obtain these and have them ready for interviews with families.
Although not compulsory (unless they need to register with OFSTED), I always recommend that nannies hold public liability insurance.
I also encourage nannies to have business use on their car insurance if they are using their own car for work.
As well as formal checks, I personally interview all applicants and use my knowledge, skills and experience to determine the suitability for the position.
I take the role of sourcing candidates very seriously. I look for candidates that are 'career nannies', those that have a good education, a kind and nurturing nature, a healthy attitude to outdoor play and understand the importance of a good diet. I believe that a sense of fun and humour are essential and a firm but kind approach to steer children in the right direction.
DBS Checks (previously called CRB Checks)
All nannies registered with The Yorkshire Nanny Company must have a DBS (Disclosure & barring service) check prior to commencing work with a family. Ideally nannies should be registered on the DBS Online Update Service - or willing to have a new check and join.