A Nanny is an experienced and/or qualified childcarer employed to look after children at the employers home. Nannies are generally trained to provide care and educational development for children from birth to ten years.
Nannies can be either live in or out, permanent or temporary and can have complete sole charge of the children or shared charge with the mother, father, grandparent or sometimes another Nanny.
Nanny duties include taking responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the children in her care, providing safe, stimulating, age appropriate activities, completing Nursery duties such as children’s laundry, maintaining tidiness of children’s rooms and preparing children’s meals. A Nanny is not responsible for general household tasks.
Salaries vary, depending on whether the Nanny is live in or live out, what qualifications/experience she holds, if she’d have to use her own car for work etc.
On going rates for a live out nanny are from £10 to £15 net per hour and for a live in nanny from £400 to £650. Employer must pay their tax and Ni on the top of the net rate.
Live in nannies normally work from 7am to 7am on Mondays to Fridays and they’re supposed to babysit twice a week included in their salary ( Monday to Thursdays only). if you need babysitting on weekends you must pay them separately. Full board and food are provided by the family (employer).
A Nanny Share is a nanny shared between two or more families usually to spread the cost. Qualifications and duties are as above although the nannies hourly/weekly rate is usually slightly higher due to the fact she is taking on the responsibility of more children/nursery duties than would be applicable with one family. Also she would be dealing with two or more families and usually she will be split between two or more houses.
A Housekeeper/Nanny- Housekeeper is usually employed by families to manage the care of the home. Their duties may or may not include childcare and are often employed by families with school aged children, taking care of household duties during school hours. They can be employed on a live in or live out basis, temporary or permanent.
Maternity Nanny/ Night Nanny
Maternity Nannies/ Night Nannies are employed on a temporary basis to assist with newborn babies. They either live in and work on six days a week, 24 hours a day basis assisting mum with all issues to do with the newborn or arrive in the evening and take charge of the baby during the night so Mother can have a rest. They usually have specific qualifications in the care of newborn babies or vast experience in this area.
In addition to caring for your baby they may also advise you on matters such as breastfeeding, getting your baby into a routine, baby equipment and weight gain patterns.
A Doula provides continuous emotional and practical support, for mothers and couples, through pregnancy, birth and immediately postpartum, also providing flexible practical and emotional support postnatally for new mothers and families in their own homes. Doulas are usually experienced women and mothers who have undertaken a doula preparation course. Doulas support families from all ethnic, religious, social backgrounds, including couples and single parents, same sex parents, low-income families and executives, students, lawyers, midwives and doctors, etc. Doulas spend time building a relationship with the families they are supporting. They offer space and time for parents to discuss and reflect upon their own situation, their needs, past experiences and options in childbirth to enable them to move towards a positive experience. Doulas are not there to take the place of the family or partner during a birth, unless parental choice, circumstances or cultural pressures mean that the mother’s partner is unable to be with her during labour and birth. Doulas do not take a clinical role, they work alongside their client’s care providers, supporting clients in their own choices. At all times a doula is led only by her client’s wishes and does not make specific recommendations, though may signpost to evidence-based resources and information.
A Mother’s Help is usually either unqualified with little experience or qualified with little nannying experience (e.g. a nursery worker looking to break into nannying.) A Mother’s help usually works alongside the Mother or Father providing childcare and assisting with other household duties. Mother’s helps can be live in or live out and usually command lower salaries than a nanny.
We have got a large range of babysitters on our database. Most of them are highly experienced nannies, personally interviewed (otherwise we will let you know) DBS checked, First Aid trainned and many of them hold childcare qualifications.
We’ve two difference fees to book an evening babysitter, one price for emergency and another with a minimum of 72 hours notice booking.
Our evening babysitting service usually starts from 6/7pm, when the children are in bed or about to but it’s negotiable according to your needs. Please note this is only evening babysitting, if you need help at weekends or occasional days we can supply a temporary nanny. Normally we’d send you 3 CVs to have a look at so you can choose your favorite one. Nannies do have different fees according to their experience, qualifications and location. We are also able to accommodate last minute requests most of the time.
If you arrive after 11pm you will need to pay for your babysitter’s taxi journey home to ensure she returns home safely. You must pay the candidate at the end of day via cash.
*Candidates require a minimum of 72 hours notice for cancellation on temporary bookings and babysitting’s so you’d only pay 50% otherwise 100% of their hourly rate will be charged if you don’t cancel them within 72 hours of notice.
Emergency Childcare is a service that allows parents to book an emergency nanny (less than 48 hours notice) anywhere in London with as little as 2 hours notice.
Our last minute on call nannies can look after newborns up to 17 years old in your home. We aim to provide the best nannies for our clients.
*Candidates require a minimum of 72 hours notice for cancellation on emergency/temporary bookings; so you will only pay 50% otherwise 100% of their hourly rate will be charged if you don’t cancel them within 72 hours of notice.
Private tutors are either qualified teachers or degree educated in a specific subject like languages, arts, music or mathematics. They are usually self employed and work on an hourly or sessional basis although some families do employ private tutors on a full time basis. We can also find you a TEFL qualified candidates for any international clients wanting to improve their children’s English.
Holiday nannies provided by us have been personally interviewed as well as DBS and reference checked. Most of them hold childcare qualifications or have a minimum of 2 years childcare experience and a First Aid certificate. They can travel with you wherever you want to go – accompany your children on holidays or while you are away from home.
Aupair is French and means ‘At Par’ or ‘equal to’, so the relationship between the aupair and their host family is intended to be one of equals. An aupair comes for the cultural exchange and wants to be treated as a member of the family rather than a domestic worker. They must be legally entitled to work in the UK and are usually in between 18 and 30 years old. They reside with a host family and help with household chores as well as babysit in return for accommodation, food and pocket money. They are not a trained or qualified childcarer and are not allowed to have sole charge of children under 2 years old. The Home Office regulates the hours and conditions for an Au Pair or an Au Pair Plus as specified below:
Help with everyday housework
5 hours a day in the morning no afternoon work (split shifts may be agreed in writing as long as it doesn’t affect any language courses)
25 hours a week. Days off need not be consecutive, but one should be at the weekend
Should not babysit for more than 2 evenings a week
Pay £110+ per week
Statutory Holiday pay (20 days a year plus 8 days bank holidays)
Meals eaten with family
Au Pair plus:
As an Au pair except
3 hours afternoon childcare extra for 2 or 3 days
Around 35 hours per week
Babysitting 3 nights a week
Pay £130+ per week
They should also not be expected to do any household chores in the afternoon.
Having an au pair is a reciprocal relationship which works if both parties cooperate well. Ground rules should be discussed and agreed before your house guest arrives especially in the case of childcare and your approach and beliefs. As host one should be aware that an au pair is away from home and every effort should be made to make them feel comfortable and supported.
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"Brilliant Nannies is a great childcare agency, the owners are very helpful and friendly besides being very reliable and good on advice. Competitive rates and good candidates even on same day. I highly recommend them." - J. Dobby, Sheen.
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"I found Brilliant Nannies to be very professional and efficient. They matched me with the right family straight away and I was employed within a week. I found it very professional that the agency took the time to make sure that I met the requirements and properly checked my papers. I would choose Brilliant Nannies again and would also trust them to find me the right nanny.
Thanks a lot Carla. It was pleasure working with you." - S. Kersyte, Hounslow.
"Thank you! Brilliant Nannies has been an excellent way for me to find top quality temporary nannies!" - B. Dickinson, Richmond.