Finding a local nanny for your private household is an exciting prospect, but it can be daunting without the guidance of a specialist recruitment agency. 

Selecting the right nanny is a significant decision that will potentially impact your household’s daily routine, the development of your child, and your peace of mind – that’s why it is essential to conduct a thorough hiring process. 

As a parent or carer, your primary goal is to ensure that the candidate you select and bring into your household is not only adequately qualified but is also a perfect fit for your unique requirements and values.

With that in mind, here are some quick points you should consider when employing a nanny for your private household, and how Silver Swan Recruitment can make the process seamless and stress-free.

Consider Your Needs

The first step in the process of employing a nanny for your household staff would be to consider the following questions:

Do you want to find a local nanny who works full-time, part-time, or provides live-in care?

What will be your nanny’s primary responsibilities?

Are there any specific skills the nanny will need? 

Are there any qualifications the nanny needs?

What personality traits are you looking for?

Speak to a Specialist Recruiter

Taking on the searching, screening, and interviewing of nanny candidates without the guidance of a specialist recruiter is a daunting task and one that you can expect to be extremely time-consuming. You can expect to spend at least 20 hours searching for the right fit! On top of that, it isn’t guaranteed that you will be successful or have long-term satisfaction with your hire.

When you choose to work with a specialist recruiter like Silver Swan, you can expect to find much greater quality candidates, spend less time searching for the right fit, and ultimately be left with a professional who will stay with you for an extended period. 

Validate the Candidate’s Identity

Here at Silver Swan, we recommend validating all prospective candidates’ identity and relevant qualifications/accreditations. As an employer looking to find a local nanny, you have the responsibility of certifying that your prospective nanny has the right to work in the UK and is suitable for safeguarding your child and private household. 

It is important to be aware that foreign nationals may be limited by work visas/permits. If this is the case, contact one of our specialists, and we can offer guidance on remaining compliant with UK work regulations.

Request References from Previous Employers 

Requesting and obtaining references is a vital stage in the hiring process you must consider and allow time for. At Silver Swan, we rigorously vet each candidate before employing a nanny to ensure they possess the necessary skills and experience to match our client’s needs.

Once you have short-listed candidates, interviewed, and found a nanny you are happy with, we recommend that you obtain references from previous employers. Make sure that you include specific questions related to their experience with the candidate and their overall performance.

At this stage, you may also wish to verify certifications including first aid qualifications, public liability insurance, or any other certification to suit your needs. We also recommend requesting a DBS check. 

Our experts can assist you at this stage, our thorough screening process includes background checks, reference checks, and detailed interviews, giving you confidence in the nannies we recommend. We have an in-house reference checker and work with a 5* referencing provider to ensure all candidates are fully verified before being selected for a vacancy.

When employing a nanny, there are legal factors to consider. Firstly, it is a legal requirement that an employment contract is created that outlines their duties and responsibilities, hours, salary, notice period etc. Additionally, it is important that you understand your obligations regarding tax, NI, and pension contributions so that you are complying with employment laws and regulations. 

It can be challenging to do all of the above – that’s where our specialists can help. Our team at Silver Swan can provide guidance on these legal aspects, helping you navigate the complexities of employing a nanny.

Trial Periods and Ongoing Support

Once you find a local nanny that you believe is suitable, it’s beneficial to begin with a probationary period. This allows you to assess the nanny’s ability while providing the nanny with a chance to determine whether they want to work within your private household. Here are some additional key points to consider:

  • The length of the trial period (find guidance here)
  • Clear expectations you want to set and how to provide constructive feedback
  • Establish regular check-ins and encourage open communication throughout

Also, the probationary period is a perfect opportunity to provide your nanny with specialist training from Silver Swan to develop their skills, knowledge, and experience. 

The recruitment process of hiring a nanny for your private household can be daunting, but with these key points to refer to, you will hopefully be equipped with all the necessary information to consider.

If you are seeking additional guidance from specialist experts, then Silver Swan can help. Our private staffing specialists fuse regional knowledge, decades of experience, and a database brimming with incredible candidates. Get in touch with us today to get started!