How to hire a nanny
We are recruitment experts and know how to find the right nanny for you and your family.
How to hire a nanny that suits your family
At 14fiftyseven we always start with a conversation about your needs. We understand you need childcare, but would it be useful for a nanny to prep a meal while the baby naps? Would you like the nanny to assist with school-age children’s homework? Could the nanny do a family wash once a day?
Some of these issues may seem small, but it’s in sorting out details of what’s expected that we ensure you hire a nanny to suit your lifestyle. This is the route to a harmonious and happy nanny-client relationship.
Think about what qualities matter to you in a nanny. Is a fun creative attitude important, do they need first-aid training, an unblemished driving license?
Some parents might prefer that the nanny does household jobs while the parent spends time with the children a day or two a week. Every family is different, and it’s important we get each placement of a candidate right for each client.
Payment and tax
We know it’s common for families to pay nannies in cash under the table. This set up, as well as being illegal, often leads to HR problems. If you’re employing someone in your household, you need to address salary, tax and pension requirements in a professional way. It’s the right way of going about how to hire a nanny.
The good news is we can sort this out for you. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that everything is above board and being dealt with in a legal and professional way.
Retention and HR issues
We know that retention of good nannies is an issue, and we also know that if there are problems – for example personality clashes or differing expectations of a role – then they can be difficult to sort out.
Unlike most nanny recruitment agencies, we encourage a system of regular appraisals with your nanny. We can guide our clients in this process. In most cases, this will iron out any problems before they even become hard to handle.
How to hire a nanny within your budget
Whether you’re a multi-millionaire or just starting out – with a baby on your hip who needs looking after – we can find a nanny solution within your budget.
Think outside the box
Have you considered a manny? Or a nanny with experience outside the usual nanny-career-path? We encourage our clients to think about how to hire a nanny in a modern way. Of course, highly trained nannies are sought after, but great personalities and fun ideas count for a great deal in the nanny world, too.
Think of a nanny from your children’s perspective. Grumpy 3-year-olds will love a fun-loving creative person who may not have been to nanny-training school and could be the answer to your prayers.
In all cases, we start with that detailed chat, and we assess and discuss with you what your needs are and how they will best be met.
Clear communication is incredibly important when hiring a nanny. First, when we engage with clients we ask detailed questions right down to understanding the client’s daily timetable. Our aim is to get a clear picture of expectations. For example, one household may like to have no interruptions at mealtimes. Knowing this restricts any aggravation, as we have addressed it during the getting-to-know-you session.
We want to make sure you and the new nanny are happy, and we do everything to make that happen.
We also stay in touch, so that if any difficulties arise, both the nanny and the client can come back to us to begin solving the issue.