Call the Nanny places high calibre nannies, mothers’ helps, maternity nurses and babysitters in Dorset. Our childcare professionals are experienced in caring for children from birth to 18 years old. We will offer you a personal and professional service and aim to find you the most qualified childcarer to match your family’s specific needs.
3 simple steps to finding your perfect nanny
We care about the needs of your family and we listen very carefully to your requirements before placing our childcare professionals. We take time to get to know you and your children. We recommend meeting you in the comfort of your own home, however we understand that people lead busy lives and can undertake our consultation over the phone if this is more convenient. We will find out more about your family routine, the duties you would like carried out and what qualities are important to you and your children.
Finding the right candidate
Once you have told us about your requirements and the days and hours that you are looking for help, we will actively advertise the position and contact our database of nannies that meet your criteria. All applicants that are put forward will have been personally interviewed, reference checked and have had all necessary document checks. We will then send you a few carefully selected CV’s and arrange interviews between you and the nannies that you wish to meet. Following the interviews, we will ask for feedback from both you and the nanny. If you decide to go ahead with one of the nannies, we recommend arranging a second interview where the nanny can meet your children.
The final Steps
Once you have chosen a nanny, we will advise you on your responsibilities as an employer, the preparation of your nanny’s contract, tax and induction support. There are no charges until we have found you a suitable candidate. We are also readily available to offer ongoing support and advice if you need it.
We have a range of childcare options and our services include:
Daily nannies care for your child(ren) in your home and take them to activities and groups in the local community. They work on a sole charge basis and are available on a temporary or permanent basis, full or part-time. Live out nannies usually work 8-12 hours a day, Monday to Friday, however the amount of hours worked will differ from family to family to suit individual requirements. Claire or Gemma at Call the Nanny will be happy to discuss your needs.
A daily nanny will carry out all nursery duties related to the children. Your child(ren) will receive one to one care and the nanny will use their knowledge and skills to enhance your child(ren)s development thorough educational and age appropriate play. Each family will have individual requirements, however, duties will include:
- Organising fun, educational and age appropriate activities to ensure that the children in their care are active and social
- Organising play dates and outings
- School or nursery drop offs and collections
- Bathing and dressing the children
- Preparing nutritious meals
- Doing the children's laundry
- Keeping the children’s bedrooms clean and tidy
- Ensuring that play areas are kept safe, clean and tidy
Nannies offer a flexible form of childcare and are usually flexible with the hours they work. Most nannies can also offer evening babysitting. If you would like your nanny to carry out babysitting duties on top of their full time hours, their rate will need to be agreed in advance and written into the contract. Some nannies are also happy to have sole charge of your child(ren) when you are away, or to go on holiday with you.
It is possible for some families to claim back some money towards the cost of having a nanny in the form of Tax Free Childcare Vouchers. Your nanny will need to be Ofsted registered to claim Tax Free Childcare and this is something that Call the Nanny can advise you on. To find out more about Ofsted registration please visit https://nannytax.co.uk/ofsted-registration/ofsted-faq or contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231. Alternatively visit the full Ofsted website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted
A live-in nanny will live within the family home. They will either have a bedroom with use of a bathroom within the family home, or separate accommodation within the grounds. It is important that all house rules are made clear from the start and are stated within the nanny's contract.
What can you expect from your live-in nanny?
Live-in nannies usually work between 8-12 hours a day, five days a week. Some families wish 1-2 nights evening babysitting to be included within the salary. Live-in nannies can also work part-time. Please feel free to discuss your needs with Claire or Gemma who will be able to advise what is best for you.
Salaries for live-in nannies are usually less than for daily nannies as bills and accommodation are included. Live-In nannies working Monday to Friday will usually receive a salary of £250-£350 gross per week but this will vary depending on the amount of childcare experience and level of qualifications the nanny has. Live-in nannies will usually have all of their meals provided for by their employers and her preferences/special requirements should be discussed prior to her starting the role. The nanny will usually be happy to eat the same foods as the children.
Live-in nannies are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks paid holiday and National Bank Holidays should be given as extra or payment added to her salary. The time at which the holiday is to be taken should be agreed by the employer and employee prior to commencement. Usually the employer will choose 2 weeks and the employee will choose 2 weeks.
If you require your nanny to travel abroad with you, or provide 24 hour care whilst you are away, then a set rate for this will be arranged prior to your nanny starting. When taking your nanny away on holiday with you, all travel expenses, food and the nanny's weekly wage should be covered.
A live-in nanny will carry out all nursery duties related to the children. Your child(ren) will receive one to one care and the nanny will use their skills to enhance your child(ren)s development thorough educational play. Each family will have individual requirements, however, generally the live-in nanny will organise activities to ensure that the children in their care are active and social. Activities will be fun and age appropriate and could include for example creative arts and crafts, trips to the park, playgroup, the library, baby/toddler classes, swimming and play dates. The nanny will also do any school or nursery drop offs and collections, bathe and dress the child(ren), prepare nutritious meals, do the child(ren)'s laundry, organise the child(ren)'s bedrooms and ensure that the play areas are kept safe, clean and tidy.
This type of nanny will come to your home and get your child(ren) ready for school/nursery and/or collect them later in the day. Her duties will be similar to that of a daily nanny but she will be more focused on after school clubs and activities if your child(ren) attends these. The nanny will also help with homework, prepare dinner and follow an early evening routine to wind down before bedtime. The nanny will make sure that the child(ren) have a fun afternoon/early evening. Some families may wish to make this role a Nanny/Housekeeper position so that the nanny can run errands and undertake household duties during the day whilst the children are at school. Some nannies may also be able to look after the children during the day when they are on school holidays.
This type of role is usually suited to a nanny with her own child that she can bring along to work with her, although after/before school nannies without their own children are also available.
Maternity nurses are highly qualified and experienced with newborn babies. Most of the team have previously worked as nurses, midwives, maternity nurses and maternity support workers. They will have undergone specific training. A maternity nurse will live in with the family and should be given her own accommodation. She will usually work 24 hours a day for up to 6 days in a row. Maternity nurses usually work for 2-12 weeks following the birth of a child, depending on your individual needs. Call the Nanny also offer daily Maternity Nurses who can visit you for a few hours at a time, as a one off occasion or just overnight.
A maternity nurse will be able to advise and support you with all aspects of infant care including:
- Sleep routines
- Breast or bottle feeding, including any feeding difficulties and sterilisation of feeding equipment
- Support with breast feeding
- Bathing and dressing your newborn
- Nappy changing
- Care and support of the postnatal mother-as well as giving you support and guidance, the maternity nurse will ensure that you are getting enough rest and can prepare light nutritious meals for you.
- Safety advice
- Organising the nursery
- Doing the baby’s laundry
How much does a Maternity Nurse cost?
Maternity Nurses are self-employed and are responsible for their own Tax and National Insurance contributions. You should agree payment terms directly with your Maternity Nurse, however, as a guide please see the table below:
Maternity nurse (single baby) £125-£185 per day
Maternity nurse (multiple births) £150-200 per day
Daily maternity nurse (single baby) £12-17 per hour
Daily maternity nurse (multiple births) £15-20 per hour
Junior maternity nurse £10-12 per hour
After talking through your requirements, Call the Nanny will recommend one of our registered Maternity Nurses. Our Agency fee for finding a Maternity Nurse is £75 per week live-in and £25 a day for daily Maternity Nurses.
A Nanny/PA will combine childcare duties with managing a busy household. This is an ideal solution for families with children at school. Whilst the children are at school the Nanny/PA can use her time to make bookings such as holiday bookings, doctor’s appointments or dental appointments. She will manage the family diary, run errands such as food shopping or dry cleaning, organise household maintenance/repairs and manage the household bills to give a few examples. Some parents running a business from home may wish to involve their nanny in bookkeeping or administration duties. Our Nanny/PA’s will have a background in administration as well as childcare.
After collecting the child(ren) from school/nursery the Nanny/PA’s focus will be solely on the child(ren), helping with homework, organising and taking them to activities/play dates, preparing dinner and providing a fun, age appropriate afternoon.
A Nanny/PA is an excellent option for families that require childcare but cannot offer enough hours for a professional nanny. Nannies enjoy this type of role because it gives them the opportunity to use their organisational skills and combine their passion for working with children with the variety of PA duties.