Summertime Nanny Matters

Before the summer holidays even begin, some parents will be looking ahead to childcare for their return to school in September!  The NannyMatters team are ready to help with advice on every aspect of nanny employment. Here’s a quick holiday checklist you mustn’t overlook. 

Calculating your nanny’s monthly pay 

There are a few things you need to consider when setting up the contract and salary for your nanny, especially if they are going to be working term time only or variable hours between term time and holidays?  Depending on how the hours vary and which part of the year your nanny starts, there are risks for over or underpayment and the NannyMatters team can advise your best option.  You can read more about your salary set up options here. 

Holiday allowance for your nanny 

It’s good to keep the conversation open with your nanny about their annual allowance and when you will both be taking holidays to avoid any surprises at the end of the year.  When will you start the holiday year?  The most popular choice is the nanny’s start date or 1st January. Will you expect your nanny to work on bank holidays? This might be unexpected and the key message here is to make sure all aspects of holiday are discussed.  Read more in our blog dedicated to holidays here. 

Taking your nanny on holiday? 

Some employers ask their nanny to come on holiday with them which can work really well for both parties but ground rules should be set well in advance to ensure there are no misunderstandings. There are many different approaches when it comes to knowing what to pay for this arrangement, taking into account the family’s needs and the nanny’s expectations. Discuss what help you might want in advance and come to an agreement. Some pay nothing extra ie just basic salary. Others pay every hour worked over and above the normal working hours, or maybe a bonus to reward the extra hours worked. 

Holiday bonus? 

Your nanny plays an important role in supporting your family and a one-off bonus is a great way to say thank you, especially with the increased cost of living.  We have written a short blog about how to approach this here 

The NannyMatters team can help you with all these topics and more, just get in touch by email or phone 01275 464425.