Au Pairs live with the family they work for. They are not classed as an employee or worker and as such they aren’t entitled to the national minimum wage.
Au Pairs can only work 25 – 30 hours per week if they are from an EU country, these hours can be spread out over 5 days.
They’re treated as a member of the family they live with and get ‘pocket money’ instead. There is a minimum of £75 for 25 hours, regardless of whether the minimum hours are worked, £90 minimum for 30 hours.
An au pair is unqualified childcare and should not be left sole charge of a child all day.
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Daily nannies come to your home and provide care for your child/children.
They are paid an hourly gross wage, and you must employ them. Nannies are entitled to sick pay, holiday pay, maternity leave and pension.
Nannies often work 10 – 12 hour days with no breaks.
Nanny wages vary depending on area and experience, but are generally between £9 – £15 gross per hour.
Nannies may have childcare qualifications, however some just have great experience.
Nannies should have enhanced DBS, paediatric first aid, safeguarding and insurance.
Live In Nanny
Live in nannies, as the name implies, live in with your family. They are given their own bedroom and bathroom (which can be shared with the children). Sometimes nannies have separate accommodation.
Live in nannies often work up to 12 hours a day, and usually do up to 2 evenings babysitting a week included.
Live in nannies do not qualify for minimum wage as their board and food are taken into account.
A live in nanny may earn between £350 – £550 per week gross.
Live in nannies may also do the children’s washing, ironing and change their bedding.
They often become more like part of the family.
Live in nannies should have enhanced DBS, paediatric first aid, safeguarding and insurance.
Nanny shares are becoming more popular, this is where two families share a nanny between them.
Nanny shares cost between £15 – £20 gross per hour.
This can be great for saving a little money, but makes the tax a bit more complicated with needing to split tax codes. A payroll company will help with this.
Night nannies specialise in caring for babies up to 1 year old.
They usually work 8 to 12 hours a night can can be hired for just a few days or several weeks.
Night nannies take care of all the baby’s needs throughout the night.
Most night nannies have great baby experience, and usually have a qualification in caring for newborn babies and new mothers such as maternity nurse training or sleep training.
They are great option to help new mother’s get some more sleep.