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New Pension Rules for Nannies

Auto enrolment is a new law that requires all employers, including nanny employers to set up a pension for their employees, the nannies and the employers will both funds the pension.  Any nannies between the ages of 22 and the UK pension age that earns more than the current tax-free allowance should be participating.

Please note this new law extends as well to part time nannies and nannies always have a legal right to join.  If your nanny meets the above criteria you as an employer must participate, however, she can choose to opt out and that choice is solely hers.

These new laws take affect in 2016, so be ready and contact Rockmybaby if you have questions.


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Babysitting Websites Abound in London!  But what standards do they all have?

Rockmybaby® has noticed an uptick in online babysitting platforms in London!  But buyer beware, many of these sites are letting candidates as young as 18 register as sitters!  Also, many of these new babysitting booking sites do not require an Enhanced DBS check instead they accept the basic DBS.   They even have links to aid candidates in obtaining a basic DBS, which is a sub-standard criminal check and NOT recognized by nanny agencies.  Many of these sites are “volume based,” and are interested in as many bookings possible without doing proper candidate vetting and verification.


The established babysitting services in the UK, like Rockmybaby®, require candidates to be 21 and the nannies must have an Enhanced Criminal background check.  Also the nannies are interviewed in person, references are verified, gaps in employment are questioned, first-aid training is a must, ID documents are personally verified, address checks are done and all candidates have at least 2 years of paid childcare experience.


Many of these sites make booking a snap via an app or online platform but their vetting processes and due diligence are dubious, therefore it best to work through an agency like Rockmybaby® who personally meet all the candidates and whose vetting process is extremely thorough, personal and detail oriented!


Written by Ruth Maurandy

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Nannies, Do you know why it is important to register with nanny agencies who are ANA members, like Rockmybaby®?

If you want to further your nanny career, it is imperative that you only work with the best agencies, like Rockmybaby®!  There are so many nanny agencies in London, how do you know which agencies are best to align yourself with?  One of the best ways to ensure you are working with credible agencies is to be sure that they are members of ANA (The Association of Nanny Agencies).

The best agencies care about “making standards matter,” and Rockmybaby® epitomizes that!   They will send you targeted jobs that you will thrive in, they will help you with your CV, interview tips and negotiate on your behalf.  ANA agencies make sure that everything is “above the board,” and will be sure your future employer understands all the legal implications about hiring a nanny in the UK.   Rockmybaby® cares about your long-term happiness and will check in with you in your new job to make sure things are going well and aid in challenges you may be having.

Also, Rockmybaby® can direct you as to why you should protect yourself with nanny insurance and how you can buy it affordably.  Finally, if there is ever a problem, Rockmybaby® has access to a legal helpline where they can seek advice on your behalf and therefore, help you advocate more strongly for yourself.

Written by Ruth Maurandy

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A maternity nurse is a specialist in the care of newborn babies and will literally move into your home when you come home from hospital with your new baby or babies! She will be on hand 24 hours a day for up to 5 or 6 days a week and will stay for as long as you choose to book her for.  Rockmybaby specializes in maternity placements.

She will guide and support the mother  with all the forthcoming challenges every parent is presented with, and much much more.  This includes everything from changing that first nappy, bathing, all feeds, bottle or breast, developing a routine and settling.  They will also take on the  the babies laundry,  maintaining the nursery,  and aim to establish some kind of structure to the day. Some are happy to cook, and even unload the dishwasher but this is not their priority.  Maternity nurses do not do housework! Some choose to specialise in particular areas and have a mass of experience and knowledge on subjects such as colic, reflux, preemie babies, multiples etc.  In most positions (but not all)  the baby will sleep in the same room as the maternity nurse. If the baby is being breastfed then at night times she will bring the baby to the Mum and stay with her whilst she feeds, she will assist in helping the Mum with proper breastfeeding techniques. and will settle the baby back down so you are able to get back to sleep again. A maternity nurse’s priority is the health and general wellbeing of Mum & baby but also Dad too. Dad’s often feel a little left out at this stage especially if the baby is being breastfed, so it’s about helping them to understand how they can help and encouraging some father child bonding time.

A Mothers Embrace

Rockmybaby will help you vet that perfect maternity nurse and ensure that Mum & babies needs are cared for and the whole household runs smoothly and that Mum gets some well earned rest, particularly after a caesarean.

It certainly takes a special kind of person to become a maternity nurse. It is an extremely sensitive, personal and intimate time for clients and therefore requires somebody who is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and discreet. Someone on hand to assist and support but not to take over, ultimately a maternity nurse is there to teach you all the tricks of the trade and many will have looked after more than 100 babies in their career.

To become a maternity nurse you will need to display a certain amount of warmth and understanding towards both the client and their family during the childbearing period and be there to support them sometimes through the pregnancy, but mainly after the birth. You can gain further information on accredited courses at MNT or N.E.S.T.

A newborn baby wearing a bunny costume

 A maternity nurse works on a self employed basis, she will have her own contract and will be responsible for paying her own tax and national insurance. You would generally expect to pay a retainer fee when booking a maternity nurse , this is usually 1-2 weeks of the agreed fee.  This is to ensure she doesn’t take on other work whilst you require her to be with you.  A ‘booking’ can be anything from 1-2 weeks to 3-6 months. It is generally longer for twins or triplets. You can choose to have days or nights only which is usually charged at an hourly rate, or you may prefer blocks of 24 hours, which is charged at a daily rate up to 6 days a week. Within this time the maternity nurse is entitled to some time off during each 24 hour booked subject to contract. This is mostly for her to catch up on sleep, although sometimes just to head out for some fresh air!

If you are expecting (Congratulations!) and you think you may like to hire a Maternity Nurse, please do call Rockmybaby and we would be happy to discuss any queries you may have.

Written By Ruth Maurandy


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How to choose the right nanny agency?

Finding and sourcing good quality childcare in London is not easy!  If a parent goes onto Google or looks in the Yellow Pages there are pages and pages of nanny agencies.  How does a family decide which is the right one for them?

Rockmybaby receives most of its inquiries through word of mouth.  Parents should realize their best resources are friends and family.  Ask friends or family which agencies they used and if so were they happy with them?  Also, when families start calling agencies they should ask how long they have been in business.  Rockmybaby® Nanny Agency has been in business for since 2006 and has helped clients in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Israel and the United Kingdom source top-notch childcare.  They have had many years of experience and know their industry inside and out.

Diverse Children Holding Hands and Dancing in The Park

It is important that agencies are a part of professional associations.  Rockmybaby® is part of the International Association of Nanny Agencies worldwide as well as The Association of Nanny Agencies, which is based in the United Kingdom.  These organizations pride themselves on high standards and therefore the agencies must enforce these standards.  Reputable nanny agencies like Rockmybaby® always want to align themselves with professional organizations.

It is also important that families choose agencies that are customer service oriented and will search tirelessly for the perfect candidate.  Rockmybaby® London works with only top-notch nannies that have been thoroughly vetted, have enhanced DBS checks, first aid training, solid experience, their ID documents have been checked and references verified.  Rockmybaby® takes these standards incredibly seriously and therefore their candidates are experienced and solid professional childcarers.

Rockmybaby® is also the best choice for a childcare agency because of their 24/7 on-line babysitting platform, with this system you can book a vetted babysitter instantaneously and receive confirmation generally within a few minutes!  Let Rockmybaby® find a nanny or babysitter for you today!

By Ruth Maurandy

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Insurance for Nannies and Families

Insurance is one of those subjects we all know we need but do not always want to take the time to understand.  Insurance options can be confusing for many UK parents and nannies but it is an issue all parties should understand before hiring a new nanny.  Once you hire a nanny in the UK, you effectively become an employer and therefore you are obliged to carry Employer’s Liability Insurance.   This is a simple add-on to your existing insurance policy.  Also, if your nanny’s job involves driving either her car or your car this insurance cover should also be added to your insurance policy.

The nanny should also be personally insured and Rockmybaby® recommends that all nannies buy their own public liability insurance.   If anything happens to children (or is perceived to have happened) nannies have the peace of mind knowing they be covered for legal costs if they are held liable.

Accidents do happen and often they happen quickly and even with the most diligent nanny a child can slip, fall or choke.  It is a good idea to suggest that your nanny carries her own insurance as your personal insurance most likely covers only sporadic employees in your house and nanny insurance protects her and gives her generous coverage should something problematic arise. As a professional nanny diligence and prudence is the essence of her job and insurance shows that the nanny has invested in herself and this carries a mark of professionalism.

There are many companies who sell insurance, you can apply online or by post and the cost is typically around £70 per year and often insurance companies offer a discounted price for nannies who are becoming Ofsted registered.  It should be noted that if you wish to have your nanny Ofsted registered, she must carry public liability insurance.

There are many companies which offer nanny insurance.  Rockmybaby recommends Morton Michel as they have been in business for 30 years, they are aligned with ANA (Association of Nanny Agencies) and specialize in insurance for childcare professionals.

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Rockmybaby London join’s ANA

Home-AgenciesRockmybaby® London is very happy to announce that it has been accepted into ANA , the premier nanny and household staff professional association in England.

ANA prides itself on  “making standards matter.”  The goal of ANA is to provide families with a selection of nanny agencies that uphold the highest standards in childcare recruitment.

As a client, finding a nanny can seem like an overwhelming task.   One needs a nanny who gets along well with their children, and who meets your qualifications and experience requirements, who possess’ the skills appropriate for their child/ren’s age group, ability and needs, AND who fits your family dynamics.

An ANA agency, like Rockmybaby®, will talk you through the process and be there to guide and support you all the way through, from selection and matching of an applicants, to sending you a CV, arranging interviews and finally to the point where you are ready to offer the job.

Rockmybaby® mirrors ANA’s code of ethics.  Nanny Agencies belonging to the Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA) abide by the codes of good practice, and do their very best to provide a quality service to both families and nannies.

Follow these steps to learn more about how to best use a Nanny or Household Staff Agency

  1. Only use reputable childcare agencies (i.e. Rockmybaby® London)
  2. Contact the agencies to evaluate their services, and get the feel of the relationship you would have with them.  All ANA approved nanny agencies should be courteous and professional. If you leave a message, they should get back to you within a reasonable amount of time. Follow your instincts!
  3. There are many questions that you should ask the nanny agencies, including fees, payment schedule, and what background checks they perform on the Applicants. Much information can already be displayed on the Agency’s website – do have a good browse for information.
  4. You should have an opportunity to describe your requirements, and discuss the salary on offer, to ensure that everything you ask for is realistic, and the salary in line with market rates. Please do follow advice!
  5. Once you have decided which agency / agencies you would like to use, you will be asked to sign a contract agreeing Terms, and you will complete a Registration Form in which you detail all your requirements. (Sometimes the Contract and Form can be combined.)
  6. There is technically no limit to the number of agencies you sign up to, but be clear and open with them from the start to avoid any doubling up on CVs, or confusion over Applicants. Please remember that it can be best for both Parties if you select just one Agency in whom you sense you can place your Trust, and work with them closely – that way they build a good understanding of you and your Family, and should be able to do their job well.
  7. The Agency will source Applicants on your behalf, interview them in person, take up and verify references, perform ID checks and apply for enhanced DBS checks as appropriate.
  8. Your agency will then send you out CV’s, schedule interviews with Nannies who fit your criteria, and support you through the interview process.
  9. Although our ANA agencies will have already verified the references, we do always recommend that you follow up on your prospective nanny’s reference for yourself – if you are at the point of job offer, most referees are happy to speak to you, and we will have already told them that you wish to do that, and given your name so that your call is expected.
  10. Once you have chosen the nanny you would like to employ, your agency can provide you with an employment contract, and details of a suitable Nanny or Household staff payroll company.

The support of your agency doesn’t stop once you have found your Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper, and they will always be happy to offer future support and guidance should you need them.

Written by Ruth Maurandy