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4 Signs a Nanny is Right for YOU

April 14th, 2016

Employing a nanny is a life-changing decision, and one that is often the result of months of careful deliberation. However, once you make the leap and take on a nanny, you’ll wonder why you didn’t enlist one sooner.

To help you reach a decision on whether or not a nanny is right for you, here are a few signs that your family could benefit from their support.

Quality time

Do you find that you’re spending your mornings rushing around chivvying the children along, hurrying them to get dressed and eat their breakfast, in order to drop them off at the childminders or nursery? Feeling guilty about the lack of quality time with the children and the fact that they spend little time in their own home?

By enlisting the support of a nanny you can be safe in the knowledge that the stress of trying to be a super parent is shared. A nanny will nurture a long-term bond with your child, in your home, so that your little ones can carry on their routine and enjoy continuity of care, with one-on-one attention from someone you trust.

The added value provided by a nanny with nursery duties such as washing, ironing, cooking taken care of, means you can savour every moment with your children, rather than rushing them to bed on an evening so you can tackle the chores.

Personalised childcare

When working a career around childcare, you probably rely heavily on the support of a nursery or childminder. However, when your child is in a room with 20 other children, it’s unlikely that they will receive the individual support and attention they need in those early years.

Investing in a nanny gives you peace of mind that your family have dedicated childcare, with undivided attention on their happiness, wellbeing and physical and lingual development.

Lifestyle choices

Juggling a busy calendar without external support means that eventually, something’s got to give. Whether that be your eldest child forgoing piano lessons on a weeknight or your youngest missing out on swimming lessons in those crucial early years, you don’t want to jeopardise their quality of life because you simply can’t be in two places at once.

With the help of a nanny, you can ensure that each of your children pursue the hobbies and activities they enjoy, without worrying about conflicts in your calendar.

Continuity of care

Calling in favours from grandparents and friends can soon wear thin for all involved. After a long day at school, your children benefit from a familiar setting where they can relax, socialise, wind down, complete their homework, and have a good wholesome meal in their home environment.

Sharing your responsibilities with a nanny can be a daunting prospect at first, but the benefits of freeing up your time to focus on your family can be truly transformational.

By choosing an accredited nanny agency to find a suitable candidate for your children, you can have peace of mind that your new employee will save you time and stress, whilst giving your children the care and attention they so thoroughly deserve.

Ready to make a change? Nannyplus Childcare Ltd will help you find the perfect nanny for your family. Email or call 01925 768188 to discuss your childcare needs today.

Employment Law Update

April 7th, 2016

Employment Law Update

The following changes to employment law will come into effect from 6 April 2016:

  • The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016 will increase the maximum amount of a “week’s pay” (which is used to calculate statutory redundancy payments, the unfair dismissal basic or additional award and payments to employees in the event of insolvency) from £475 to £479 and will increase the limit on the unfair dismissal compensatory award from £78,335 to £78,962 (there is an additional cap of one year’s salary on the unfair dismissal compensatory award).
    Nannyplus Childcare Ltd: April 2016

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) UPDATE

April 7th, 2016

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS)

The implementation date of the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was delayed until 2017 following a Supreme Court decision earlier this year. When the scheme is launched, the TFCS will support working families with their childcare costs. HMRC has now confirmed that the launch of the TFCS will be rolled out from early 2017, with parents of the youngest children able to apply first. All eligible parents will be able to join the scheme by the end of 2017.

The new scheme will eventually replace the current salary sacrifice scheme and will be open to all qualifying parents including the self-employed. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave and paid and unpaid statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

The scheme will be worth up to £2,000 per child each year and will be available to children under 12. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents, an additional 20p or 20% will be funded by government up to a maximum of £10,000. Parents will be able to have one childcare account for each qualifying child. There will be extra benefits for disabled children.

In order to be eligible to use the scheme, parents will have to be in work and each earning just over an average of £100 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year. HMRC has published an updated version of a document titled Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know. Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know – News stories – GOV.UK The document contains useful information on the introduction of the TFCS and will continue to be updated as the implementation date approaches.


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