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PENSION AUTO ENROLMENT – Nanny pensions apply!

December 16th, 2016


If your nanny is aged between 22 and the State Pension Age, and has gross earnings of more than £10,000 per annum, follow the link to the Pensions Regulator and work your way through each section.

If the nanny is under 22 and/or earns less than £10,000 per annum, employers should still complete Steps 1, 3, 4 & 5, and continue to monitor any changes that indicate that the nanny has become eligible to be auto enrolled into a pension scheme.

  1. Employers need to confirm with the Pensions Regulator who they should contact (Primary and Secondary Nominees).
  2. Six months before the staging date, employers need to make sure they have in place a pension scheme that can be used for automatic enrolment.
  3. On the staging date, employers’ need to identify who to put into the pension.
  4. Within 6 weeks of the staging date, employers need to write to their staff to tell them how automatic enrolment applies to them.
  5. Within 5 months of the staging date, employers need to inform the Pensions Regulator that they have met their legal duties by completing a declaration of compliance.

Apart from completing steps 1 & 2 and depending on the circumstances, clients may be able to nominate their payroll provider as Secondary Contacts to carry out the administration of the remaining steps.

Pension Costs From staging date to 30th September 2017:

Employer Contributions 1% and Employee 1% 1st October 2017 to 30th September 2018:

Employer Contributions 2% and Employee Contributions 3% 1st October 2018:

Employer Contributions 3% and Employee Contributions 5%

What to give your nanny for Christmas

December 5th, 2016

christmas-boxChristmas is a hectic time, and a stark reminder of just how much we rely on our nannies. Now is the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for everything your nanny does, but you might be wondering how to express your gratitude in a way that’s expected and appropriate. Do you need to buy a gift? If so, what should you be looking for?

Being stuck for ideas is understandable and the solution will, to a large extent, depend on your relationship. However, to make things easier, let us offer some pointers on what to give your nanny this Christmas:

An experience day

It’s your nanny’s duty to meet your children’s needs. But being consistently switched on with activities, schedules and household chores is no easy task. In all likelihood, she’ll be craving some rest and recovery time over Christmas, so consider a gift experience that can help her unwind. A spa session, afternoon tea for two or massage voucher is a thoughtful alternative to gifts and wrapping paper.

The Christmas bonus

 Of course, the alternative is to give your nanny a bonus to spend as she wishes. If you have the means to reward your nanny in this way, it’s bound to be appreciated. But it’s certainly not obligatory for you to do so as an employer. And bear in mind that giving a Christmas bonus sets a precedent for years to come.

Token gifts from the children

Gifts for nannies don’t need to be extravagant. Sometimes, it’s the thought that counts, especially when you’ve clearly taken the time to choose something meaningful. A bunch of flowers, scented candles, a mug with her name on it… there are countless ways to show your appreciation without stretching the budget.

If you feel uneasy about giving your nanny a token gift, address it from the children. They will likely relish the opportunity of presenting their nanny with a Christmas present, and there will be no doubt as to who orchestrated the idea behind the scenes.

A simple ‘thank you’ message

Christmas cards shouldn’t be resigned to your neighbours and distant relatives. Giving a hand-written card, with a message that expresses how grateful you are for her support, will go a long way to strengthening the bond with your nanny.

We lead busy lives, and it’s easy to forget to say ‘thank you’ for those small gestures that mean so much. Whether you respect your nanny for her values, appreciate her flexibility or love the way she entertains the children, take the time to spell it out.

Hopefully these suggestions will have shed some light on the options available to you when giving back to your nanny this Christmas. There are no fixed rules, and you certainly don’t need to be extravagant; make sure the option you choose is appropriate and proportional to your means.

Still struggling to decide what to give your nanny this Christmas? Give us a call – we would be happy to help.

Di Williams

Nannyplus Childcare 01925 768188

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