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Practices for Background Screening

At LingoNannies we handselect carefully candidates with valuable skills in childcare for you and your families. When assessing and handselecting possible candidates to care for your children or to help at your residence performing domestic roles we apply strict procedures for the safety of your children, your family and your home.
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Some of the main procedures:

  • Verify and authenticate a candidate’s identity to ensure that the candidate is using real and accurate information about his or her own identity
  • Verify the work permission of all international candidates to be eligible to work legally in Great Britain
  • Verify employment and educational history and applicable credentials and certificates
  • Requirement of a valid First Aid certificate
  • Perform criminal record searches on behalf of the candidates, CRB and / or overseas police check
  • Periodical updates of background screenings for all placed nannies and domestic staff
  • Candidates are requested to sign a declaration confirming they are in good health
  • Our dedicated team of consultants follows equal opportunity regulations, each recruitment decision is based exclusively on the merits and abilities of each applicant regardless of sex, marital status, religion, colour, race, ethnic origin, disability or age.

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Early Years First Aid Certificate

At LingoNannies it is a requirement for all Childcare Practitioners to complete a Paediatric First Aid Training. Nannies and nanny housekeepers registered with LingoNannies attend and renew their First Aid Certificate every three years for the safety of your children.

This certificate gives you as parent peace of mind knowing your nanny has first aid knowledge and skills relevant for caring for babies and young children under the age of eight years.

CRB & Overseas Police Check

CRB Checks are carried out - and must be carried out - for anyone who wishes to work with children.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is an Executive Agency of the Home Office that provides wider access to criminal record information through its Checking service.
The CRB was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002.

The CRB offers two types of check services:

  • Standard CRB Disclosure
  • Enhanced CRB Disclosure

These checks cannot be obtained by members of the public directly.
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The Standard CRB

Standard CRB checks are for people entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions. Standard checks contain the following:
Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands and Warnings held in England and Wales on the Police National Computer, the most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland may also be included; Standard checks no longer include a check of the old or new barred lists from 12 October 2009, therefore if you are working or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults, you may now be entitled to an Enhanced CRB check

The Enhanced CRB

Enhanced checks are for posts involving work in a regulated activity for a regulated activity provider with children or vulnerable adults. In general, this type of work will involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children.
Enhanced checks contain the same information as Standard checks but with the addition of a check of the new barred lists if requested and any locally held police force information considered relevant to the job role, by Chief Police Officer(s).

The CRB aims to process 90% of Standard checks in 10 days and 90% of Enhanced checks in 4 weeks. Still there is a small amount of checks that can take 4 to 8 weeks.

At LingoNannies we take the safety and happiness of your children and you family as one of our primary responsibilities. Our experienced team of consultants is processing on behalf of candidates Enhanced CRB Disclosures to make sure your children are always in best hands. In case a candidate has recently processed a CRB our team members verify the authenticity of the CRB disclosure for your safety.
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OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates institutions in England providing education to learners of all ages and providers of care for children and young people.

OFSTED inspect or regulates the following services:

  • Childminders
  • Full and sessional daycare providers
  • Out of school care
  • Crèches
  • All state maintained schools
  • Some independent schools
  • The overall level of services for children in local authority areas (these are called Joint Area Reviews).

Nannies and nanny housekeepers can register with OFSTED voluntarily for the benefit of the employer. Families employing Nannies and / or nanny housekeepers who are registered with OFSTED might be able to use Childcare Vouchers to save costs on salaries being paid to nannies or nanny housekeepers.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are a service organised through employers that allows families to pay for childcare out of the PRE-Tax salary. Childcare vouchers help families with children in the age range up to 15 years to save around £1,000+ each year on salary costs for childcare. Childcare vouchers are only available through employers who take part in this government service, many small and large companies take part.
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Childcare vouchers allow parents to pay for childcare from the Pre-Tax and National Insurance income. Generous employers offer childcare vouchers in addition to the agreed annual salary. However, very often a childcare voucher scheme requires to give up a small part of the the salary in return for childcare vouchers.

For instance a family could decide to give up £2000 p.a. of Pre-Tax salary and receive from the employer childcare vouchers in the equivalent before tax amount to pay for childcare.
A parent who pays 30% of tax on remuneration would receive for earnings of £2000 after paying tax of around £600 a net salary of around £1400.

When using childcare vouchers the parents receive childcare vouchers in the amount of £2000, which saves the family around £600 p.a.

Parents paying the Basic rate of tax and higher rate paying parents who joined before 5 April 2011 can pay for up to £243 of childcare with vouchers each month which is £55 per week.
This is for each parent, two working parents could receive £486 a month of Childcare Vouchers.

From 6 Apr 2011 new participants paying higher or top rate tax had their allowance reduced so that all tax payers have roughly the same maximum tax gain.

Current limits are:

  • Basic (20%) Taxpayer. £55/week vouchers, max annual gain £920.

  • Higher (40%) Taxpayer. £28/week voucher, max annual gain £610.

  • Top (50%) Taxpayer. £22/week voucher, max annual gain £590.

  • The number of children you have doesn't impact the scheme.

Childcare vouchers are not specific to a child and usually have a long expiry date, therefore if a family is already aware about increasing childcare costs in the near future it would be possible to ask for the maximum allowance immediately, e.g. the current part time nanny will work full time in the near future as a family is expecting a baby.

Many childcare voucher operators will usually allow to backdate childcare vouchers up to six months, although the first child must be born already at the time a family would like to get childcare vouchers.

This also helps if a family is now employing a nanny who is currently not registered with OFSTED, but the family knows that this nanny is a perfect match for the family and the children are already very happy and excited about the new nanny, but still it would be fantastic to use childcare vouchers as well to arrange for the salary of the nanny from the first day of employment. In this case it would be advised to check with your childcare voucher provider and your employer as in most cases childcare vouchers can be claimed back for up to six months. Whilst employing the perfect nanny the nanny and the family can pursue the OFSTED registration which is a requirement to be able to use Childcare Vouchers. The registration with OFSTED can take up to 16 weeks, but once the registration is completed you can usually arrange for childcare vouchers form the first day of employment of your perfect nanny.
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Childcare vouchers can be used for childcare up to the first September after your child's 15th birthday or 16th if a child has special needs, the provider must be regulated and nannies must be registered with OFSTED.
In addition to OFSTED registered nannies childcare vouchers are usually accepted at any nursery or playgroup which is registered and regulated by OFSTED.

At LingoNannies our experienced consultants are delighted to assist families and nannies with the OFSTED application and answer related questions. We are will be happy to assist you and your family.

As every case is individual it is advised to always ask the childcare voucher provider for the procedures first to find out whether your family is eligible for tax credits or childcare vouchers as well whether your employer is actually offering childcare vouchers as not all employers offer this service.

In case a family has agreed to a reduced salary to obtain childcare vouchers and has no nanny or nanny housekeeper employed any longer it is important to report this to the employer immediately in order to receive the full salary again as prior using childcare vouchers. It is advised to check for your case individually prior agreeing to a salary sacrifice.

Please note this information on this page is solely a general information for families employing nannies or nanny housekeepers. As every case is individual and legislations may change LingoNannies can not take any liability or being held responsibility for the information provided on this page. Please kindly ask your employer, your childcare voucher provider and you local childcare authority for details and advice on your individual case. In case your would like our experienced consultants to enquire about your case and help with further information in relation with employing one of our nannies please contact us by email or phone we will be delighted to assist you.

At LingoNannies we handselect carefully candidates with valuable skills in childcare available for you and your family.

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