New HMRC pay rates from April

Way2Paye have kindly given us the information for April 2018. It is important parents are enrolling their nannies on a payroll system. Nannies cannot be self employed if they are only work for you. Please call the experts for further information regarding any payroll issues or queries.

New figures for April 2018 Tax Year.

National Minimum Wage

In April 2018 the new standard tax allowance will rise from £11500 to £11850.

The Living Wage rises in April 2018 from £7.50 to £7.83 Gross

The National Minimum Gross Wage will also increase to.

£7.38 – 21 to 24 year olds

£5.90 – 18 to 20 year olds

£4.20 – 16 and 17 year olds

£3.70 – Apprentices

Statutory Maternity pay increases from £140.98 gross per week to £145.18 gross per week.

Statutory Sick Pay will be £92.05 gross per week

Automatic Enrolment

If you place a nanny with a new family they must now also comply with automatically enrolment immediately.

Way2paye are guiding all clients through this process.

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Snow difficulties and your rights

The BBC News shared information about getting to work in difficult weather conditions.  What is important is that it is not mandortory to be paid.  I advise that you first speak to your employer about the situation.  Think about:
1. Did your employer need to get to work- If yes as a nanny they will rely on you to look after the children was it impossible
2. If your employer was at home as they were unable to get to work- did you offer to go in but they suggested you stay at home.
3. Cant come to a conclusive answer then try compromising and offer to babysit one evening
4. Holiday day ?
If all fails then call ACAS and seek advise.
Here is some additional advise that may help you………
Image caption Getting to work may have been a problem for some people

A heavy band of snow has been making its way across the UK, leaving some schools shut and causing travel disruption.

So what are your rights if you can’t get into work?

I couldn’t get to work because of the snow. Can my boss dock my pay?

According to the employment advice and conciliation service Acas, in the majority of cases, you are not automatically entitled to be paid if you cannot get to work.

But that does not necessarily mean you will lose out.

Both Acas and the government advice website suggest trying to come to an arrangement with your boss that you are both happy with.

Your employer may agree, for example, for you to make up the time at a later date, go to another workplace, or to work from home as far as possible.

However, they are not obliged to do this.

There are some exceptions, however, and some workers may have a right to be paid.

Some employers may have it written in staff contracts, or have a collective agreement in place, that they will pay you if you cannot get to work due to circumstances beyond your control.

In this case, if the employer does not pay you, and deduction could be considered unauthorised .

Can my employer force me to take a day off as holiday?

Only under certain conditions.

You are entitled to a minimum notice period before you have to take the leave.

The law states that you must be given warning that is the equivalent of twice the length of the leave.

So, for example, you must be given two days’ notice if your employer wants you to take a day’s leave.

However, that does not apply if you get more leave than the statutory minimum.

If you get more than the legal minimum of 5.6 weeks a year, (typically 28 days), including public holidays, then your employer can compel you to take leave without giving you any notice.

What about unpaid leave?

The situation is different again with unpaid leave.

According to Acas, your boss cannot force you to take the time as unpaid holiday, unless it is already written into your contract.

He or she would need your permission to deduct the money from your pay packet.

But the official advice is you may want to accept this offer as a show of good will – it could also be better than having to use part of your holiday entitlement (see above).

My workplace is closed. What then?

In these circumstances, you are entitled to pay.

In addition, your employer cannot require you to take the time as annual leave.

Don’t get the sledges out yet, though. You could be expected to work from home or from another workplace, if that is possible in your job.

I can’t come to work, not because of travel problems, but because my children’s school is closed and I can’t get childcare at short notice.

You have the right in law to unpaid leave to look after children or other dependents in an emergency. Solicitors advise that a school being shut at short notice is likely to be considered an emergency.

Therefore, you would probably be entitled in law to a reasonable amount of time off to make alternative arrangements.

What would be regarded as “reasonable” depends on individual circumstances, Acas notes.

My boss is really unhappy and I feel under pressure to try to get in.

The Acas advice is clear on this. “Your employer cannot force you to attempt the journey.”

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The 2017 Budget and Childcare

The budget announced that there is to be further help for parents with childcare costs.  It has now opened the scheme to the self-employed and this will replace the childcare vouchers as we know.  The money expert has written a superb piece on this so I have added the link for in depth details.

How will this affect nannies and families

Anybody wishing to use the financial help for childcare must be Ofsted registered.  We know many nannies now do this on a voluntary basis but it will become even more prevalent that nannies have this in place when applying for work.

What can you do:

  1. You will need an Ofsted compliant nanny training course
  2. Up to date first
  3. Nanny insurance
  4. DBS

Two crucial facts that will hold up your application

  1. The training course
  2. First aid.

Reasons:  Many courses are booked up so you may need to wait to take them, so our advice is doing it as soon as possible.  In gaining Nanny training it needs to be with a reputable company and that you learn skills from it.  So, choose the right course for you and where you will get support.

If you have these two ready to go, then the nanny insurance is quite simple to get and the DBS is normally connected to the application for the Ofsted.  Please check before applying for a DBS via anyone else if needing Ofsted registration otherwise you may pay twice.

Parents will often help with some of the costs towards this registration so, if you have paid for your courses then negotiate the extra costs for insurance and a DBS.  They may put a clause in your contract that if you leave before a year they will require a pro rata amount back from you. That is fair as you take all your documents with you when you leave as they are in your name and the parents would need to start the process all over again.

When using an agency for your next job they will help and advise you in all these matters

For those using our training programme we would be happy to advise on suitable companies to help you in all aspects of

  • Payroll
  • Insurance
  • First aid
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Health and Safety

ID-100156342 (First Aid)As a member of the FSB, I get a lot of updates on employment law which is very useful.  Recently I have been sent the information regarding Health and safety, whilst some of this will not apply to parents employing a nanny it is vital that some factors are adhered to.

Health and safety is the responsibility of the employer and that is the same if you employ a Nanny.

Sole charge Nanny:

It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the nannies place of work is a safe environment so that accidents are avoidable.  An employer must inform their insurance company that they have a daily nanny.  If you have a live in nanny this detail must be specified.

Nanny with own child:

If you accept a nanny who is bringing their own child to work you will have a duty of care towards that child.  For instance, if the nannie’s child is a baby, and you have stairs you will be required to put a stair gate up.  Are dangerous cleaners and medication locked away? is the garden safe? do you have pets ? and any other potential dangers to the age group.

Nanny Links Advice:

It is imperative that parents are aware of their duty towards a nanny and health and safety matters are in place.

Nanny Link offers a training module in Health and safety and one aspect we cover is risk assessments.  It is an important for the nanny and the family to complete a risk assessment so that any potential problems can be addressed.  Keep records of these being done.

Always ensure the nanny has up to date first aid, there is an accident book available, and the first aid kit is up to date.

For insurance purposes our advice is to speak directly to your insurance company or contact a nanny specific company such as

Morton Michel;

For First aid:

First aid:

For further understanding of Health and Safety working as a nanny we do offer this as part of the ofsted registration training. Please contact us for further information.

Module cost for Health and Safety: £23.00

We hope you find these guidelines from the Federation of small businesses useful.


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Professional Nanny Training -New Dates Confirmed

  • Dbaby-on-the-beach-300x200 (2)o you want to become a nanny?
  • Are you looking for a career change?
  • Are you a nanny who would like refresher training?
  • Are you looking to further develop your nanny skills and career prospects?
  • Are you looking to transition from a nursery to a domestic environment?
  • Are you thinking of employing a nanny and would like to have a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a nanny?

Nanny Training Link can offer you the skills and attributes to build on and enhance child-care skills. Margaret Cowell, founder and writer of this course is NNEB qualified, worked as a nanny for many years in many varied roles, and until recently ran her own nanny agency helping families and childcare practitioners for more than 21 years, all whilst being a working mother.

Drawing on extensive personal experience and a lifetime in the profession, this training combines theoretical approaches with practical advice developed through years of hands-on involvement in child-care. You will acquire plenty of  helpful tips, leave the course full of confidence, assured in the knowledge not only that support is available but also where to get it when needed.

At the end of the training you will receive a certificate that will evidence your personal commitment to training and help with OFSTED registration too.

To coincide with the London Baby Show 2017, these training sessions are being offered on SPECIAL OFFER reduced from £139.00 to just £105.00 (plus a small booking fee). This offer also includes a guest speaker, Emma Hammet of First Aid for Life, who will be presenting a First Aid Q&A session and giving attendees FREE access to the First aid for Life online course for childhood accident training (normal price £67). Our thanks to Emma for this amazing offer.

Course will be held in London on Friday 3rd March 2017 and Saturday 4th March 2017. For further information or to make a reservation, please click here. For enquiries, please contact us. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Nanny Training Course

ID-100177324 (Blackboard 2)nannytraininglink is pleased to announce a new nanny training course in association with Keri Cartwright of Nutkins Nannies covering:

  • Activities for Children
  • Employment Matters for Nannies
  • PLUS free first aid taster session by Keri

To launch the new course nannytraininglink is offering places at just £23 per person (a 50% reduction on the usual price of £46).

The course is scheduled for 7.30pm-9.30pm on Wednesday 25th January at Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Road, Sidcup, Kent.

For more information and to reserve your place, please CLICK HERE.

Margaret Cowell

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