At present most in the industry may know that there is no form of compulsory registration for nannies. They may also know that nannies are not presently obliged by law to have any form of training, including First Aid and Safeguarding training. There is also no legal requirement to have a criminal background check, or for the nanny to hold any form of insurance.
It is shocking to think that anyone can call themselves a nanny, and also unfair to professional nannies who have completed training, and gained qualifications. As a responsible nanny agency, Happy Nest ensure all our nannies are professional, experienced and committed to adhere to our own & the REC’s childcare code of conduct. As such, we educate, and offer advice to all nannies to encourage them to complete a voluntary registration through Ofsted if working in England.
Happy Nest Nanny Agency supports Regulation Matters in their efforts to set key standards within a profession that some may call the most unregulated industry of its kind. Regulation Matters is a national campaign created by industry leaders such as the British Association of Professional Nannies (BAPN), and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) of which Happy Nest are members of, and hugely support in their efforts to call for the registration of ALL childcarers in the UK.
The Regulation Matters campaign is working hard to give nannies and agencies a voice loud enough for the relevant government bodies to hear. Through lobbying with the coalition government on regulation for ‘home childcarers’, and simply making it socially unacceptable to place young children in the hands of unregistered childcarers. It is only fair that nannies and other home childcarers are brought under the same regulatory umbrella and held to the registration standards currently required of childminders in order to safeguard children, improve childcare standards, and create consistency in the childcare industry.
Some interesting key points are noted here from a recent survey conducted by Regulation Matters with nannies, parents and agencies to gather their views on the registration of nannies and the regulation of nanny agencies…
“The vast majority of those in favour felt that it would raise the profile of Nannies and protect them from having to compete with unqualified/unregistered Nannies.”
“All parties agreed on the need for Nannies to be career-based rather than hobby-based, working with a background of qualifications plus experience, adhering to a strict and demanding Code of Practice and with safeguarding checks in place.”
More detailed information gathered during the survey which was published by Regulation Matters last week can be found here: http://regulationmatters.co.uk/blog/2013/10/01/survey-results/
If you are looking to use a nanny agency to find you the perfect nanny, or are a nanny looking for an agency, please contact us on 0800 690 6109 or send us a message.