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Becoming a Nanny

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Nannies are hired by people to look after their children either while they are at work, or just in general to have an extra help on hand. Nannies have a very important job as they can sometimes be the person who brings up a child and teaches them right from wrong while their parents are working. It isn’t always just about looking after children, nannies can be asked to clean, cook and do the washing as well.

To be a nanny, you need to have the following skills:

  • Patience
  • Trustworthy
  • A  knowledge of child education
  • Communication
  • Politeness
  • Dedication
  • Reliable
  • Respect
  • Cooking skills
  • Ability to care for all aged children

Qualifications and Training

Having a qualification to be a nanny isn’t a requirement however you will find it very hard to find a job without a certified qualification. It is preferable that you have studied for two years and reached the level 3 childcare qualification.

There are many qualifications that you can do to enter this field of work. A few examples are the CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Edexcel level 3 BTEC National Certificate and the NVQ level 3 in Early Years Care and Education. You can obtain these qualifications at most further education collages.

When starting off as a nanny it is best to build a good portfolio of work experience for about two years. Make sure the range of your experience varies from working in nurseries to working in homes with families. This will also help you decide on what route you would like to go down.

It is worth signing up to an agency to start off with. Make sure the agency is certified and professional and this will give you a head start and could give you a potential client.

Becoming Self Employed

There are numerous benefits of being self employed, for example:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Greater wages than being employed by a company
  • Being your own boss

In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer.

Working out how much to charge your client as a nanny really does depend on many aspects. For example the location, how many hours a day your are required, full or part time, how many children you will look after and what extra jobs you are asked to do. Your wage will need to be negotiated with your client taking all these aspects into account.

Finding Work as a Freelance Nanny

The best advertising for you to start with will be word of mouth and recommendations by others. If someone recommends you to a friend they will trust their opinion more than advice from someone they don’t know.

You can also get yourself listed in directories specifically for nannies, these directories can be found in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. You could also place an ad in your local newsagent shop window, supermarket and newspapers. Creating a website for yourself and your services with all your qualifications, experience and information on the site is also another good idea.

More importantly when looking for work as a nanny you need to do the choosing too. You need to ensure you are working for a family you like and enjoy as this will reflect on how you act with the children.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

The most daunting thing about going freelancing for most people is the thought of having to engage with an accountant. At first glance it’s easy, you go down to your local high street accountant who quotes you anything from £250 to £600 plus VAT to do your end of year accounts for you.

This sounds great, however what happens if you want to speak to your accountant for advice throughout the year on things like:

  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Take home pay
  • How much you should put aside for your tax bill
  • Should you register for the Flat Rate VAT scheme
  • Would going limited be beneficial
  • If you have a life plan and wish to go travelling what’s the most tax efficient way to run your business

Each time you pick up the phone it is likely you will get charged, in fact every time your accountant sends you a letter you may be charged so you couldbe charged if you call to query your invoice! So by the end of the year you could easily be looking at a bill of over £1,000.  Easy Accountancy offers you a fixed fee package starting at £60 a month. 

For more information on how we can help you and your business with your taxation needs or to appoint us as your accountant, please call 01442 275767 or email

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Why Clients Choose Easy Accountancy

Easy Accountancy offers a low cost, fixed fee accountancy package with all clients receiving their own dedicated, friendly, approachable accountant.

All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

We’ve saved our clients up to half on their accountancy bills – if you’d like a quote, click on the quote me button to the right of this page. Alternatively, call us on 01442 275767 or email

*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.