The London Mums’ team of mums often receive questions on how to check nanny references and police records when independently searching for a nanny in London.
Question 1: If I independently search (online, Gumtree, etc) for a nanny what do I need to look for in an interview?
Answer: First and foremost, you need to see whether you click with the nanny, do you like them, do you feel comfortable with them? They could have the most amazing experience and qualifications etc, but if you don’t jell with them, then the chances are that the relationship won’t work out.
Q2: What documents do I need to request (passport copy, utility bill)?
A2: Driving licence, first aid certificate, child-care training certificates, national insurance card, CRB certificate, and birth certificate, passport. If the passport shows they are not a British citizen, you should make sure they are legally allowed to work in the UK. The home office has lots of information about checking documents in this situation www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
Q3: Is it important to do a police check and how would I do it?
Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) are not compulsory, but most definitely recommended. They exist to protect vulnerable members of society. An ‘enhanced disclosure’ is the highest level of police check and is undertaken for people working with children. It highlights people unsuitable for working with children, by checking their criminal record. If your prospective nanny does not have a CRB check, you should arrange for them to have one done. A good place to start is the Criminal Record Bureau’s website, www.crb.gov.uk Nannies cannot apply for their own CRB checks; this has to be done by an employer or agency. Individual employers (i.e. parents) are also unable to arrange for a CRB check directly (unlike schools or nurseries) they need to go through an ‘umbrella body’ such as www.crbchecks.co.uk who will apply on your behalf.