Nanny professionals have partnered with organisations including Norland to launch the UK Nannies Matter Campaign in the wake of challenges arising for nannies from the Covid-19 lockdown.
The current crisis has fuelled an upsurge in unqualified nannies offering their services on social media, while there have also been many complaints about employers putting pressure on their nannies to remain in post, even if they – or someone in the household – is displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
According to campaigners, there has been no clear direction from Government, nanny associations or payroll companies on how to safeguard nannies or children in this situation.
The campaign aims to set minimum standards to become a professional nanny and set up a register of qualified nannies, as a way to regulate standards.
It believes this is the only way to safeguard children and ensure parents feel confident about who they employ as a nanny in their home.
- How the key requirements of the EYFS have temporarily changed
- Keeping busy and staying informed during Covid-19
The campaign is calling for:
• A pay scale of salary in a grade format
• Terms and conditions of employment through an employment contract
• A minimum requirement of knowledge and qualifications to benchmark a professional nanny
• A credible CPD journey to allow professional Nannies to adhere to, to maintain a certain standard within the industry
• A system/register recognising credible child carers, similar to Ofsted regulating Childminders/Nurseries.
Providing regulation would:
• Revise the quality and standard of care in the home-based early years sector
• Give Nannies a scale to work towards, giving them a vision, career path and guidance
• Give parents reassurance of grades of childcare and value for salaries offered
• Safeguard children
• Promote general safety in the industry
Proposed minimum requirement of professional status:
• A recognised childcare qualification of study of at least one year-e.g. Cache L3 in Childcare/Early Years Foundation Degree
• Nanny insurance
• DBS Enhanced Certificate
• 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid
The campaign has the backing of Janet Rose, principal of Norland, Sue Atkins of The Parenting Expert and other industry leaders. Find out more here