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Hire a temporary nanny

A temporary nanny can step in to cover a permanent nanny’s holiday or sick leave, go away on holiday with the family or simply accompany the children on a day out in town while the parent/s enjoy some time to themselves. 

As with permanent posts, a temporary position can be sole or shared charge, live in or out.  

A temporary nanny is often more flexible to take on extra duties, but their core duties may include (though will be dependent on the age of the children); arranging age appropriate activities and outings, cooking their meals, keeping the playroom/bedroom tidy, overseeing homework, children’s laundry and ironing, maintaining routines and providing feedback to parents. 


A temporary nanny will work anywhere from a few days up to a few months. 

They are open to working from a minimum of 8 hours per day up to 24 hours per day depending on the family’s requirement. 

Salary expectations

live out temporary nanny normally charges £18 – 20 gross per hour. 

live in temporary nanny normally charges £180+ gross per day depending on the working hours required. 

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How long does it take to hire a nanny?
Open How long does it take to hire a nanny?

The average time to recruit a nanny from start to finish is 2-6 weeks.

The Signature Staff team spend a considerable amount of effort to draw up a shortlist of candidates whom are the best-fit for your household based on your requirements and their skill-set and personality.

Further time needs to be allowed for the schedules of both the client and candidates for interviews and possible subsequent trials particularly for overseas roles.

If you require and position to be filled urgently please advise your consultant of your anticipated time frame and we will work out hardest to fulfil your request.

For a temporary nanny the process can prove to be over a significantly shorter time frame (as little as 1 hour).

How do you pay a part-time member staff in the UK?
Open How do you pay a part-time member staff in the UK?

If you employ a nanny in a permanent part-time position, you are responsible for operating a PAYE scheme for all permanent employees in their household.

It is suggested that employers use Nannytax, a specialist outsourced payroll provider to undertake this. Nannytax will charge you an annual fee to look after this.

A temporary part-time nanny will be self-employed and hence an employer will pay the nanny the gross amount.

What are the best nanny interview questions?
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  • What is your current position and why do you want to leave?
  • Please outline your childcare qualifications?
  • Have you ever had a period without a job? If so, why?
  • How do you like to balance work and life?
  • How would you make meal time/ bath time/ homework time more enjoyable for a child who doesn’t like it?
  • Why did you choose to get into childcare?
  • What do you think makes you a fantastic nanny?
  • Our children are X and X, how would you entertain them?
  • Have you ever looked after a fussy eater? How did you work with them to encourage them to try new things?
  • Do you have experience with weaning, potty training, table-manners, reading and writing?
  • Have you cooked evening meals regularly in your past jobs or at home? Did you enjoy this aspect of the role?
  • If I needed you to cook a certain meal, would you need to follow a recipe/ instructions?
  • Are you comfortable managing difficult situations with children?
  • Our expectation is that within your role you would complete certain duties. Are there any duties outlined in the job description that you aren’t happy to undertake?
  • Sometimes there could be additional babysitting required. Are you happy to babysit?

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