Little Beans Nanny Agency receive various questions relating to childcare but one stands out as being the most asked – “what does it cost?”. A rough search of the internet provided very little in the way of an accurate answer so we have written our own guide which hopefully gives a more accurate and complete explanation of the costs involved for different childcare options.

NANNY

One of the most expensive forms of childcare is a nanny but having said that it is usually more cost effective if you have 2 or more children (nannies charge per family rather than per child as is the case with most other forms of childcare). It is essential to discuss salary in gross rather than nett so that you are not hit with a lot of unexpected expenses. Even so there are a number of ‘hidden’ costs to employing a nanny that you should consider:

  • If you use a payroll company there is generally a charge of £150-200/year
  • You will need to pay 3% of your nanny’s salary into a pension scheme (unless they opt out) which on average is £70/month
  • Employees should have all work expenses paid for so if he nanny takes the children out you should pay her entrance fee along with the children’s. Most employers provide a kitty or collect receipts from the nanny to reimburse her each week/month but you should allow £20/week for this.
  • A nanny using her own car will require her mileage to be reimbursed at a rate of up to 45p/mile. A full time nanny can accumulate a mileage bill of roughly £25/month. On the other hand if the employer provides a car for the nanny to use whilst on duty then you would need to add her to the insurance, cover the maintenance costs of the car and pay for the fuel she uses which you should allow around £50/month for. Whichever option you choose, child seats would need to be provided.
  • Having an Ofsted registered nanny can cut costs but as a work related expense it would be the employer who should cover the £103/year registration fee. Any other work related course or registration should, in theory, be paid for by the employer although most nannies keep their own documentation up to date.
  • Employer’s national insurance contributions will be added onto your wage bill and there is no exemption for domestic staff. Allow £90/month for this as a rule of thumb.
  • Using an agency to place a nanny is often worth the expense to know your nanny has been thoroughly checked and you have the support and advice at hand. Agency fees vary but should be no more than £300-£1500 per placement (dependant on the schedule of the nanny). If you are looking at a nanny working for you for 2-3years then this will average out to £100-500/year. 
  • As an employer you should get public liability insurance. Also you may find that your house insurance increases if you have domestic staff employed. This can equate to a £70/year cost.

The main outlays of having a nanny depends on the type of nanny you have:
LIVE-IN NANNY
Nannies who live in usually cost around £350-450/week in wages (based on a full time schedule). The nanny would need to be provided with accommodation (private room), utilities and food which can vary in costs hugely but you ought to allow £60+ per week to cover these expenses which includes adding them onto your home insurance.
LIVE OUT NANNY
Per hour nannies charge an average of £12 gross. This can add up to £600 for a 50 hour week. On top of this you would usually expect to provide meals and drinks over the time that the nanny is working which can increase the weekly budget by around £15.
NWOC
A nanny who brings her own child(ren) to work is referred to as a NWOC and can be a good option for families with older children or those who are not needing all day care. Generally NWOC’s are cheaper at a rate of just £10-11/hr. The additional costs for the nanny still apply but the nanny would expect to cover the costs of their own child and not the employer.
JUNIOR NANNY
As they are qualified but lack in experience a junior nanny is, like NWOC, a good way of keeping costs down. At a rate of £10.50-11.50/hr they are slightly more expensive than a NWOC but cheaper than a fully qualified and experienced nanny.
Nannies are not registered with Ofsted as a rule but can become so if the family need to get help with childcare costs.

CHILDMINDER

A childminder works in their own home in an area that is set up to promote childrens’ growth and development. A childminder will look after several children from multiple families at one time and as such the fees are usually £5-7/hr per child. Most childminders will give discounts for full time children or siblings and all childminders are registered with Ofsted so some families are able to get help with funding. Occasionally childminders may charge additional fees for meals or large outings but generally all costs are included in the hourly rate.

NURSERY

Dependant on the nursery the fees can be £300-400/week per child. This is often a good option for socialising an only child but can get expensive if you are placing more than one child in the setting. However, nurseries often give discounts for siblings. Some nurseries have a registration fee, a uniform or have extras (like classes) that are chargeable, most of these are optional but you may like to factor them in to your budget.

NOTES

The rates given are guides only and refer to the Home Counties area. In London you can expect to add 30% or more onto the rates and further north of England they can drop by up to 15%.
Costs mentioned may be lower if employing a younger nanny but should always be above the national minimum wage.
There may be additional costs not mentioned above and vice versa not all the costs apply to every employer.
There is plenty of help with childcare costs so although the guide may seem daunting; you may be able to have the costs reduced significantly with help from other sources. Please call Little Beans Nannies if you would like advice on this.
For further information, advice or to instruct us to find childcare for you, please contact Little Beans Nannies.