What options do I have...

There are several options when selecting your housekeeper. It is important to understand what these are and the different roles and responsibilities that can go with each so you get what is best suited to your needs as a family. As always, Hummingbird Home Staff are happy to discuss these with you to help you understand more about each option.

Full-time Daily Housekeeper

These housekeepers will usually work between 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.  The duties would include; complete household management including cleaning, laundry, shopping, cooking, errands, waiting in for parcels or deliveries that need to be received, polishing the silver, planning menus and keeping family life running smoothly.

Part-time Daily Housekeeper

These housekeepers will usually work covering any daytime hours needed by the family. This would typically be between 4 – 6 hours per day or full days but maybe 2 – 3 days per week.  The housekeeping duties would be the same as a full time housekeeper.

Live In Housekeeper

The housekeeper will live with the family and will typically work longer days between 7.00am – 7.00pm Monday – Friday.  Her duties would be the same as a full time daily housekeeper. A live-in housekeeper will require a bedroom and her own bathroom. Separate accommodation, like an annexe, can be provided as part of the package offered to the housekeeper. In all cases, the accommodation should be furnished, contain a television and a DVD player, have a desk and good storage space. House rules should be made clear from the start and also be in the nanny's contract of employment.

Nanny Housekeeper

A nanny/housekeeper has two distinct areas of responsibility: one is for the care of a family’s children, and the second is for their home. In most households that require this role, the children spend a significant amount of time at school or nursery, allowing the nanny/housekeeper to take care of the daily housekeeping tasks in their absence. Their childcare responsibilities are the same as those of a nanny. They are also responsible for the general upkeep of the home and duties may include making beds, the family’s laundry and bedding, vacuuming, and polishing. The duties should be agreed with the nanny/housekeeper and should be included in their contract of employment.

How much your Housekeeper should be paid?

The amount you pay your housekeeper will be influenced by factors such as their experience and qualifications, the hours worked each day, the duties you expect them to take over and above those normally expected and the value you place on their contribution to your family. As a guide, you can expect to pay in the ranges set out below.

  • Full-Time Daily Housekeeper £350 - £500 Net Pay per Week
  • Part-Time Daily Housekeeper £8 - £10 Net Pay per Hour
  • Live-in Housekeeper £300 - £450 Net Pay per Week
  • Live-in nanny/housekeeper £350 - £500 Net Pay per Week
  • Live-out nanny/housekeeper £400 - £550 Net Pay per Week

These are the net pay to the housekeeper and you should factor in the tax and national insurance contributions you will have to pay as well to get the overall cost.  Please use our Tax calculator to generate the full weekly figure.

Nanny Qualifications needed for the Nanny Housekeeper Role

Here is a little guide to help you understand the qualifications that nannies can have and what each means.

NNEB (now known as DCE - Diploma in Childcare and Education)

This is probably the most recognised childcare qualification. It is a two year, full-time course. It provides an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the physical, educational, social and emotional development and needs of a child in its early years from new-born to 7 years old. It also provides training in health, nutrition, hygiene, First Aid and Activity-based Learning appropriate for each age. Students will experience regular, hands-on training in placements such as nurseries, schools, hospitals and families within a home environment.

Norland, Princess Christian and Chiltern

These are private colleges which have their own nurseries on site for practical training and students reside at the college for 2 years. The course content is the same as for the DCE qualification but the student must complete a 6-9 month probation period working as a nanny within a family. Once the probation period has been completed, the student gains the DCE (NNEB) and a diploma from the Royal Society of Health.

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

There are several levels to NVQ qualifications and each level takes 2 years to complete. The courses cover both practical and theory training over the 2 years and students are constantly assessed throughout. The courses cover many aspects of childcare including physical, emotional and educational development. A person who holds an NVQ level 3 would be best suited to a sole charge role as this is equivalent to the NNEB. Someone who holds an NVQ level 2 would best suit a role such as a Mother's/Father's Help where they work alongside the parent in a supporting capacity.

BTEC (formally National Diploma in Child Studies)

This course is very similar to the DCE (NNEB) but has a more academic focus and a less hands-on, practical element. It covers a wide variety of subjects and students will gain skills in teaching, nursing and social work but will gain a more academic qualification with some practical experience. It is a CACHE course run by Council for Awards in Childcare Education.

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