Chapter 1
Written by Rachel, founder of Koru Kids and mum of 3, our childcare guide covers everything you need to know to find the right childcare for your family.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 2
Read our complete childcare guide to help you find the right childcare to suit your family.
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Chapter 3
Not sure where to start with nurseries, nannies or au pairs? Read our comprehensive childcare guide to help you find the right childcare for your little one.
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Chapter 4
Read our comprehensive guide to the after school or wraparound childcare choices there are in the UK, so you can find the right childcare for your family.
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Chapter 5
School holidays bring freedom and fun for children, but for working parents, it can be a logistical challenge. Eight weeks in one go when you only get 28 days…
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Chapter 6
Why do families choose to use childcare agencies instead of going direct? Read our guide to find out, and make an informed decision about your childcare.
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Chapter 7
If you’re new to the UK and struggling with UK childcare terminology, we get it. That’s why we’ve created this handy cheat-sheet.
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Chapter 8
The cost of childcare in the UK can vary significantly depending on type of childcare, location, hours required, and age of your child.
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Chapter 9
There is Government support to help you cover your childcare costs – for a full breakdown of what they are and how to access them read our guide today.
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Chapter 10
Part of our comprehensive childcare guide, we break down everything to do with the EYFS, from the research its based on to how it’s kept up to date with modern life.
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Chapter 11
The EYFS isn’t just for childcare providers; there’s plenty for parents to know too. Read our handy guide to what you need to know about the EYFS.
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Chapter 12
In our childcare guide we’ve shared some of the best questions to ask nurseries or childminders to get the answers you need to make informed decisions about your childcare
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Chapter 13
Including what to ask for and what questions to ask to get the answers you need to hear to move forward with a nanny.
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 14
Read our guide to know what you should consider when choosing childcare that’s right for your family – it’s not about what’s right or wrong, just what’s right for you!
Rachel CarrellJun 2024
Chapter 13
How to interview a nanny
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Once you’ve made a shortlist of nannies who seem right for your family, it’ll be time to speak to them. 

Quick phone interview

Lots of families choose to have a quick 5-10 minute phone call with nannies if their shortlist is more of a long-list. It’s a great way to get a sense of whether they’d be a good fit. This is also an opportunity to ask some initial questions on anything that might be a deal-breaker for your family.

For example, if you know the exact days and times you need a nanny then being really clear about this in any initial messages is so important. But it’s also a good idea to reiterate this in a phone interview. Nannies’ schedules can change quickly while they’re job hunting so simply reminding them of the times and hours is a great way to trim down the shortlist to people who can definitely work the times you need. 

If you’ve more than two great prospects after phone screening, you can always keep them warm in case you don’t find just the right fit during your first interviews.

Full interview 

Once you’re happy with your shortlist, arrange a 45 – 60 min interview with each nanny. Most families prefer doing this face to face but since 2020 we’ve seen a rise in families doing interviews on facetime or Zoom. 

Some nannies will come with a folder prepared with their paperwork, but you may like to ask everyone to come with relevant documentation to the interview. At a minimum, you’ll need to see evidence of their right to work in the UK before a nanny actually starts work with you – and the interview can be a good time to check this.

I suggest being clear about the interview format either before or at the start. Our tried and tested approach is:

  • Open by introducing your family and children
  • Outline what your expectations are for the role, what the day to day would be like
  • Then ask your questions, including any follow-ups that might come out of any discussions. 

💡 Give the candidate plenty of opportunities to ask you questions—they’re interviewing you, too.

Should I have the children home for the interview?

It’s important to see how the nanny interacts with the children, but if possible avoid having them around for the whole conversation (perhaps introduce them at the end). If you can, it’s great to invite the nanny for a second informal meeting or trial with the children.

How to ask great interview questions

The most important skill in interviewing is to choose questions that will allow you to hear more than just what the nanny thinks you want to hear.

Think about three types of questions: fact finding questions; open questions, and scenario questions. 

Fact finding, or clarifying, questions are really to help you get your bearings. Don’t worry about them being closed questions (i.e. generating yes/no answers).  You can use these while the nanny runs through their CV, to give you a fuller sense of the contexts of their work with previous families.  Examples:

  •  So you were with this family for 2 years…  what age were the children when you started?
  • What were the hours you did for this family?
  • What were your responsibilities relating to both the children and around the house?
  • What were your responsibilities relating to both the children and around the house?

You can also use this opportunity to get a better grip of what on earth their qualifications mean (read more about nanny qualifications here). 

  • How long was that course, and was it full time?
  • What content did it cover?
  • Was it all theory, or were there some practical or placement components?

Nanny interview questions

The open question portion of the interview should be far less leading. It’s an opportunity to get the candidate to speak about specific examples from their past experience.

Interviewees could feel awkward talking about seemingly mundane details, so it’s worth reassuring them that this is what you’re interested in hearing. This is where you find out how they really behave, rather than talking in generalities or telling you what they think you want to hear. 

Ask them questions about their experience, including:

  • How long have they been working in childcare for?
  • What was their favourite childcare role, and why?
  • What is their favourite age of child to work with, and why?
  • What is their favourite activity to do with children?Talk about your parenting style
    The important things to mention here are:

Talk to them about your parenting style, so mention:

  • What kind of environment would you like the nanny to create for your child
  • Whether you believe in any form of discipline, and if so how it is enforced
  • Ask the nanny what their childcare philosophy is
  • Talk about your child’s developmental stage

Remember to discuss holiday arrangements:

  • Be aware that nannies usually get 20 days annual leave, plus 8 public holidays
  • Many families choose to split these days, so that the nanny chooses 10 of these days and you choose the other 10 (or another variation of this)
  • Let the nanny know about any holiday that you have already booked

If you’re interviewing a nanny as part of a nanny share, read our Interview Tips for a Nanny Share guide.