Nannies? Babysitters? What does it all mean and how much does it cost?

How much should you pay your nanny or babysitter? A quick google search will tell you that childcare is not quite as straightforward as one might think. Options are endless and at varying price points and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! We thought we’d save you the headache and summarise it all for you.

Let’s quickly touch on nurseries and childminders. These are settings where carers look after multiple children at once. There are differences between settings with differing services. But all nursery and childminder settings offer professional, registered childcare for children under 5. 

The nanny industry

At CocoRio, we were surprised to see just how unregulated the nanny industry is in the UK. Neither nannies or babysitters are required by law to hold any police checks nor First Aid or Safeguarding training like childminders and nursery school practitioners. This may sound alarming, and it should be! But worry not, many nannies and agencies take it upon themselves to ensure they have all the necessary checks, you just need to know what to look out for.

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