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Further Information

Contact: Family Information Service
Telephone: 0116 305 6545

How many children can a nanny look after?

Nannies usually look after the children of just one family in that family’s home. However, in the case of nanny-shares, the children of two or more families can be looked after together, but only in the homes of those two families. A nanny looking after children of more than two families must register with the Ofsted Early Years Directorate to do so.

How much does a nanny cost?

Employing a nanny means you become responsible not only for paying the nanny’s wage or salary but also for deducting the tax and National Insurance contributions. Visit National Minimum Wage for more details.
For more information for employers visit or call the helpline 0800 300 3900. Alternatively visit

How do I find a nanny?

Search the Family Information Directory for nursery schools by area, town and postcode.
What Should I Check? (PDF, 33KB)gives information about Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Ofsted and the Independent Safeguarding Policy.

Questions to Ask Your Nanny or Home Based Carer

• What qualifications or training do you have? Ask about First Aid.
• Are they on the Voluntary Register?
• What kind of experience do they have? Why do they enjoy this work?
• How would you organise my child’s day?
• If you’re going through a reputable nanny agency ask what checks and references they undertake and ask to see copies of them
• If you are employing the carer directly then you can still request references, from previous employers, GPs and undertake a Criminal Records check
• Talk to previous employers
• Check the Independent Safeguarding Authority register

Can I get some advice?

Leicestershire County Council’s Family Information Service offers impartial advice and guidance, or a tailored package of support to help you make the right decision. Contact a dedicated advisor on 0116 305 6545 or email

Further Information

Nannies or Non-registered Childcare
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Page Last Updated: 7 December 2012