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Maternity Placements – Thinking Outside The Norm

Ok, you have got your diploma, congratulations. But what next? Starting to work as a maternity nurse can be pretty daunting. You have a number of options available to you including doing the standard 24/5 or 24/6 maternity positions. BUT.. Have you considered your other options? Setting up a prenatal or antenatal workshop: Or set […]

How To Write the Perfect Curriculum Vitae

Getting your ideal position always starts with your CV. Your resume is the very first introduction of who you are as a potential employee and it’s from this that employers will decide on whether to invite you along for an interview.  Firstly ensure you know the full job description in question and from this tailor […]

CACHE Courses with HATA Explained

If you are seriously thinking about the childcare profession have a look at these 2 distance learning courses: CACHE Level 3 AWARD in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (QCF) CACHE Level 3 DIPLOMA for Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) (QCF) They are both well respected and recognised qualifications, which should give you […]

Why You Should Never Accept Cash In Hand

Taking care of someone else’s child requires great responsibility, commitment, dedication and hard work. Every parent wants their nanny to be honest, trustworthy and reliable, but every nanny also deserves to have an employer with the same qualities.   Many parents quite understandably want to avoid the demands of running a payroll, so many will […]

Pension for Nannies

How does it work? A percentage of your pay is put into the pension scheme automatically every payday. A deduction is taken from your pay, your employer makes a contribution and HMRC also contribute by giving tax relief. The employer and HMRC contributions cost you nothing. How much would I pay? You would pay an […]

Work Place Pension and Auto Enrolment

Work Place Pension and Auto Enrolment Auto enrolment – What is it? and how does it affect you? Auto enrolment is a government initiative to get more people saving as part of their pension scheme at work. As from 2018 this ill good news to all employees as all employers will have to set up […]

5 Reasons Why being a Nanny is an Excellent Career Foundation

Negotiation Skills Anybody who has had to negotiate a three year old out of a tantrum will know that it can make the G8 summit look like a walk in the park. No seriously. As a nanny not only will you have to negotiate your days off, job perks and the petty cash for your […]

Online Tax-Free Childcare for 2017

You may have heard about the new online Tax- Free Childcare government scheme starting in early 2017 for parents and childcarers. It might sound too good to be true but it really is happening. Now here are some facts that you will need to know before you make the right decision for you. How do […]

5 Steps to Ofsted Registration

1. Why Register?

Registering on the Voluntary Section of the Childcare Register: Part 2

Step Two – Registering on the Voluntary Section of the Childcare Register   In Part 2, we look at how to register on the voluntary section of the childcare register.  Unless you are exempt, you must register with OFSTED or a childminder agency if you want to be paid to look after children under 8 […]

Registering on the Voluntary Section of the Childcare Register: Part 1

There are many reasons to register with OFSTED if you are a nanny or working as a childminder.  Not only does it increase your professional status, but parents will be able to use childcare vouchers and other financial assistance if you are registered, which will increase your overall employability.   Many parents also like the piece […]


You fit the criteria, but you don’t get the job…Why?   Being late Obvious one I know, but this immediately tells the parents that you are disorganised as you haven’t left yourself enough time to find their address. Also showing up late demonstrates your unreliability and the one thing parents really need is reliability. They […]

Why being a nanny is the best job ever?

Working as a nanny, though it may have started as a random job, may be something much more serious, fulfilling and fun than you initially expected. Some people think or even say that ‘working at home’ is not really a job that can be turned into a career – is that true? Is nanny only […]

HATA’s statement

 We would like to clarify that any allegations of HATA stealing or copying  materials are wrong and unfounded. We understand that these allegations have been made by competitors, who also claim that they have had to engage copyright lawyers to investigate the theft and copyright. We would like to reassure everyone involved that all our materials […]

Nanny survival guide – 5 top tips for travelling with families

Be prepared Before you go have a proper chat with your bosses about what they expect, where you’re going, what there is to do with the kids and in your time off, when you’ll be working (and when you’ll be free), and what you need to take! The more information you have ahead the fewer […]

Guide on registering with OFSTED

HOW-TO GUIDE ON REGISTERING WITH OFSTED To register on the Voluntary Part of the OFSTED Register you first need to obtain a DBS Certificate via Capita. If you are unsure about your individual circumstances please call the DBS Helpline on: 0870 850 2516 for advice and information. GUIDANCE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A DBS […]

So, you would like to become a nanny?

Being a nanny can be a very fulfilling job and indeed a vocation. A nanny is an extremely important and influential part of a family’s life and is trusted by the parents with the most precious things they have – their children. Qualifications and Training There are no legal qualifications required to become a nanny.  […]

NEW – OCN Common Core Skills Course (1 day attendance course)

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new course for Childcare Professionals! The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for Ofsted registration is a set of principles and values. It sets out what basic skills and knowledge are needed by people whose work brings them into regular contact with children, young people and families. […]

How to get the job you deserve

When approaching a potential employer or agency, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. Remember,  you are selling yourself, and the initial email or letter is the first impression your potential employer will have of you… so, it needs to be good! The first thing you need to consider before sending […]


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