After discussing your needs with a HATA Consultant you will be sent profiles of available trainees for your consideration. You should then interview your HATA Newly Qualified Maternity Nurse in person, or if this is not possible then over the phone.
There is no fee to HATA.
Observational placements are unpaid. Although the trainee will expect to have some ‘hands on’ time they are primarily there to observe and link what they have learned to their practice. While you can ask their opinion on aspects of babycare or sleep, for example, you should not rely on them for guidance.
Work experience opportunities are paid, but typically at a lower rate than a fully qualified and experienced Maternity Nurse or Night Nanny. Maternity Nurses and Night Nannies work on a self-employed basis. Part of the learning process is negotiating a rate. HATA’s traineees will have different past experience, so they also will have different expectations. As negotiating a rate is part of the training process we encourage the trainees to negotiate. However, if you feel that the rate of your favourite person is too high, they still might accept lower rate if they have free time or the particular experience will boost their profile. It is expected that the fee will at least cover the basic expenses such as travel at least.
Home Affairs Training Academy Limited does not carry out any background checks or guarantee the suitability of students. Their references and professional experience have not been verified by us. We can only guarantee that candidates have successfully attended or completed a Home Affairs Training Academy course and that they will be mentored throughout the placement.
We recommend verifying the following:
Using the Update service you can log on to verify the current status of the candidate’s DBS check. You should need their certificate number, surname and date of birth. We recommend an Enhanced DBS check for all childcarers.
Ask to see original certificates of all qualifications. We can only verify HATA courses.
Ask the candidate to provide 2 childcare based references.
Request to see a copy of the candidate’s public liability insurance.
Our maternity nurses and night nannies have as part of their course received training in drawing up and negotiating their own terms of business. They provide you with a contract for their services. We strongly recommend drawing up an agreement even where the placement is not remunerated.