Updates for Tax Year 2016/17
The Living Wages applies from 1st April 2016 for 25 year olds and above £7.20 gross per hour.
The standard tax allowance rises from 1060L to 1100L.
Rates Over £112 – Must register as an employer with HMRC
£155 – National Insurance Due
£213 – Tax Due
Further details from the government site:
About the new national living wage
The government wants to move from a low wage, high tax, high welfare society to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society.
With record employment, the highest GDP growth in the G7, over 2 million jobs created since 2010, and 1.1 million more forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the government believes that now is the right time to take action to ensure low wage workers can take a greater share of the gains from growth.
The new national living wage is an essential part of this. It ensures that work pays, and reduces reliance on the state topping up wages through the benefits system.
From April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory national living wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 50p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate. That’s a £910 per annum increase in earnings for a full-time worker on the current NMW.
We have had a fantastic day at the “Meeting of Minds”!
Margaret from Nanny Link started us off by introducing us to ANA (Association of Nanny Agencies), the representatives of several nanny agencies from all around the country, First Aid for Life, a first aid course provider and Way to Pay a payroll company.
ANA had some great ideas about working together. Nanny Matters would like to provide ANA with more feedback about nanny life with the ups and downs.
The agencies highlighted their particular struggles and successes. Nanny Matters proposed to stay in close contact to improve recruitment for everyone through honest and straightforward feedback from all of us nannies! and are encouraging us to give feedback on families, working conditions and pay but also ask to be aware an agency is working long and hard hours to provide the best service. Sometimes enquiries cannot be answered immediately but are always intended to be answered within an acceptable timeframe.
First Aid for Life showed us a 12 hour first aid course can be done in a new and innovative way. Nanny Matters can only recommend them on this! http://www.firstaidforlife.org.uk/
Way to Pay are worth mentioning for their straight forward approach. If you have any queries they can help with give them a call!
Nanny Matters was able to communicate your feedback gathered from the Nanny Matters meet ups and forums like Dulwich Nannies on Facebook.
We found agencies are in favour of better communication. They would like us to put your views and experiences forward. This is the key to a long and happy relationship between nanny and agency! They are providing aftercare as a standard and want to provide support for nannies who need it.
Nanny Matters is working towards nannies being
-professional by encouraging the use of EYFS curriculum,
-educated through nanny career development,
-confident by knowing their rights and exchanging experiences.
We can only imagine how much easier and more successful finding a fabulous nanny role will be through working together with agencies.
Kind regards, Kathy Landmann at Nanny Matters
Comments from Nanny Link:
We enjoyed having the Nannies being represented and Nanny Link (training) looks forward to working with Nanny Matters in helping with continued professional development with our training programmes. All the best
I wanted to thank you for a really fabulous meeting yesterday. I was so honoured to be part of such an inspirational group of like-minded people; all really passionate about providing the very best service for Children, Parents and Nannies. We all share exactly the same values and ethos and I am thrilled to be part of such an incredible collaboration.
Please let your members know if there is anything I can do to further help and support everyone, I would be delighted to do so. They can share any of my blog and information and if they email me I will send them a code to give them free access to have a proper look at the online courses for the blended learning too.
With very best wishes and many thanks again
First aid for life
The meeting of minds is all booked and we were very lucky to gain a room at https://www.c-h-w.com/.. It is a stunning venue between Victoria station and waterloo station. This venue can often be seen in adverts so I am sure all those attending will be very inpressed. The hall overlooks wonderful views of London and maybe if there is time we will be allowed to see this. Saturday 6th February for agenices and assoicates to meet and chat about working realtionships in the industry.
Margaret Cowell- Nanny training
Joanna Smith- Nanny matters ( a site for nannies)
Way2Paye- All about payroll
ANA- Association of Nanny agencies
To join us please contact us ASAP
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This article in the Daily Mail highlights the dangers of hidden sugars in food. This is hardly news because these risks have long been known and in recent times have been the subject of intense public scrutiny and a cause of concern. However, the article serves as a reminder that parents and child-care professionals must provide children with a healthy and balanced diet.
Studies have shown that food acceptability, choices and tolerance are learnt from the first day that babies are weaned on solids (perhaps even as early as when in the womb); these experiences determine lifetime eating habits. Whilst pre-prepared foods (such as jars of puree) can be convenient it is comparable to fresh healthy homemade food.
It is important that families and those caring for children (whether childminders, nannies or school meals providers) ensure that the food given to children delivers all the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and health benefits to help them grow and develop physically and psychologically. Sensible, healthy food choices in early ears encourage good diets throughout life.
Once children are old enough, they should be involved in food preparation. The vibrant colours of good healthy vegetables, and the mess involved in preparing meals in general is unbelievably appealing to children. Shaping food also helps encourage children to participate in cooking and to eat what has been prepared; that sense of ownership is essential and curiously persuasive to a young mind!
Moreover, involving children in meal-making can be a wonderful, shared, bonding experience –one that will stay with them for life and benefit them for an entire lifetime. The benefits of being able to prepare gastronomic delights will teach them technical and presentational skills that will serve them long into adulthood, when home gatherings and entertainment based around meals become a social norm and bonding experience within the circle of family and friends. Everyone loves a good cook!
If you would like to understand how best to prepare meals that ensure a healthy, balanced diet, nannytraininglink offers short course training, advice sessions, and activity modules. Please see out TRAINING COURSES PAGE or CONTACT US for more information.
What lovely articles and pictures we saw in the press this morning of Prince George looking confident and happy on his first day at nursery. Nannytraininglink wishes the prince well as he ventures into this new and exciting world.
Not all children, though, are as confident, happy, or even as well-prepared for the experience. Children are naturally wary of change. Many on their first day at nursery or at school can become “clingy”, introverted, moody, tearful, scared and even traumatised at the prospect of being “left alone”, of leaving behind the routine, familiarity and comforts of home life and their domestic surroundings.
It is important therefore that parents and nannies of pre-nursery and pre-school children recognise these behaviours as a consequence of natural anxieties and do their best to allay any worries. Simply talking to children, explaining what will happen, and asking them questions long in advance of their first day will prepare children for the change. Parents and nannies should focus on the positive aspects of nursery and school so that children are sufficiently engaged in the process and thrilled by the exciting new opportunities on offer to make new friends, play new games, learn from different experiences, and discover so many new things about the wider world around them.
For some, the thought that this is their first step into being a “grown up” might be enough to persuade them of the merits! For others, perhaps the opportunity to meet their new class mates (if known) in a home environment may be sufficient to alleviate their worries, simply because they’ll already know someone else there. With appropriate planning and advance discussion to mitigate any anxiety or fears, children should be able to slip more comfortably into their new environment.
If you would like to understand how best to prepare pre-nursery or pre-school children for their first ventures into formal social and/or educational environments, nannytraininglink offers short course training, advice sessions, and activity modules. Please CONTACT US for more information.
In the meantime, we wish our future king a bright, happy and fulfilling future!
Director & Principal Consultant
Nanny Link Ltd (established 1996)
Childcare consultancy services. CACHE endorsed & OFSTED compliant professional nanny training courses.
Nanny training link and associates meet on fairly regular basis to catch up on what is going on in the industry and we are due to meet this Febuary.We would like to extend our invite to you following the sad closure of Best Bear. We felt it would be nice time to offer support and network with other agencies and companies related to our industry and to promote various options available for your agency.
Places are limited therefore we would appreciate your reply as soon as possible. (Closing date Wednesday 13th January 2016) If we need to hire a meeting room it will be approximately £10 per person
Date: Saturday 6th February
Place: Premier Inn – Victoria London (To be confirmed)
Time 11-4 for agenda
Margaret Cowell (NNEB)- Talk -on line recruitment what agencies can do to push USP and how we can all work together to promote agencies and offer add on services such as training, payroll, ANA etc.…
Sarah Parkin- ANA The year ahead, advantages to joining and working relationships
Jo Smith – About Nanny matters working with agencies (Jo was 3rd in the nanny of the year, has been part of BAPN and runs this site for Nannies) She is saddened by the continued on line recruitment and is keen to work with agencies
Karen Way2paye- changes for payroll 2016
Time for chatting questions answers and networking
Margaret Cowell (NNEB)
Nanny Link Training
Need A CV- we hold workshops/ or one to one training which can help:
Margaret has worked in childcare, personnel and recruitment over a 30 year period and is very experienced in helping people put together information to supply to prospective employers.
A full detailed CV could make the difference between being offered an interview or not. ( we can offer non childcare candidates help and advice too)
Why is a CV important?
Your CV is like a window to you, your education, experience and abilities. You need to use your CV to sell yourself. Having the right CV that reflects you and what you can offer an employer which will attract attention and appeal to them so highlighting your strengths and ability is very important.
But it needs to be right in information, layout, what your say and how you present this.
So we can guide and help you by offering a workshop and going through the following details
- Setting up a CV
- Personal statement – what to write and what not to write
- Additional details what an employer likes to see over and above just work and education
- How to adapt a CV for a particular job role
- How many CVs you should have?
- Preparing yourself for the interviews
Course is 2.5 hours outlining what an employer is looking for and how you can setup the master CV and how to make adjustments and why.
Cost: £30.00 ( discount will apply for groups of 3 or more)
Certificate of attendance supplied once the course is completed
Time and location: Greater London, Kent areas. For other areas we will need a minimum group but this is possible so please make enquires.
We can offer remote training via virtual computer if the location is too far for either party to reach