Two nannies have joined forces to campaign for regulation of the nanny industry and tax relief for parents who use nannies.
A campaign run by two nannies is calling for the regulation of nannies in the UK.
The “Road to Nanny Regulation” builds on the previous work done by Maria Culley, who is now joined by fellow nanny Allie Bell.
The campaign aims to push for further regulation across the nanny industry, preventing those who are unsafe, untrained or qualified from caring for children.
The Road to Nanny Regulation Campaign wants to see nannies being required to be officially registered by Ofsted and to undergo background checks, as well as a minimum amount of training and knowledge in childcare safety and knowledge. It proposes a six-week minimum course, which would include training on the Early Years Framework and the importance of play in learning.
Maria Culley, co-founder of the Road to Nanny Regulation campaign, said: “With little to no oversight or regulation, there is literally no guarantee that all nannies right now are qualified or properly trained to care for children.”
She says this means that almost anyone can become a nanny, without receiving any formal training or qualifications, putting the safety of children at risk.
In addition to strengthening policies, The Road to Nanny Regulation will also provide resources and support to families and nannies to ensure full compliance with any new regulations. Working closely with politicians such as Robbie Moore MP, industry experts, as well as families to raise awareness of the importance of nanny regulation, the campaign aims for meaningful change in order to provide families with peace of mind.”
Allie Bell adds: “Employing a Nanny is a popular and viable choice for parents, and offers that flexibility which is essential for many families. We believe that every child deserves a safe and high-quality childcare experience, as they do in all other early years provisions, which are all regulated by Ofsted, so why should Nannies be any different?
“The fact is that a tradesperson, nurse or teacher wouldn’t be able to work if they didn’t have the right qualifications or training, and so why aren’t we placing an even higher need for checks on those who are ultimately becoming responsible for the safety of our children? Shockingly, there is also no available system in place to hold nannies accountable for any negligence or harm caused to children under their care.”
The campaign is also proposing some sort of tax relief for working parents who employ nannies to make it more affordable.
Supporting the campaign Robbie Moore said: “I am committed to supporting this campaign in Parliament to make sure that the nanny industry is safe, fair, and of the highest standard for everyone involved. We must work together to ensure that our children receive the best care possible, and that starts with implementing proper regulations and standards for nannies. I will do all I can to push for meaningful change and provide families with the peace of mind they deserve when entrusting their children’s care to a nanny.”