Online nanny and job sites can put Children at risk

The Association of nany Agencies (ANA) believes that attempting to match parents with nannies at the click of a button is compromising children’s safety.

Over the last few years there has been a sharp rise in the number of online nanny directories springing up on the internet, offering parents and nannies free and easy access to childcare databases.

ANA believes that although this may seem like a cheap and convenient way for busy parents to find childcare, often matches are made with proximity of postcode between the parent and childcare provider as a main criteria. There are no face-to-face meetings and often very few checks are done to verify the childcare providers’ experience, qualifications, references or suitability for the families in question.

Choosing a nanny for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It can’t be done safely at the click of a button.

All ANA Agencies are committed to driving up safeguarding standards by establishing a professional code of conduct and best practice for all nanny agencies.
If parents are looking for a nanny or nanny agency, they can rest assured that an ANA-approved agency meets the highest standards of professional excellence. ANA membership is proof that the agency is reputable, and that their work practices have been checked and monitored.
Work pracices include a commitment to thoroughly vetting every nanny on its books through face-to-face meetings, and rigorous reference and paperwork checks including DBS checks.
ANA members also comply with legal, insurance and data protection responsibilities.

The growing ANA network and our association with nannytax with it’s support and information enables all members to remain up-to-date on industry specific regulations and legislation, which means that in turn, we are best suited to help our Clients and Nannies safely and legally.

 

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