Find a Nanny Through an Agency

Find a Nanny Through an Agency

What is the best way to find a nanny? Why use an agency?

Find a Nanny – Looking for Yourself

Sometimes looking for a nanny by yourself will work. Word-of-mouth, your network can provide a lead and you’ll have a personal recommendation. Perfect. Perhaps you advertise in a local paper or on a local website.

It’s more likely, in this time of Brexit and COVID that trying to find a nanny becomes time consuming and daunting. You may attract several potential candidacies. Do you know how to vet them? You’ll have a good idea of what you want but will you have the experience to choose the perfect one for your family?

Association of Nanny Agencies

Purple Dove is a member of this industry body. We have many years of experience; we have a thorough vetting process and know the legal obligations for both the nanny and the employer.

The legal obligations of hiring a nanny include:

  • Employers are responsible for the nanny’s tax
  • National Insurance contributions
  • Pension contributions
  • Mileage claims
  • Statutory benefits and pay slips

Working with us, means we take care of all the ‘nitty gritty’ leaving you to get on with your day and save you time and stress. Plus, we’ll only provide you with the highest possible calibre of potential nannies.

This could be the difference between finding a ‘forever nanny’ or having to repeat the stress and time of re-hiring a few months later.

Nanny Recruitment Process

We meet all our potential nannies face-to-face or via Zoom and check all their documentation. This will include references, DBS (criminal record check) along with getting to know them and their regard for care, nurturing and education.

Purple Dove can cast the net wide using different recruitment platforms. So, your position will be seen by the maximum pool of nannies. You won’t have to trawl through any unsuitable CVs, all the ones we present to you will be relevant.

Your Needs

We’ll have talked to you and found out what you are looking for, what is most important for your family and child. Therefore, when we come to interview each candidate, we can find a selection of potential matches for you to interview.
Do please give us a call if you have any questions. You may find an answer on our Parents FAQ page.


We are dedicated to finding the best possible nanny for your family and we will take away all the stresses of finding a nanny for yourself. We recruit nannies all over the UK, including the most sort after locations in London, including Islington, Notting Hill and Belgravia.