We work closely with our families and nannies to secure the right fit for both. We listen, we understand and we deliver...


Here at Purple Dove, we listen to you very carefully and try and match the best candidate to the job description.

We endeavour to find candidates the right family and takes considerable time matching the family’s requirements to your professional and personal skills.

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Here at Purple Dove, we listen to you very carefully and try and match the best candidate to the job description. This includes looking at relevant experience, qualifications, personality, logistics such as journey times etc.

Our experience

We have the experience, knowledge and time to interview all of our candidates extensively. We also find that candidates are more confident in speaking about their preferences and requirements to an agency, rather than when dealing directly with the family.

Most Importantly, we do not bombard you with dozens of CV’s but handpick a few and sometimes it might just be one or two.

Checks and references

Our policy is that all candidates placed will have a DBS check within the last 12 months or be registered on the update service prior to engagement which is an online service that employers can log into to check if there are any changes since the candidates received their DBS.

All our candidates have been personally interviewed and references are collected and verified including the most recent employer’s reference. We aim to provide the last 2 employment references or the last 5 years, whichever is longer.

The role of a nanny

A nanny is responsible for all nursery duties including; feeding, cooking, changing and being actively involved in the child’s physical, emotional and mental development.

Nanny hours

This can vary greatly as parents are also working flexible hours. It is important to be clear of the hours you require in advance as some nannies have more than one job. Here at Purple Dove, we have a minimum requirement of 30 hours a week to take on a vacancy.

Parents – you are the Nanny’s employer

As the Nanny’s employer, you are responsible for payment of their tax and national insurance contributions on top of the net amount your Nanny takes home. In order to make this process as smooth and clear as possible, we have teamed up with a leading payroll company.

Nanny qualifications

There are many different qualifications and childcare courses available to nannies and it can be confusing having to go through these. We are happy to explain the different qualifications to you.

What is an Ofsted Registered Nanny?

A nanny is not required to register with Ofsted, this is voluntary but allows parents to get help with childcare costs. It costs £103 to register and this is an annual fee. In order to be Ofsted registered, your nanny has to have the following;

  • DBS done via Ofsted
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • A Childcare qualification
  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate

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