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Nanny Scout Berkshire nanny agency

Nanny Scout

Nanny Agency Berkshire, Surrey and Cotswolds 


Nanny Scout is a Nanny and Household staffing agency with three branches covering Berkshire, Surrey and the Cotswolds.

They offer services for both families looking for appropriate childcare or household staff and for candidates looking for new positions.

Nanny Scout ensure that all candidates are personally interviewed and have enhanced DBS checks. They are all experienced and/or qualified and if caring for children have up to date paediatric first aid certificates.

Contact Details

07863 116280


nanny Scout reasons to choose them

Nanny Scout For Families

Nanny Scout can help families recruit a nanny, a housekeeper, a nanny housekeeper or wrap around care.

They will discuss all your requirements with you before liaising and setting up interviews with candidates.

Guidance and support will be given for interviews and questions to ask, contracts and payroll.


For Candidates

You can register with Nanny Scout if you are looking for employment and support with your job search.

They can also help you to update your First Aid certificate and DBS check.

If you need to write a CV, then Nanny Scout also offer a CV writing service.

They also put you in touch with other nannies in the area so you can get support from fellow professionals. Plus let you know of local activities and classes in the area to take the children.

About Nanny Scout

What are the main differences between a nanny and an Au Pair?

Parents often are unsure of what childcare will suit their needs best.

A Nanny is a qualified, experienced child carer caring for children from newborn upwards. They are an Employee of the family they work for with full employment rights.  As an agency, we ensure they have an Enhanced DBS, Paediatric First Aid, Insurance. The hours they work vary but can be full or part-time – up to 50 – 60 hrs a week if full time. The salary of a Nanny varies depending on experience and area but must meet minimum wage criteria.

 An Au Pair is an unqualified young person from another country who lives as part of the family and cares for the children (usually school age) in exchange for meals, a bedroom, language lessons and  “pocket money” of around £100 a week.

 An Au Pair usually stays with a family for 6 – 12 months whereas some Nannies stay with families for years- my last role was 9 years!!


An Au Pair can be a very good option for a family with school-aged children who only need help before/after school. However, due to Brexit Au Pairs are currently in very short supply with a knock on effect on their ‘pocket money. I have seen salaries advertised at least double pre covid/Brexit rates as families try to secure one.  There is currently no route for EU Au Pairs to enter the UK. They need to have pre-settled status and any people who have this have been snapped up!


What are the benefits of using a nanny agency, for both families and nannies?

 Using a Nanny Agency has many benefits for families and nannies alike.

Families are often seeking childcare for the first time, unsure of what they need and what to look for in a Nanny. Instead of a family having to draft adverts, find where to advertise and rifle through what is sometimes dozens of CV’s we do this for them. We then interview nannies and only send over CVs of suitable candidates – usually 3 – 4. Offering guidance through the whole process, ensuring candidates have a relevant criminal record check, first aid and recent references, recommending payroll services and contract and salary advice.

 For Nannies, we often have roles that are only available through us. We ask families several questions about themselves just like we ask a nanny, and this enables us to make a better match to a family with the same outlook. We are also there to negotiate the salary and contract on their behalf.


You also put nannies in touch with one another. Does it benefit them to have that network?

It 100% benefits Nannies having a network otherwise it can be a very lonely job. You can arrange to go to the park, swimming or just call them up on a rainy day and ask if they want to pop over have lunch and do some crafts with the children. nannies also make friends with mums with similar age children too.

 I am a Nanny myself and have Nanny friends who I have known for over 15 years, and we meet both in and out of work. Especially during Covid when most activities and groups were closed, it was a lifeline for Nannies to be able to meet up with each other and go for a walk