Beware Unscrupulous (Internet) Recruitment Agencies

ID-10024441ANA has recently received a number of calls and worrying comments from nannies who have genuine concerns regarding (internet-based) childcare recruitment agencies and nanny clubs that charge nannies to register for career opportunities, placements and training courses, none of which ever materialise.

ANA cautions all nannies to be extremely wary of subscribing to these organisations or paying for these services as there are no guarantees of finding work and nor can the suitability of the roles (if they exist at all) be assured. Before contacting such organisations  -and certainly long before handing over any money, confidential information, or career resumes-  ANA advises that nannies make thorough checks on the credibility of the organisation by seeking  assurances from trusted sources that the organisation is bona fide.

European law prohibits recruitment agencies from charging job-seekers for finding work; if a recruitment agency asks for service fees for its job-seeking services, simply walk away …and report your concerns about the agency to YOUR LOCAL TRADING STANDARDS OFFICE.

For peace of mind, a professional service and a confidential, no-hassle job-seeking experience, register with an ANA approved agency. ANA approved recruitment agencies not only provide their employment finding services free-of-charge but are guaranteed bona fide and are regularly monitored by ANA to ensure a level of service  that is to the very highest professional standards.

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Ed Milliband Seeks Changes in the Childcare Sector

ID-10098507In response to ever increasing concerns around childcare highlighted by recent  -and often troubling-  headlines not to mention the recent rise in unregulated nanny recruitment practices, ED MILLIBAND VOWS THAT HE WILL TACKLE THE “CHILDCARE CRUNCH” and is proposing a number of changes to the childcare sector.

All too often, parents are faced with a bewildering array of childcare options (from wrap-around care for nursery/school runs, to school holiday child-minding provision, to au pair combinations, and to full day care) and widely differential costs associated with each of these childcare arrangements Deciding on which is best not only from a cost perspective but  -more importantly-  for the welfare and development of the child(ren) can prove a maelstrom of decision and counter-decision that benefits no-one.

ANA broadly welcomes these initiatives (though details remain unconfirmed) and hopes that these changes respond to our ongoing campaigns and requests for much-needed clarity on the childcare options available in the UK.

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New Dates for ANA Professional Nannies Training Course

BlackboardANA Nannies is pleased to announce additional dates for its PROFESSIONAL NANNY TRAINING COURSE designed specifically for nannies working in private homes. This training has been endorsed by the COUNCIL FOR AWARDS IN CARE, HEALTH & EDUCATION (CACHE), the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation for the care and education sector and is suitable for obtaining registration as a child-minder with OFSTED. One day training £164.00 inclusive of certificate. To join the course attendees must have minimum of level 2 training in childcare or 2 years plus experience working in a childcare setting (ANA will seek references to confirm).

The next scheduled courses will be:

  • London: 12th January 2014 (Venue to be confirmed)
  • London or Kent: February 2014 (Date and venue to be confirmed)
  • Surrey: 4th January, 18th  January; 1st February and 15th February (Venue to be confirmed)

For more information or to reserve your place please CLICK HERE.

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New Pensions Regulations

ID-10038595(1)The government has announced that within the next 5 years all UK employers will be required under the Pensions Act 2008 to automatically enrol their workers into a qualifying pension scheme and to contribute to that pension. To find out what you need to do to comply with these new regulations, please see our PENSIONS FACTSHEET

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ANA at the Labour Party Conference

ID-10093867ANA was invited to attend the Labour Party conference on Monday 23rd September to participate in “the “Family Room” discussions, an established focal point for progressive debate and the sharing of expertise on UK family policy. “Family Room” events are held throughout the year to provide opportunity for members to engage in discussion with policy makers and benefit from insight from leading figures in the sector around issues faced by families today.

The 19 “Family Room” members are all non-profit and charitable organisations focused on the provision of  help lines, face-to- face services, training, information and research; their services reach and support millions of families each year.

From the days proceedings ANA learnt that:

  • Labour are proposing to offer 25 hours of free childcare to children aged 2 years and under;
  • 65% of children aged between 12-16 years of age do not  live with both birth parents;
  • the average length of a marriage is now just 11 years;
  • parents spend 28% longer at work in 2000 than in 1975;
  • 1 in 5 mothers has turned down a job because they cannot afford childcare costs;
  • childcare costs increased at double the rate of inflation between 2011 and 2012;
  • 1 in 3 working mothers relies on grandparents for childcare.

ANA would like to thank the “Family Room” and “The Childcare Trust” for the opportunity to contribute to this event. Moving forward, ANA is actively seeking similar opportunities to engage with other like-minded organisations to promote improvements in child safety, notably through better childcare and child-carer recruitment.

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New Dates for ANA Professional Nannies Training Course

BlackboardANA Nannies is pleased to announce additional dates for its PROFESSIONAL NANNY TRAINING COURSE designed specifically for nannies working in private homes. This training has been endorsed by the COUNCIL FOR AWARDS IN CARE, HEALTH & EDUCATION (CACHE), the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation for the care and education sector and is suitable for obtaining registration as a child-minder with OFSTED. One day training £164.00 inclusive of certificate. To join the course attendees must have minimum of level 2 training in childcare or 2 years plus experience working in a childcare setting (ANA will seek references to confirm).

The next scheduled courses will be held on 12th October in London and on 19th October in Bournemouth. For more information or to reserve your place please CLICK HERE.

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Advice on Finding Work

ID-10024441ANA members met on Saturday in London and were treated to a very informative speech regarding employment agency rules and other matters related to job seekers using employment agencies in their search for work.  Did you know, for example, that it is illegal for an employment agency, however it operates, to charge a fee to its candidates seeking work through them? The only exception to this is in the entertainment and modelling sectors.

In order to maintain membership of ANA, all ANA registered agencies must adhere to strict recruitment methods that exceed the standards recommended by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.  ANA registered agencies are free to use for job seekers; and our agencies guarantee each nanny seeking work through them a personal service, one-to-one interview, career advice and support not just through the recruitment process but post placement as well   …all at no cost to the nanny! Nannies seeking –and securing- employment independently through the internet, private classified advertisements and other unregulated sources are not afforded these benefits nor these assurances.

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