Frequently Asked Questions

Annies Nannies is your one-stop childcare agency offering nannies, in home childcare educators and baby
sitters available to assist with the education and babysitters available to assist with the education and childcare of your family

FAQ's for Families

Annies Nannies offers temporary nannies/educators for babysitting, short term positions, holidays and weekends. We also offer Permanent nannies/educators (part time and full time) and Home-based Educator options. We also offer an Educational Programme for families with preschoolers looking for a permanent nanny/educator.
Annies Nannies offers an educational programme to families/ whanau in our service that have preschoolers, and are enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours per week (Monday to Friday 7am-7pm). Our Educational Programme is funded by the Ministry of Education (so is free to families, children and nannies/educators) and ensures qualified Early Childhood Teachers/ kaiako are available to support your nanny/educator in providing quality education and care to your children/ tamariki.  The programme supports the edcuation and development of the children/ tamariki with age-appropriate and relevant learning resources, playgroups, outings, events and monthly visits into the home by our qualified teachers/ kaiako.  The programme also provides workshops and employment support to families/ whanau, access to a payroll service and monthly communications from your assigned ECE teacher regarding the progress of your child(ren).  In addition, your nanny/educator is supported through professional and personal development opportunities, as well as the knowledge they have easy access to qualified teachers/ kaiako to assist with the care and education they provide in the home.
Annies Nannies employs staff that is committed to early childhood education and care and all that it entails.  We are licensed under the Ministry of Education and subject to their rigorous regulatory requirements. We conduct regular internal audits to ensure we are meeting and exceeding our regulatory requirements, and have a robust self-review process.  Annies Nannies staff participate in a number of Advisory Groups and are active members of the New Zealand Home-based Early Childhood Education Association.  We also hold childcare contracts with a number of government agencies so are subject to their regulations.  In addition, we are proud to be a part of the Florence Nightingale Group.
Our recruitment staff/ kaimahi are passionate about the care of children/ tamariki. All of our nannies are experienced and/or qualified and are devoted to providing the best possible care to your children/ tamariki. In selecting nannies we carry out a robust recruitment process, including reference and credential checking, child/ tamaiti related referee checks, and police checks. Our registration is a two stage process which includes the inital interview, checks, then an induction.  Not all applicants that apply to register with us are accepted.
Your nanny is employed primarily for childcare although you can expect some light housekeeping. This is generally restricted to laundry, vacuuming as required, keeping kitchen surfaces clean, and child related duties. If you require further housekeeping, this would need to be discussed directly with the nanny. In all instances we recommend you add any expected housekeeping duties to a job/ mahi description.
The family/whanau is the employer of the nanny. Annies Nannies supports the family/ whanau with employment contracts and job descriptions, as well as ongoing support as needed with employment issues. The average nanny wage is $18-$20 per hour.
Annies Nannies offers an optional payroll service.  This ensures your nanny's PAYE is kept up to date, looks after KiwiSaver if the nanny has opted in, and tracks sick leave and accrued annual leave.  There is a small fortnightly administration fee to access this service. Please note, if employing a nanny for less than 30 hours per week you do not have to enrol in a payroll service, you can pay the nanny his/her gross amount.
If you are a part of our Educational Programme, you can access 20 ECE hours for your 3-5 year old children/tamariki.  If you are entitled to WINZ childcare subsidies, then Annies Nannies can assist with these for Under 5's. We can also access multiple birth hours. There is no administration fee to access 20 hours ECE, WINZ subsudies or multiple birth hours.
Annies Nannies offers a temporary nanny service.  If your regular nanny is unavailable we can, often at short notice, provide a temporary nanny.  Simply contact the office at the earliest opportunity and we will check our temporary nanny availability.
In most instances, we are able to assist with childcare for an unwell child (or parent for that matter - if the parent needs some time to get well, we can help with a temporary nanny to take care of things until such time as the parent is able).
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FAQ's for Home-Based Educators

A Home Based Educator provides care for children in their own home.
We have a passionate team of professional teaching staff supporting you that really know what it is like to be a home-based educator, because some have been an educator themselves!  We recognise the importance of relationships between our teaching and administration staff, and the home-based edcuators in our service.  Building relationships of trust, honesty, strength and consistency is extremely important to us. We know that our ability to support and assist our home-based educators in reaching their personal and professional goals ensures a happy, harmonious relationship.  We focus on the whole relationship which includes the educator, Programme Coordinator, tamariki, parents, whanau and Annies Nannies.  We come with a listening ear and a sense of humour!
Your parents will deposit the money into our bank account and each fortnight on a Tuesday we will pay it to you.
Annies Nannies will contact the whanau to let them know that we haven’t received payment for their childcare. After consultation with the home-based educator, we set a timeframe for payment and a consequence if payment isn't received.
If you are an in-home educator you set your own hourly rate which will depend on your qualifications and experience.  The average is $7-$9 per hour. Our Programme Coordinators can help you determine your hourly rate.
You can look after a maximum of four tamariki at any one time, with a maximum of two of those four children being under two years of age.
Each tamariki will receive a visit from your Programme Coordinator every four weeks.   Often this means that you as the Home-based Educator will receive multiple visits each month.
As a home-based educator, you are self-employed.  The IRD recognises that a business operating from a home incurs some general running costs.  With this in mind, the first approx $3.81 per tamariki per hour is not taxed.  Further, you can receive a one-off bulk payment per annum to help towards the costs of general wear and tear to your home. If you employ the services of an accountant, they will be able to discuss with you the other tax benefits you may receive as a self-employed contractor.
As a home-based educator in our service, you will be expected to provide an education and care service for all of the tamariki enrolled with you, with the supporting documentation and record of learning for the tamariki. Annies Nannies teaching staff will provide training, then ongoing support and guidance in these areas.  There is also an expectation that you will attend professional and personal development whenever possible. As well as this there are requirements around Health and Safety in your home as it becomes a workplace. There is also the expectation that you will actively promote your business yourself with our support.
Annies Nannies supports and assists you in the promotion of your home-based service.  There are a number of marketing opportunities we provide resources for, as well as the general marketing we do for the overall promotion of Annies Nannies, which by association you benefit from.  Annies Nannies completes the enrolment and paperwork for all new families/whanau, as well as administers the 20 hours ECE, WINZ subsidies and family/whanau payments.  There are also additional services you can access to further promote your home-based business.  These can be discussed with Annies Nannies staff.
At the earliest opportunity, you need to ensure you advise your home and contents insurance company that you are operating a business from home. Annies Nannies is part of the NZ Home-based ECE Association (NZHBECEA), and we strongly recommend all of our home-based educators register as individual members of this Association which give you access to business insurances including indemnity which is strongly recommended.
At Annies Nannies we look at the big picture - it's not just about the children you have in your care, it's about: marketing support, business guidance, educational advice, professional development opportunities, opportunities for meeting with others in the industry, and support with both personal and professional goals.  And that is just for you!  We are also there to support and help you extend on the work you do with the precious tamariki in your care: specialised educational programmes, educational resources, playgroups, outings, events, and assistance in working toward parents goals and aspirations for their children.
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FAQ's for Nannies

Through our Educational Programme we are able to offer our nannies access to the knowledge and expertise of qualified Early Childhood Teachers/ kaiako, resources specific to the children/ tamariki in your care and the educational experience you are supporting the child/ tamaiti to develop, and opportunites to socialise with other nannies and educators.  We support your professional and personal development with workshops, extra assistance while studying, recognition for meeting milestones, and informal discussion groups.  We are flexible enough that when a need is idenfitied by our staff/kaimahi or our nannies and educators, we are able to source relevant material or outsource a workshop to meet the need.  Where ever possible we try to ensure a variety of times and dates are available to attend professional development to ensure it is accessible to as many nannies and educators as possible.  Annies Nannies is also active on facebook, and has a monthly newsletter with upcoming community events, reminders of playgroups, workshops, outings etc, and fun activities.  The support and guidance Annies Nannies offers is not limited to the fun stuff - we also ensure we are available to you should there be a workplace or employment issue.
If you are in an Educational Programme role then the expectation is you will ensure the excellent care and education of the children/ tamariki and the supporting documentation to ensure a safe environment and a record of the child's learning.  Full training is provided from our teaching staff on what is expected to ensure regulatory requirements are met and maintained. There is also the expectation that where ever possible you will be actively involved in professional development, be this offered by Annies Nannies or by an outside provider.
Full time, part time, permanent and temporary as well as babysitting. The positions available vary vastly from week to week.
Regulations in the ECE sector dictate all nannies and educators have a current First Aid Certificate.  If you are a part of our Educational Programme then Annies Nannies will pay for the renewal of your First Aid Certificate.
While one full-time position is often what nannies are looking for, this isn't always a reality.  Often nannies will need to have two part-time positions to make it up to full-time hours.  Annies Nannies can provide guidance on PAYE questions should you have any.
Due to the nature of childcare work and continuity of care, we discourage applying for every job that comes up, but we certainly support and suggest you apply for those positions that suit you. This may mean you are applying for more than one at any given time.
If you are a nanny with us, you negotiate your hourly rate directly with the whanau.  The average is $18-$20 per hour. Who pays the tax on your wage will depend on the type of position you have.  It is best to speak directly with our administration staff to have your questions answered.
Yes. You do however need to be aware the positions that will be available to you will be limited as most families/ whānau require their children/ tamariki to be transported which can only be done on a full licence.
When looking at registering with any agency we recommend you are aware of how that agency will support you in your childcare career.  That being said, Annies Nannies has great faith in the excellent service  we extend to our nannies and educators, therefore have no hesitation in you registering with other agencies while also registered wth us.
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Testimonials

Annies Nannies has provided me with high-quality nannies on the two occasions our family has required a nanny.  The process of finding and selecting a nanny was made hassle-free.  Annies Nannies provides great educational support at home for our nanny and provide wonderful resources for the boys and feedback on their progress.  I couldn’t recommend Annies Nannies enough.

Jane

We have been using Annie’s Nannies for nearly five years while my twin girls were young and I am thrilled to be able to continue using the service for after-school care now that they are starting school. The team at Annies Nannies are so wonderfully warm and accommodating and their services have been vital to the functioning of our household. We have been able to utilise the WINZ subsidies and their nannies are just lovely. I highly recommend Annies Nannies!

Emily