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Screening and Background Checks

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Nanny Screening and Background Checks

Nanny Agency London ScreeningTo ensure we provide you and your family safe, experienced nannies we thoroughly screen and vet our nannies, mannies, governors & governesses. Our candidates range from age 21, with a minimum of 3 years’ childcare experience, to highly experienced Governesses who are in their 30s, 40s, 50s or even in their 60s……

Our criteria to select the best Nannies & Governesses

  • A minimum of 3 years’ household childcare experience
  • Certificates to support all qualifications
  • References to validate their experience and that also recommend their suitability to work in a childcare role
  • A valid Passport
  • Proof of address
  • An up-to-date DBS (police check )
  • An up-to-date Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Those who fulfil our criteria are then interviewed at either our London or Bath office.
  • During the interview, the specialist Consultant will discuss the applicant’s background and experience to assess the position they would be most suited to at this stage of their career.
  • Once interviewed, we will verify written references and certificates before deciding if they are suitable to be an Imperial Candidate. It should be noted that not all applicants who are interviewed make the grade. But those who do are then affectionately known as Imperials.

Nanny DBS screening checks

As part of our screening and background checks, and to give our Clients peace of mind, we ask all Candidates for an up-to-date DBS Disclosure Certificate to demonstrate they have a clear UK police record.

We accept an Enhanced DBS Disclosure with Barred List Check dated within 12 months of its issue, however, most of our Imperial clients are now seeking more up-to-date information. For Disclosures older than 12 months, we can assist candidates with application for a more up-to-date Disclosure.

The DBS Disclosure is a certificate which shows whether or not you have a criminal record. The Certificate is issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service which is a Home Office Agency dedicated solely to checking criminal records. This has replaced the former checking service known as the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau).

Candidates need to provide official identification in the form of a Passport and Driving Licence.

As they will be working in a childcare role, the Enhanced Level with barred lists check is the correct level needed.

The DBS Disclosure gives information held on the police database up to and including the date the Disclosure was issued. For this reason we are recommending to our candidates that they subscribe to the Update Service for £18 (£13 per annum plus £5.00 Admin Fee) so that they can give any potential employer up-to-date information at all times.

The result of the application will show whether the candidate has a police record or not and if they do, it will show any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings and whether you are on the list of people barred from working with children.

We are able to obtain information pertaining to overseas police records held on official databases for candidates who have worked overseas or who are from an overseas country.

Nanny References

Our process is as thorough and extensive as possible, leaving no stone unturned. As such we are able to present our clients with the very best candidates to care for your children.

We check the following:

  • A minimum of 2 references, verbally checked and verified to confirm proficiency and expertise for roles sought
  • National Insurance details
  • Passport and eligibility to work in the UK including visas, if required
  • Original certificates for qualifications.
  • That the candidate has an up-to-date DBS Certificate, and if not, we assist them in their application
  • Paediatric First Aid certificate is valid and up to date
  • Reasons for any gaps in employment


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