Are all child carers police checked?
Yes, all carers are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB) and over 18 years old.
We also have a very thorough screening process and always follow up on references.

How do I make a booking?
Once you have filled out our simple registration form, you can make bookings online, by email, or just give us a call and we’ll do it for you. Once you have made your first booking with us, you will be able to use our app.

Can I have the same carer each time I make a booking?
We always try to book your preferred carer when you make a booking and if a regular booking each week works for you, then of course we can find the same person. For ad hoc bookings, if your preferred carer is not available, we will always try to find someone who you’ve had before. We understand the need for you and your children to have consistency. The more notice we get, the more likely we can book your favourite.

How do I know when you have found someone?
Once we have found a suitable child carer, we will send you an email confirming your booking with the name of the child carer, as well as the date and time of the booking. You will be sent a link so that you can view the child carer’s profile and find out some more information about them, their experience and their references. You can also view all of your bookings, both pending and confirmed on the app.

Will I be charged a booking fee even if you can’t find me someone?
No, you would never be charged a booking fee if we could not find you someone. We only charge you once we have found you a suitable child carer.

How much notice do you need if I want to book a child carer or babysitter?
The more notice you can give us the better so that we can find your preferred child carer. However we will always try to facilitate those last minute bookings.

How do I pay the child carer? and what if a booking ends before or after the nearest hour.
You pay by cash or cheque at the end of the booking. We kindly request you round up the fee to the nearest half hour.

How do I pay Like Minders?
We take payment by debit/credit card through Sage Pay online payment processing. The membership fee is processed in advance and the booking fees are taken as and when you make a booking. For nanny placements, the placement fee is taken once the nanny is confirmed for the job. You will always be emailed an invoice for your records. Please note we do not store any card details.

Do I need to pay for a taxi home for the babysitter?
This is not necessary for bookings ending before midnight, but we kindly ask that you offer to pay for, or contribute towards, a taxi for bookings ending after midnight. Please note that we always try to book someone as local to you as possible to keep any taxi costs to a minimum on late bookings.

How much notice do you need if I want to cancel my booking and is there a fee?
The more notice you can give us the better so that we can find a replacement booking for that particular child carer. There is no fee owed to the child carer for cancellations made in advance.
If you need to cancel the child carer within two hours of the booking start time we kindly ask that you pay them 1.5 hours of work as per the hourly rate (50% of our minimum time). If the child carer arrives at your home we kindly ask that you pay them the minimum amount of three hours. We do not refund the standard agency booking fees. For temporary and holiday nanny bookings we will refund 50% of the agency fee if the booking is cancelled before the start date.

Can I give feedback?
Yes, we really appreciate those who take the time to feedback on their experience with us, both good and bad. You are sent a feedback request each time you have a new child carer so you can let us know how your booking went. We always pass good feedback onto the child carer, and deal with any bad feedback in an appropriate way.

What is a permanent nanny? A permanent nanny can be in a live-in or live-out capacity. They usually provide sole charge childcare and nanny chores for between 10-12 hours per day but this can be less if required. For live-in, full time roles, the family must provide adequate accommodation and food, and the nanny should be offered a day or two a week off. The agreed salary usually includes at least two evenings of babysitting but this can be adapted to suit each family. The family will be expected to pay for the nanny’s tax and national insurance contributions, and most salaries are quoted as net. A nanny placement is considered permanent when it is for more than three months.

How does a nanny get on the payroll and can you help with nanny tax? We work closely with Way2Pay who can organise your nanny’s payroll. Here is a useful nanny tax calculator to work out the total costs when hiring a permanent nanny.

I need a temporary/part time nanny, can I meet them beforehand?
Yes, with all longer term bookings (including part time nannies, permanent nannies, holiday nannies, school holiday nannies) we recommend that you interview, or skype interview the candidate. You will be able to view the online profiles of the suitable candidate/s beforehand so that you can decide whether you would like to meet with them. A temporary nanny is a nanny placement of three months or less.

Do you offer a refund on the agency fee for permanent positions if it doesn’t work out? On the rare occasion that a permanent position doesn’t work out for the family and/or nanny, we will refund 50% of the finding fee if it is cancelled within four weeks from the start date.

What happens if an ad hoc child carer is hired on a permanent basis? If an agreement is reached where a child carer is taken on in a permanent position by a family, the agency charges a finding fee equivalent to five weeks of the child carer’s net salary plus VAT. Minimum fee £500.

Why is there a minimum booking of 3 hours?
3 hours ensures it is worthwhile for the child carer when their travel time is taken into consideration.

I am a child carer and I want to apply for a DBS (formerly CRB).
We work with Onfido Background checks. If you’d like to apply for a DBS please contact us and we will help you to apply for one.

If you still have a question please either call us on 0844 879 7189 or email us at childcare@likeminders.co.uk

We have found the Likeminders service absolutely amazing! We wouldn’t have done without you for the past couple of years. I have recommended Likeminders to as many people as possible as we’ve found it a great service.

B Colter, Childcare client
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