The Domestic Service Industry – Is It For You?

Published on April 18, 2017

The domestic service industry is a great way to earn a good living and have a long term, solid income and career. It has lots of potential to climb the ladder to higher up, better paid jobs too. Have you considered working in the domestic service industry? Read our guide to find out if it’s the right career choice for you.

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Things You Should Know About Employing a Nanny

Published on April 6, 2017

In the United Kingdom, legal guidelines dictate that private and domestic childcare providers working for a private family should be employed.  Many families look to see if they can ask a nanny to be self employed, and this will vary depending on the country they are in. As the role of a nanny is considered a professional one, they should be given protection as employees.  What things should you be made aware of when employing a nanny?

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The Difference Between an Au Pair and a Nanny

Published on April 3, 2017

Childcare is a complex area.  Titles such as ‘au pair’, ‘nanny’ and ‘mother’s help’ are often used, and sometimes families can get confused with all the terminology. There are many different types of child care staff, and it’s important before starting your search that you understand the difference between them, so you can clearly establish what you and your family need. Here is our guide to the difference between an au pair and a nanny.

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A Complete Guide to Nanny Payroll Services

Published on March 30, 2017

You’ve been through the process of finding your perfect nanny- now you have to pay them!  However, many people have queries about nanny payroll services.

Nanny payroll services can seem like a complicated thing to manage, especially if this is the first time you are hiring a nanny. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here at Polo & Tweed, we’ve written a handy guide for you to understand nanny payroll services better.

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Hiring A Nanny: How To Do A Proper Reference Check

Published on August 27, 2016

Your FULL Guide to A Nanny Reference Check

Having children is probably the most amazing thing that can happen to a woman and her family. However, this comes in a package with lots of worries, like how to make sure you hire a safe and trusted nanny to look after your children.

If you decide to hire a high end nanny it’s essential to vet your candidates so you can find a trustworthy and qualified nanny. Apart from CVs, interviews, and DBS checks, you’ll need to follow up with their references. Even if you are going through a prestigious agency and they do all the legwork for you, it’s best and highly advised that you check the references yourself as well.

This guide will help you properly conduct reference checks on your nanny candidates so you can be confident in your decision.

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Luxury Nanny: Your Entry Into the Social Elite?

Published on August 22, 2016


It’s not what you know, it’s who your nanny knows… 

You want the best for your children. Although you can get them the best education and healthcare, how do you make sure your child is getting connected with the right people introduced into the right social circles? The right nanny can be your savior.

The best future for your child

Investing in a high end, luxury nanny may be a good fit for your family if you’re looking for more than just outstanding childcare. Any highly experienced and educated nanny can provide the care, support and guidance your child needs to develop, learn and grow. But it will be wise to look further ahead, and think about what kind of future you want for your child.

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How to Hire A Nanny: The Complete Guide

Published on July 11, 2016

Read this before you start your search…

Finding a nanny for your family is serious business. When hiring someone to look after your most prized family member(s) it’s imperative you take the right steps and find the perfect fit. Your nanny will be a part of your every day life, so hiring the right nanny will make your life much easier, and hiring the wrong nanny can make it harder. 

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer is to clearly define the requirements for your perfect nanny. If this is your first time hiring a nanny, it’s a good idea to review the different types of nannies now so you can find the best fit for your family. We also recommend these tips for finding the perfect nanny which outlines the top nanny qualities to look for when hiring.

Once you are clear on what type of nanny you’re looking for, you’re ready to start your search.

There are several ways to go about finding a nanny – we’ve listed the different options below so you can get a better idea of what option might suit you best.

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How to Find the Best Formal Butler

Published on July 6, 2016

What is so special about a formal butler?

High quality, experienced formal butlers are not easy to find these days. As the butlering profession has been taken into the 21st century, many different or more modern types of butlers have appeared and it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish the right personality and skill set.

The first thing you should ask yourself is; why do I need a formal butler? What is it about the formal butler that you feel makes it so suited for the household or the principal.

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Why All Candidates Need a DBS

Published on June 23, 2016

What is a DBS Check?

CRBs (Criminal Bureau Service) are now known as Disclosure and Barring Service.  Most agencies will require all their registered candidates to have a valid DBS. For certain jobs, such as working with or near children (nannies, tutors, maternity nurses and all other domestic staff) or working with vulnerable adults, DBS checks are a MUST.

There are three types of DBS checks:
Standard DBS – The standard DBS checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

Enhanced DBS – The enhanced DBS is for people who work with children and vulnerable adults (therefore this category applies to all childcare and domestic staff). This includes the same as the standard DBS check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.

Enhanced DBS with list checks – This DBS is the same as the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists.

You, as an applicant/job seeker, cannot apply on your own for a DBS check. Your employer has to request one or you can go through one of the registered bodies who can give access to DBS checks. Polo and Tweed is one of these registered bodies and we can help you with applying for a DBS.

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Types of Domestic Staff Training Offered at Polo & Tweed

Published on June 9, 2016

Video: Domestic Staff Training Offered at Polo & Tweed

At Polo & Tweed we offer two types of training: private, in situ staff training and group or private classes. We work with the domestic staff of clients and the domestic staff of hotels. In this clip, CEO Lucy Challenger gives us some insight into the Polo & Tweed training service offerings.

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