Our Recruitment Service for Parents

A significant number of our candidates have been known to Finnelle for many years and most come to us via recommendation. We have the experience, knowledge and time to interview all of our candidates extensively. We also find that candidates are more confident in speaking about their preferences and requirements to an agency than when dealing directly with the family.

By using Finnelle for your Nannie position you are assured that all candidates we recommend have been personally interviewed and thoroughly screened by an experienced childcare consultant. They will also be the closest possible match to your requirements that we are able to find i.e. possess the necessary skills, experience and other key requirements.

Finnelle will provide you with a selection of suitable candidates to consider for interview.

First Aid & DBS Checks (previously called CRB Checks)

Our policy is that all candidates placed on a permanent basis will have had a DBS check within the 12 months prior to engagement with a family. Those Nannies on the Ofsted Voluntary Register will have undergone a DBS check when they first registered. However, Ofsted do not repeat this check unless given reason to do so. All nannies and home-based childcarers must hold an up to date Paediatric First Aid certificate. Our sister Company Riverside Training, specialises in providing Paediatric First Aid Training for nannies and childcarers and discounts are available for our clients and candidates. For further information, please visit or call us on 01775 710945


Reference Checks

All our candidates have been personally interviewed and appropriate references are collected and verified. Copies of these references and the consenting referees will be forwarded to you to assist your selection process. All our branches follow the policies and processes set out by Finnelle to ensure that our clients receive the best possible service.

Finnelle is committed to providing the best possible childcare professional for you and your family.


The OFSTED Childcare Register (OCR)

Introduced in April 2007 to replace the Childcare Approval Scheme, the OCR is a voluntary scheme. Parents wishing to take advantage of the childcare element of working tax credits or employer supported childcare vouchers will need their nanny to be registered with OFSTED.

The registration process takes approximately 8 weeks to complete and costs approx £120. As long as the nanny continues with her annual registration her DBS status will remain valid. We always recommended that you check your nanny’s Ofsted URN status online to ensure that it is valid. An application can be made on-line and full details of the scheme along with an application form are listed on the Ofsted website or you can call 08456 404040 for more information.