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Essential Information for Nannies

Registering with Tigerlily

Registering with Tigerlily Childcare Recruitment is a fantastic way to develop your career and greatly improves your chances of finding your ideal nanny role.

Registering with us is simple:

  • Firstly, fill in our online application form and upload your CV
  • A Tigerlily Consultant, with the best knowledge of your sector and location will then contact you to let you know if we can help you find work, and if so, book you in for a Registration Interview
  • At your Registration Interview, you will need to bring:
    1. Any references you hold from previous employers
    2. Qualification certificates
    3. Paediatric First Aid certificate
    4. Passport
    5. Driving Licence if held
    6. DBS Check if held
    7. Proof of your address
  • If you do not hold all of the above, we will guide you on how to obtain what's required
  • You will need to demonstrate an ability to speak fluent English
  • Once registered, we will be able to put forward for positions that you are interested in and provide you with ‘alerts’ whenever new, exciting roles come up
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Candidate Services

As a 'registered' Tigerlily Candidate, you have access to the following range of unique benefits and support services:

  • In-depth Registration - we take a genuine interest in your career aspirations and talk you through client vacancies that best match your skill-sets
  • Career Guidance - our industry knowledge can help you to fine-tune your skill-sets and achieve your long-term career aims
  • Job Alerts - we will alert you via text or e-mail whenever we take on Nursery roles that match your requirements
  • Regular Updates - we will always update you on your application status
  • CV Presentation - advice on your CV is always available if required
  • Profiling - psychometric assessments are also available on request
  • Client Profiling - our detailed understanding of our clients, means we can find you the right position as well as a company that will offer you the best culture to thrive in

Interview Support

Attending an interview with a family / employer can be a daunting experience. So, to give yourself the best possible chance of success, follow these 15 simple steps:

1. Prepare really well

Establish as much information as you can about the role and the employers from your Tigerlily consultant.

2. Arrive on time

Ensure you know where the interview is taking place, plan your journey and allow for the unexpected e.g. traffic delays. If you are running late, let Tigerlily know.

3. Present your documents

Take these with you in a well-presented folder.

4. Dress appropriately

We always recommend dressing smartly, with minimal jewellery, tattoos/piercings hidden and clean shoes.

5. Be positive

Do not talk badly about any previous employers, positions, agencies.

6. Be discrete

Employers value trust, discretion and integrity.

7. Be honest

Employers will know if you are not being open/honest about an issue.

8. Know your CV

Most employers will enquire about various aspects of your career history and interests.

9. Questions

Arm yourself with intuitive questions and ask them at a suitable time. This demonstrates your interest and helps you establish key facts about the role.

10. Don't mention salary

We recommend avoiding discussions about salary / packages unless the employer raises them. We are experienced at negotiating salary aspects on your behalf and the employer won’t think this is your main interest in applying for the position.

11. Experiences

Use examples from your previous roles to demonstrate ways you have resolved problems or made positive contributions.

12. Communicate clearly

Employers appreciate clear, simple answers to questions.

13. Be positive about the role

If you do have concerns about the role, discuss these with your Tigerlily consultant after the interview.

14. Leave at the 'right' time

Interviews usually end when the employer and candidate have exhausted all their questions and a 'natural' end occurs. Best not to overstay your welcome by chatting unnecessarily. Most importantly, do not leave mid-interview even if you have another appointment. Interview lengths vary, so always make sure you allow sufficient time to conclude the interview. Employers will interpret an early departure as disinterest.

15. Be polite

At all times and thank the employer at the end of the interview.

Ofsted Registration

Working parents are able to off-set a percentage of the cost of employing a Nanny against childcare vouchers which are available from their employer. To do this, they will need to employ a Nanny that is registered with Ofsted.

How to Apply for Ofsted Registration

You can apply on-line at or by calling 08456 404045. Ofsted will then write to you to acknowledge your application and provide you with information on to complete the registration form. To apply you will need to:

  • Obtain a Paediatric First aid qualification or call 0300 3020 999
  • Obtain Nanny Insurance
  • Complete the online Ofsted application form (you will firstly need to register with government gateway) and pay the registration fee (which is non-refundable)
  • Complete an online Capita DBS check Nannies will have 14 days from the issue of their DBS check to apply for the update service for £13 per year. Their DBS will be updated automatically

How much does Ofsted Registration cost?

The total cost can vary so please check the Ofsted and Capita websites above. If a family asks you to become Ofsted registered, they may be willing to cover all or part of the cost.

How long does it take to register?

The registration process can take up to 10 weeks. However it is usually closer to 6 weeks. Upon completion, you will receive a URN (unique reference number).

Paediatric First Aid Training

We believe that everyone involved in the care of children should hold an up to date Paediatric First Aid Certificate. You will be required to present your certificate in order to complete your Tigerlily Childcare Registration Interview. If you require a new certificate, we will be delighted to offer you a significant discount on a Paediatric First Aid Training Course presented by our sister company Tigerlily First Aid Training.