Once you have decided to hire one of our nannies, Koru Kids will carry out an enhanced DBS check for them. We will also invite your nanny to attend our Paediatric First Aid training course - you can read more about what is covered in first aid training here.
There is no additional charge for the DBS check or First Aid training - they are covered as part of our service charge in the hourly rate.
Please note: Our short-term coronavirus contracts operate slightly differently. For these contracts, we are temporarily making DBS checks optional for a £50 fee. Your nanny will still receive First Aid training as before. You can find more information here.
Important information about DBS checks
The DBS check itself usually takes 5-10 days to complete. Before we can begin the DBS check procedure however, 3 of your nanny's identifying documents need to have been seen in person.
Typically these need to be seen in person. However, for a temporary period due to COVID-19, guidance has changed and we can start processing the DBS after we check your nanny’s documents via video call. We'll then let you know what documents they have provided as your nanny will need to present them at their first shift. You can find out more about this process here.
Some DBS checks can be delayed if we are waiting for your nanny to book a video call to check their documents or they don’t show us the right documents on the call.
We provide an enhanced DBS check (which you can find out more about on the government website here). This check covers the UK only. If you would like to carry out a criminal records check for someone who has spent time overseas, you can find a country by country guide on how to go about this here. Overseas DBS checks are not covered by Koru Kids.
Because we only begin processing the DBS check once you have decided to hire a nanny, this means that when you meet nannies for interviews they will not be DBS-checked unless they have worked with a family through Koru Kids before or have one from a previous job.
If you decide to arrange a trial with a nanny, this does not count as a decision to hire, so we will not begin the DBS process at this stage. Therefore, we always recommend that you are present during the trial. Trials should be used as a chance to see your nanny performing the after school routine to check their suitability for the role and to make sure they get on with the kids. They should NOT last for more than one or two shifts or be used as probation periods. Our contracts begin with a two week probation period as standard, during which time you only need to give your nanny 24 hours notice if you feel things aren't working out.*
Some families prefer to skip the trial and use the probation period instead to make sure their nanny is the right fit. As soon as you progress to a contract with a probation period, we'll immediately begin the DBS check process for your nanny.**
*For our short-term coronavirus contracts, there is no probation period. Instead, there will be a 24 hour notice period for the first 4 weeks of the arrangement.
**This does not apply to short-term coronavirus contracts. We will only begin processing your nanny’s DBS check once you have confirmed you would like us to carry one out. There will be a £50 fee in this instance.
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