What Nannytax will do:

At Nannytax we strongly advise that the terms of holiday entitlement are agreed before work begins and set out in the Employment Contract. Disagreements can often arise over when holiday can be taken or what is owed should the nanny leave the family. The Nannytax Employment Contract addresses holiday entitlement and Nannytax Legal are on hand to assist clients in tailoring it to their specific requirements.

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Holiday Entitlement

By law, a full time employee is entitled to 5.6 weeks (28 days) of paid leave per annum. This includes the 8 UK bank holidays. Holiday can only be taken as it has been accrued. 

Part Time Nannies

Holiday Entitlement is calculated pro rata for part time employees by multiplying the number of days worked per week by 5.6, e.g.:

3 days per week x 5.6 = 16.8 days holiday entitlement per year

Bank Holidays

Bank Holidays are included in the 28 days entitlement. Therefore, if a nanny were to take a Bank Holiday off it will be deducted from her holiday entitlement. If a part time nanny does not normally work on a day which a Bank Holiday would fall, then the Bank Holiday does not affect her entitlement. 

Bank Holidays do not have to be taken and the days holiday can be taken at another time, providing an agreement has been reached between the nanny and the employer. 

Temporary Nannies

Temping nannies are also entitled to holiday.

Temporary nanny, in a full time position

For a temp nanny in a full-time position divide 28 (entitlement if full time permenant) with 52 (weeks in a year). Multiply the answer with the number of weeks the nanny has been contracted to work. E.g.:

Julie has been hired for 5 days per week for 16 weeks:

28 days ÷ 52 weeks = 0.54, x 16 weeks contracted = 8.6 days holiday entitlement for Julie.

Temporary nanny, in a part time position

First establish the annual entitlement if she was working the whole year by multiplying the number of days worked per week by 5.6, and the follow the same equation above, as for a full time. E.g.:

Kim has been hired 3 days per week for 6 weeks:

3 days per week x 5.6 weeks = 16.8 days holiday entitlement per yer, ÷ 52 weeks = 0.32, x 6 weeks = 1.9 days holiday for Kim.

Variable Hours

Many part time nannies do not work the same hours every day, particularly before and after school nannies where the familiy's requirements may differ from week to week. In these cases, it is easiest to think of the nanny's holiday entitlement in hours rather than days. Working it out is straightforward, just start with the total number of hours per week the nanny is contracted to work. E.g.:

Sally has been hired to work for a total of 25 hours per week: 

25 hours per week x 5.6 weeks = 140 hours per year holiday for Sally.

If Sally takes a day off and she is due to work for 3 hours, just knock 3 hours off the total.

Holiday Entitlement when leaving a job

Nannies should be paid for any untaken statutory leave or take it during their notice period. To calculate this click here.



Pro rata: Latin for 'a proportion of' meaning that the part-timer's entitlement is calculated according to what proportion of a full-time job their hours make up.

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