Becoming a Nanny

Some families prefer good old-fashioned experience against numerous qualifications, but in either capacity, you will be required to have a valid Enhanced DBS and First Aid Paediatric certificate.

Whilst it isn’t a legal requirement you can of course register with Ofsted as a Nanny if you wish, though before you do, you will be required to meet a minimum level 2 qualification in childcare or training in the common core skills. We advise taking a Child Studies course and these can be from NVQ all the way up to degree level. Additionally some clients like candidates to come from particular institutions focusing purely on childcare such as Norland Nanny College. 

Make sure your CV reflects your character. Families want to get a feel for who you are. It’s important you can get across your experience and can demonstrate soft skills and show your personality.

What do the usual duties include?

  • Provide a nurturing and safe environment in which the children feel comfortable, stimulated and happy 
  • Caring for a baby / tiolet traning a toddler
  • Setting routines and supporting age appropriate development
  • Preparing meals
  • Driving children to and from school and activities and appointments
  • Helping with homework 
  • Some diary management and errand running (if children are school-age) 

What skills / qualities do the best nannies have?

Families look for energy, enthusiasm, patience and commitment, someone who can give their children lots of attention and a good routine. You will need to be resourceful, organised and sensitive to the family’s requirements. The ability to stay calm under pressure combined with a positive attitude will help you become a trusted and valued employee. 

Most parents are delighted if you can demonstrate some initiative and imagination in terms of developing their children’s interests and experience in a healthy, fun and engaging manner. Being able to adapt with confidence, bags of common sense and a certain amount of discretion is vital, after all, you are in their private home. One family in Highgate told us they hope for someone who will fit in to their family life, without dominating it. ‘We look for patience, a willingness to play with our child and bond with them and get along well with us as a family.’ 

What is the average salary and benefits? 

You can earn around £400 to around £1000 per week, depending on the hours and location. Live-in benefits can include: en-suite comfortable accommodation, all meals and drinks provided, weekends off and 20 days paid holiday. You might get the opportunity to see more of the world if the family have an international lifestyle.  

Don’t forget you or your employer on your behalf will have to pay Tax and National Insurance whether you are employed part or full-time. Check your employer is paying your Tax and ask for your payslips. If you or your employer fail to pay Tax or NI you can face a series of penalties which can include prosecution.

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