Nannies work in private homes caring for their employers’ children. Responsible for all aspects of childcare, their duties may vary according to the number and ages of the children in their care. Babies and very young children need dressing, feeding, bathing and changing. Older children need to be taught basic social, reading and writing skills. Nannies often take children on outings and keep them entertained through play. Maternity nannies are employed to care for newborn babies in the first few weeks.
For nannies working in private households, hours tend to be longer than a standard working week of 35-40 hours, and time off can vary.
Most nannies live with the family they work for, but there are opportunities for day only positions. Nannies spend much of their day alone with small children.
As a nanny, you will need:
In addition to working in the UK, there are also opportunities to work overseas. Positions are advertised through agencies and in the national and local press.
Nannies with the qualifications mentioned in the Entry and Training sections may move in to nursery nursing positions. See the nursery nurse profile for more information.
The DFES Children's Workforce: Qualifications website gives details of early years, childcare and playwork qualifications which Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) recognises as meeting the national occupational standards for under eight day care. Please see the Further Information Section.
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DFES Children's Workforce: Qualifications