What is a Nanny?
A nanny is a person, male or female (male nannies
are affectionately known as mannies) who is
trained in childcare, either formally or informally
(practical experience) who is competent enough
to take sole charge of children at any age.
A nanny often has a close working relationship
nurturing her charges in the absence of the
parents or support parents in raising children
Types of Nanny
Nannies can work part time or full time, live in or live
out either as a shared care role or sole charge of the
If you have a shared-care nanny, the parent should
take the lead and give the nanny a certain amount
of responsibility. For example, the nanny can take the
children out for walks or play at the park, dropping
and picking up at school.
Nannies are employees and can work on a part time
or full time basis. Nanny shares (where 2 families share
1 nanny) is also a popular choice to save on
Nannies can live in pr live out. The latter is more
common as not many employers have the right
Duties of a Nanny
A nanny’s duties are predominantly childcare
related. For very young children, a nanny can be
responsible for all aspects of care of an infant, from
changing nappies to making baby food, bathing
and keeping the infant clean.
For toddlers a nanny may be asked to assist with
potty training, taking the child to playgroups, mother
and toddler groups or being dropped off at nursery.
For older children a nanny may be asked to do the
school runs, make packed lunches, ironing for the
children, keeping their rooms clean.
Working Hours of a Nanny
Most nannies work a 5 day week with babysitting
and weekend work as extra. Most nannies will be
expected to work set hours with a small degree of
flexibility built in in case parents are late home.
Part time nannies will work fewer hours and often in
a shared-care role as the main carer may be at
How much does a Nanny
This depends on your location and the experience
of the nanny. Salaries vary from £400 a week
upwards and the employer is responsible for
paying the nanny’s tax and NI contributions. A
nanny is regarded as an employee and is subject
to the usual holiday entitlement of 4 weeks plus all
the public holidays.
Technically nannies do not need any qualifications
to practice and many parents would use their
childcare experience with very young children as a
more important and relevant guide rather than
A nanny should have a First Aid Certificate and
enhanced CRB check.
The number of qualifications available make it very
difficult to judge how competent a nanny is.
Typical qualifications a nanny may have are as follows:
NVQ – National Vocational Qualifications are
recognized competence-based qualifications.
City & Guilds
Edexcel offer BTEC Qualifications
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