Job Description

A Nanny will work with a family and take responsibility for the health, safety and development of the children. They will prepare meals, wash their clothes, make sure their rooms and equipment are clean and maintained, drop off and collect the children from school or playgroup and generally promote their social and educational development. Nannies may be employed on a live-in or live-out basis and may be expected to work evenings and weekends.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you may find it easier to become a nanny if you have a college qualification in childcare.

Many courses include a placement. If not, it will help if you’ve gained voluntary experience working with children. 

You’ll need to be aged 18 or over.

You’ll also need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.

Career Path and Progression

With qualifications and experience, you could move into childminding or nursery work.

With further training, you could become a children's nurse or early years teacher.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Childminder
  • Nursery manager
  • Nursery worker

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Creativity and imagination to plan activities that are fun
  • lots of energy and stamina
  • the ability to communicate effectively with both children and parents
  • Able to cope with unexpected situations
  • Reliability 

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £50,000

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