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Nannies work in private homes caring for their employer’s babies and young children.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 60 to 72 per week

1. 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.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to make close and trusting relationships with parents and children
  • a good imagination to plan activities that are fun and help development
  • the ability to cope with unexpected situations
  • the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • lots of energy and stamina

3. What you'll do

You’ll look after babies, very young children, older children or a mix of age groups.You may work as a maternity nanny, helping families care for newborn babies during the first few weeks.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • feeding, bathing and dressing children, and changing nappies
  • teaching basic social skills and hygiene
  • providing a safe environment
  • helping children to learn through play
  • going out with children to widen their experiences
  • doing nursery and school runs
  • planning interesting things to do
  • taking children to medical appointments and other activities
  • organising play opportunities to help children mix with others
  • preparing healthy meals and snacks
  • tidying up and cleaning rooms used by the children
  • record-keeping for the family

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £20,000

Experienced: up to £26,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £50,000

Salary will vary depending on location, qualifications, and whether you’re employed directly by a family or through an agency.

Live-in nannies may receive lower salaries, but may not have have to pay for accommodation.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work in a household for up to 12 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week. You may be expected to provide babysitting services.

You could be a live-in nanny staying with a family in their home, or a live-out nanny travelling to them every day.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 10 September 2018