Nannies and au pairs > Nanny
Nannies work in private homes caring for their employer's babies and young children.
15 to 37 variable (evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipvolunteeringapplying directly
You may find it useful to do a college course before looking for work as a nanny. Courses include:
Many courses include a work placement.
- Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
- Level 1 Award in Safeguarding
- Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce
- T Level in Education and Childcare
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a Level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
You could do an early years practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
It will help if you have voluntary experience working with children, for example in an after school club or holiday play scheme. This can often lead into paid work.
You may be able to start work as a nanny without any qualifications, though many employers and employment agencies will prefer you to have some training in playwork or childcare.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work on your own
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
You could choose to register with Ofsted. This is voluntary for nannies but may help you to get more work.
- pass enhanced background checks
- be over 18 years of age
What you’ll do
As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:
- feed, bath and dress children, and change babies' nappies
- teach basic social skills and hygiene
- provide a safe setting for children
- help children to learn through play
- take children on outings to widen their experiences
- do nursery and school runs
- organise play opportunities to help children mix with others
- prepare healthy meals and snacks
- tidy up and clean rooms used by the children
- keep records for the family
You could work at a client's home.
Career path and progression
With qualifications and experience, you could become a childminder, nursery officer or teaching assistant. You might also work as an au pair, living-in with a family in this country or overseas.
With further training, you could become a children's nurse or early years teacher.