Nannies work in private homes caring for their employer’s babies and young children.
Salary range: £15,000 to £50,000
How to become a nanny
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You may find it easier to become a nanny if you have a college qualification like:
- Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
- Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
Many courses include a work placement.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in playwork or in the children and young people’s workforce.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
Volunteering and experience
It will help if you have voluntary experience working with children. 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.
You’ll find more details on working in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and on the early years career progression map.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work on your own
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication 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:
- pass enhanced background checks
- be over 18 years of age
You could choose to register with Ofsted. This is voluntary for nannies but may help you to get more work.
What you’ll do
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
You could work at a client’s home.
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.