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

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

15 to 37 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become

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How to become Nanny

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly


You may find it useful to do a college course before looking for work as a nanny. Courses include:

  • 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

Many courses include a work placement.

Entry requirements

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

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You could do an early years practitioner intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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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.

Direct Application

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.

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Further information

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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • 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.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a client's home.

Career path and progression

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Early Years Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £11,648 a year Annually
  • Location: MILL HILL, LONDON

Nursery Practitioner Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: LONDON

Courses In England

Certificate in Childcare and Education

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: SHEFFIELD

Certificate in Childcare and Education

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: BEDFORD

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