Nanny

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

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a nanny

You can get into this job through:

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

College

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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in playwork or in the children and young people's workforce.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Volunteering

It will help if you have voluntary experience working with children. 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

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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:

You could choose to register with Ofsted. This is voluntary for nannies but may help you to get more work.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you may:

  • feed, bath and dress children, and change nappies
  • teach basic social skills and hygiene
  • provide a safe environment
  • help children to learn through play
  • go out with children to widen their experiences
  • do nursery and school runs
  • plan interesting things to do
  • take children to medical appointments and other activities
  • 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

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Childcare Apprenticeship – NVQ Level 2

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Wednesbury

Nursery Practitioner Apprentice

  • Wage: £7,750.00 Annually
  • Location: Worthing

Courses In England

L3 Award in Childcare and Education

  • Provider: BLACKBURN COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 August 2021
  • Location: BLACKBURN

Childcare and Education Technical Diploma

  • Provider: BEXHILL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

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