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

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

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

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a nanny right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (SNCOTC)

  • Provider: SUFFOLK NEW COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Ipswich

NCFE CACHE LEVEL 3 AWARD IN CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION (16-19 FUNDED ONLY NOT L3 LE)

  • Provider: CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 07 September 2021
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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