How to become a nanny
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- 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.
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
You could do an early years practitioner intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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.
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.