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What does a nanny do?

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What does a nanny do? Having our own Mary Poppins would be great but the role of a nanny isn’t quite the same as the magical character we all know and love.

Having children is a full time job in itself; from never ending mountains of clothes to wash to helping with homework – the list is endless. Most working parents know their child will need some form of childcare when they are at work and the first choice usually being a nursery, however, there are a growing number of parents using nannies to help with childcare.

A nannies role

Nannies are usually thought of as a luxury used only by the rich, living in a wing of their mansion and who also double up as a house keeper and PA. But that’s not necessarily true. While some nannies may do just that, there are a variety of services a nanny can offer and in many cases, it can work out cheaper than childcare in a nursery, especially if you have several children.What does a nanny do?

Live-in nannies

A live in nanny will need their own bedroom and preferably bathroom or if you have the space, live in a separate annex or flat. You will be sharing your house with them and should expect to provide their food, drink, heating and sometimes use of a car if you need your nanny to take your children places. Nannies will be expected to work 11-12 hours per day 5 days per week and possibly occasional evenings or weekends with prior arrangement, but are paid significantly less than live out nannies as their accommodation and food is provided.

Live-out nannies

A live out nanny will travel to your home every day and work 11-12 hours per day 5 days per week. Both live out and live in nanny’s can be expected to help out with all aspects of child care but if you are wanting your nanny to help with things like washing or ironing, arrangements  and expectation should be made clear beforehand. A live out nanny should be paid at least the minimum wage and there are a growing number of families sharing live out nannies.

Nanny sharing

Nanny sharing can be a great cost effective arrangement for families. Nannies will either split their time between families or look after several children’s families at once, cutting the childcare cost and providing an excellent solution to those struggling with costs. Having a nanny can also mean much greater flexibility for parents. If you have a job which starts much earlier in the morning than a nursery opens or you don’t finish work until late evening, you don’t have to worry about additional wrap around care which further adds to the cost.What does a nanny do?

Hiring a nanny

If you’re thinking about hiring a nanny, you want to ensure they are able to offer your child everything you would expect with an excellent childcare provider. Ask about their qualifications, experience and references they have and be sure to check them out. Nannies should have at least a level 3 NVQ in childcare but if they don’t you may want to ask them about other training and how they keep up to date with best practice and continued development.

Additional qualifications

Ask if they have a valid first aid certificate and paediatric first aid training (which should be renewed every 3 years). You should perform a CRB check (now known as a DBS check) and ask how they intend to look after the wellbeing, physical and emotional health of your children. Some nannies may even be Ofsted or CSSIW registered and remember – no good nanny will ever object to you checking out all of their credentials!

Your child’s wellbeing and safety is paramount and developing a good relationship between nanny and family is essential for continued trust and growing relationships.




About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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