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Parents pay more to employ a Nanny for their Baby or under-school age Child because they:


  • Do not want in a Day Nursery or Registered Childminder given group care setting.

  • Want a Nanny in their own home while at work giving sole charge one-to-one care and attention.

  • Want to have a minimum 1-year Childcare Qualification or worked for several years with Children.

  • Want to choose and agree on which local outings their Child goes. 

  • Find is a cost-effective and convenient choice if they have more than one Child as older sibling (s) get taken and collected from school and cared for during school holidays or if off sick.

What does a Nanny do - a Nanny:

  • Plans varied creative, fun, and age-appropriate activities to include practicing ABC - 123, spelling, reading, and writing.

  • Will take Children to a park, playgroup, library, music group, or swimming.

  • Most Parents by the 4 - 6 week probationary end agree can meet 2 hours another Nanny every other day at a suitable Child-friendly place.

  • Will prepare and cook Children`s meals (only).

  • By Parent request bathe a Baby or Child.

  • When Parents arrive home ensure Children are calm and enjoying a sit-down quiet time perhaps colouring or story reading.


Nannies also expect to do other Child related housekeeping duties such as:

  • Iron Children's clothes, and school uniforms and polish their shoes.

  • Clean as the need arises baby equipment, toys, highchair, bottle sterilizer, mud on the pushchair.

  • Vacuum as the need arises in play and kitchen areas.

  • Weekly change their bed sheets, tidy, dust, and vacuum the Children's bedroom.

  • Wash and put away items used in their work hours and end-of-day toy and playroom (s) tidy up.

Top Tips to keep a Nanny:


  • Childcare-qualified and experienced Nannies feel humiliated if asked to be their Employer's whole house cleaner, cook Parent meals, and iron Parent clothes and soon after give notice which unsettles the Children. When a Child is at school 9 am - 3 pm most Nannies give notice to avoid that scenario and because they miss the company of caring for younger Children.  An Employer is wiser to shorten the Nanny's work day by 1 hour and use that money to pay for a person who chose cleaning as a job and not Childcare.

  • Increasingly Parents may work part or all week from home which is lovely for the Children but may create stress for a Nanny as Children's routines are easily unsettled by a Parent who naturally, will want to see and chat with their Child (ren) which is fine but as Parents pay a Nanny by the hour this arrangement works best if you agree: 

  • An approximate `window hour` in the morning and/or afternoon you will aim to see the Children.

  • Most days to text Nanny 30 minutes before so can finish their lunch routine or current activity to prepare for a 15 - 30 minute handover. During this time Nannies feel awkward chatting and prefer to go to another room and do their Child-related housekeeping or ironing duties.

  • Years experienced Nannies tend to avoid this work scenario as worry will be treated as a mother's help.

Top Tips - Parents should expect the Nanny to pay for their own:

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate - every 3 years and required for Ofsted Registration. Contact the British Red Cross - view -The First Aid Team - view - St John Ambulance - view

  • DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service (police check) - enhanced check at £13 annually, view"> The DBS has information about them held on the Police National Computer, Department of Health, local Police Force, and Department of Education and Employment. Records can include convictions including those spent, cautions, reprimands, and warnings.

  • Daily Nanny and Evening Babysitter Work Insurance - view and,cost approx. £70 per year.


Ofsted Voluntary Register Tips:

View or phone for advice 0300 123 1231.

Childcarers few Parents can budget to pay for a Nanny out of their salaries so access to a Ofsted Tax Allowance (approx £50 per week) was only created to help working Parents with the high cost of employing a Nanny and not to benefit Nannies to ask for a higher Gross per-hour rate. in recent years due to incorrect website/online information Nannies have started to unfairly charge Parents even more than a Nurse or Teacher with much higher Qualifications would earn. We advise the Employer to pay the annual £103 annual fee and help the Nanny register through an online form.

It can take a few weeks to register and a Nanny cannot apply unless they have an up-to-date Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Annual DBS, and Nanny Insurance. Nannies can choose not to Ofsted Register but may forfeit a job offer and Employers may be eligible for other Childcare tax/cost free schemes or have a work Childcare Salary Sacrifice Scheme.

Note: The DBS and Ofsted organisations unlike Little Masters and Misses do not meet, interview or reference check Childcarers therefore their registration is NOT a reference to a person's, honesty, good character, or of their good care of Children.​​​

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