Benefits and Duties of a Nanny



  • If there is more than one child in a family a Nanny is a cost-effective and convenient choice.

  • A Nanny daily supports a working parent with their childcare, family routines and a few child-related housekeeping duties.

  • Before arranging to interview Nannies prepare a 1 up to 2 page Nanny Job Description related to the days you require a Nanny. State each child's name, age, nursery or school, local outings want Nanny to take, any dietary need, health condition or medication be responsible for. In the interview Nanny can read as you read their Childcare, First Aid, DBS, Ofsted Certificates and reference display folder then use to discuss duties the Nanny will be taking over.

  • Nannies are keen to ensure the happiness, safety and daily well-being of each child and aim to build a happy, calm and appropriate communication bond with their employer's child and all the family.

  • Parents pay a higher per hour gross rate for a Nanny because they do not want their child in an all-day group setting.  


Duties of a Nanny


Traditionally these duties can be included and are expected to be done to a reasonable standard:


  • Prepare, cook and introduce child age-appropriate healthy meals, snacks and drinks within their dietary needs.

  • Wash, dry and put away crockery Nanny used throughout the day.

  • Provide daily within a child's home varied and fun educational activities such as on and off throughout day practice ABC, numbers, read and write to prepare for school. Discuss and plan with the child to do the next week a nature project or creative craft activity.

  • Help any siblings to settle to do homework.

  • Bath a child, clean the bath and tidy up the bathroom.

  • Clean baby equipment, toys, highchair, bottle steriliser and mud on buggy, boots, shoes.

  • Iron clothes and bedding is safest done for 20 minutes when no children are in the room then put away.

  • If a crawling baby or toddler in the home sweep the wooden hard and kitchen floor and as need clean throughout the day.​​

  • The last hour of every day and all year before an employer arrives home tidy toys ideally with the child.

  • If need clean and vacuum any room used that day.

  • State any house, TV limit or snack rules.

  • In the last 20 minutes to enjoy a quiet time sit with the child colouring or read stories so are calm when parents arrive home.

  • At the end of the Nanny Job Description state, any flexibility can consider for example other days or that certain days (state which) can be shorter hours.


An Employer to retain a Nanny needs to bear in mind Childcare Qualified person does not want to do or be made to feel are also the adults cook or cleaner. Child-related housekeeping duties are done in between care of and on the understanding, the priority is the safety and care of the children

Probationary is usually 4 - 6 weeks


Generally, a Nanny is paid weekly and thereafter monthly.

At the end of each week, allow for a 30-minute calm work discussion for both parties to mention any points important to them without taking offence. Opinions may differ but discussion helps resolve minor issues so by the end of the probationary the arrangement suits all parties as ending an agreement after a contract is signed is far more complicated and upsetting for all parties especially the children.


Nannies we strongly advise to do only Parent chosen local outings usually to a playgroup, library, park swings music group or a swimming session should be done. Most Parents are aware Nanny is isolated working all day alone so in the 4th week of probationary agree to an hour every other day out of house outing with other Nannies if the children are also supervised to do an activity together for example a nature project in the park, picnic, musical session or ball game.

A Nanny that is not doing the agreed contract duties to a reasonable standard risk losing the job and will need to expect an Employer to point out an activity or child-related housekeeping duty they want to see by the end of the next working week changed or quickly improved.

It is important a Nanny leaves each Nanny employer on good terms and given a good written reference of their reliability, punctuality and recommendation to other families that includes they completed agreed duties to an ideally good or reasonable standard.

Too many temporary jobs displayed on a Nannies CV a potential employer could assume not suited to work as a permanent Nanny.