Benefits of a Nanny


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

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

  • A Nanny daily in a parent`s absence continues with the established family routines.

  • A Nanny has daily child-related housekeeping duties they are expected to do to a reasonable standard.

  • A Nanny is responsible to use appropriate communication and to ensure the daily happiness, safety and well-being of each child.

Before arranging to interview a Nanny prepare a 1 up to 2 page Nanny Job Description


The Childcarer can read as you read their Childcare, First Aid, DBS, Ofsted Certificates and reference display folder then discuss. Include:


  • Each child's name, age, any dietary need, health condition or medication be routinely responsible for and any nursery or school, local outings you want the Nanny to take them.

  • The first choice contract of employment days, hours and start date noting any flexibility with.

  • Probationary is usually 4 - 6 weeks where generally, a Nanny is paid weekly and thereafter monthly. A weekly 30-minute calm end of week 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. After probationary, we advise a 30-minute monthly discussion.

  • As the employer how or which service you may use to comply with PAYE Tax deductions.

  • 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.​


Traditional Child Related Duties


  • Expected to arrive punctually in a calm, professional and happy manner.

  • Prepare, cook and introduce children to 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 is 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.

  • At the end of each workday if need to clean and vacuum any room used.

  • 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.

An Employer to retain a Nanny need to bear in mind

  • A childcare Qualified person does not want to do or be made to feel are also the adult's 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. 

  • Child-related housekeeping duties may not be done in the same way or to the same standard like yourself. If children are happy best be tolerant about.

A Nanny to retain a job

  • In the first 3 weeks of probationary, we strongly advise doing only the Parent chosen local outings usually to a playgroup, library, park swings or music group. Most Parents are aware working alone as a Nanny is isolating 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 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.

It is important a past employer is happy to give a good written reference of a Childcarers reliability, punctuality, completed contract agreed on duties to a good or reasonable standard and are happy to recommend to other families.

Childcarers be warned if you have too many temporary jobs displayed on your CV a potential employer could assume you are not suited to work as a permanent Nanny.