Top tips for becoming a nanny

by | Jan 28, 2022

Thinking of becoming a Nanny?

Here are some of the questions we are often asked by sitters thinking about pursuing a full time career as a professional nanny.

What does a nanny do?

Nanny roles will vary depending on the children & the parent’s needs; part of the service we provide here at Bubble is helping you find the role and family that is perfect for you.  Every day is different which is one of the great things about being a nanny.  Some of the general duties that are a requirement for most roles include:

  • Creating a safe and stimulating environment for the children
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Changing nappies and potty-training, if age-appropriate
  • Planning meals, preparing food, and/or feeding the children
  • Educational activities and crafts
  • Taking the children to school, activities, or playdates
  • Help with homework
  • Light children’s housekeeping

There are lots of different names for a nanny, what do each of them mean?

  • Sole charge: you would be solely responsible for the children during their working hours and generally a parent would not be present.
  • Shared care: you would be employed to support the parent/other nanny & would rarely be alone with the child. 
  • Nanny/Housekeeper: A mix of nannying & more comprehensive housekeeping duties such as laundry, full cleaning etc.  This is often popular for roles with older children.
  • Nanny/Tutor: In addition to providing care for the children you would be expected to help with the children’s educational needs. Usually you would be required to have teaching/formal tutoring experience
  • Maternity Nurse: The role is to support the baby & parents for the first weeks/months, helping with feeding, changing & establishing routines & sleep training
  • Governess: A governess is focused on making sure children are reaching educational milestones and whilst they ensure that children are safe and cared for, their main focus will be the child’s education and etiquette.
  • Au Pair: An au pair is a young adult aged 18 to 30 who travels to a foreign country for a defined period of time to live with a host family. The au pair supports the host family with childcare and light housework while learning the language and culture of the host country.

All of the above, with the exception of an Au Pair, can be either Live in or Live out depending on the needs of the family & nanny.

What’s great about being a nanny?

Consultant and former nanny, Alice, had this to say:

“Being reminded daily the joys and curiosity of life. Children have the most amazing ability to be present and in the moment, jumping in muddy puddles, belly laughing yourself tears, the possibilities are endless. Seeing a child grow and evolve into their own little characters and watching their personalities flourish is one of the most rewarding things. Creating lasting connections with the children as well as the families is something I hold very close to my heart! Being a Nanny made me my best self, it is the best job in the world that doesn’t even feel like work!”

How many hours would a nanny generally work?

This will vary depending on the needs of the family.  Generally a full time role will be from 35 – 50 hours on average and anything below 35 is considered part time.

What can I earn as a nanny?

This would depend on many factors such as location, experience, number of children as well as many other variables.  As a full time junior nanny working 40 hours a week in London you could expect to earn upwards of £25,000 before taxes. 

What skills do I need to become a nanny?

Again, different families will have different requirements based on their specific needs. First and foremost you will need to have a real love and passion for working with children! Most roles will require some experience working with children in either a 1-1 or nursery setting as well as a valid DBS & Paediatric 1st aid certificate.  As part of our service Bubble can help you get the DBS & 1st aid if you were to be placed in a position through us.

As well as the above, most roles will also require you to have some sole charge childcare experience and two professional references related to childcare.  Additional experience or qualifications such as Ofsted Registration, Accredited early years childcare qualifications or SEN experience isn’t required but will help you stand out from other applicants and are required for some roles

I want to be a nanny but I’m not sure how I can get the experience I need

There are a variety of ways you can build up your skills to help you get that first role.  The below are a few ideas of how you start your journey to becoming a professional nanny:

  • Do as many sits on the app as you can with a variety of age ranges to help build a broader experience and discover which age group you connect with best
  • Look at our Regular Help section – often parents looking for After School help or shorter, regular support are more flexible with their requirements. (You can see & apply for these roles by enabling Regular Help on your request types found in your profile)
  • Search for roles where you would be supporting the parent rather than having sole charge
  • Volunteer for local playschools/groups aimed at children
  • Gain an early years childcare qualification
  • Build your childcare experience through working at a nursery

Looking for a brilliant new nanny role?

Apply for one of our jobs via our website

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