- providing a safe, fun and stimulating environment for the children
- planning and preparing play and educational activities
- doing nursery and school runs
- taking children to appointments and activities and organising play sessions with other children.
- preparing meals and cleaning their bedrooms, bathrooms and playrooms.
Nanny posts vary greatly in terms of working hours, location, perks and pay.
Live-in nannies live with the family in their home, and the family will provide the nanny with their own bedroom, and usually their own bathroom (although they may share this with the children). Sometimes nannies have separate accommodation such as a studio or flat.
A live-in nanny normally works for 11 to 12 hours a day, five days a week, and is often expected to offer an additional two or three evenings’ babysitting each week – although the exact working hours will depend on the family.
There may be positions where the nanny is expected to provide 24-hour cover, five or six days a week. These positions are usually abroad and salaries slightly higher.
A live-out nanny travels to the family’s house each day. Live-out nannies generally work for up to 12 hours a day, five days a week, and may be required to do evening babysitting as well. This may be included in the salary or paid as extra.
Live-out nannies sometimes work in nanny share arrangements, where two or more families employ the same nanny to either care for all children at the same time or to work part time in each home, for example, three days with one family, and two days with another.