Nannies Incorporated- Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, 05.06.2020 at 05:41PM

What is a professional nanny? What are a nanny’s duties?

A professional nanny is a childcare professional who specialises in looking after children in their own home. Professional nannies will create a safe, stimulating and happy environment for the children to grow up in. All of our nannies will hold a British Diploma in childcare,and/or they will have had  considerable experience  in professional childcare and nannying over a number of years. 

Professional nanny’s duties are confined to childcare duties only. This includes preparing meals for the children, washing the children’s laundry, shopping for them, tidying their rooms, doing the nursery/school runs, supervising homework, organising play dates and any other childcare duties there may be.

The main focus is on nursery duties for the children as the nanny is not involved in any other household tasks.


What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a nanny?

Maternity nurses are trained to look after newborn babies, whereas nannies tend to look after children aged from 3 months upwards. Maternity nurses provide 24-hour care and are therefore always live-in. Their bookings can vary from 1 week to 6 months and in some cases even longer. 

Maternity nurses are also self-employed, unlike nannies who are employed by families.

Nannies generally work fewer hours than maternity nurses. Nannies work between 10-12 hours per day, 5-6 days a week. Nannies do not usually do night duty but may babysit twice per week. Nannies can be employed on either a live-in or live-out basis.

Nannies incorporated specialises in placing full-time, permanent, live-in nannies for a minimum contract of 1 year.



How do I prepare for an interview with a family? What questions should I ask?

Preparing for an interview with a parent is very similar to attending a normal interview at the agency. Make sure you are presentable and professional in the way you dress, speak and your body language, and also be punctual to show you are keen for the position.

Ensure you are aware of where the client lives and how to get there and plan your journey beforehand. Ask them if there were any questions they felt were not covered by Nannies Incorporated and ask if the family has any special requirements or arrangements which they would like to bring to your attention.

For more information, please see our nanny interview questions. 


What is the difference between a daily nanny and a live-in nanny? What are their duties?

A daily nanny (also referred to as a live-out nanny) is a nanny who comes to the employing family’s house during the day and performs all of her childcare duties but goes back to her own accommodation in the evening.

A live-in nanny is provided with her own room and bathroom or separate nanny flat by the employing family and she will live on the premises or with the family.

Both live-in and live-out nannies have the same duties. These include preparing meals for the children, washing the children’s laundry, shopping for them, tidying the children’s rooms, doing nursery/school runs, supervising homework and any other childcare duties there may be.


What qualifications do nannies have in the U.K.?

NNEB qualification (National Nursery Examination Board)/CACHE Diploma in Childcare & Education

BTEC Nursery Nursing Diploma

NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

NAMCW Diploma (National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare)

Qualification from any of the  three private colleges – Norland, Chiltern and Princess Christian College (all students sit the NNEB and NVQ Diploma)

It is also possible for nannies to hold qualifications in similar related fields such as Teaching, Paediatric Nursing or Child Psychology. 

Nannies incorporated thoroughly checks all of our candidates’ qualifications before making a decision as to whether or not they are suitable for work.


What checks does the agency do on nannies?

Personal interview at one of our offices.

The identity of each nanny is checked against their driving licence, passport or a birth certificate.

The reasons for any gaps in their employment history is explored

The original certificate of qualification is verified, - if the original certificate is unavailable, we will verify the qualification with the relevant awarding body or college.

The validity of the DBS check and their first aid certificate.

At least two  references are personally checked, to confirm their competence and suitability.