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Frequently Asked Questions on Nannies
What is a professional nanny? What are 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 experience in professional childcare and nannying before.
Professional nanny’s duties are designated to childcare duties only. This includes preparing meals for the children, washing the children’s laundry, shopping for them, tidying the children’s rooms, performing 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 and on a temporary basis 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 work fewer hours than maternity nurses and their contracts are usually for a minimum of one year (Nannies Incorporated specialises in placing permanent nannies). They work between 10 to 12 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Nannies do not usually do night duties but they can babysit twice a week and work on a daily (live-out) as well as live-in basis.
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 have good time-keeping to prove 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 have any special requirements or arrangements which they may expect you to adapt to.
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 evenings.
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, performing nursery/school runs, supervising homework and any other childcare duties there may be.
What qualifications do nannies have in the UK?
- 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 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. We thoroughly check 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 against their driving licence, passport or a birth certificate.
- The reasons for any gaps in their employment history.
- The original certificate of qualification; 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 to confirm their competence and suitability.