The roles and responsibilities of a Nanny will vary based on the needs of your employer. Overall though, a Nanny will become an adult authority figure in the absence of parents. 

The position of Nanny is much more than a glorified babysitter. A Nanny plays a significant role in the life and upbringing of children. In many cases, a Nanny will be considered a member of the family.


Day-to-day tasks

Typical duties that fall under the remit of a Nanny include:

  • Bathing, dressing, and feeding children, including the preparation of nutritious meals
  • Entertaining children in a safe, welcoming environment
  • Educating children – aiding with homework, reading stories or playing educational games
  • Driving children to school and extracurricular activities, chaperoning if necessary
  • Light housekeeping, especially pertaining to children (i.e., tidying bedrooms, making beds, and cleaning up after meals and activities)

As discussed, these duties are just a guideline. Every employer will have different needs and expectations of a Nanny.


Salary & Working hours

The working hours and salary of a Nanny depend on whether you are live-in or live-out. A live-in Nanny will be provided with accommodation in the home of the family. At the very least, this should be a bedroom and a private bathroom. 

A live-in Nanny will receive a lower salary in exchange for this accommodation. A live-in Nanny will usually work around 12 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and will likely provide additional care one or two evenings a week. 

A live-out Nanny will agree to a set working pattern, typically around 10 hours a day, Monday to Friday. A live-out Nanny will commute to a family home to start a working day and leave at a set time. 

Of course, things may not always work this way. Working parents who require a Nanny may not always return home and relieve their employee at an agreed time. Late arrival is overtime, and additional fees levied accordingly. The same will apply to any evening childcare.

The national average salary for a live-out Nanny in the UK is around £30,000. This salary will depend upon a range of factors, though. Variables include location, number of children being cared for, and additional duties. Naturally, experience and qualifications will also play a part in the salary you can expect to command.


There are no legal qualifications required to work as a Nanny in the UK. However you will stand a much better chance of finding work if you have completed formal training such as our Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care – Early Years Educator and are registered with OFSTED which we can help you with. 

Another course option would be our NCFE Cache Level 3 Award – Home-Based Childcare: Nanny course.

To obtain OFSTED registration, you will require a paediatric first aid certificate. You will also need a level 2 qualification in childcare unless you can provide evidence of training in core skills.


  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Boundless patience and empathy – you will be working with tired, stressed clients
  • Excellent communication skills

Career progression

Many Nannies remain with an employer until their services are no longer required. However, the skills gained working as a Nanny could be transferred to other roles, such as Matron or House Mistress for a boarding school.


You can also choose to specialise in other subjects to progress your career. Here are some courses we recommend.
Sleep https://childcarestudies.co.uk/sleep-practitioner-programme/ 

MNT https://childcarestudies.co.uk/maternity-nursing-course-ocn-level-3-4-non-medical/