7 Step guide on how to become a nanny

Entering the world of a childcare worker can be a daunting experience and starting off as a nanny can lead to an exciting long professional career and a very rewarding one, becoming a nanny or live in nanny can act as a stepping stone into other aspects of the childcare industry and caregiver jobs. Childcare can be so broad and cover a range of jobs; I have run through these in this article what are considered childcare jobs so you can get an idea of what else is out there.

So you want to become a nanny?


Are you going to be a live in nanny or live out?


Did you know you had the option? In my previous post the ins and outs of a live in nanny it covers what a live in nanny’s role is and all about Interview questions you might be asked, so be prepared, what is expected of you as a nanny and then I run through nanny salary and nanny tax. Read up on this article so you know where you stand. When starting off as a nanny be it full time or in a summer nanny job many of the responsibilities may seem similar to those of a babysitter, a nanny is a professional role and should not be taken lightly, doing so will make it hard to find and keep employment. Taking care and in some respect raising other people’s children is a privilege and a serious commitment.

babysitter - a personal choice!
Babysitter – a personal choice!





So you are sure you want to be a nanny but not sure on how to become a nanny.

Perhaps you have finished college and realise that caring for children is your calling. You want to make yourself as employable as possible to forge a long professional career as a nanny. You could read blog after blog or website upon website trawling through information and resources to best ready yourself. Both boring and time consuming. There are no state, federal or set requirements regarding certification or licensing of nannies globally. Getting a degree or certification through a reputable organisation will demonstrate to any future employers/families that you have received professional training, proved your skills and knowledge and that you are serious about your job as a nanny. At the end of some courses you can come away with a fancy title like “Certified Professional Nanny”, you will be snapped up!



We have a 7 Step guide on how to become a nanny


  1. Enrol in and pass nanny related training courses.
    • Acquiring a certification from a recognised programme such as City & Guilds, Montessori, a university or nanny school is often part of what separates sought after nannies from those unable to find a full time position. Training is key to your professionalism. It gives you the confidence and skills you need to do the best job you can. If you are just starting out there are courses on home based childcare which will cover all aspects of a day in the life of a nanny.
  2. Get childcare experience
    • The more time under your belt working and being around children the better. Volunteering your time at pre-schools and elementary schools, government agencies, hospitals or the local children’s charities is a good way to hone your skills, both technical and personal. You’ll learn to communicate with children, develop the proper authoritative tone, and, perhaps most importantly, learn whether or not caring for children for several hours each day is really right for you. As you build experience you should collect references and letters of recommendation from the families or volunteer groups you work with. Having solid references and up-to-date contact information will make it easier for a family to verify a nanny’s experience and make one more employable.
  3. Get certified in CPR and First Aid.
    • Receive formal training and certification in both CPR and first aid before even applying for nanny positions. This is a signal to prospective families that you are serious about the safety of their children and that you did not make your decision to become a nanny on a whim. If you are living in a warm climate where beach or pool life is the norm you may also get a certification in water safety.
  4. Be Unique
    • Make yourself stand out and try and forge a niche aspect or market for yourself in the nanny circles so nanny services will be falling over you. What makes you special or different? Do you have an interest and knowledge with special needs children as a result of a sibling or previous babysitting position that gives you an edge? Are you multilingual or connect well with children from diverse backgrounds. Carve yourself out a niche which will help drive your nanny or live in nanny career and salary.
  5. Learn to cook
    • Working as a nanny and in particular a live in nanny involves preparing simple meals and snacks, so a basic knowledge of cooking is required to be a competent nanny. Know what kids like to eat and try and keep it healthy and nutritious. Have some of your signature dishes ready to if asked in your interview.
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A must have for any aspiring nanny – easy daily recipes.
  1. Pass a background check and screening
    • The extent of a background check and screening varies depending on the type of nanny services you are using or course you are taking. But in general it includes a criminal history check to ensure that you haven’t committed a crime and verifying that you are not on the Child Abuse and Neglect registry or a sex offender registry. A background check may include health screenings that test for drug use and/or tuberculosis. A nanny training program or nanny agency may also verify your professional and personal references, your driving record, Social security check and your credit history.
  2. Sell yourself
    • If you have all of the above in order you are more than ready to start searching for nanny jobs. Just because you can tick all the above off won’t mean that jobs will come easily or right away. You need to get out there and sell yourself, apply to families and Interview a job won’t come and find you.


  • Be aware that nanny training courses vary in length so factor this in – some can take 3 months while others can last up to 18 months and can be done in the evenings when your duties are finished.


  • Don’t be lonely – make some nanny friends quickly. Being a nanny at times can seem solitary, being with kids all day can be fun but you do need adult company and stimulation. You will learn a great deal form chatting to other nannies to develop your career. There are plenty of online nanny networks like nannyjob.co.uk  – and also nanny network.


  • Communicate with your employers. If they do something that upsets you, don’t hold it in. It is also common courtesy to always ask before doing something unexpected, such as bringing a guest over or changing anything in the pre-set schedule. Nannies need to have constant communication for a healthy on-going employer-nanny relationship.


  • Remember to clean up after yourself and the children. Parents do not want to come home to messes, especially after a long day at work and isn’t that what they are paying you for in the first place!


  • Get Insurance – Insurance is vital to protect you whilst you’re working as a nanny or even au pair nanny. No-one is immune to accidents, innocent events can be misinterpreted and employment situations can be complicated. When you’re insured you have access to legal advice and representation and, should you have to pay compensation because a child is injured whilst in your care, your insurance provider ensures that you aren’t personally liable. If you join a nanny association like bapn.org.uk or International Nanny Association, Insurance is covered or at least an option in your membership fee so look into it.

If you stick to a plan and have all the skill sets as outlined above you will be narrowing your search to how to become a nanny for a rich family in no time and will be snapped up. Try and carve out a niche market for yourself where you have stand out knowledge and experience and you won’t look back.

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Summer nanny jobs have to be the best way to dip your toe into the nanny or au pair life.

You are looking for a summer job, perhaps to help fund college fees or to go travelling at the end of summer


but you would like something different from the usual student jobs such as working in a bar, restaurant or retail sales assistant.  Baby sitting is also a popular student job and has the added advantage that one can work full time or part time by day whilst baby sitting at night for people who know and trust you.



There is no law that says you have to be a minimum age to babysit for other children; however, it is recommended that nobody under 16 should be left to care for young children especially an infant.  Baby sitting is a responsible role as there is a child or children in a house in your care.  Have the phone numbers of the children’s parents, local doctor and close friends or relatives of the family who can be contacted in an emergency.

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A must read to find summer nanny jobs and ideas where to look

Many seeking summer nanny jobs gravitate to London England as nannies are more popular and more main stream in the UK and some say the ‘home’ of the nanny. Other big cities like New York, Paris, Dublin for example are popular also due to high income earners who can afford a nanny and because of the greater availability of jobs and the freedom and excitement which a big city brings. London jobs is a good place to start your search for a summer nanny as here you will earn the most and always has a plethora of jobs on offer. Many student jobs are listed online or with nanny services as they tend to be short term which suits both parties. Generally there are many housekeeping jobs on offer but these are very British type jobs and can be hard to get into as they more than likely are looking for someone long term and with plenty of experience and references.

A summer nanny job is perhaps not the most exciting job for teenagers and students but it pays well and is a means to an end over the summer.


The summer always sees a big growth in the tourism industry so hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and indeed private houses have housekeeping jobs available, if you cannot find one in a private house. The general duties can range from cleaning tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors and replenishing supplies such as soap and toilet paper. Housekeeping jobs generally have fixed hours and mostly during the day consequently you are in a position to make extra money through baby sitting or working in the hospitality industry or private functions for overtime pay in the evenings.

So what exactly is a summer nanny job? and what is required of you?

summer nanny job treat for yourself
Treat yourself to something nice but practical heading off on your summer nanny jobs!


Summer nanny jobs as the title implies essentially means being employed for the summer by a family to look after their children during the school holidays whilst the parents are at work.  It is a responsible role as the summer nanny is entrusted with other people’s children to keep safe and to make the summer a fun time for the children in his/her care.  A summer nanny will plan the children’s activities and take them to sports lessons or games, music lessons and a whole range of activities the children may be engaged in as well as organising day trips.  A summer nanny may very well have to do some academic work with the children during their holidays.  There will be some housework involved as in getting the children’s meals, making their beds and generally cleaning up after the children.

For the avoidance of tears or frustration later it is important when you interview with parents for summer nanny jobs that pay and payment dates, hours of work, time off and if driving is involved that you are covered on their car insurance and all other relevant details are clarified and established.  Establish if you will accompany the children if and when the family go on vacation at home or abroad.  If not required during vacation time will you still get paid?  It is advisable when you meet with the parents that the children be present as it affords you the opportunity to gauge their personalities and help you decide whether you believe you would be comfortable with those children for the entire summer.


Summer nanny jobs will mean you are busy all the time, will help your organisational and interpersonal skills, test your patience at times but as I said in the opening paragraph of this article if you are looking for something different from the usual summer student jobs then summer nanny jobs is worth trying at least once. It will also open your eyes to a whole new world in childcare that you might not have thought of and if it is for you then the world is your oyster in terms of opportunities and in fact travel opportunities. There is also a whole au pair world out there where you can travel the world and get paid for it. Read up more on how to get started in the post  http://www.aupairrant.com/what-is-au-pair-world-is-it-the-world-they-live-in-or-just-a-website-our-experience/ get yourself registered with au pair world or there are plenty to choose from so get online. London, Paris, Dublin, Barcelona, New York, Los Angeles watch out !!

Jobs for teens in general tend to be sourced in the area the teen lives in as it is unlikely a teen will be allowed move to a big city, plus the money will not pay enough for them to be self sufficient. Jobs for teens are many and varied and encompass roles such as washing cars, light gardening, dog walking.  Older teens can work as sales assistants in the retail industry, waiters/waitresses in a restaurant, café or hotel and baby sitting and housekeeping jobs for older teens.  Generally one must be 18 to work in a bar if serving alcohol.  Golf caddy and lifeguards are other jobs for teens which may be available depending obviously where you live.

summer camp great summer nanny jobs experience also
Summer Camp

Another area for student jobs which differs from the norm is working in a summer camp.

Summer camp is a supervised programme for children or teenagers which take place during the summer months in some countries.  Most people associate summer camp with the great outdoors but there are camps with a variety of specialised activities for instance music, computers and language learning.  Summer camp is huge in the USA and children go to enjoy the great outdoors.  Summer camp is a place to have fun, learn new skills, to grow as an individual, to play games and enjoy experiences.


There are about 12,000 camps in the USA of which 7,000 are overnight camps, consequently there are a whole range of jobs on offer in summer camp. Camps love to employ international staff as it adds a new dimension to that particular camp. Each year specialist companies in the UK and Ireland send thousands of students and adults under 30 to work in these camps.  These companies sort out visas, a job as a camp counsellor working with children with the added benefit of free food, accommodation whilst earning money and with time off to explore the USA at the end of camp.


There are many nanny services companies that specialise in providing nannies to families. read HERE to find out more on this.  Generally these are full time nanny roles consequently character references, police vetting, experience and some child care qualifications may be required. Some of these roles will be as a live in nanny as in live full time with the family in their house, whereas others will live out and present themselves for work each day.

Here is an article from the Boston Globe about 20 year old Hannah who talks about summer nanny jobs and what’s involved Summer Nanny is always on the go.



Behind the scenes of live in nanny jobs

Live In Nanny Jobs Surrey


  • £120.00 per day
  • Virginia Water
  • 25 August
  • 29 applications

Job Description for Full-time Live-in Nanny for family with two daughters based in Virginia Water, Surrey. Summary:- An UHNW private family based in Virginia Water, Surrey are looking to take on a live-in Nanny to help with the child-care of their two daughters (aged 8yrs and 6yrs). The right candidate…


Live-in Nanny Housekeeper for young family in Weybridge.


  • £80.00 per day
  • Weybridge
  • Today
  • 0 applications

Job Description for long term Live-in Nanny Housekeeper for young family in Weybridge. Summary:- This position is a lovely position with a young and ‘hip’ family They have two beautiful children and they are looking for a fabulous live in to help with the children and the chores. The family are offering…


These are just 2 quick samples of the types of nanny and live in nanny jobs that appear on www.reed.co.uk in a quick search where I picked the United Kingdom as my country of choice to work in. There are multiple websites and recruitment agencies whose sole purpose is to make money in positioning nannies with families in need. I chose Reed recruitment as they must pay most for SEO as they appeared on the top of the pile – plus they have a worldwide presence and are also very reputable. They don’t however just specialise in positioning nannies so if you wanted a more hands on boutique style agency who’s niche was in Childcare again revert to Google and narrow your search.

If you searched for just jobs London on the Reed Recruitment site you would get results for accounting jobs, teaching jobs, banking jobs. However if you were to go to a site like tinies.com you would quickly know this was a childcare site geared towards both parents and childcarers. I have elaborated on nanny services and how to choose between nanny finding websites and nanny agencies in another article HERE and also in the ins and outs of a live in nanny so I won’t repeat myself but instead in this post will try and look at things from the nannies perspective a bit more.

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Mary Poppins probably the most famous Nanny

I found this extract from a Day in the Life of a Nanny living in Paris France – this will give anyone toying with the idea of becoming a live in nanny what is involved and what to expect.


A Day in the Life of a Nanny by Odette


So many people have asked me what exactly I do out here so I figured that I'd give you a brief run-down on my typical day.

I work Monday to Friday. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday go something like this:

I start work at 8am, which means that I get up at 7:50, throw on clothes and go downstairs to the family's apartment. There I do everything from getting the girls (little R, 4 Yrs old and Big R. 5 almost 6 yrs old) dressed (trust me this job is probably the toughest because they are tired and grouchy and mesmerized by the TV) to feeding the baby. Before I leave I have to make sure that the following things get done:

- Girls: dressed, fed, teeth brushed, hair brushed with their shoes and coats on ready to go
- Baby: dressed, fed, clean, lunch put together (consists of 1 baby food plate, 2 yogurts and 1 compote), Coat (hat, mittens      and scarf) on ready to go
- Kitchen clean (clean up after the parents and the kids)
- Girls' room clean (I make the beds put away all the toys etc.)

THEN at normally 9 -9:15 me and the baby head out to daycare.
Drop baby at Daycare, go home shower (normally this brings me to 10 - 10:45)
At this point I usually go back to sleep, but if I am feeling okay I will sometimes go for a walk or go to the market and buy veggies and fruit. Sometimes I go visit friends or watch a movie. Mondays I do laundry so I am normally home all day.

At 15:30 I go pick the baby up at daycare then go pick up the girls at school. They each go to different schools. Little R goes to Maternelle, so I have to pick her up at 16:20 take the baby out of the stroller and carry him upstairs to Little R's class to get her. Then I attempt to get Little R to follow me so that we can pick up her sister around the corner for 16:30. However Little R takes her sweet time and never hurries up so I am always panicking about missing Big R. Big R is in CP around the corner and her school lets out at 16:30 and she just walks out on her own.

By 16:45 I have all 3 kids and at this point we'll either go to the park, the library or home. We play for about an hour (Big R and I do her homework, which can take anywhere from 5 mins to an hour depending on how big the fit she throws is) and then I get the bath ready and give the baby his bath. The girls take their baths after the baby and I feed the baby and make the girls' dinner. Dinner usually consists of a vegetable of some sort, a starch (pasta or rice) and meat or something containing meat (ie Steak hachee, crepes, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, chicken...)

By 19:00 I normally have the girls eating and at some point the parents get home. If Mme R is the one that gets home I get to leave right away, if it is M. R then I need to stay and help. Normally by 20:00 I am off. At this point I either eat and go to my room or I go out with friends for drinks or to the Opera or something. In any case I get to bed around 23:00 - 1:30.

Wednesdays all 3 kids are with me all day (no school for the girls), so I just try to plan activities and keep them sane all day.

Thursdays after school I get to drop Little R off at Judo, which is a positive thing because she has the most amazingly gorgeous Judo instructor in the world. Aaahhhh. I look forward to Thursdays all week.

Saturdays and Sundays I normally spend doing nothing. I have brunch with friends, go for walks, go to museums etc. etc. I love it! Normally at night I go out and total chaos ensues.

That is my typical week in a nutshell. No week is ever typical though. Lately Mme R has been working from home so I don't have to get up every morning (I sleep in till like 11) and sometimes I go out of town for the weekend and so I get to take some days off (Thursday Friday for example). My life is pretty cushy I am not gonna lie! So I love Paris, I love my life here. With that said I really have to go start living said life. So peace!


Each nanny’s responsibilities are unique and will be negotiated with the family or employer prior to placement.

Your live in nanny salary will depend on your age, childcare experience, education, and the contract with your employers. Somewhere in the region of $8-$15 per hour if in the USA or in the UK £300-£350 net per week for experienced nannies. There are some minimum requirements that you should try to obtain to make yourself as employable as possible and to guarantee yourself not just summer jobs but permanent well paid positions with career prospects if not as a live in nanny then in other childcare jobs.

Live in Nanny jobs Requirements:  These may change or vary if you go through recruitment agencies or use nanny services, but these will be what you should strive to achieve and have prepared in advance so you are ready to start as soon as possible.


I have adapted these for both US and UK markets.

  • High school diploma or completed School.
  • One year or more experience in daycare, a year or more experience as a nanny (other than family), having or working on a degree in a child-related field i.e. child development, teaching, child & family services, etc. Solely babysitting experience or minor childcare experience would not suffice.
  • Have very good English
  • No dependents.
  • First Aid or CPR certificates.
  • Willing to sign a contract for a minimum of one year and be prepared to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Exceptions: summer nanny jobs or temporary nannies.
  • S. citizenship or have a working visa for the United Kingdom (if required).
  • Possess a valid and preferably clean driver’s license a big bonus.
  • Being in good health.
  • Have a minimum of 2 childcare references that can be verified. These can include previous nanny experience, daycare experience, teaching experience, home childcare experiences and also two character references.
  • A police check or criminal record check must be performed in the home country of any applicant who will be working as a Live in Nanny or Nanny.
  • It is now a legal requirement that Nannies working with children under the age of 18 obtain a United Kingdom Criminal Record Bureau check, after they have been resident in the UK for six months. Criminal background checks will also be needed for the US and social security checks.
  • Most families nowadays require non-smokers.
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Pay day! – nanny salary.
 Some of the benefits of a nanny job or I suppose the requirements your employer should provide:


  • Pay your tax contributions – your new employer will pay your tax contributions so you can build up your tax credits.
  • Pay your National Insurance contributions
  • Have an employment contract – offers you security plus there are no misunderstandings in terms of both parties responsibilities.
  • Receive payslips – so you can see all your earnings and deductions.
  • You should earn the minimum national wage – in the UK this is £6.50 per hour. You will be paid more than this but just to be aware – live in nanny salary is about £300-£350 per week.
  • Live-in nannies’ salaries include room and board. A separate bedroom is provided for the nanny’s privacy. Most families also provide a private bathroom or one shared with the children. Own TV and wifi are also the norm.
  • Paid annual leave – minimum 4 weeks paid leave.
  • Pension – In the UK as a nanny you earn more than £10,000 per year and are over 22 years old your employer is required by law to set up a pension scheme for you. Contributions start at 1% of a nanny’s gross salary until September 2017 (along with a 0.8% nanny contribution and 0.2% by the government). An employer’s contribution will rise to 3% by 2018.
  • Entitled to notice of termination of employment – during the first month this is 1 week and thereafter it is one months’ notice by both parties – make sure to get this in your contract just in case things don’t pan out like you though they would.
  • Minimum working hours – 9-10 hours per day with no more than 48 hours per, unless you both agree on longer hours in advance (again try get this in writing).
  • Maternity rights – If you fall pregnant while working for your family you are entitled to maternity leave and full statutory rights.
  • Medical Insurance – Some families contribute toward medical insurance, but it is not a requirement, but bring it up in the interview and they might agree – if you don’t ask!!
  • Travel – Some families may need you, their nanny to accompany them in travel. This is not usually a requirement but can be a plus for those nannies that enjoy travel.

There are many obligations that families or your future employers must comply with so get to know your rights and what is expected from families.

Like what you have read? get to travel the world more or less for free and stay with some great families in good locations – remember you are not forced to commit to any family so you are deciding where you will work and live so this is a great plus. If you want to live and work in London, then look for London jobs, if it is New York or Paris then try there, there are huge benefits of a nanny job and this can open doors to other childcare and childminding positions. So you are probably wondering how to become a nanny? If so then read on 7 step guide on how to become a nanny.

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The pros and cons of a live in nanny

For a variety of reasons including the flexibility it affords to busy working parents you have decided to have your child or children cared for in their own home. You immediately think of an au pair or nanny. Then to confuse matters you learn there are two types of nannies, a live in nanny or a live out nanny.

You must now decide which best suits your families circumstances so you need to understand the differences including cost between an au pair, live in nanny or live out nanny.


In brief:  An au pair is a young person generally aged between 18-30 unmarried with no children who moves to a foreign country to look after a host families children part time and who also performs some light housework. Babysitting on agreed evenings is also quite common. In exchange for this an au pair receives a private bedroom, meals and an agreed monetary allowance. In the UK au pairs generally work a 30 hour week and receive £75-£85 per week. In Ireland the hours range from 35-45 per week and an allowance in or around €100. Au pairs generally attend language classes in the evenings.

A live in nanny usually but not always has some childcare qualifications or at least childcare experience and will live with the family on a full time basis, consequently you will need to provide a separate bedroom for privacy. Nannies only tend to do whatever housework is associated with the children. Primarily they are a citizen of your country and work longer hours than an au pair consequently it is a more expensive option.

Journey of a live in Nanny
A good read for a Live in Nanny

Live out nannies have their own accommodation consequently choose to live out an present themselves for work at your home at an agreed time. They then perform the same duties as a live in nanny.

Weighing up the pros and cons of a live in nanny or an au pair as the main providers of your childcare is something you and your family should give a lot of thought to.

If you want a few reasons why a live in nanny can be the better solution – read below:


  • Most nannies applying for your childcare position will either be locals or from your or a neighbouring county, therefore, it is easy to arrange face to face meetings and also to determine how they interact with your children.
  •  A nanny will speak your language thus eliminating the language difficulties associated with an au pair and as I mentioned earlier you also have the opportunity to have one or indeed a number of face to face interviews.
  • Most au pair interviews are done by Skype or phone as the au pair lives in a foreign country consequently will not travel until they have secured a job with a host family. This can be a risk as it all depends on your judgement call based on Skype or phone calls. Much of this can be eliminated by going through an au pair agency but this can be costly.
  • Nannies tend to have a childcare qualification and references and other background checks are readily available.
  • With an au pair there can sometimes be a language barrier as au pairs are form foreign countries.
  • You can build into a live in nanny contract such as cooking for adults in addition to the children but it will cost you more. It is however an option.

Once you have made the decision to opt for a live in nanny over an au pair, day care or housekeeper you can go it alone or use a local nanny service. Once a short list has been drawn up and you are at the interview stage what exactly should you ask? The interview is the most important phase as not only will this person be looking after the welfare of your child or children but she will also be living under your roof, so it is of utmost importance that you can work and live together under the same roof.

When you and your partner have held an initial interview or have a good feeling about a nanny it can help to arrange a further interview at which your children attend. You can then gauge how both the prospective nanny and your children react to each other.Your first impressions are very important so don’t ignore your instincts or your children’s.

Before the interview you should have your mind made up about the basics and what exactly you require from the nanny – along the lines of:


  • The questions you want to ask – don’t just think on the spot – after all you are entrusting your children’s care and safety to this person.
  • Working hours plus babysitting requirements. Will she be paid for any surplus hours or babysitting duties? If so how much – iron all out in advance.
  • Nannies duties – go through a daily schedule of requirements.
  • Salary and holiday entitlements- will she be paid while off?
  • Eating arrangements and cooking duties.
  • House rules – do you impose a curfew? Visitors allowed?
  • Any additional add ons or benefits – mobile phone, some private use of the car.
  • Will she drive the children to school or games. If so has she a driving licence and ensure she is added to your insurance.
 What Is Your Greatest Strength?
Nanny services Interview

Interview questions:


  • Tell me about yourself
  • Tell me about your childhood, any siblings?
  • Why did you choose childcare as a career?
  • In your opinion what qualities make a good nanny?
  • How long have you worked as a nanny and have you had any other work experience?
  • Why do you prefer to be a live in nanny?
  • Previous work experiences – go through all this – try get a feel for the previous children’s ages.
  • If there are any gaps in the CV try to ascertain why.
  • If not find out her current notice period with employer.
  • When considering a job offer – what qualities in the family are important to her?
  • Why did she leave her last job?
  • Any training undertaken – first aid etc
  • What activities are you interested in or perhaps plan on doing in spare time? Try and ascertain will she be in the house during their free time.
  • What would you do on a wet or extremely cold day when you couldn’t go to the park?
  • How does she approach bad behaviours in children?
  • What are your views to children watching TV or on ipads or games?
  • Do you enjoy cooking? Any examples of types of dishes you would/could cook?
  • Do you have valid driving licence?
  • What activities do you do or perhaps plan on doing in spare time? Will they be around the house all the time?
  • Let them know when they will find out the outcome of the interview.
  • Let them also ask you questions – an interview like this should be a two way process.

It is important that you follow up on all references and check the legitimacy of qualifications – try speaking to the references directly – don’t let the agency or nanny service do it for you if you can.

You have made a decision and the new live in Nanny has been given a start date, the children are excited and you are painting and planning her new living quarters. Then you think should you or should you not draw up some sort of agreement or contract for her? Will this be a deal breaker if you suddenly insist on this? In the long run no – a contract or agreement is beneficial to both parties. It will outline the duties and responsibilities of each party and may prevent any misunderstandings and miscommunication from happening. This will also establish a professional approach from the outset.

In the US for instance, Nanny Contracts may not be required by law, but are enforceable in a court of law so it is important that the agreement does not infringe any legal rights of the live in nanny especially when it comes to labor protections and tax laws.

OK so the interview is out of the way – One box ticked.

Contract drawn up – Another box ticked.

So what should you expect from your new live- in nanny?


Live-in nannies usually work between 10-12 hours per day, five days a week two nights babysitting are usually included or expected also. Babysitting requirements should be clarified at interview stage. Any additional babysitting will incur extra costs.

A live-in nanny will look after all nursery duties related to the children including, bathing, dressing and preparing nutritious meals. She will also wash, iron and sort all the children’s clothes and prepare school uniforms and lunches. The nanny will ensure that all play areas are kept clean and tidy at the end of each day. In summary have total control and care of the family home concerning the children when the parents are busy at work and indeed until the children go to bed if this is what has been agreed.

The live-in nanny should ensure that the children are kept active and social by organising play dates for the children after school or at weekends and keep up to date with what parties they have to attend. Take the children to the park or other after school extra-curricular activities.

Remember that your live in nannies main responsibilities are to care for YOUR children and not to do any heavy housework jobs, family cooking or chores in general around the house – if you require this from your nanny this will have to be discussed in advance and reflected in her salary.

Nanny Tax
The dreaded Nanny tax
On a rather boring but very important topic – tax and your live- in nanny:


In the UK all employers are required to operate a PAYE (Pay As You Earn) Scheme for their employees – deduct the tax and National insurance each employee owes to the state and hand it over to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the employees behalf.

Nanny employers are no different and MUST deduct all relevant taxes whenever she is paid.

In the USA – Besides the weekly salary that families pay their live-in nannies, they also must pay the required employment taxes. Coined the “nanny taxes,” a live-in nanny employer’s tax responsibility includes paying the employer part of the Medicare and Social Security, federal unemployment insurance and state unemployment and worker’s compensation, or disability, where required. These out-of-pocket expenses add up to about 10% of the nanny’s gross annual salary. Fortunately for employers who pay legally, there are tax breaks and credits that can offset this cost.

According to www.care.com  Here’s an example: Assume you pay your nanny a salary of $600 per week ($15 per hour, 40 hours per week), you’ll need to withhold the following from her weekly pay:


  • Federal Income Tax: $75.77
  • Social Security: $25.20
  • Medicare: $8.70
  • State Income Tax (3.7%): $22.30 (note: we used New York State.)
  • Total withholdings: $131.97

The employee i.e. YOU will make the following contributions:

  • Federal Unemployment: $4.80
  • Social Security: $37.20
  • Medicare: $8.70
  • State Unemployment: $24.60 (note: we used New York State.
  • Total Additional Payments: $75.30

This means your weekly bill comes to $675.30 per week, and your nanny will take home $468.30. Over the course of the year, you can expect to pay out $33,991.30 — $2,791.30 more than if you paid a flat $600 per week under the table.

As you can see from the above having a live in nanny is like having a full time employee in your house so you have to pay all taxes relating to this. On top of this if you have used a nanny service you will have their fees also. However all these extra fees or costs can be cancelled out as you now  have your very own live in housekeeper where day care will not be needed as you have someone to permanently mind your children on a 1 to 1 basis, a huge saving, plus you will have a babysitter for at least 2 nights a week ( all included in the live in nanny salary and agreement you have drawn up) so no more paying up to $10 or £10 per hour for someone to babysit your children. No more clock watching when on a night out as its all included in the agreed weekly wage.