A Nanny’s duties are referred to as nursery duties and include all work connected with the child or children such as
- shopping for, planning and preparing meals
- feeding, and clearing away afterwards
- washing and ironing of clothes and bed linen
- maintenance of all toys and equipment
- cleaning the child’s bedroom (changing of bed linen/towels as needed), playroom and bathroom
- school pick ups, and drop offs,
- visits to playgroups, parks, and other places of interest
- trips to the clinic, doctor, dentist, and hairdresser
- dishwasher duties (although nannies are generally not required to undertake other household chores for the resident family)
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Some Nannies will agree to care for pets, shop for the resident family, and also run errands among other duties. Such agreements are usually made if the child(ren) attend(s) school all day.
Nannies do not just assist with the practical everyday needs of the child but should also
- advise on age appropriate activities to encourage development
- be able to engage with each individual child to encourage the child to achieve full potential
- create a secure, safe, and stimulating, environment in which the child(ren) can learn, explore, and become more independent
- provide the resources and opportunities in order for the child(ren) to develop a degree of future self-sufficiency.
Nannies should be first aid trained and MUST have a current enhanced CRB check. At present, Nannies do not have to be qualified in order to practice. However, there is considerable movement towards this being a requirement with a minimum of two years relevant and verifiable experience being expected for those without qualifications. Any aspiring Nanny is advised to qualify in childcare to improve their employment chances.
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