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Being a nanny is a highly rewarding yet challenging career. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to becoming a nanny, from qualifications to working alongside an placement provider to find the best opportunities.
Qualifications to boost employability
Unlike childminders, nannies don’t need to be Ofsted registered, but doing so has its advantages. If you register, you’ll need a DBS check, first aid qualification, minimum level 2 in childcare or common core skills. Although there are no formal entry requirements to become a nanny, finding a placement may be easier with a childcare qualification. There are bespoke childcare training courses available that are ideal for nannies to build upon core skills, increase confidence and enhance employability, from safeguarding and first aid, to early years care and education, and core skills.
Typical duties involved
A nanny’s role is varied and versatile, working in the home of the children they’re looking after. Firstly, there's feeding, dressing and bathing the child or children and helping them to learn key skills, from hygiene to social skills and life skills. You will need to encourage and participate in play and help boost the child’s social interaction, in addition to planning things to do throughout each day, whether at home, the local area or on days out. Household duties and chores are typically undertaken, such as laundry, dishes and cleaning, and often some paperwork and record keeping. You will usually help in preparing healthy, nutritious snacks and meals, and be on hand to take children to nursery and other appointments.
Required skills for a nanny
For those wondering how to become a nanny, there are various core skills required. A nanny needs to be flexible and adaptable, while being calm and responsive in unexpected or pressurised situations. You should be able to build a relationship of trust with children and their parents or primary caregivers.
Due to the varied duties, a nanny needs energy and reasonable physical health with ample imagination and creativity to plan enjoyable, engaging activities for the child or children. A nanny should be responsible, reliable and committed to the family, engendering trust and confidence in their ability to provide a safe home environment. The mixture of work and play makes the role equally as engaging and enjoyable for the nanny, in addition to being highly rewarding and meaningful.
Finding the ideal role
As a specialist nanny agency, Little Ones helps families find their perfect match and connects candidates to valuable qualifications and job opportunities where nannies are in high demand. Your unique interests and skills will be paired with the most appropriate vacancies, from being a live in or live out nanny and working as a maternity nurse or part time nanny, through to bilingual nannies or working with twins.
You will be transforming lives and leaving a lasting footprint on the family you support. With the right desire, commitment and skills, you can find the ideal career with us, where your unique qualities are appreciated and valued.