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Nanny

Nannies work in private homes caring for their employer's babies and young children.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £50,000

Employment by 2024

+5.86%

Working hours

37 to 39 variable

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • feeding, bathing and dressing children, and changing nappies
  • teaching basic social skills and hygiene
  • providing a safe environment
  • helping children to learn through play
  • going out with children to widen their experiences
  • doing nursery and school runs
  • planning interesting things to do
  • taking children to medical appointments and other activities
  • organising play opportunities to help children mix with others
  • preparing healthy meals and snacks
  • tidying up and cleaning rooms used by the children
  • record-keeping for the family

You could work at a client's home.

With qualifications and experience, you could move into childminding or nursery work.

With further training, you could become a children's nurse or early years teacher.

You'll find more details on working in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and on the early years career progression map.

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