What is a night nanny?

A night nanny is generally employed when a family is looking for some respite at night or when they have limited space in their house. 

They will be responsible for similar duties to a maternity nurse (breastfeeding help etc.), but as they are working in the middle of the night there may be some limitations.  

A night nanny can help to establish a night time routine and, if requested, will also advise on the daytime schedule. 

They normally rest between the baby’s feeds; so will require either a bed or comfy chair near to the baby. 


Night nannies generally work between 10 and 12 hours per night and charge an hourly rate of pay.  

They can work from 1 – 6 nights per week. 

Working hours normally start between 7pm and 9pm and finish between 6am and 7am. 

Salary expectations

night nanny will charge £18 – £22 gross per hour for a single baby. 

Twins rates will be higher. 


What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a nanny?
Open What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a nanny?

Maternity nurses are trained to look after newborn babies and infants so their tenure with a family tends to be of short duration. They work longer shifts than nannies with many being on call for 24 hours, 6 days a week. They are self-employed unlike nannies who are employed by the family.

Nannies, on the other hand, look after infants aged 3 months and older and their contracts are long-term. Nannies work 10-12 hours per day for 5 or 6 days per week. Typically a nanny doesn’t do night duties, although they are often prepared to babysit if given sufficient notice.

What are the best maternity nurse interview questions?
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  • Please outline your maternity care qualifications.
  • Why do you enjoy working in maternity care?
  • What makes you a good maternity nurse?
  • Are you happy to educate me about my baby?
  • What is your chosen approach to routines?
  • When do you normally manage to get a baby sleeping through the night?
  • Will you support me if I change my mind about routine?
  • Are you happy to share a room with the baby?
  • Do you have experience helping breastfeeding mothers?
  • Can you give advice on diet and breastfeeding?
  • Are you willing to support with night feeds?
  • Can you give advice on expressing breast milk and how to store it?
  • Do you expect meals or are you happy to cook for yourself?
  • Are you happy to give the family some alone time?
  • Do you have any dietary requirements?
  • Will you be happy to make cups of tea or food for the family occasionally and help with some household chores such as the washing up?
  • Do you intend to stay in the house on your days off or go home?
  • Do you expect your own tv?
When should I start looking to hire a maternity nurse?
Open When should I start looking to hire a maternity nurse?

Most Signature Staff clients wait until 12 weeks into the gestation, when the pregnancy has progressed and they know whether they are expecting a single, twins or triplets.

We would encourage clients to register early to ensure an excellent selection of maternity nurses.

Not registered yet?

Please get in touch with one of our Signature Staff team members to discuss your requirements.

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