About live-in nannies

Thlive-in nanny position can be either sole charge, with both parents in full time work, or shared charge, where one or both parents remains at home and the live in nanny works alongside them.

As regards accommodation, a bedroom and bathroom should be provided, whilst occasionally separate accommodation is included.

live-in nanny can care for all ages of children from babies to school age. 

Duties may include (though will be dependent on the age of the children); arranging age appropriate activities and outings, cooking their meals, keeping playroom/bedroom tidy, overseeing homework, children’s laundry and ironing, maintaining routines and providing feedback to parents.


live-in nanny usually works a 5 day week with weekends free. 

They will work approximately a 10-12 hour day and will babysit for 2 evenings mid-week. 

If extra babysitting is required, employers usually arrange to pay extra or give time off in lieu. 

Salary expectations

live in nanny salary, working 5 days per week with up to two mid-week night babysits, would typically be between £30,600 – £38,700 gross per annum 


What is the difference between a live-in nanny and live-out nanny?
Open What is the difference between a live-in nanny and live-out nanny?

Both live-in and live-out nannies would have similar respective experiences and qualifications.

A live-in nanny would either live with the family in their home or she would have separate accommodation provided for her which would include food and all household bills being paid.

A live-out nanny would arrive for work early in the morning and leave in the evening at the agreed time stated on her contract of employment and would provide her own accommodation at no cost to the family.

What qualities make a good nanny?
Open What qualities make a good nanny?
  • Ability to engage children
  • Discipline and patience with children
  • Organisational skills
  • Flexiblity
  • Easy to live alongside (if live-in nanny)
  • Ability to cope in an emergency
  • Reliability, honesty, and trustworthiness
What qualifications does a nanny need?
Open What qualifications does a nanny need?

There are many educational qualifications available to nannies in the UK:


  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practice
  • NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Work with Children APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning)
  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate
  • SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (Scotland)
  • LCCIEB NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Early Years Care and Education
  • The Chiltern College Certificate
  • The Norland Diploma
  • The Princess Christian College

Outside of UK

Each country will have their own courses; in Australia this could be a TAFE Diploma in Community services whereas in New Zealand there is a government based initiative which aims to teach parents and child carers alike the best way to look after young children. A few nannies will have gone through the PORSE system and completed their qualifications.

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