A nanny cares for your children in your own home. Here we explain the different kind of service nannies can provide, how much they cost and where to find the one most suited to your family and circumstances.
What's a nanny?
A nanny may or may not have childcare qualifications (you should check this before making an appointment for an interview).
There are several different types of nanny, including:
- Daily nanny - comes to your house each day at hours agreed between you.
- Live-in nanny - lives in your house. You'll therefore need to provide a private bedroom and food - around 20 per cent of nannies in the UK live in.
- Nanny share - works for another family as well as yours. Your nanny may look after your child on certain days and other people's children on other days, or may look after both sets of children together (if another family comes to your house you'll need to check your insurance arrangements). If there are more than two families nanny sharing, the nanny will need to be registered as a childminder.
- A nanny can provide hours tailored to suit your needs.
- She can care for all the children in your family.
- She may be trained.
- She can follow your own childcare routines and lifestyle.
- Your child remains in her own home (unless it's a nanny share, in which case you may alternate homes).
- you're responsible for ensuring that any nanny you employ is going to provide safe and appropriate childcare, so it's essential you check all references thoroughly and speak to any previous employers.
- Nannies may not be trained.
- Some nannies are very young and may not have a great deal of experience with children, so you'll need to decide whether this is likely to be a issue.
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