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How to kickstart your nanny career

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When you become a nanny you begin a fantastic hands-on childcare role that helps shape children's learning and development. 

We previously highlighted why being a nanny is a wonderfully rewarding job and the key qualities of every great nanny – but what does it take to start out in today’s competitive nannying industry?

To help answer this big question, we’ve created a 4-step guide to kick-starting your dream nanny career.


1. Do your research

Your first step should be to do some research to determine which direction you want your nannying career to take. From live-in and live-out nannies to housekeeper nannies and travelling nannies, there are now more options than ever due to the increasing demand for high quality, personalised childcare. There are also a number of specialist areas to consider including SEN nannies who support children with emotional and behavioural needs and maternity nannies who offer help in the first weeks or months of a newborn baby’s life. Another particularly unique role belongs to Norland Nannies who are trained to care for children of the ‘high-calibre’ including celebrities and royals, taking lessons in cyber-security and self-defence. You can find tons of information about all of these online and many colleges have dedicated open-days so you can get a feel for what kind of training you would undertake and what doors it would open for your nannying career.

2. Get qualified

An informed decision from your research should influence which qualification you choose. Even if you don’t opt for a specialist route, qualifications appeal to parents employing all nannies as it demonstrates a passion and willingness to undertake training. Many colleges offer both attendance-based and distance learning qualifications. Of course no decision has to be fixed, and there are lots of childcare courses to help you get a feel for what will suit you best. The number of qualifications available is rapidly increasing as new specialist areas evolve but some key advice is to make sure they are official awarding bodies. Many nursery settings also offer work experience which is a great addition to qualifications as it enables you to get that hands-on experience vital for becoming a nanny.

3. Register as a nanny and DBS checks

This is not currently a legal requirement but without this registration in place, it will be much more challenging to secure a nannying job as parents look for peace of mind that the person who is caring for their children is not only safe to do so but is committed to their career. You will need an enhanced DBS check in order to start your application – you can read about DBS checks for nannies here. You can also read more about how to become an Ofsted-registered nanny here.

4. Build a strong professional profile

Every nanny’s role will vary as nannying is a personalised form of childcare and largely comes down to what the parents are looking for. Therefore your professional profile or CV should detail everything from skills and qualifications to experience and availability, to help families determine whether you’re a match for their lifestyle and nannying needs. Most parents will also want to undergo the process of interviews, background checks and references. A good tp is to sign up with agencies relevant to you who can assist with this process and help you find the right family.

You can browse our agency directory here – Nannytax works with a variety of nanny agencies who can help match you with the perfect family for your nanny career.