Skip to main content

Becoming a Nanny is a great option for anyone who wants to work closely with children, and some Nannies even live-in with their families to provide the full-time care the family needs.


There are lots of different options to work with a private family. There is also ability to work part-time and this can mean you can work with multiple families over the course of a regular working week.

Day-to-day responsibilities for a Nanny will often vary depending on family size, other household staff and the ages of the children, but duties may include:
  • Preparing meals
  • Taking the children to and from school
  • Helping them with their homework
  • Creating a safe and stimulating environment for the children
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Changing nappies and potty-training, if age-appropriate
  • Children’s laundry
  • Planning meals, preparing food, and/or feeding the children
  • Arranging playdates and outings
  • Indoor and outdoor play
  • Educational activities and crafts
  • Carpooling or driving the children to school, activities, or playdates
  • Reading to the children
  • Help with homework
  • Organising bedrooms/toys
  • Administering medicine with parents’ consent, if necessary
  • Maintaining logs for the parents
  • Light housekeeping

Different Types of Nanny

There are lots of different types of Nanny, some of these include:

Au Pair:

An au pair is more of a cultural exchange that gives a family and the au pair the chance to experience different cultures and usually to learn a new language. Au pairs are usually expected to work with the children, help them with language skills, play with them and also carry out light housework/Mother’s help duties, often cooking for to the children too.

Norland Nanny:

Graduating from the prestigious Norland College, Norland Nannies are trained to the highest standards and are considered to be the best of the best in childcare. If you train as a Norland Nanny, you will be in high demand from Royalty to high-net worth/high profile families because of you standard you will be able to provide that cannot be matched.

Montessori Trained:

A Montessori Nanny will provide a care service that is based on respect, it is child-centred with open-ended play and learning. These Nannies are matched with families that have similar ethics and personalities so that the parenting style is continued by the Nanny.


Bilingual Nannies (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and more), in the UK and overseas. A bilingual Nanny is very useful where English is not the first language of the family, where you wish to give a child fluency in a second language, or where the family is itself bilingual.


A Governess is a professional employed to teach and train children in a private household. In contrast to a Nanny, a Governess will concentrate on teaching the children, rather than caring for their physical needs. A Governesses’s charges are of school age rather than babies.


You’ve guessed it, a male Nanny. Not only do Mannies serve as a caregiver, often to high profile children, but the role of Manny also serves as a male role model who can keep up with active, outdoors-loving children. Male Nannies, or ‘Mannies’ are becoming increasingly popular with families looking for a male role model and often the children in their charge will be of an older age, rather than babies.


There are lots of options for working hours, which means being a Nanny or a child carer can work around other interests, or studies for example. Contracts offered can range from:
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Rota Nanny
  • Travelling Nanny
  • Live-in Nanny
  • Live-out Nanny
We hope this gives you a brief insight into the world of private childcare and the team at Chace People are always available to offer further advice and tips.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Nanny or Manny, or if you’re already in this profession and looking for a great new position, then contact us today. 


Author milliehutchinson

More posts by milliehutchinson

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: