Nanny job description

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Nannies provide families with an excellent opportunity to get some much-needed help with childcare, as well as employ someone who can manage light housekeeping duties. This service is invaluable to modern families with two working parents.
Childcare responsibilities depend on the children’s ages, but they may include helping the children get ready, taking them to school and back, as well as preparing any snacks or drinks
Families looking for a nanny usually require at least one year of verifiable childcare experience, as well as a CRB check and a clean driving licence. There is little chance of career progression, with much of the work offered by agencies, rather than directly by the families
However, experience in this line of work can be most useful for those pursuing a career in primary education, or those who would like to start their own childcare business. Full-time nannies earn around £23,000 across the UK on average, with the best salaries in London and the southeast.

Description

Nannies are required to take care of children and their tasks vary according to ages and number of children they care. When they take care of babies or very young boys, their duties are always related to changing nappies, dressing, bathing, and feeding tasks. Older children have different and new requirements such as education promotion related to reading and writing skills and basic social knowledge. They can also play with children in recreational activities at home or in parks.

Nannies usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Cooking children’s meals.
• Cleaning bedrooms.
• Caring children with physical disabilities.
• Promoting children’s learning processes.
• Taking children to school.

Skills

• Having interest in personal development of children.
• Being reliable and trustworthy.
• Being tolerant and patient.
• Being able to stay calm under pressure.
• Having domestic skills.
• Having common sense.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being flexible and proactive.
• Having suitable stamina and energy.
• Being able to work extra hours.

Education

There are several Nannies jobs that do not require academic qualifications, but it is always recommended to have a childcare qualification. Among available qualifications for this area are the BTEC Diploma or Certificate in children’s care, learning, development (levels 2 and 3), CACHE Diploma or Certificate in child care and education, and CACHE Level 3 Diploma in home based childcare. Entry requirements for these courses vary according to institutions.

There are other qualifications that can be obtained on the job such as NVQ levels 2 and 3 in children’s care, learning and development awarded by the Open University, City & Guilds, CACHE or BTEC.

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