Nannies Overview and Options

A Nanny is someone you employ to care for your child/ren in your own home. Nannies may be employed full or part time, on a live-in or live-out (daily) basis.

Nannies are predominantly employed on a ‘sole charge’ basis which is usually due to the parents leaving the family home to go to work, thus leaving their children in the sole care of their nanny. Sometimes parents work from home however they still opt to employ a sole charge nanny to ensure that they can work undisturbed. Other families prefer to employ a nanny on a shared charge basis, if the parent/s are sometimes or always at home and simply require an extra pair of hands the care of the children can be shared between the parent/s and nanny. When necessary a nanny can also be employed on a sole and shared charge basis, working alongside the parent/s but also taking sole charge of the children to suit the families requirements.

Families with older children sometimes require ‘wrap around’ care to cover the before and/or after school hours, whilst other families only require occasional ‘ad hoc’ childcare provision. It is harder to find nan­­nies to fill these posts, however there are nannies who are willing undertake them. Families seeking a nanny for these types of postitons may also wish consider looking at our additional services page.

Some families also require/request a nanny share. This is when a nanny is employed by more than one family at the same time and care for both families children together based within one of the family’s home. A nanny share works best when both families know each other well and can be accommodating regarding any potential issues that may arise with matters like holiday entitlement.

Many families choose to employ a nanny as this childcare option provides them with a consistent form of childcare within the child’s own home and offers many other benefits which ease family life. Such benefits include not having a rush your children out of the door in a morning to other childcare providers, your child/ren been fed and bathed on an evening and all their belongings tidy and organised for the following day allowing you to come home and simply enjoy quality time with your child/ren, having no issue trying to find alternative childcare should your child/ren be in bed ill for the day, not to mention the amount of time you save due to your nanny undertaking care for your child/ren’s rooms and laundry.

Qualifications, safety and security measures

Nannies can be qualified, many have done a two year college course and gained an NNEB, CACHE, BTEC, NVQ or similar certificate and some have obtained a higher level childcare or teaching degree. Nannies can also be a former Parents Help or may simply have several years experience without having any formal qualifications.

Remember, you are responsible for ensuring that the nanny you employ is going to provide safe and appropriate childcare. At First Class Nannies and Helpers our vetting policy is to personally interview, check references and ensure a DBS police check is carried out on all our nannies. However, we strongly recommend that families check all references and speak to previous employers.

Number of Children/ages Covered

Nannies can look after all the children in your family as well as any newborns that arrive after the nannies start date! They can care for children of any age. In the case of a nanny-share the children of two or more families can be looked after at the same time.

Times Covered

Nannies can work full-time or part-time and can sometimes work flexible hours to fit your work hours. Some nannies will work overnight if required and some may also consider working weekends. The hours should be reasonable and clearly explained before the nanny starts work with your children.


Nannies rates of pay vary in accordance with their level of qualifications and/or experience, for more information on the current rates of pay for nannies please contact us on 01347 822208 or email Please be advised that you can offset a percentage of the cost of a nanny if you are eligible for childcare vouchers or government funding and that we can source nannies who meet the requirements of Ofsted to be eligible to be paid via these schemes.

When you employ a nanny you become responsible not only for paying the nanny’s salary, but also deducting their tax and National Insurance (N.I.) contributions. Depending upon the hours and rate of pay of your nanny you may also be required to pay Employers N.I. should you pay them over the current tax thresholds. Current figures on the tax threshold can be found here.

You will also need to be prepared to pay into the workplace pension for your Nanny, should they choose to take up the scheme.  Information on the pension scheme is available on Way2Paye’s website:

Most nannies drive and provide their own car for use during their working hours, taking the children to and from school and activities etc. They will have business class use on their insurance and cover any additional costs involved with this, however families should pay them a petrol allowance to cover the cost of any mileage they undertake during working hours.

Different Types of Nannies

  • A daily nannycomes to your house during the day on days and hours agreed between you.
  • A night nanny – comes to your house on an evening and takes care of your children overnight.
  • A live-in nannylives in your house, you’ll need to provide a private bedroom and food in addition to their salary.
  • A daily nanny-housekeepercomes to your house on days and hours agreed between you in addition to childcare they are also responsible for housekeeping duties.
  • A live-in nanny-housekeeperlives in your house, and is responsible for all aspects of childcare and housekeeping duties. You’ll need to provide a private bedroom and food in addition to their salary.
  • A temporary nannycomes to your house on days and hours agreed between you, they undertake the same duties as a daily nanny.
  • A temporary nanny-housekeepercomes to your house on days and hours agreed between you, they undertake the same duties as a nanny-housekeeper.
  • A nanny groomIn addition to childcare and light household duties a nanny groom will also care for horses/ponies.
  • A nanny P.Aresponsible for household management, personal assistant duties and admin in addition to childcare
  • A nanny sharearrangements can be set up to share a nanny with another family – 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.
  • A shared charge nannyworks alongside a parent but is also able to be left in sole charge of the children when required.