Live in Nanny Housekeeper

A live in nanny housekeeper is required when their duties involve caring for the whole household in addition to the child care duties. They are usually employed by families with school or nursery aged children.

Live-in nanny housekeepers will normally work between 8 and 12 hours per day, five days a week. Some families also request one or two nights babysitting per month to be included within the salary.  A live-in nanny housekeeper may also consider working a 24-hour shift, a six day week, covering weekends or working unsociable shift patterns for a higher salary.

If babysitting is required this should be agreed prior to the role commencing. Any additional babysitting should be paid extra, and the babysitting rate should be agreed before employment commences.

A live-in nanny housekeeper is expected to undertake all aspects of childcare including morning and bedtime routines, school/nursery runs, homework supervision, preparing and organising your child/rens social calendar which can include play dates, age appropriate classes and groups, swimming, and visits to the parks/museums etc as well as home based activities such as painting and baking. A live in nanny-housekeeper can also be asked to book and attend hospital, doctors, dentists, optician and hair appointments with your child/ren if required.

The additional duties of a live in nanny housekeeper are wide ranging and vary depending upon the needs of each individual family. They can include the general cleaning of the family home, deep cleaning where required, family laundry and ironing, cooking nutritious family meals, batch cooking, supermarket shopping, running errands, dog walking /pet care and proxy parenting. The additional duties should always be discussed and agreed prior to the post commencing and be proportionate to the amount of days/hours the nanny housekeeper works. The primary aim of a nanny housekeeper should always be to nurture the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of your child/ren.


A live-in nanny housekeeper should be provided with their own furnished bedroom. A television and good storage space is always appreciated and where possible their own bathroom is preferable. They should always be given privacy when “off-duty”. Some families are able to offer separate accommodation for live-in nanny housekeepers and this often attracts more potential candidates. All house rules should be discussed before commencement of the post and be explicitly stated in the nanny housekeepers contract.


A live-in nanny housekeeper is usually provided with all their meals by the employer. The family and nanny housekeeper should discuss the types of food they like to eat and if they have any special dietary requirements. The nanny housekeeper is usually entitled to request certain items of food within reason from the employer. Again this is best discussed prior to employment and included within the contract.


If a live-in nanny housekeeper travels with your family or offers 24 hour cover while parents are away, then a salary for these instances should be discussed and agreed prior to commencement of the role. All travels expenses, food and the nanny housekeeper’s weekly wage will need to be covered, along with any additional salary for additional hours worked.

If you think a live-in nanny housekeeper would be ideal for you, would like more information or wish to discuss your requirements please contact us on 01347 822208, email or download a registration form here.