A Live in nanny lives in your home and cares for your child or children. The number of children the Nanny is capable and willing to care for will come down to personal preference and experience.
The Live in Nannies primary responsibility is the care of the children, they are there to meet the full needs of the child or children in the parents absence. The role of the nanny is to fulfil not only the general care of the children, but also to ensure they feel loved, happy and secure and are learning and developing in their care. A Nanny will never replace the love and care of a parent, they are their to fill the gap when parents are unable to be there.
This list is not exhaustive and is a guideline only of traditional nanny duties you can expect:
- Taking the child/children to or from Nursery/School
- Providing activities such as arts and crafts, baking, reading, playing, trips to the park/feeding the ducks, arranging playdates.
- Assisting children with the homework/reading and supporting children starting Nursery and School
- Furthering the children’s development through educational play
- Attending baby classes/groups and other social events
- Keeping the play areas tidy and organised
- Sterilising bottles/toys
- Booking appointments for the children
- Diary management for the children
Nursery duties for a Live in Nanny
- Children’s laundry and ironing
- Nutritious meals and snacks, to include batch cooking for the freezer
- Children’s bedding (Although some families ask the cleaner to cover this)
- Replenishing supplies – nappies, creams, etc
- General organising/tidying of the children’s belongings
- Keeping the children’s areas and equipment clean (push chairs, high chairs etc)
- School uniform – sewing in labels, cleaning shoes etc.
Two evenings babysitting is included in the Live in Nannies responsibilities. The babysitting nights are Monday to Thursday generally. Weekend babysitting, Friday to Sunday, can be arranged occasionally and by mutual agreement, but is traditionally paid as extra.
A Live Nanny is not expected to do any heavy housework/cleaning, family cooking or chores not related to the children. If you require this, you may wish to consider a Nanny/Housekeeper. As the Live in Nanny is living in your family home, she is expected to keep her living areas tidy, clean and organised and contribute to other duties related to sharing a home, such as unloading a dishwasher, and emptying a bin etc.
Working hours for Daily Live in Nanny
The average working day for Live in nanny is 10-12 hours per day. The hours are flexible to suit the needs of the family, but a example of hours generally worked are a 7/8am start and 7/7.30pm finish time. Live in Nannies tend to work longer hours than Daily/Live out nannies and offer the added flexibility of babysitting included. (2 nights per week) this could be used for parents working late or parents wishing to enjoy a night out.
Accommodation for a Live in Nanny
Live in nannies will need to be provided with their own bedroom and ideally own bathroom, although it is fine to share a bathroom with the children also. Separate accommodation can also be provided and is very popular with the Nannies seeking Live in roles.
Car use for a Live in Nanny
Some roles provide a car for work use only, although use of a car outside of working hours is a perk that many live in nannies enjoy.
Do I provide Meals for my Live in Nanny?
You will be required to provide food for the nanny during the working week. At the weekends, your home is still the Nannies home, so the Live in Nanny should be given the freedom to use the facilities and prepare meals using the food available, but in reality, most nannies will spend time with friends and family at the weekend and will eat outside of your home. During the working week, Nannies will generally eat their meals with the children and go to their rooms once they have finished work to give you some space.
Live in Nannies’ Friends staying over
This is not an expectation from Live in Nannies, however, once you have got to know your nanny really well, it is something you may wish to consider if your Nannies close friend or family are visiting London.
Live in Nannies’ salary Levels
An average hourly rate for a full Live in Nanny in London is from £350-550 net per week. The rate varies based on number of hours required, responsibilities/flexibility and the qualifications, experience and references of the Live in Nanny.
When nannies and nanny agencies agree a salary, they often talk in net wage terms – the amount the nanny has in her hand at the end of the week/month. But in reality, the nanny is always paid a gross wage (net wage + Tax + NI), and on top of the gross wage the parents are obliged to pay employer’s NI. Therefore, there is a considerable difference between the net wage and the true cost of employing a nanny. Parents are advised to find out the true cost and agree a gross wage to prevent expensive surprises later on.
If you are considering hiring a Live in Nanny, we would love to hear from you.