Does having a nanny affect your childrens well being

child-schoolA nanny is similar to a childminder, but a nanny goes to the child’s house whereas a childminder works from their own home. Some nannies live with a family, while others live at home and go to the family’s house just to look after the children.

What does a nanny do?

A nanny looks after children and often offers additional help to their childcare work to the parents of the child. This may mean that they help with the general running of the house by doing domestic jobs related to the child, such as the washing and cooking for the child, especially if they live in with the family. Some nannies do not do any domestic duties and some do, it depends on the individual case.

The primary role of the nanny is to provide one to one care for the child. Some nannies look after more than one child but this is usually only the case if they are looking after siblings.

Nannies work different hours according to their employer; some may only work before and after the children go to school, some may work full-time and some may work during the night.

A typical day

The work of a nanny is often varied and no two days may be the same. However, a typical day may include giving children breakfast, getting children ready for nursery or school, taking them to school and then returning to the house to tidy the house, sort out the washing, make the children’s beds and get the house ready for when the children get back from nursery or school. In the afternoon, nannies may go and pick up younger children from nursery school and then head to school to collect older children.

When the children get back from school, the nanny may give them something to eat then arrange some activities, which may include painting, drawing, playing with toys and games and playing outside; they may also suggest going on a trip to the park or the library. Some children take part in after school activities and nannies usually take them to these clubs or activities; this may include dance class, swimming lessons, playing musical instruments or playing a sport, for example. In the evening, the nanny may supervise children doing homework before making them some tea; after tea, they have a bath and then a story before bed.

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Do you need qualifications to be a nanny?

Many nannies have no formal qualifications but they possess a great deal of experience in caring for children. Some nannies that have had formal training will have expertise in related areas to childcare, such as nutrition and health and safety.

How much do nannies earn?

This depends largely on the family you work for, how many hours you work and how many children you look after. The fee is usually dependent on whether you live with the family or not. In general, nannying is not very well paid but wealthier families may pay nannies a very generous wage. Nannies who live in with a family generally earn less because they get their accommodation paid for.