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Nannies are hired by people to look after their children either while they are at work, or just in general to have an extra help on hand.

To be a nanny, you need to have the following skills:

  • Patience
  • Trustworthy
  • A  knowledge of child education
  • Communication
  • Politeness
  • Dedication
  • Reliable
  • Respect
  • Cooking skills
  • Ability to care for all aged children

Qualifications and Training

Having a qualification to be a nanny isn’t a requirement however you will find it very hard to find a job without a certified qualification. It is preferable that you have studied for two years and reached the level 3 childcare qualification.

There are many qualifications that you can do to enter this field of work. A few examples are the CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, Edexcel level 3 BTEC National Certificate and the NVQ level 3 in Early Years Care and Education. You can obtain these qualifications at most further education collages.

When starting off as a nanny it is best to build a good portfolio of work experience for about two years. Make sure the range of your experience varies from working in nurseries to working in homes with families. This will also help you decide on what route you would like to go down.

It is worth signing up to an agency to start off with. Make sure the agency is certified and professional and this will give you a head start and could give you a potential client.

Becoming Self Employed

There are numerous benefits of being self employed, for example:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Greater wages than being employed by a company
  • Being your own boss

In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer.

Working out how much to charge your client as a nanny really does depend on many aspects. For example the location, how many hours a day your are required, full or part time, how many children you will look after and what extra jobs you are asked to do. Your wage will need to be negotiated with your client taking all these aspects into account.

Finding Work as a Freelance Nanny

The best advertising for you to start with will be word of mouth and recommendations by others. If someone recommends you to a friend they will trust their opinion more than advice from someone they don’t know.

You can also get yourself listed in directories specifically for nannies, these directories can be found in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. You could also place an ad in your local newsagent shop window, supermarket and newspapers. Creating a website for yourself and your services with all your qualifications, experience and information on the site is also another good idea.

More importantly when looking for work as a nanny you need to do the choosing too. You need to ensure you are working for a family you like and enjoy as this will reflect on how you act with the children.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

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