What's it like to be a Nanny?
A Nanny provides care to children, and may be employed on a casual or live-in basis. Nannies provide supervision and comfort and keep children safe. They also may undertake some daily tasks around the home relating to the care of the children, such as preparing meals and washing dishes.
Tasks and duties
- Supervise children at all times.
- Bathe and dress children.
- Prepare meals and snacks for children, and feed and burp babies.
- Organise fun and enriching activities for children.
- Coordinate daily schedules, for both children and their parents.
- Organise, tidy and do a light clean of the house.
- Run errands, take children to appointments and help parents with tasks if needed.
- Help older children with their homework.
- Organise packing for children’s travel.
Nannies can be called on to work at all hours, especially when they are live-in. A Nanny may be needed any day of the year, making it a role that requires a high degree of flexibility.
What can I earn as a Nanny?
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How to become a Nanny
- You’ll most likely need a Working With Children Check, a National Police Check, a First Aid Certificate and CPR certification.
- Consider completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.
- You could also consider a bachelor degree in education. Having a teaching degree would allow you to offer an extended range of services as a Nanny, and keep you in demand. The course would take 3 years full-time, and you’ll need a pretty good ATAR or to apply for flexible entry.
- Consider joining the Australian Nanny Association, which have their own minimum requirements for accreditation.