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Nanny

Provide care to children on a casual or live-in basis.

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.

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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.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Nanny is between $50k and $60k

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How to become a Nanny


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While you don’t need specific educational training to work as a Nanny, there are some minimum certifications you’ll need to hold.

  1. You’ll most likely need a Working With Children Check, a National Police Check, a First Aid Certificate and CPR certification.
  2. Consider completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  3. 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.
  4. Consider joining the Australian Nanny Association, which have their own minimum requirements for accreditation.

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How do Nannies rate their role?

Latest reviews from 8 Nannies surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
2.9
Job security
3.0
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
3.8

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Aug 2019
Nannying isn’t as easy as floating down with your umbrella but can be a wonderfully rewarding job
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Community Services Work
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Working with children from 4mths to 7 years old in their own homes
The good things
Being a Nanny is a wonderful way to work with children and build relationships with the family of the children in your care. Caring for children in their own home takes away the chaos and business of ...
The challenges
Nannying can sometimes be a little isolating as you are generally caring for children on your own so don’t have the support of a team of workers around you. Because families needs are also forever cha...
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Aug 2019
You can make it work if you use open communication
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Childcare
The good things
Being a live in nanny gives you a cheap way of living while also earning some extra money
The challenges
Hard to seperate work and life
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Working hours for Nannies

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Nannies?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
19.8%
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