How to Become a nanny in England And Abroad?

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If you have thought that becoming a nanny is an easy task in England or abroad, then, let’s go through this text which will convince you otherwise.

Being a nanny is one of the loveliest jobs in the world if you like children – but applying for a professional nanny work position in England and abroad is a bit demanding job. This is justified since you are the ones who need to take care, raise and educate one’s children.

What do you need to be an interesting nanny to English and international customers?

  • To have a clean criminal records check (DBS)
  • To be Ofsted registered (preferably)
  • Childcare experience
  • Education (many parents want their nanny to be educated with language knowledge, to be IT literate and have a lot of hobbies and interests)
  • To be kind, friendly and patient
  • To be professional and committed

Why DBS check and what is it?

DBS is an abbreviation which means Disclosure and Barring Service Check. It is a comprehensive check required by law which includes:

  • A Children’s Barred List Check that confirms whether the candidate is listed on a confidential register of people barred from working with children.
  • Police Check – to ensure there is no information about the candidate that might make them unsuitable for work with children. This also includes information subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – showing any criminal convictions or cautions which the candidate has received, including those that are classed as “spent”, which would not show up on a standard disclosure.

Register within an agency

The best way to find a good and safe nanny job is to register in a childcare agency which is mostly free of charge. They will require from you the stated above: proofs of DBS check, passport or ID, education diplomas or certificates, previous experience and the C. V.

What is important for a nanny in the UK?

Except the requirements stated above, a nanny in England should be punctual and well presented. Also, it is expected from her to take responsibility for the development and safety of a child. Nanny’s duties are usually children’s laundry, cleaning toys and their room used and frequently, preparation of meals for children. You should be aware that your duties will include visits to a doctor, accompanying children to and from school, music or dance lessons… If you know to play an instrument or sports, you will get a big plus from your future employer.

Even though you are not a native English, your nanny services are wanted as well since, in the UK, there are many families who look their children have a nanny from their country. Just make sure that your level of the English language is at a significant level.

What is important for a British nanny abroad?

Before accepting a job offer, a nanny should be careful with everything. You should be very cautious when applying for a position abroad.

  • You should have at least 2 video interviews.
  • You should check the references of the family. If you go through a child care agency this will be safer. If possible, find out the phone numbers of their previous nannies or other staff.  
  • If possible, have a probation period.
  • Make Plan B – just make a plan if the employer does not fulfill their promised, what you would do.
  • Do the research about a country you are going to, check the experiences of nannies who are already there, read more about their culture, cultural differences and rules.

A nanny is more than just a babysitter

General standards of choosing a nanny England or abroad are the following:

  1. English language skill (You should be a fluent English speaker, many international families want their children to know the English language besides their mother tongue both in the UK and outside)
  2. Education and work experience (You should have respected qualifications supported by experience in childcare)
  3. Reliability (You should be a hardworking, dedicated nanny with the great love for your work and a high sense of responsibility for the families you work for)
  4. Caring and outgoing personality (You should be pleasant with a genuine interest in children and their wellbeing)

What kind of nanny work positions you can opt for?

Before register for a nanny position, think first how many hours you would like to work during the week. These positions are applicable to nannies both in the UK and internationally. Depending on this, you can be:

  1. A live-in nanny who is responsible for the complete care of family’s children, for example: getting the children up, keeping them amused and active, taking them to the park…
  2. live-out nanny who provides childcare in a private home but this time for a set hours of the day.
  3. A night nanny who is there to help parents out with their newborn baby (this nanny is usually required to work during the night and help establish good sleeping patterns both for the child and the new parents)
  4. temporary nanny who will assist a family for a few days, weeks or months. If parents need to attend an important event, or their permanent nanny is taking a vacation, whatever the reason be, our temporary nannies will be there to provide the best childcare for the time they require.

Attend some childcare related courses

Attending a course will improve your chances to be chosen by parents. It is well-known that families prefer candidates who have completed the course. Whether the courses are online or live, it is a great way to become a professional nanny. Childcare certified knowledge will be welcomed by parents and your C. V. will be considered faster than the other ones.

Also, early childhood education and care diplomas are in high demand, so don’t think that participating the college is loss of time. Education plus experience are the winning combination.

Final thought

If you want to work with children as a nanny, be ready to put a lot of effort to become a professional and certified one. But, in the end, your work will be worth it!

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