More information for nannies

Working in London & the UK

Families usually require a minimum commitment of a year as it provides stability for the children but many nannies stay even longer in their roles.

Both nannies, tutor/governesses and parent helpers will be expected to entertain their charges – families appreciate someone who will keep the children physically active and creatively stimulated as many back gardens are small. So it’s important to be creative with outings to the pool, park and library, baking and games depending on the age of the children and the family’s preferences.

For those coming from overseas, we will provide you with additional advice and support both before and after you arrive in the UK – you can also chat to other nannies working in the UK before you leave should you wish to!  We can introduce all our nannies to other nannies if required and will invite you to join our Facebook pages.

Nanny Insurance

We recommend all our nannies take out Nanny Insurance – Public Liability Insurance with a minimum of £1 million cover – and we can point you in the right direction to organise this.

Driving in the UK

If you are coming to work in the UK from New Zealand and Australia you can currently drive for up to a year here on a full licence. We highly recommend that you get some practice in manual cars before you arrive as they are much more common in the UK and if you are still to take your driving test, consider using a manual car in order to obtain a full driving licence.

If you aren’t ready to go now, this may be something for you to do in the future! Why not also consider doing some training to increase your chances of a great job!

Nanny Training

In New Zealand contact www.nanny.org.nz

Recommended courses are

AAWNA '05 logoIn Auckland – Ashton Warner Nanny Acadamy

in Wellington www.nzcc.ac.nz and in Christchurch www.teacher.co.nz

A current first aid certificate is essential. In New Zealand contact www.stjohn.org.nz or www.redcross.org.nz In the UK www.sja.org.uk/sja/training-courses/courses-for-the-workplace/first-aid-courses/paediatric-first-aid.aspx

Swimsafe certificates, sports coaching experience, music or arts training are all great on your CV.

Accommodation in London

It can be hard to find somewhere to stay in London, whether it’s temporary while you attend interviews, or longer term if you are planning to work as a daily live out nanny.                                                                                                There is lots of information about rentals and leases on the Kiwis in London Facebook page which is not just for New Zealanders https://www.facebook.com/LondonKiwis/   and we also suggest you try a reputable agency like www.arrivehomes.com