Nannies are professional, in-home childcare providers. The main role of a nanny is to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment in which the children thrive and develop. General responsibilities include undertaking most all tasks related to the children’s care. Each nanny position may have slightly different responsibilities, depending on the family requirements, the ages of the children and other factors, but typically nannies are responsible for keeping the children’s areas neat and tidy and doing the children’s laundry, in addition to providing attentive, high quality childcare. Nannies may transport children to and from activities, grocery shop for the children and plan the children’s daily schedule. While some families may ask the nanny to take on additional household tasks, such as housekeeping and the parent’s laundry, depending on the position, these duties may be better suited for a nanny/housekeeper or housekeeper.

Main Nanny Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing bottles for babies and care for feeding equipment.
  • Changing diapers for babies.
  • Bathing babies.
  • Supervising baths for older children.
  • Dressing children appropriate to the child’s activities.
  • Washing and ironing children’s clothes.
  • Planning meals for children.
  • Preparing meals and snacks for the children.
  • Supervising children’s meals.
  • Cleaning and washing up after children’s meals.
  • Shopping for children’s requirements.
  • Scheduling and coordinating children’s activities.
  • Transporting children to school and other activities.
  • Undertaking appropriate creative activities with the children.
  • Undertaking appropriate educational activities with the children.
  • Undertaking appropriate outdoor activities with the children.
  • Planning and supervising rest, bed and nap times.
  • Reading to and with the children.
  • Helping with homework.
  • Tidying children’s bedrooms and play areas.
  • Reinforcing appropriate discipline for the children.
  • Implementing daily routines.
  • Doing light housework.
  • Running errands.
  • Flexibility.
  • Adaptability.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Emotional maturity.
  • Good judgment skills.
  • Planning and organising skills.
  • Stress tolerance.
  • High energy level.
  • Enthusiasm.
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