The importance of being a qualified child carer

It’s a huge misconception that you don’t need to be trained or qualified to work with children. Part of this view comes because regulation in the childcare sector has been historically lacking, though this has changed significantly in recent decades and in some countries childcare is now one of the most highly regulated industries.

Other people draw this idea that you don’t need to be qualified to look after children from the notion that parents are not qualified yet have to look after their own children. This is a flawed idea on many levels; Firstly because it equates professional childcare with parenting, which is disparaging to both parties, childcare and parenting are distinct roles, and secondly because it seems to suppose that parenting is easy. Ask any parent and they will tell you that having kids can be really hard work.

People pay for professional childcare because they recognise that it is a demanding full-time job, and one that can’t be done well whilst distracted with other things. During the Covid-19 pandemic many parents were forced to take on the role of childcare alongside their own jobs, and sometimes homeschooling too, and most of them will tell you that it was barely manageable. So, having established that childcare is not easy, and is a full-time job in its own right, why is it important to be qualified?

Qualifications offer you value

Gaining qualifications in the field of childcare requires study and effort but through this, you are able to gain the knowledge and skills that you need to do your job properly. Studying how children learn and develop means that you will feel confident to plan activities that will be stimulating to children of different age ranges and will help to support their development across different areas of learning. Having the skills that you need to keep children safe means that you are able to carry out your role on a day to day basis as well as respond appropriately in an emergency.

Engaging in continuous professional development not only helps you to upskill, it helps you to take ownership of your own career too and develop a sense of professionalism and fulfilment. Undertaking qualifications can help you to specialise in different areas, take on lucrative, higher earning roles, and invest in yourself.

Qualifications offer parents value

Parents all want the best for their children and that includes ensuring that they are well cared for, and their development is supported appropriately. Parents who choose a child carer with qualifications will get more value from their child carer as they will be better equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to care for children safely, and in a developmentally appropriate way, but also to observe children’s milestones and learning, and encourage their development in a range of different ways.

Qualifications offer children value

At the heart of what we do as childcarers is love, respect and wanting the best outcomes for children. Studies have shown that well-qualified child carers make a significant difference to children’s development in the Early Years (EPPE, Sylva et al 2004) so by gaining qualifications, and keeping our knowledge up to date through continuous professional development we are able to improve children’s development.

Qualifications demonstrate your value

Completing child care qualifications is a great way to show potential employers that you understand what motivates children and know how to support their development appropriately. It also shows that you take your responsibilities as a child carer seriously, and that you are committed to continually upskilling and developing your professional knowledge.

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Why should I complete an OCN-London Certified Course?

The internet is a great tool for professional development with plenty of blogs, information sites, videos and even courses available. So if you are thinking about taking one of the International Nanny Institute’s courses designed specifically with nannies in mind, you might be wondering how being certified by OCN-London benefits you. Here are some of the ways that our accreditation by OCN- London benefits you as a student and as a nanny:

Quality assurance

All of the courses at International Nanny Institute are certified by OCN-London, a UK national not-for-profit awarding body that creates and awards qualifications. OCN-London qualifications are internationally recognised and ensure that you will receive recognition for your learning from a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation. OCN London quality assures the content and assessment of courses developed in this way and issues a record of achievement to learners who successfully complete the accredited bespoke course. This benefits learners in many ways, for example:

  • There is extensive quality assurance by a national awarding organisation of both course content and assessment
  • OCN London works with providers to ensure that bespoke course that are tailor made to meet learner requirements
  • Learners who successfully complete a course receive from OCN London a record of achievement.

Developed specifically for nannies

Whilst our courses are quality assured and accredited by OCN London, they are written by professionals in the field. OCN-London has partnered with us to develop qualifications that meet the specific needs of our students. The International Nanny Institute  courses have been written by a team of experts who are committed to maintaining high standards and staying up-to-date in the field of childcare. Having worked as nannies themselves, our experts apply their academic knowledge to your role as a nanny, which ensures you are provided with relevant, practical advice.  This means that the courses have been tailor-made for nannies and will also be well suited to their day-to-day work.

A record of your achievement

OCN-London makes sure that all students receive a meaningful certificate acknowledging the completion of the course they have attended. This ensures that you maintain a record of your achievement for yourself and to evidence your qualification to others.

Internationally recognised

OCN-London is an internationally recognised accrediting board, which means that wherever you go in the world, your qualification will be recognised and taken seriously. This is especially relevant for nannies who move or travel worldwide, but can be just as important for nannies staying in their home country too. With so many different qualifications available, having one accredited by an internationally recognised board like OCN-London can help to reassure employers that you have studied and earned a credible and worthwhile qualification.

If these benefits make you feel that studying with the International Nanny Institute to gain an OCN-London certified course is right for you, then find out more about our courses here.

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Why should I get certified by the International Nanny Institute?

The International Nanny Institute is a leading education centre that provides practical and comprehensive domestic childcare-related courses online. We design our courses to train and educate nannies, au pairs, babysitters and childminders. Maybe you have just discovered us, or maybe you have been considering enrolling in one of our courses for a while and are wondering what the benefits of being certified by the International Nanny Institute are. Well, here we list the reasons why  being certified by us is the right  choice!

Designed with nannies in mind

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With an array of different courses available across the internet, it can be difficult to know which to choose. The International Nanny Institute  courses have been written by a team of experts who have worked as nannies themselves, this means that the courses have been designed with nannies in mind and will be well suited to their day-to-day work. Not only are our courses full of academic information from experts in child development, nutrition, paediatrics, SEN and more, but they are also directly applicable to your work as a nanny in a  way that more general childcare courses may not be.

Study online

All International Nanny Institute courses are easily available for study on your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, making it easy for busy professionals to continue their education and study at their own pace. This flexibility allows you to complete your studies during your free time in the evenings, on the weekends or even during your commute. 

Set your own pace

Our courses consist of 4 weekly, in-depth training sessions supplemented with a quiz for checking your understanding. We also offer an interactive group forum so you can discuss what you are learning with other students worldwide. Our forums can help foster understanding, learning and personal development on a deeper level. All of our courses are taught online and take about  60 hours to complete, but students are given an 8-week window for each course, leaving you in control of how and when you study. We don’t set the deadlines, you do!

Stay up to date

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We have produced a range of courses covering a wide base of topics, so there’s sure to be something you will find interesting and relevant.  We are passionate about keeping child care providers up to date with important topics and want to help them follow the latest best practice, so we’re always developing new courses in response to current needs. Checking back or subscribing to our email is a good way to ensure that you don’t miss out on new courses that could keep your professional knowledge up to date.

Build your career

The International Nanny Institute is passionate about empowering and raising the standards of domestic child carers as professionals in their fields.  We believe the nanny profession is a meaningful, worthwhile career and want to help nannies to develop and reach their own career goals. To help achieve this aim, we are constantly developing courses and programmes that will help you to take control of your career and meet your personal, professional and academic goals. Our courses also help you to stand out from other applicants, landing you more interviews, more often.

Boost your confidence

When you feel up-to-date with your professional knowledge and skills, and in control of your career journey, you feel more confident. In a profession where you often need to take control and set your own goals, targets and schedules, confidence is key. Studying with the International Nanny Institute can help to raise your confidence allowing you to feel secure when performing your role.

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Why should I enrol in a certified Baby Basics course?

Continuing your professional development is a great way to both improve your CV and keep your knowledge up to date, showing potential employers that you are truly interested and dedicated to your work. In the field of domestic childcare, regularly updating your training is crucial and is key to helping you grow as a professional. 

Caring for babies is different to caring for older children, so the International Nanny Institute  Baby Basics course has been developed to help professionals understand and prepare for these differences. We’ve highlighted some of the many benefits and unique features covered to help you to decide if the course is right for you. 

Gain confidence working with babies

Looking after a baby for the first time can be an overwhelming experience as there is always a lot to do and remember. Our certified Baby Basics course will teach you the essential elements of caring for infants so that you can feel confident and secure in your practice with young babies. This course covers all the basics of infant care, including feeding, hygiene, sleeping and general baby care so you are prepared for any situation.

Specifically developed for nannies

With an array of different courses available it can be difficult to know which to choose. Our certified Baby Basics course has been carefully curated by a team of experts who are committed to maintaining high standards and staying up-to-date in the field of domestic childcare. Besides their top tier  education, our experts  have worked as nannies and maternity nurses themselves, so they are able to apply their knowledge and include practical advice as well as academic information. This means that the courses have been designed with nannies in mind and will be well suited to their day-to-day work.

Demonstrate a specialism in infant care

As the nannying industry evolves, more nannies are specializing in different areas or ages. If you are looking to work specifically with babies, then our certified Baby Basics course is a great way to demonstrate your ability to care for young infants, helping you to gain interviews with families looking for a nanny who is knowledgeable in this area.  This course is designed to equip nannies with the essential skills needed to care for infants professionally. The course focuses on building competence in carrying out daily infant care routines and shows employers a commitment to working with younger babies.

Become more employable 

When families place adverts for a new nanny, many request the applicant is experienced in infant care as they are seeking nannies  who understand how to care for young babies and know how to support their development appropriately. Our OCN-London certified Baby Basics course will demonstrate to potential families that you understand how to care for infants, increasing the chance of securing interviews and receiving a job offer. 

Drive your own career development

Being in control of your own training and development helps you to carve out the career that you want. Take the first step in carving out your own professional future by enhancing  your abilities to care for infants with Baby Basics.

The Baby Basics course consists of 4 weekly, in-depth training sessions supplemented with a quiz for checking your understanding. We also offer an interactive group forum so you can discuss what you are learning with other students in your cohort. This forum can help foster understanding, learning and personal development on a deeper level. Baby Basics is taught as an online course  100% online and it will take about 30 hours to complete over 8 weeks, giving you a window of time to complete the course and leaving you in control of how and when you study.

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Why should I enrol in a certified Caring for Children course?

In any career, continuous professional development is vital. Completing ongoing training helps you to grow as a professional by gaining new knowledge, reflecting on your experience and mastering new skills to take back into the workplace.

Professional development also demonstrates your passion and commitment to your sector and shows you are dedicated to your chosen career. When working with young children in private, domestic households, earning an OCN-London approved qualification via our course, Caring for Children, caregivers can ensure they are ready for a professional childcare placement.

Gain more confidence

Being a nanny is a huge responsibility, and having a specialized skill set and knowledge as a paid child care provider is essential, as parents trust you with their most precious, most important people in their lives: their children.

Our OCN-London certified Caring for Children course can help prepare you to take on this level of responsibility. By gaining knowledge and understanding on how to reduce and minimise risk and respond to difficult circumstances that occur throughout the day, you will be more confident in your role as a nanny.

Learn how to keep children safe

Our Caring for Children course is designed to introduce nannies to various ways they can help keep children safe in a variety of environments.

This includes spotting and dealing with common childhood illnesses, understanding home safety and how to drive safely with children in the car.

Gaining this knowledge, understanding, and skill set is incredibly valuable as it can help minimise risks to children whilst they are in your care. 

Develop professional judgment

Whilst minimising risk is important, it is impossible to eliminate risk altogether. In fact, introducing children to age-appropriate amounts of risk is important for their development as it helps them to develop their own abilities to assess risky situations.

Caring for Children will help you to develop your professional judgment for managing risk appropriately so that you will be able to balance risks with stimulating activities to encourage children’s development.

Gain knowledge

Gaining an internationally recognized certification from OCN-London and the International Nanny Academy in Caring for Children can help you gain knowledge across several different areas including common childhood illnesses, safety in the home, safe driving practices and planning your day.

Students will gain a theoretical understanding of these issues and will learn how to apply them in practice when faced with similar situations. 

Smoother days

Our certified Caring for Children course will also help you plan out age-appropriate scheduling and routines, allowing you to plan a smooth, stimulating day for children of different ages.

When applied, this knowledge can ease transitions as young children know what to expect, which can lead them to be happier, healthy individuals. 

Increase employability

Completing a certification in Caring for Children is a great way to show potential employers that you take your responsibilities seriously and that you are committed to continually improving your skills and developing your professional knowledge.

All of this will make you a more attractive candidate for a job and ensures that you stand out from other candidates.

The Caring for Children course consists of 4 weekly, in-depth training sessions supplemented with a quiz for checking your understanding.

We also offer an interactive group forum so you can discuss what you are learning with other students in your cohort.

This forum can help foster understanding, learning and personal development on a deeper level. Caring for Children is taught as an online course  100% online and it will take about 60 hours to complete over 8 weeks, giving you a window of time to complete the course and leaving you in control of how and when you study.

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5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Nanny

After shortlisting suitable candidates for a position, the next step is to arrange interviews where you can get to know the shortlisted candidates a little better and ask all the necessary questions. Some parents find it challenging to come up with a list of effective questions when interviewing a nanny, after all it is a very specific role, and one that matters a great deal to the hiring family. Here are 5 important questions you should ask when interviewing a potential nanny.

1.      How long have they been in this profession?

This is a great starter question that allows a candidate some space to talk about their experience and a nanny, in childcare, or working in education. After this, you should ask about the age groups they have worked with. which age group they prefer to work with and why. You can also ask about any other experience they had that helps them understand children better, for example they may have spent some time working as a teacher, gymnastics coach, nursery nurse or have children of their own.

2.      Are they trained and educated?

It is essential that whoever you hire is well-trained in CPR and first aid because children tend to get hurt while playing, and should the worst happen you want someone who knows what to do. You can also ask them if they have taken any classes or have any qualifications in childcare, or if they are willing to do it if this is something you would find necessary. If you speak different languages, it is good to ask if they know any language besides English. 

3.      What was their previous position like?

This question is essential as it will determine the nanny’s working style. You can extend this line of questioning by asking questions like what their daily routine was, whether they faced any stressful situations and how they solved these and how long they stayed with that family. You can add the question of their reason for leaving, or the nanny may offer this information themselves. All these questions will give you a deeper insight into a nanny’s experience and working style.

4.      What do they expect from this position?

It is better to establish open lines of communication from the very start; in ther interview you can ask the nanny if they are willing to take up a flexible work schedule or to take on other house jobs, such as cooking or cleaning, and establish pay expectations. You should discuss your expectations of the successful candidate so that the nanny has a realistic picture of what the role will entail and can decide whether or not they would like the position based on this.

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5.      What do they like and dislike about being a nanny?

This question will help you get to know each candidate better and  understand where they might need support from your side and where they will be able to support you, or excel in their role. This question can also give you a clearer picture of a candidates personality and values.

Many parents come across this issue of what to ask when hiring a nanny. Which is why we want to help you as much as possible during your search. As well as performing a minimum of two background checks, we can help to prepare a set of interview questions customized according to the needs of the family and even stay present during the interview if any other help is needed. By doing this, we can make sure that families get the perfect nanny who meets their requirements.t

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Fussy Eating

Fussy eating is a common parental complaint, particularly during the toddler and preschool years. While most parents understand the importance of healthy eating during childhood and want their children to eat a variety of different foods, many children will go through a phase of fussy eating. Let’s explore what fussy eating might look like, why it happens, what to do about it and when you might need to seek extra help.

What is fussy eating?

Fussy eating, sometimes referred to as ‘faddy eating’ or ‘picky eating’, can develop when children have strong food preferences. Children who are picky eaters will often refuse to try new foods, actively avoid certain foods or be inconsistent with what they will eat. These food preferences can range from a mild, short-lived phase to something much more restrictive and long-lasting. It is typically a distressing and frustrating experience for parents and caregivers who want children to have healthy eating habits.

Why does it happen?

There are various reasons children may begin to restrict what they eat. First of all, there is a strong genetic component involved as specific genes, such as the TASR38 gene, govern taste and affect how flavour receptors determine how strongly certain tastes, such as bitterness, are experienced. (Calancie et al 2018). 

In addition to  genetics, our evolutionary past also plays a role in fussy eating. For example, our caveman ancestors were more likely to survive than other species because they ate a wide variety of foods and were not solely dependent on just a few resources. However, utilising many different types of plants for food sources could also pose a significant risk as some plants proved to be poisonous to humans. Some scientists believe that the need to determine the safety of different plants could be partly responsible for the biological development of fussy eating. In fact, it has been suggested that this is the reason fussy eating tends to emerge in children between the ages of 1.5 and 4 years old, as  during this time, our ancestors’ children would have become less reliant on breastmilk for nutrition, and would have spent more time with older children of the group as opposed to their mothers. Without constant adult supervision, the risk of poisoning from eating dangerous plants would have been significantly higher, so the emergence of caution towards unknown foods around this age could have helped to keep our ancestors’ young children safe.

In addition, the toddler and preschool years are characterised by a change in behaviours including experimentation with boundaries, the development of independence and a newfound interest in exploring the concept of control. Oftentimes, young children can find mealtimes to be an ideal arena to explore these new concepts and behaviours.  Furthermore, fussy eating is more likely to develop where parents or caregivers make food a battleground for control by bribing, rewarding or even punishing children for eating certain foods.

Talking to parents about fussy eating

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Parents are typically aware of the importance of laying foundations for healthy eating in early childhood, which can cause them to experience worry, distress, frustration or guilt when their children’s eating habits don’t live up to their expectations. It’s also normal for parents to worry that their child is not getting enough to eat or that they may be eating too much of the wrong thing. Many parents feel that a child’s eating habits are a direct reflection on their parenting abilities, so it’s important to recognise these potential concerns when talking to parents about their child’s eating.

Parents may approach the Nanny about their child’s eating habits to discuss any observations or concerns they may have. In these instances, caregivers should remember to use their words carefully and encourage parents to be patient and understanding about the causes of fussy eating, while also reassuring them that this common phase usually passes with time.

For parents who worry that their child may not be getting enough food or nutrients, Nannies can take note of what the child eats over the course of the day or week. Many times, seeing the bigger picture can reassure parents who may be hyper focused on a single skipped meal or an unhealthy snack choice. Nannies can also take this opportunity to remind parents that as long as the child’s paediatrician is not concerned with the child’s growth or development, and the child has enough energy to play, they are likely eating enough.

Lastly, Nannies should remember to keep conversations with parents relaxed and calm as parents may already be concerned, and it is important to provide reassurance before offering suggestions.

Strategies for dealing with fussy eating

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The most important thing to remember when dealing with fussy eating is that caregivers should not introduce additional pressure or stress surrounding food. If fussy eating is caused by a natural, biological resistance or an unresolved sensory issue, caregivers should remain patient and calm.  In these instances, caregivers need to remember that many children will grow out of this behaviour as they age.  Additionally, if fussy eating is a result of a child’s desire to push boundaries, then elevating stress levels around food would likely cause them to push the boundaries even further!

One strategy that often helps children who are going through a fussy eating phase is for caregivers to involve  them in food preparation.  By allowing children to  mix ingredients, set the table and serve their own portions, they can develop a sense of pride, accomplishment and control around the food they eat. 

Caregivers should also remember that children often need to try foods more than once before they develop an interest in it.  Caregivers can reintroduce foods at regular intervals as children’s tastes tend to change over time.  as they get older. In fact, an individual’s tastes  can even continue to change and develop well into adulthood. 

When trying to tackle fussy eating, being a good role model and having fair expectations of children is very important. Caregivers should eat with children wherever possible and use the opportunity to talk to them about the foods being eaten. Caregivers should be honest with children if they don’t like a specific food and can demonstrate that it’s okay not to like a certain food as long as they try it and continue to eat other food options. Children who have been fussy eaters for a longer period of time may have developed negative associations with mealtimes, so caregivers may have to actively work to change the children’s mindset. When caregivers share their mealtime with children, eating together can help to make mealtimes a positive experience as it offers the opportunity to talk about other subjects, play games and allows mealtime to be a fun, relaxing activity.  Caregivers can also use this time to set good examples by revisiting foods they previously haven’t enjoyed and discussing their changing tastes with the children in their care.  Essentially, the goal is for caregivers to turn mealtime into a nice, stress free experience.  

For example, if you know a child doesn’t like lasagne but continues to serve just lasagne for dinner then even if you don’t pressure by punishing or bribing this is actually a lot of pressure. If however, the child likes garlic bread, chips, and cucumber and you offer a small portion of lasagne, alongside garlic bread, chips and cucumber the child can see that they are not going to starve and may feel more comfortable giving the previously disliked lasagne another try.

When to seek extra help

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Usually, children will eat when they are hungry and won’t let themselves starve but for a small number of children, this fussy eating could become a problem.  Sometimes, fussy eating can be a sign that a problem exists and caregivers may need to seek professional help.  For example,  one of the signs that could prompt caregivers to seek extra help would be if a child continues to limit the types of foods they eat until there are few food options left. Other times, caregivers may notice that  a child begins to lose weight or become lethargic, which should prompt caregivers to follow-up with a healthcare professional. 

Caregivers should also seek assistance if they notice a big change in the child’s dietary routine such as if they refuse to eat for a few consecutive days. Alternatively, if caregivers notice that a child has become hyper-aware of the differences within food, such as noticing and refusing to eat a different brand or recipe of tomato pasta sauce or if they exhibit an extreme emotional reaction to a new or different food, caregivers may need to consider speaking to a professional.  

In summary, the vast majority of children will go through a fussy eating phase during their childhood but with patience and understanding from their parents and caregivers they will grow to develop a healthy relationship with food. When caregivers maintain a positive attitude, allow mealtimes to be a fun, relaxed and stress free environment and continue to offer a variety of foods at regular intervals, children can overcome their fussy eating and develop healthy eating habits. 

Do you think teaching children to eat healthy is important? You can learn more about living a healthy lifestyle at the International Nanny Institute. Our OCN-London approved course, Healthy Living, discusses how to make positive lifestyle choices for yourself, the families you work with, and the children in your care. The role of a nanny can be demanding, so taking the time to consider your health and the health of your charges is vitally important for effective, nurturing childcare.

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Different Types of Nannies

When looking for a nanny, each family has different needs and each nanny fulfils a slightly different role.

Families have varied characteristics, such as the number of children, ages of the children, dietary restrictions, hobbies and activities, parenting styles and boundaries, as well as any special needs.

In all cases, quality childcare is always a top priority for both a family and a nanny because children must be in a safe environment at all times.

Below we describe some of the different types of nannies families hire to meet their requirements: 


The nanny helps to develop the children’s potential through educational games, play and entertainment.

A nanny is someone who is fully invested in a child’s development and well-being. They are typically a daily fixture and are very involved in the children’s everyday lives.

It’s a nanny’s responsibility to create daily schedules and engage in activities to ensure the healthy mental, physical, and emotional growth of the children they care for.

A nanny will be responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the children, including but not limited to choosing the clothing, dressing, bathing and washing, preparing healthy and nutritious meals, scheduling play dates, organising age-related outings and general supervision at all times to ensure the children are safe.

The nanny also helps to develop the children’s potential through educational games, play and entertainment.

Rota Nanny

Rota nannies are usually required to work 24/7 when on duty on a rota system. For example, 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off.

Rota nannies might have different work hours depending on the family’s needs, but it is most likely to be 24/7 and the rota can extend between 1 week and 4 weeks. Rota nannies usually start after having previous experience as live-in nannies 

Live-In and a Live-Out Nanny

Being a live-in nanny does not mean working longer hours or days than the law allows.

Live-in nannies are those who live with the family in their home for part of the week or can live with the family full time.

Live-out nannies are those who commute to work each day and, after finishing their duties, return home each night. The family must provide a suitable room and usually full board to a live-in.

Being a live-in nanny does not mean working longer hours or days than the law allows. This is, sometimes, a misunderstanding.


A nanny-guard is an individual with training and experience in security.

A nanny guard is a nanny with added security training and skill to protect a child from acts of harm that may be intentional or unintentional.

They undergo rigorous training and testing to be able to act in certain situations.


A nanny’s duties can include light housekeeping relating to children.

A nanny-housekeeper covers both housekeeping chores and nanny duties. The housekeeping chores are done whilst the children are in the nursery or school.

However, the most important aspect of this position is to ensure the children’s well-being and safety at all times.

A nanny-housekeeper usually works with school-aged children and can work live in or live out.

Whereas a nanny’s duties can include light housekeeping relating to children, a nanny-housekeeper goes beyond the mere children’s duties and does all the housekeeping chores. 

Holiday/Travelling Nanny

Some families tend to travel a lot and require an experienced full-time nanny to accompany them and carry out nanny tasks when travelling.

A travelling nanny is required to travel with the family, depending on the family’s needs. Some families tend to travel a lot and require an experienced full-time nanny to accompany them and carry out nanny tasks when travelling.

Parents may need to work, they may want some free time, or they may need some extra help, so they need the nanny to take over or lend an extra hand.

A travelling nanny usually works on a 24/6 or 24/7 schedule, and it is usually temporary. A travelling nanny can work either with the parents or sole charge. 

International Nanny

An international nanny has extensive experience working with different families in different countries.

An international nanny is experienced in living in and has the competences and resources to relocate easily.

This nanny can work full time, live in or live out and, in other cases, on a rota. 

Maternity Nanny

Nanny helps the mum in introducing new milestones.

A maternity nanny tends to take over a maternity nurse. They are hired to continue helping with the habits and routines that were set by the previous maternity nurse.

They help the mum in introducing new milestones, such as weaning and sleep coaching. A maternity nanny has training and extensive experience working with young babies.


This position entails covering all the nanny duties and implementing educational elements to help children thrive in academic matters.

A nanny-governess works as a nanny and a governess, this means that apart from the general duties and tasks a nanny has to carry out, they work with the child/children and family with an emphasis on education.

Whereas a nanny-governess covers more duties and a governess, this position entails covering all the nanny duties and implementing educational elements to help children thrive in academic matters.

A nanny-governess, as governesses do, has an educational background and the ability to teach. 

Nanny-PA (Personal Assistant)

A nanny-PA takes on additional duties to the general nanny tasks. This is usually done to support the parents or children when the nanny is not actively caring for the children.

PA’s duties usually revolve around the personal and social needs of the parents or children.

This position requires organisational, administrative and time-management skills, as you are caring for a child/children and managing the day-to-day aspects of the home.

International Nanny helps families identify the best childcare set-up for their family and works hard to find the best homes for the best nannies.

We have a broad range of profiles and strive to recruit professional and career nannies.

We are committed to raising the standards in domestic childcare and have a thorough application and recruitment process because we work with candidates who are vocational and see this profession as the career it truly is.

Besides the agency, and to better equip candidates with the interest and vocation to grow and develop as successful nannies, we also offer training and accredited courses through the International Nanny Institute

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International Nanny Institute Course: Paediatric First Aid

When working with children, having first aid knowledge can help you react well in an emergency, and this can make all the difference. Having a first aid qualification is a highly desirable or essential requirement when parents are recruiting a nanny, as it shows your commitment and dedication to their child’s safety and wellbeing. Besides, it offers you and the family peace of mind. 

What is First Aid?

First Aid is the immediate care and assistance that is provided to a person that has suffered a minor or serious illness or injury.

Instructor teaching First Aid.


People decide to get trained in First Aid in order to be prepared for any accident or emergency situation. Paediatric First Aid training courses are focused on child and infant primary and secondary care, and are usually required in domestic care roles.

Paediatric First Aid

A paediatric first aid course covers various types of serious injuries, how to assess them and the appropriate protocol to follow before medical attention arrives, if needed. Where there is no need for medical attention, a first aid qualification offers you the steps to deal with minor injuries safely.

The International Nanny Institute First Aid Course follows the standard and general first aid curriculum and covers: 

  • Understanding emergencies
  • Primary Care
  • Secondary Care
  • Emergency preparedness

After taking the course, you will have a firm understanding of First Aid procedures, with special focus on babies and children. 

CPR and First Aid

The course touches on CPR skills and how to use them in life-threatening situations. The International Nanny Institute Paediatric First Aid Course does not provide formal CPR certification as additional in-depth and in-person training is imperative. Nonetheless, learning CPR procedures and understanding how CPR works, are valuable tools that can help assist with emergencies until professional medical assistance arrives.

The International Nanny Institute Paediatric First Aid Course follows the generic curriculum and for those working with children and babies, this can either be your first certificate in First Aid, or it can serve as a renewal course to keep the information fresh in your mind to be prepared for any emergency. Please note that the First Aid Certificate should be renewed periodically.

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