Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Nannies

A Nanny is a childcare professional who cares for children in their own home. Nannies specialise in this kind of at-home care and know how to appropriately support children’s development and wellbeing in this environment. Candidates at International Nanny Agency will have previous childcare experience and/or hold an early years or childcare qualification.

DBS stands for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The check is to ensure that you do not have any criminal convictions that would exclude you from working with children. Please note that candidates registering and applying with International Nanny will be required to have a valid DBS Disclosure or country specific police check.

Please provide at least two references and their contact details so we can get in touch. Please note we need to be able to email and call the references. References should always be recent and up to date, typically these will be your last 2 employers.

International Nanny places nannies of all different nationalities. We place native English speakers as well as bilingual candidates (French, Spanish, etc.) or native speakers in different languages. Whereas it is not always compulsory, an advanced level of English is usually requested.

Please only apply for roles that suit your language abilities.

As the name suggests, International Nanny, is able to provide nannies internationally. We will place nannies worldwide, as long as the nanny is legally able to work in the employer’s destination, and the employer is providing  job that is fair, legal and safe and a competitive salary.

To apply for a vacancy please visit the following link:  Choose the vacancy you wish to apply for. Please note that we match profiles against the vacancies. This means that you may be rejected for one, but invited to interview for another. 

Once you fill in all the information, the Human Resources Team will review your applications  and get back to you by email. 

Please check the spam and junk folder to avoid missing any invites to interview. 

Also note that you must have a complete application form in order to apply for jobs, so please ensure that you have filled out all of the sections.

Each of our vacancies have detailed job descriptions, so families are able to specify how much experience and what kinds of qualifications they want their nannies to have. Most of the vacancies we offer require a childcare or teaching qualification, at least 2-3 years experience working as a nanny and a first aid certificate. Please ensure that you only apply for vacancies where you meet the requirements.

We invite all applicants who meet a vacancy’s specific criteria for a first online interview with us, during which we go over the CV uploaded to apply and ask more in-depth questions to better gauge the experience, qualifications, career aspirations, salary expectations, as well as skills and competencies We tend to look for career and professional nannies who see nannying (or working as a governess or maternity nurse) as a long term profession and check in detail the nanny’s skills and experience as well as the levels of commitment, interest, and personality so that we can find a good match.

At the same time, we also speak to the references to confirm the nanny’s employment history and performance. References also give us insightful information about the nanny’s personality traits.

The salary of a nanny varies depending on the location and type of contract. We work with employers to ensure that the salary they offer is fair for their requirements. Moreover, there are nannies at the beginning of their career and there are highly experienced and accomplished career nannies with a proven track record in this field. Hence, the salaries also range according to qualifications and experience. In general, a full time nanny generally earns between £700-£1500 per week or 12-25 GBP per hour. 

A live-in governess earns between £1200 – £1500 per week on average, depending on age, experience and qualifications. A maternity nurse expects to earn £280 -£600 per 24 hours care. (2022)

Our clients tend to prefer candidates with at least two or three years of relevant childcare experience, usually in similar roles. They are also seeking excellent references from the households candidates have worked in previously . Some of the positions require more experience and qualifications too. 

Please note that we refer to full time nanny experience with one family. If you have had part time experience or have worked full time for many families, we would suggest that you should gain experience working full time before jumping into more demanding jobs such as rotas or intense international placements in fully staffed houses.

Yes, we have the international nanny institute, which you can access via: , where we have online programmes in English that can help you to upskill in your nanny career. Our main programmes are CPD and OCN London accredited. This means that our training is recognised by two highly-regarded accreditation bodies.

There is no one size fits all approach to providing accommodation; what is deemed acceptable will vary depending on several different factors. We advise employers to provide details of exactly what is provided for the Nannies’ private use, so that candidates can apply to the position and agree to the live-in arrangement with a clear understanding of what to expect.

As a minimum all live-in Nannies will require a private bedroom, however it is typical for live-in Nannies to have both a private bedroom and bathroom. Some live-in Nannies will live in a guest house on the employer’s property or a self-contained apartment within the family home. It’s not unusual for a family who need a dedicated nanny to rent a flat close to the family home for their Nanny to live in.

For a live-in nanny all meals should be included, both when the nanny is on-duty and when they are not. This can be managed in several different ways and should be discussed between the nanny and the family upon taking up the post. 

Many families manage the arrangement by asking the Nanny if there are any special items they want to be included on their shopping list. In other families it is the Nanny who does the family’s food shopping, so they are able to buy any items they may want whilst shopping. Sometimes, parents will provide the Nanny with a weekly food allowance and the Nanny takes care of their own shopping independent of the family.

No! You do not need to pay a fee to register with International Nanny. We are committed to finding the best matches for both nannies and families.

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