A nanny is a person who is employed to look after a child or children. They are typically employed on a full-time basis and are heavily involved in the children’s everyday lives. Nannies help children achieve developmental milestones and are an influence on children’s education and wellbeing.
Families take the whole concept of hiring a nanny very seriously – after all – they’re putting their full trust on someone taking care of their child, so they usually enlist professional nanny services to look for a trusted person.
What is expected from a nanny?
Having a nanny can be beneficial in numerous ways, especially to first-time parents. They’re a helping hand, they provide one-to-one care and attention, and of course, lend a sense of safety and security. Because of the increasing popularity of nannying, finding one is not a difficult task. However, finding one that is well experienced and with relevant childcare qualifications is another world.
Understandably, parents only want the best for their children, so they’re only looking to employ highly skilled and experienced nannies to take care of their offspring – and not only that – nannies find themselves in an extremely competitive surrounding, which makes them want to improve in their skills, build more experience and sign up to receive additional training, via courses in our academy or workshops for example.
So how much do nannies get paid?
First, we have to take into account the different types of domestic childcare providers.
A nanny: qualified nannies are typically trained to provide care and educational development for children from birth to age 7. Nannies can be in live-in or live-out arrangements.
In England the average salary for a full time live-out nanny is between 11 and 16 GBP per hour, where generally, full time positions are between 10 and 12 hours a day. On the other hand, the average salary for a full time live-in nanny is between 600 and 1000 GBP per week.
In the U.S., the average hourly rates vary throughout the states, however they typically revolve around USD 20 per hour.
A nanny-housekeeper: parents may ask nannies to be responsible for handling household tasks alongside their nanny duties, for instance; cleaning, laundry, meal-prep and school drop-offs / pick-ups. This means the additional work will be negotiated into the nanny’s salary.
A governess: a professional who focuses on teaching and educating the children they work with. A governess deals with all academic matters and liaises with the school on behalf of the family. Governesses help children thrive academically and are usually very well acquainted with the school curriculum.
Most governesses work full time, or on rota. The salaries typically start at around GBP 1000 per week.
Maternity nurse: popular among first-time parents. Maternity nurses offer support to new mothers with tasks like breastfeeding, nappy-changing and keeping home routines.
Moreover, they are usually trained to help in cases of postnatal depression and are able to spot any changes or behaviours and are also qualified as sleep consultants.
Maternity nurses are paid around 250 to 350 GBP per 24 hours, and usually work 24/6. When the professional is working with multiples or premature children, the salaries can increase.
Each family and each nanny is different, so a nanny’s salary can be influenced by a variety of other factors too.
A factor to take into account is the number of children the nanny will have to care for under one household. Even though it’s one household, each child is a world and needs to be catered to in a different way. More children means more work, which should mean: more pay.
Apart from the number of children, the nanny may be asked to take part in other responsibilities such as housekeeping, as we mentioned above. If this is the case, then mixing both nannying and housekeeping can take a toll on the person, so a higher reward would be expected, and a higher pay may potentially be an incentive to work better.
Lastly, and perhaps the most important, is when the pay is based on how much experience the nanny has. As mentioned above, nannying is becoming increasingly popular, leading to a lot of competition between nannies. If the nanny is highly qualified and is well experienced, you can assume they earn a higher pay than those who are juniors or have just started out in the world of nannying. For instance, having certifications like First Aid or certain medical training like CPR training are huge plus points that make some nannies stand out from others.
Apart from this, parents should take into account that depending on their country’s laws and regulations, they may have a responsibility to pay the nanny’s taxes like their social security, which is the case in the U.S.