The Nanny’s Role and Duties
A nanny needs to be stable, self-sufficient and have a responsible personality, flexible appoach and the ability to show love and affection to the children in their care. A nanny is responsible for your child’s safety, development and well being when you are not at home and will care for them as required.
A nanny’s normal day to day duties include the complete care of the children and also:
- the children’s washing and ironing
- keeping the children’s rooms clean and tidy
- cooking the children’s meals and shopping for these when necessary
- the stimulation of the child in play to ensure good development
- the promotion of the children’s health
Although a nanny should be flexible, you should not expect general domestic duties to be part of their job.
Hours of Work
When employed in a private household, it may be difficult to strictly define hours of work and free time. Most nannies have 2 free days per week and work for 5 days per week, from Monday to Friday.
As of April 2009 nannies are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (28 days for someone working five days a week) bank and public holidays can be included in your minimum entitlement.