Being a Nanny

The Nanny’s Role and Duties

A Kensington  Nanny needs to be stable, self-sufficient and have a responsible personality, flexible approach and the ability to show love and affection to the children in their care. A Kensington  Nanny is responsible for a child’s safety, physical social and educational development and well  being. When working in a family environment it is essential that you respect the customs, values and spiritual beliefs of families and children and understand the responsibility that you are being given.

Typical nanny duties may include:

  • All tasks associated with caring for the Employer’s child or children as the case may be.  This care consists of (but is not limited to), help with dressing, regular nappy changes, bathing, grooming – hair, dental hygiene;
  • Driving the children to and attending extra curricular activities;
  • Nurturing and promoting feelings of warmth and security;
  • Caring for them when they are ill and being empathetic towards them;
  • Planning and involving the children, in activities that promote their emotional, social, and intellectual development; assisting And supervising homework and music practice
  • Supporting their special interests;
  • Actively helping them achieve solutions to problems;
  • Promoting the development of their language and communication skills.
  • Preparing and feeding them nutritious meals and snacks during the day and ensuring a healthy and well-balanced diet;
  • Keeping toys and equipment clean and tidy;
  • Maintaining a high standard of order and cleanliness in the rooms where the children play and their bedrooms including closets and drawers; and children’s washing and ironing.
  • Maintaining their physical safety at all times (never leaving children unattended when in sole care);
  • Attending medical appointments with or without either parent when necessary;

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 are included in your minimum entitlement.