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Setting up as a nanny

This section includes further information on how to become a nanny. If you are not yet sure if you want to be a childminder or a nanny then please view the guidance 'What is the difference between a childminder and a nanny?' before proceeding.

This guidance is only for those living in the London Borough of Redbridge. If you do not live in Redbridge please contact your local authority.

Becoming a nanny

What do nannies do?

Nannies care for children within the child's home and are employed by the parent. Duties will vary between families but you will need to consider the services you can offer a family. These can include:

  • Being responsible for babies (including dressing, feeding, nappy changing, comforting and playing as well as looking after their safety)
  • Assist children with learning new skills, such as reading and writing
  • Take babies and children on trips and outings
  • Be aware of, and provide for, children's individual needs and interests
  • Assisting the family with household duties such as cooking and cleaning


You do not need formal qualifications or experience to become a nanny but parents will sometimes see these as essential for someone who is going to care for their child or children. Therefore you may wish to consider some formal qualifications such as an NVQ level 2 in Children's Care, Learning and Development. You will need to contact local colleges and training providers to find out what is available for you.

Registering with Ofsted

You also do not have to register with Ofsted when working within a family's home however you may again find that parents wish for you to do so. As a nanny you would register on the Voluntary Childcare Register. This provides parents with re-assurance that you have received an enhanced CRB check, first-aid and basic childcare training. Further information on registering with Ofsted can be found on the Ofsted website.

The basic training can be obtained through PACEY - for more details please visit the PACEY website.

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