Part-Time Nanny Job Description

Our nanny roles – both live-in and live-out – will always be popular with candidates because they offer unique childcare experiences, day-to-day variety and the chance to form life-long bonds.

As the way we live becomes more flexible and families are looking for increasingly flexible childcare options, part-time, weekend and after-school nannies have become more popular.

Here are our answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked by candidates thinking about becoming part-time nannies:​

Part-Time Nanny Duties, Responsibilities & Skills
What are the duties and responsibilities of a part-time nanny?

This will depend on your role and the needs of the family you are working with. If you are an after-school nanny then responsibilities may include

  • school pick-ups

  • helping with homework

  • dinner

  • travel to any after-school clubs or activities

  • nursery duties

  • bedtime preparation

  • etc.

If you are a weekend nanny, duties may include

  • general childcare

  • taking children on outings or to activities

  • possibly occasional overnight care

  • etc.

Part-Time Nanny Career

What qualifications do I need to be a part-time nanny?

Like live-in and live-out full-time nannies, you do not need specific qualifications, just proven childcare experience. We are more concerned with your enthusiasm, personality and how you get on with the family. You will need a paediatric first aid certificate and a valid DBS certificate. But for a successful, long-term career as a nanny it can be useful to have qualifications such as Cache Level 3 in childcare, NNVQ, Norland Training, Montessori training.

Do part-time nannies need to be registered?

Not necessarily although you can join the OFSTED Voluntary Nanny register. Some employers ask for this so it’s a good idea.

What are the pros and cons of being a part-time nanny?

Being a part-time nanny obviously means you will get less pay and paid holiday per job than if you were full-time and, as opposed to a live-in nanny you would need your own accommodation.

However, there are many benefits such as being able to do other things around your work – that might be other jobs and responsibilities or enjoying semi-retirement, for example. Your relationship with the family is likely to be less intense than if you were a live-in or full-time nanny and you will have more life/work balance. You will work shorter hours with the children which is less tiring but also may mean that you get more 'quality time' and have more fun together!​

Part-Time Nanny Salary

How much does a part-time nanny earn?

A part-time nanny can currently expect to earn around £13 net (£16 gross) per hour during the week and £15 net (£17/18 gross) per hour at weekends. Find out more on the average nanny salaries page.

How are nannies paid?

You would be paid weekly or monthly, directly into your bank account.

Do part-time nannies get paid holiday?

Yes. Like any part-time role this would be calculated pro-rata so would be less than if you worked full-time.

How many hours do part-time nannies work?

Again, this will all be dependent on your role. During the week you could work anywhere from one hour to 30 hours. Again, you could work any number of hours as a weekend nanny but you could usually expect to work somewhere between 24 and 48 hours.​

Different Types of Nannies

What is the difference between a live-in nanny, a live-out nanny, a childminder, an au pair and a part-time nanny?

A live-in nanny lives with the family they work for. They will not have to pay rent and will have their own bedroom and possibly their own bathroom.

A live-out nanny works full-time but does not live with the family.

An au pair is usually staying in the UK to study English and can only work a certain number of hours and can only care for children over three months old.

A childminder cares for children in their own home.

A part-time nanny cares for children of all ages in their family’s home and can work up to 30 hours per week.

​You can browse our latest part-time nanny roles here.

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