Childcare & Education Salaries

We know that most parents are already feeling overwhelmed and finding the right person to look after their children can, understandably, feel like a daunting task.

Our priority is to ensure we understand the families we work with - their unique challenges and what they need and want from childcare. We wanted to quantify this so that we could better support even more families and continue to lead the way in this sector. So, we undertook our largest Mumsnet survey to date, asking over 1000 parents about the challenges they faced when trying to find the right childcare. 

For the vast majority of parents, the search for childcare coincides with returning to work. One in two parents admit to struggling with the ‘mental load’ of managing their household and activities for children and returning to work adds considerably to this. Most parents just need more time – whether that’s for work, for organising their  household or for themselves. But it is also crucial to parents to find the right childcare. Although experience and reliability are important to parents, a carer’s love for children and trustworthiness are top priorities. Time and again parents said that the most important thing was finding the right person who ‘got’ them as a family. Most parents also wanted flexible childcare solutions.

This survey has been invaluable to us because it shows that not only are we already providing exactly the right service to the families we work with – getting to know them and our childcare professionals personally; thinking outside the box with flexible childcare roles to suit each family; taking the stress out of the search for childcare – we will also be able to help many more families.

London average salaries





Live-In (F/T)


Live-Out (F/T)


Live-Out (P/T)

£12-£15 per hour

Temp/Short Term

£100-£150 per day


Full Time

£45k to £65k

Maternity Nurse

Single Baby

£250-£350 per day


£300- £400 per day

Rural - Home Counties up to Midlands average salaries





Live-In (F/T)


Live-Out (F/T)


Live-Out (P/T)

£10-£12 per hour

Temp/Short Term

£100-£150 per day


Live-In (F/T)

On application / consultation

Live-In (P/T)

On application / consultation

Maternity Nurse

Single Baby

£180-£200 per day


£200-£250 per day

PLEASE NOTE: All salaries quoted throughout this survey are a guideline only, from information gleaned over 2 years from the Greycoat Lumleys database of candidates and clients.

Latest roles.

Boarding House Assistant Job

Boarding Assistant Job I am working with an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 8-18 set within the south downs national park. The are recruiting for a boarding assistant to join them from January 2024 until the end of the academic year. The Role: The main purpose of the role is to assist the Head of Boarding to provide a stimulating, safe environment for boarders so that they can work effectively to achieve academic success and personal development. The boarding assistant is required to immerse completely into the intellectual, spiritual, social, moral, creative, sporting and cultural life of the College. The boarding assistant is to be resident on site throughout the term and contribute to the pastoral care of all the boarders (termly, weekly, flexi and respite) who are aged between 11 and 18 years old. Duties and Responsibilities: To assist with the running of the Boarding House and the development of the pupils in their charge, and be responsible for keeping the Head of Boarding informed of any matters of concern including breaches of College Behaviour Policy. To provide a family atmosphere for the pupils and to give them the kind of help, encouragement and adult contact that a day pupil would receive in a supportive home. To contribute to the personal development of every boy as well as their health and welfare, to act at all times in loco parentis. To promote the ethos of the College in the Boarding House context, to provide a moral education in line with the standards and expectations of the College community, to implement College policy within the Boarding House. To set and expect high standards from the pupils, particularly in their relationships with others. To ensure that the College’s rules are understood and to establish, implement and monitor Boarding House rules and rewards and sanctions procedures. To counsel pupils individually, as and when necessary, on pastoral care, academic and other matters including health and hygiene matters. To assist in maintaining the policies and procedures in the boarding house. The post holder is required to be in the College at least one day before the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms in order that the boarding house is fully operational before the pupils arrive. General Responsibilities Work at all times in a safe manner in consideration to the College risk assessments and to report all accidents to Matron in line with statutory requirements. Participate in training and other learning activities, performance and professional development as required. To participate in the supervision cycle according to the College’s policy. Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the College. Be aware of and comply with current legislation concerning, but not limited to, Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety at Work, Fire Safety. Be aware of and comply with the College’s policies and procedures relating to Child Protection/Safeguarding, health & safety, security, reporting all concerns to the appropriate person. To report any health and safety issues observed to line manager, taking remedial action where possible to curtail risk. Undertake all duties reasonably requested in a manner consistent with the mission and aims of the College. Hours: 34.5 hours/week shift pattern (currently Monday and Saturday off) Interviews: ASAP Start: Jan 2024 Salary: Competitive Responsible Consultant: Kelly B ( Vacancy Number: 114525

  • Arundel
  • Permanent
  • Negotiable

Rota Nanny Job

Rota Nanny Job, South Kensington, Mid January start A returning client of Greycoat Lumleys is looking for an experienced Rota Nanny to care for her 9 and 12 year old boys. Both boys are at school during the week, during which time you will be expected to help with child related laundry, planning activities and being generally pro active. The family would like someone warm, friendly and be like a big brother/sister to the boys. The family have a fully staffed household so someone who is a team player is essential as you will be working alongside other staff. The family have a chef so you will not need to prepare any food. You must have an up to date DBS and first aid certificate to apply for this role. Duties Organising appropriate activities Taking the boys to their activities Maintaining the tidiness of children’s bedrooms Packing and unpacking for travel International travel Specification Days/ Hours – 2 or 3 weeks on – 2 or 3 weeks off - 24 hours while on duty Sole charge Pets: None Driver: Bonus not essential – no car provided Languages: Fluent in English, French as a bonus Travel: Yes, all school holidays Accommodation: Own bedroom and shared bathroom Salary: £ Depending on experience Start date: January 2023 Reference: 114532 Consultant: Isabelle Nunes Application process: If you are registered with our agency; Please apply directly on the website with your candidate number. If you are not yet registered with our agency; please send over your CV. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to successful candidates.

  • South West London
  • Permanent
  • Depending on experience

Hospitality Host

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a professional, talented, ambitious and experienced Hospitality Host for the 2024 Formula One season. You will be delivering world-class trackside hospitality for our partner, a prestigious Formula One Team.  This role requires the successful applicant to travel and work abroad for approximately 25 weeks of the year, in line with the F1 calendar, and must be taken into consideration before applying.  Our client love to “Revel in the exceptional” – being excellent at what they do and having fun whilst doing so. They are always on the lookout for development opportunities, moments to grow, while helping their colleagues reach their potential and opening the door to the next opportunity. You will be provided with a tailored development plan and training opportunities to develop your career.  They are look for an experienced hospitality professional who will be responsible for ensuring the trackside race team members and invited guests are looked after to the highest standards, delivering an exceptional guest experience. You will be expected to create a warm and welcoming environment, working confidently in table and drinks service. You will be responsible for daily tasks both individually and as part of the wider trackside hospitality and catering team within all areas of client hospitality. In between races, you will assist with logistics and administration requirements from HQ in London.  Skills and Experience  Essential  A passion for hospitality, service, food and drink  Highly skilled table & wine service  Innovative and creative individual who strives for excellence  Organised, able to make robust judgments and prioritise  Demonstrable experience as a waiter/waitress within a luxury hospitality environment  Excellent attention to detail  Strong organisational skills with the ability to priorities tasks  Excellent relationship building skills  Team player – they are a social bunch!    Desirable  Additional languages  Experience working in Formula One or a Motorsport Hospitality environment  WSET & Food Safety Qualifications    Benefits  Attractive package, including per diems, expenses, and discretionary bonus  Holiday entitlement that increases with length of service  Social & well-being events and activities  Vast array of training and development opportunities  Employee Referral Bonus  Company Pension Scheme  Eyecare allowance    Equal Opportunities  Whether it is creating diversity in recipes or building new teams, our client cares about their people and the opportunities they have at the company.  They are committed to equality of opportunity across the organisation. At all levels and promote equality, ensuring their people are consistently treated in a fair and equal manner.   

  • United Kingdom
  • Permanent
  • £40,000 GPA

Assistant Matron Job

Assistant Matron Job A beautiful school in Berkshire is looking for a Matron to join their boarding house team to start in January 2024.  This is a great opportunity to take your first step into the pastoral care arena in a small country boarding house with a homely feel.  It is a wonderful place to work and comes highly recommended.  Due to a restructure the school is looking for a Matron for a boys' house ages ranging from 7-13.  The role would work closely with the two Senior Matrons and two gap year students but would ultimately be responsible for the house and the duties. The role: Looking after the medical and domestic duties within the house.  Medically, ensuring that the pupils have taken their daily medication (if required), to be aware of any medical conditions, to liaise and work closely with the Medical Centre, and to dispense medication as and when it's required.  Domestically, to be responsible for the hygiene and cleanliness of the house, including monitoring all laundry and taking responsibility for that.  Managing a team of cleaners and directing them in their work.  Pastorally you will be a listening ear to the pupils and will support them in their extra-curricular activities - attending games and theatre productions and concerts where required.  Work closely with the Senior Matrons to ensure the safe running of the house. General maintenance and liaising with the maintenance team to make sure the house is in a good state. Complying with the school's safeguarding policy.  You: Are looking to take your first step on the career ladder of pastoral care Would describe yourself as caring, diplomatic and extremely practical. Are a good listener. Have a good working knowledge of First Aid and experience in administering medication. Enjoy working with children.  Have an excellent understanding of the Child Protection Act and safeguarding practices. Love the busy nature of being a Matron and would take it all in your stride. Are highly organised, get the job done and are self-motivated. Have a valid DBS check and are happy to get another one done too.    For more details, a full job specification can be sent over to applicants Start:  January 2024 Salary:  £17,000-£18,000GPA Accommodation:  1 bedroom flat provided Responsible Consultant:  Kelly B (

  • Sunningdale
  • Permanent
  • £18,000 GPA

Short Term Travel Nanny Job

Short Term Travel Nanny Job, Qatar, 20th December – 5th January A returning client of Greycoat Lumleys is looking for a temporary travel Manny/Nanny for her twin sons who are 9 years old. One of the boys has autism so SEN experience is preferable. The boys nanny usual nanny will be travelling with them too. The family will be travelling to Qatar on 20th December and will be staying in the grandmothers house. The house has a farm which the boys love to visit so someone pet friendly is essential. The family may have a mini holiday during this time to another country so the Nanny/Manny would have to enjoy and feel comfortable travelling. The ideal candidate would be an active and fun “big brother / sister” and would be very organised to help run the busy schedules of the two boys and help them to enjoy their holiday, Experience with children of a similar age and an up to date DBS and first aid certificate are essential. Duties Age appropriate play Encouraging manners Encourage independence (the boys should be tidying up after themselves and not relying on staff) Work well alongside other staff Organise Fun outings and activities Educational play Salary:  £300 GPD Days:  Monday - Sunday Hours: A mix of 12 hour days and 24 hour cover between you and the other nanny. Pets: None (Farm just off the house) Babysitting: None Driving: Not Required Accommodation: Own bedroom and bathroom Language: Native English Vacancy: 114196 Consultant: Isabelle Nunes Application process: If you are registered with our agency; Please apply directly on the website with your candidate number. If you are not yet registered with our agency; please send over your CV. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to successful candidates.

  • Qatar
  • Temporary
  • £300 GPD

Rota Nanny Job

Rota Nanny Job, London and Berkshire, January start A returning client of Greycoat Lumleys is looking for an experienced Rota Nanny to care for her 10 year old twin boys. One of the twins is on the spectrum and has a social and communication disorder. One of the twins goes to school until 4pm each day and the other twin goes to therapy each morning and will be home schooled in the afternoon. Both children have after school activities or sports. You will be responsible for liaising with the school and therapists to ensure consistency and organisation. The family have a fully staffed household so someone who is a team player is essential as you will be working alongside other staff. The family have a chef so you will not need to prepare any food but you will be expected to do a meal / menu plans and liaise with the chef to ensure the smooth running of meal times. The boys got to stay with their father in Berkshire each weekend and you will go with them. Duties Clean up after yourself and the boys (encourage the boys to clear up after themselves) Organising appropriate activities Maintaining the children’s bedrooms Packing and unpacking for weekends with their father and family holidays International travel Specification Days/ Hours – 1 week on – 1 week off - 24 hours while on duty Sole charge Pets: 1 dog at fathers house Driver: Bonus not essential Languages: Fluent in English Travel: Yes, all school holidays Accommodation: Own bedroom and own bathroom (at both properties) Salary: £ Depending on experience Vacancy: 114410 Consultant: Isabelle Nunes Application process: If you are registered with our agency; Please apply directly on the website with your candidate number. If you are not yet registered with our agency; please send over your CV. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to successful candidates.

  • West London
  • Permanent
  • Negotiable DOE

Graduate Assistant Houseparent / Teaching Assistant Job (Residential)

Graduate Assistant Houseparent / Teaching Assistant Job (Residential) We are looking for graduate or gap student to work in a beautiful Independent Prep School in East Sussex. The role would be to work within the school during the day and as an assistant houseparent in the girls boarding house in the evenings/weekends.  Key tasks for each role include: Assistant Houseparent: Ensure all dormitories are well laid out and presented. Supervise washroom and bedtimes.  Ensure that information is disseminated to boarders through notices at supper.  Ensure pupils’ rooms are neat and tidy and there are no sweets, money, medication or other valuables in the room in accordance with boarding policy. Help in the laundry and dispensary. Administer first aid.  Be on call overnight, including evenings and weekends according to the duty rota. Teaching Assistant Duties Provide teaching support in small groups and where necessary be assigned to individual pupils to aid the teacher, in and out of the classroom. Manage group behaviour according to the School Behaviour Policy. Respond to pupils’ needs in class and if necessary, offer group/individual support as appropriate and if required source appropriate resources. Liaise with the class teacher to understand the objectives of each intervention/lesson. Assist with marking of class work and homework. Carry out observations and monitoring of the progress of children, both educationally and socially, including appropriate marking and record keeping. You: Will have a naturally kind and caring nature. Will have a desire to be involved within the school Will ideally have previously worked with children in some capacity *An informal chat can be had about the role upon request* Salary: circa £22,000 GPA (for both roles) Accommodation: Single Occupancy Accommodation provided within the grounds Interviews: ASAP Start: ASAP Responsible Consultant: Kelly B ( Vacancy Number: 113271  

  • Robertsbridge
  • Permanent
  • £22,000 GPA

Short Term Nanny Job

Short Term Live out Nanny Job, Parsons Green, 11th December - 29th March    A lovely client of Greycoat Lumleys is looking for a temporary  live out nanny to help with their son who will be two in December. The boy has a nanny but she is going away for a few months. The family would like someone fun, lively and engaging. The boy goes to nursery four mornings a week and is home all day on a Friday. The family are flexible over the Christmas period and are happy for you to have the week off. The grandparents will come to see the boy once a week and will usually take him out allowing you time to batch cook or organise the laundry. Experience with children of a similar age and an up to date first aid certificate and DBS is essential. Duties Nursery run Cooking healthy meals Child related laundry Bath routine Age appropriate, educational fun  Taking him to classes and play dates Salary: £20 - £22 GPH Days: Monday - Friday Hours: 12:00 - 19:00 Monday - Thursday and 8:00 - 18:30 on Friday Pets: None Babysitting: None Driving: Not required Accommodation: NA Language: Fluent English Vacancy: 114282 Consultant: Isabelle Nunes  Application process: If you are registered with our agency; Please apply directly on the website with your candidate number. If you are not yet registered with our agency; please send your CV in for review. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to successful candidates.

  • South West London
  • Temporary
  • £20 - £22 GPH

Housemistress Job

Housemistress Job - September 2024 I am working with a family of leading independent schools who provide all-round, high quality academic education for boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 11 for girls only between the ages of 11 and 18. The are recruiting for a housemistress to join them from September 2024. The role: To be resident within the House at all times during term time (excluding off duty time) and to be responsible for the general welfare and personal development of all the boarders in the House, in accordance with School policies; To provide the boarders with the best possible experience of a boarding education, providing a ‘home from home’ experience; To build a strong, personal relationship with each of the boarders in your care, recognising their individual needs, and to support other members of the House team in meeting those needs; To work closely with the relevant Head of School and Tutors, ensuring continuity of care for the boarders and to liaise effectively and promptly with parents and guardians; To manage effectively and efficiently the staffing, organisation and resources of the House; To oversee Health and Safety standards and requirements within the House To ensure each boarder has a comfortable living environment, which might involve liaison over matters related to the general fabric of the House and putting in written requests when work/repairs are needed. To implement and maintain the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools for welfare and pastoral care in the House To ensure that appropriate care is given to boarders, being mindful of overseas pupils who are a long way from home; responding to the special needs of those from different cultural backgrounds; and ensuring that different cultures and backgrounds are recognised, respected and accepted. To foster a culture of understanding where each young person in the House feels valued and supported. To act, at all times, within the Safeguarding Policy guidelines, ensuring the welfare of the child is paramount. To share mealtimes with the Boarders and other members of staff in the dining room. To check that the boarders are in the correct uniform for the School day, but also that they are appropriately dressed at other times. *A full job description can be sent over upon request* Hours: As required within the rota Accommodation: Provided within the grounds Salary: Circa £27,000 GPA (depending on experience) Interviews: Soon Start: September 2024 Responsible Consultant: Kelly B (

  • Harrogate
  • Permanent
  • £27,000 GPA

Houseparent Job

House Parent Job I am working with an independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 4 to 18 in East Sussex. This wonderful school is set across two sites of extraordinary beauty. Established in 1925 this school is set on 125 acres and educates over 400 students. They are recruiting for a House Parent to join them from January 2024. The Boarding House Parent is of central importance to this school. They care for boarders in their day-to-day life, in the way parents would, ensuring boarders are happy, safe, smartly dressed and ready for learning. Key Responsibilities Operational role in the boarding house Guide boarders through their daily routine. Facilitate the boarders’ social life within the House and encourage all to take part in the communal activities around the House, both in evenings and at weekends. Contribute meaningfully to the life of the House. Contribute to the weekly programme of trips. Assist students with their homework and the organisation of their school work. Person specification Cultural sensitivity and awareness Mature interpersonal skills Flexibility and patience Creativity and enthusiasm Good organisation skills Some proficiency in IT Competencies Ability to multi-task Ability to work in a team Qualifications Professional qualifications or relevant work-related experience Salary: Circa £32,400 GPA Job Type: Permanent Accommodation: Provided within the grounds Interviews: ASAP Start: January 2024 Responsible Consultant: Kelly B ( Vacancy Number: 114225

  • East Sussex
  • Permanent
  • £32,400 GPA
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