What does a Nanny do?

A nanny is responsible for providing care for an individual or multiple children, toddlers or infants within a household. Some nannies are also responsible for arranging playdates, reading, bathing, children's laundry, and feeding. A nanny can either be live-in, where they stay and live with the family during the weekdays or live-out. Some nannies also perform household chores. Generally, nannies are employed by families or find opportunities through varying nanny agencies.

A high school diploma or equivalent along with 3 years Child Care experience, including infant care, is required for nanny positions. Valid and current First Aid and CPR certifications are also required. Successful nannies are deeply compassionate, energetic and possess excellent communication skills.

  • Create a nurturing and stimulating environment
  • Perform household chores such as sweeping, doing dishes and children's laundry
  • Meet the children's social, emotional and physical needs
  • Ensure a clean and tidy home environment at all times
  • Pick up children from school on time
  • Entertain children, keeping them warm, happy and clean at all times
  • Discipline children, when necessary and in accordance with parents principles
  • Keep kitchen clean after meal preparation
  • 4+ years' Child Care experience
  • Must provide at least three valid references
  • First Aid and CPR certifications required
  • Proficient knowledge of housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Must have a clean driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills
  • Great organizational and multitasking abilities
  • Instill good manners and a sense of responsibility
  • Take the children on age-appropriate outings
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Nanny Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,276 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $42K
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Nanny Career Path

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Nanny Insights

Read what Nanny professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
ABC Nanny SourceABC Nanny Source
Nov 5, 2019

“It is no wonder the family I have been paired with is amazing and top notch!”

Au Pair
Jun 1, 2020

“the salary was the only bad part for me because I worked in a really nice family”

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Au Pair
Oct 4, 2020

“I met nice host family and enjoyed time with them.”

Mar 23, 2021

“Goood goood good good Good”

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Jul 5, 2020

“Not the best pay but reasonable”

Apr 11, 2021

“Good pay and families good”

Oct 17, 2021

“flexible schedule and i love the children”

Oct 5, 2020

“fun and nice family to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a nanny

When working as a nanny, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Computer Literacy, English Language, Positive Attitude, and CPR.

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