Nanny Job Description

The nanny job description clearly lists the common duties, activities and responsibilities associated with a nanny position.

Nanny duties will vary from nanny placement to nanny placement and household to household but almost all nanny jobs will involve an element of these typical nanny and child care tasks.

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General Purpose

Provide complete care for the children in the employer's home and perform all tasks that correlate to the care of the children. To create a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment in which the children can thrive and develop. A nanny job may include housework duties.

Main Nanny Duties and Responsibilities

  • preparing bottles for babies and care for feeding equipment
  • changing diapers for babies
  • bathing babies
  • supervising baths for older children
  • dressing children appropriate to the child's activities
  • washing and ironing children's clothes
  • planning meals for children
  • preparing meals and snacks for the children
  • supervising children's meals
  • cleaning and washing up after children's meals
  • shopping for children's requirements
  • scheduling and coordinating children's activities
  • transporting children to school and other activities
  • undertaking appropriate creative activities with the children
  • undertaking appropriate educational activities with the children
  • undertaking appropriate outdoor activities with the children
  • planning and supervising rest, bed and nap times
  • reading to and with the children
  • helping with homework
  • tidying children's bedrooms and play areas
  • reinforcing appropriate discipline for the children
  • implementing daily routines
  • doing light housework
  • running errands

Education and Experience

  • high school graduate
  • further training in child care and development such as a formal nanny training program, early childhood classes and/or in-service training
  • proven child care experience with references
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • safety certification
  • driving license and safe driving record

Key Nanny Skills and Competencies

  • flexibility
  • adaptability
  • ability to multitask
  • emotional maturity
  • good judgment skills
  • planning and organizing skills
  • stress tolerance
  • high energy level
  • enthusiasm

Live-in Nanny Job Description

In addition to the above nanny duties, a live-in nanny may be required to attend to the children if they wake at night. A nanny who is hired to care for a newborn baby may be responsible for bottle feeding and settling the baby through the night.

Your Nanny Resume and Cover Letter

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