Role and Responsibilities of a nanny

Role of a nanny

As a nanny, you should fulfil all childcare duties whilst your employer’s child is in your care. This will include:

  • Making sure that the child’s emotional needs are met through an understanding and loving demeanour.
  • Providing stimulating activities to encourage the child’s development.
  • Ensuring that the child’s clothes are clean and that they are presentable.
  • Cooking them balanced and healthy meals.
  • Developing social interaction and communication/language skills.
  • Teaching and promoting independence, self-care and hygiene awareness e.g. potty/toilet training.
  • Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle (not plonking them down in front of the television for hours).

Above all, your role is to provide a loving and stable environment for your employer’s child.


Working Hours

A Nanny should fulfil all childcare duties whilst your child is in their care. This will include:

  • Although each family’s timetable and lifestyle differs, it is generally expected that you should have two days free a week.
  • It is encouraged that you and your employer come to an agreement as to when you will be expected to assist during the evenings and weekends.
  • It is better to have a clear arrangement in place that can then adapt as you get to know each other.
  • You are entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave (if you are working five days a week). Bank and public holidays can be included in the minimum entitlement.

Know more about your statutory rights here: Nanny Advice, SSP Factsheet.