Why Becoming a Nanny Could Be The Best Career Decision Ever
Professional nannies are more in demand in the UK than ever before, due to pressures from Brexit and the changing work patterns caused by the pandemic. While Brexit resulted in many young EU workers returning to their home countries, causing shortages in the nanny workforce, the pandemic has driven significant shifts in family working arrangements and an exodus from big cities. Hybrid working has meant big changes to childcare planning, and part-time and live-in nannies are much sought-after.
It's estimated that up to 40,000 nannies are employed in the UK and, according to the website NannyJob, there are over 2,000 current vacancies. It’s a popular choice amongst Gen Z and Millennials, but older generations thrive in this job role too. Although being a nanny can be challenging, many choose this job for the flexibility, work-life balance and independence the role offers, according to Rebecca Henwood, Marketing Manager at childcare insurance specialist Morton Michel.
A rewarding career choice
“Becoming a nanny and seeing the children you care for growing up can be very rewarding. But it is equally important to know what it takes to be a nanny before you take steps towards that career,” says Henwood. Sensitivity, understanding and patience are all important characteristics for successful nannies, according to Henwood.
“Active listening skills, excellent communication skills and a calm, professional manner all help to give the best start to the children in your care,” adds Henwood. Nanny roles often include a much wider range of duties than other childcare workers, including bathing, school runs and regular outings.
What are the requirements for becoming a nanny?
There are no obligatory entry requirements or any compulsory training to work in the UK as a nanny, but most nannies do have childcare qualifications, paediatric first-aid and safeguarding training. In fact, it would be difficult to find employment without these. Though not compulsory, joining the Ofsted Childcare Register in England or registering with the Care Inspectorate in Wales is a good idea, and can reduce insurance premiums. Public liability insurance is a legal requirement for nannies.
Morton Michel has been providing childcare insurance since 1964, and provides many additional benefits with its public liability policies, including free RoSPA-accredited online training for nannies and discounts in paediatric first aid training.
A world of options
Reading some of the job posts quickly gives a flavour of the richly varied roles for nannies, from part-time, live-out opportunities around the UK to full-time, live-in international openings as far afield as Turin, Dubai and Miami. Budding Mary Poppins looking for a rewarding career working with children have a world of options!
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