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Role of a Nanny & Manny
The traditional role of a Nanny has evolved like many other roles within private residence, for example, a position once performed only by women has seen an influx of men joining the profession who are formally known as a Manny. They carry out exactly the same duties as their female counterpart and occasionally preferred by some families where the children are all boys. Another example of how times have changed is by combining roles, such as that of a Nanny/Housekeeper, ideal if the family have school aged children. Other roles may include Nanny/Governess, Nanny/Tutor, or even Nanny/PA.
The role of the Nanny/Manny is to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and happy environment for children within the family home of the employer. They provide all childcare duties, as well as related chores and tasks pertaining to the child/children only. Most roles are usually sole charge and occasionally shared with the mother. Nannies care for newborns, toddlers, pre-school and school aged children ranging from one child to several. Some households, such as the very wealthy may have a Nanny for each child who can offer a strength working with a particular age group.
A Nanny/Manny requires excellent pedagogical skills and understanding of each developmental milestone to ensure their charges cognitive, physical, social and spiritual needs are met through a broad range of indoor and outdoor activities that are age appropriate to meet the individual needs and ability of each child. Duties will vary according to the specific needs and requirements of each family and below is a guide of those that are traditionally assigned to that of a Nanny/Manny.
Responsible for the safety, health and well-being of children in his or her care
Be a good role model for the children at all times
Get children up, washed and dressed
Organise school bag/sports-wear for P.E and swimming, and reading books
Take children to and from school
Children’s laundry - wash, dry, iron and put away
Tidy and clean children’s room - encourage them to do this too
Clean children’s toys regularly
Provide play based learning for the very young and introduce the alphabet, phonics, number, shape and colour skills etc., through songs/poems and other methods
Read and listen to children read daily - discuss the story and ask questions to ascertain level of understanding
Plan/arrange activities, such as arts and crafts, visit museums, play dates etc.
Oversee homework and provide support
Arrange doctor’s appointments
Prepare and cook food for the children; ensure a healthy and balanced diet - some households are fully staffed and cooking will be done by the cook, but you many need to advise and plan a healthy diet for the week ahead with them and at the parents' request
Although a formal qualification is not always necessary to become a nanny, you may find it difficult to enter the profession without it.
Council for Awards in Children’s Care, and Education (CACHE)
National Nursery Education Board (NNEB)
BTEC - Business Technology and Education Council
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare (NAMCW)
Associate Diploma in Childcare and Education (ADCE)
Degrees in Childhood Studies, Education or Early Years
Chiltern Nursery Training College
Montessori Childcare and Teaching Diploma
Salaries will vary tremendously on a range of factors, such as duties to be undertaken, location, age, qualifications and experience, as well as additional skills and knowledge a candidate can bring to the role. A live-in nanny in the UK can earn between £350 to £600 per week, and a daily, live-out nanny in the region of £550 to £800 per week working on a full-time basis. Internationally, a nanny can earn anywhere between £600 and £1200 per week. Occasionally, when a Head Nanny is required to manage other nannies in the Middle East for example, then a salary between £1400 and £1800 per week is paid. These roles rarely become available.
A typical week is usually 5 days with 2 days off, working between 8 and 12 hour days. However, some families require 6 days or even 24- hour cover. Part-time hours will vary and may include working weekends.
When living in, you will be entitled to your own room, and in most cases with your own en-suite bathroom. Internationally, the latter is usually provided, or within a staff house. If live-out, then a separate apartment will be provided with utilities paid.