If you have been thinking about a career based around children, you may want to consider the role of a live-in nanny. This is a role that is very rewarding, come with lots of perks, including accommodation (especially attractive if you want to live in London), working in a family setting, and can also be a gateway into other careers that involve children, including play-work and teaching.
The role of a live in nanny is both rewarding and diverse. You can choose the age of children that you prefer to work with, and can offer extended hours – i.e babysitting, or working extended days, in return for a higher salary. London company Nanny & Butler, who place Live-In nannies, both in London and around the world, say that the average salary per week for a live-in nanny is from £400-£900 dependent on hours and experience. Their company places nanny’s in a range of settings and destinations, including Italy, Switzerland, Russia, the Middle East and the USA. This makes the role of a nanny an interesting choice if you want to travel and see a little bit of the world. Many nannies also travel on holiday with the family, again giving further opportunities to see and experience new places.
So why else should you consider nannying as a career option? Again I will return to Nanny & Butler, who state that as well as a separate bedroom, a nanny should also be offered, whenever possible, a separate living space and a bathroom – i.e almost your own suite. This is often in beautiful homes, in large cities where rents are at a premium. You also have no utility bills to pay – great if you are trying to save towards buying a car, or even getting a mortgage for your own home in the future.
Bilingual nannies are also highly sort after, so if you do have a second language, this could certainly be put to good use. There are also training courses and development opportunities that your ‘family’ may be happy for you to attend, aiding your personal development with one eye towards your professional future.
What qualifications do you need to become a nanny? There are many options and levels of training available including CACHE, Montessori and Chiltern as well as becoming a Norland Nanny like Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo (You can read all about her here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/what-it-really-takes-to-be-prince-georges-nanny/) who is nanny to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.