Help with making the best choice for your family
If you're considering whether to employ a nanny or a maternity nurse we hope the following information will help you with comparing the choices and figure out which option best suits you and your family.
What Are Main Forms Of Personal Childcare?
Choosing between a Nanny or Maternity Nurse is often the first step for families recruiting home childcare. Maternity Nurses focus on post-natal caring for young babies and newborns, whereas a nanny will provide care for your baby through pre-school and beyond.
Here in the UK, a nanny is a childcare professional who is employed to care for a child within the family home.
Two main types of nanny
Through our agency, we offer two different kinds of nannies. These include:
There's no one-size-fits-all so let's explore how these two main setups differ, so parents can consider which option is the best fit for their circumstances and needs.
As their name implies, a Live-out nanny does not live with your family. Instead, they'll visit your home and provide support for a pre-determined amount of time, returning back to their home when the job is complete. On the other hand, a Live-in nanny lives with your family full-time. Also called residential nannies, they'll officially be on the clock from early morning up to late evening. In addition, they'll also babysit up to two times per week.
Both types work inside the family home caring for the children, offering a safe, encouraging, and stimulating atmosphere while attending to all the child's everyday needs. A nanny will promote early years educational and social development such as by arranging age-appropriate activities while in their charge.
Live with the family in their home.
Live outside the family home.
Live-out Nannies (Daily Nannies)
Live-out nannies generally work between 7:30 am or 8:00 am and 7:00 pm, arriving before the parents leave for work and in time to prepare the children's breakfast and help them with dressing, and do the school run as required. Live-out nannies generally don't babysit, but may be happy to from time-to-time, but these arrangements are usually treated as extra work and not as part of their regular duties.
Live-in Nannies (Residential Nannies)
Live-in nannies perform the same duties as a live-out nanny but can provide even more flexibility - usually working from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, as well as babysitting twice-a-week.
A Live-in nanny can be more cost-effective, requiring less salary, as they're provided with board and lodging by the family (normally their own bedroom and separate bathroom), and can be a good childcare option if the family home has enough space.
Read more about the benefits and challenges of each option on our dedicated page about how to choose between a Live-in or Live-out nanny here.
You can hire temporarily or part-time, or do both
Whether your nanny lives-in or out you may only require care for a limited amount of time or just part-time, or both.
Temporary and emergency nannies
Temporary nannies are booked for a variety of reasons, and may work for just a few days at short notice or engaged for a few months and beyond - depending on the childcare requirements of the family.
For longer assignments a temporary nanny can be hired to live-in with the family, but would normally live-out for shorter roles. Some temporary jobs involve working as a proxy parent when the parents need to travel away for a weekend or even a week, or to travel with the family for the duration of your holiday.
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& Bilingual Nannies
Nannies sometimes travel with the family as may be required in their employment contract and it's normal to find a diversity of nationalities amongst qualified and experienced nannies - who can support the family in another language as well as speak fluent English.
Part-time nannies tend to be employed for between one to four days a week (minimum of 4 hours per day) and can be a good option for parents who may themselves work part-time or perhaps just need a few days of childcare provision per week.
As with any other job, a part-time nanny can be hired on a permanent or temporary basis.
What is a nanny share?
A nanny share is when two families employ the same nanny to provide childcare for both sets of parents. This arrangement can be a more cost-effective option for families who live near each other and are already friends with similar views concerning the childcare of their children. However, nannies who work for two families in a sharing arrangement normally set their fee slightly higher than working with a sole family (similar to how a temporary nanny will offset their fee). But, nanny shares are still less costly than some nurseries and have been inreasing in popularity with parents, as an affordable childcare option for families seeking the services of a professional nanny.
Agree a schedule for sharing your nanny's services
An arrangement for nanny sharing can be established in the house of one of the sharing parents or the nanny can move between both houses; or two families may devise and agree a schedule to take turns to use the nanny on different days.
Quality Childcare That Works For Your Family
Choosing the right person to look after your children can be incredibly challenging. Getting it right provides you, however, with a safe, nurturing environment for your children.
A Maternity nurse provides professional post-natal care of newborn babies in the home, and helps the parents to settle the baby into a routine.
Hands on professional care right after birth
The days and weeks directly following the birth of your bundle of joy can be some of the most blissful of your life. At the same time, they can also be some of the hardest. Being suddenly thrust into this new position of "parent" can be joyous and overwhelming, all at once.
- That's where a maternity nurse can make a world of difference.
A maternity nurse will work 24 hours, with a few hours break, usually for five or six days a week, and are usually booked for between two weeks and up to three months duration, allowing parents to get a good night's sleep. They're often fully booked for three to six months ahead so it's important to book early. Most parents find that booking a maternity nurse is a wonderful and reassuring investment for their little ones!
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Maternity nurses support and advise parents with any issues concerning common post-natal worries such as breastfeeding, reflux, feeding, or sleeping, as well as being trained to spot any abnormalities. This is hugely reassuring for parents who can ask all the questions that seem to always pop up and have a professional on hand to answer and give them advice.
A Maternity Nurse will help both parents and baby
They can instruct new parents around every aspect of baby care and be trusted to be left alone with new babies, enabling parents to go out to dinner in the evening or run day-time errands. They'll also look after the cleanliness of the nursery, bottles, and any breastfeeding equipment, and ensure the mother has regular snacks and adequate liquids, as well as undertaking the baby's nappies, bathing, and laundry. They do not look after older children or do general housework, although they will involve all members of the family with the care of the baby.
A Maternity Nurses' focus is on caring for the newborn baby and supporting the parents to settle the baby into a routine.
A maternity nanny is a professional nanny with lots of newborn care experience.
A night nanny works nights only and in so doing they allow the parents to catch up on sleep.
Maternity nurses are normally booked months in advance so it's important to book early.
Maternity Nannies or Night Nannies
A maternity nanny, also called night nanny, is an alternative option to a maternity nurse. A maternity nanny works nights only and in so doing they allow the parents to catch up on sleep. Maternity nannies are regular nannies with newborn experience but are not trained to the same level of specialism as a maternity nurse. They're not typically required to set a routine, and instead just sleep in the little one's room to feed and settle the baby during the night.
More about nannies
A professional career nanny will normally be qualified, while others will have gained sufficient experience and have verifiable references to support their experience of caring for little ones. All our nannies have their identity verified to a specific level of confidence, as specified by government standards, and meet our minimum registration criteria below:
- Minimum two years of childcare experience
- Minimum of two fully checkable references from previous employers
- Minimum of two proofs of identity: Passport, Drivers Licence, Birth Certificate, Work Permits/Visas
- Current and valid Enhanced DBS Check or appropriate international police checks
- Inspection of original childcare certificate(s) of qualification and other relevant certificates
- Up-to-date Paediatric First Aid Training certificate (or willing to undertake an Paediatric First Aid Course)
- Full UK working rights (full valid UK work visa)
- Fluent in English language
- Clean driving licence valid in the UK (desirable but not mandatory)
A nanny will attend to all nursery duties, as well as keeping the little one's bedrooms, bathrooms, and playrooms hygienic and orderly, and bed linen and towels fresh. An experienced nanny will similarly do the child's washing and ironing, and shop and cook balanced meals. They'll regularly tidy up after the children and ensure that before the parents return there is the calm atmosphere of a peaceful home - with toys packed away and children freshly bathed and ready in their pyjamas.
Depending on the age of the baby or child, the nanny can make up formula and sterilise baby bottles, making certain the continuation of the babies feeding and napping routine. A nanny should be able to make and batch freeze purees from scratch, and plan, shop and cook nourishing healthy meals for older children. Nannies will take the children out on a daily basis to parks, classes, play-dates or play-groups supporting their physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual development. With older children, nannies will be on hand to supervise homework assignments.
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Nanny vs Early Years Childcare
Contrasted with day nursery provision where it's difficult for carers to give children their exclusive attention for very long, a nanny will focus their entire care toward their charges. Having a nanny at home allows parents to attend work when their child is sick or unable to attend school or nursery, and it's reassuring for parents knowing their children are safe with a responsible adult who they feel can be trusted.