Nannies care for children as employees in private households.

Duties & Tasks

Nannies may perform the following tasks:

  • care for babies or young children by feeding, washing and dressing them, as well as by supervising their play and learning activities
  • plan creative play and learning activities and organise meal and sleep times
  • develop and/or maintain appropriate routines
  • communicate with parents to ensure their preferences regarding child care are maintained
  • safeguard children against potential dangers, such as swimming pools, kitchen utensils, poisons and stairs
  • take children to school, kindergarten and other activities
  • plan and prepare nutritious snacks and meals for children and possibly the family
  • care for and maintain children's belongings, bedrooms and play areas
  • take sole charge of children for extended periods while parents are absent from home
  • arrange and supervise outings
  • apply first aid and take appropriate action in cases of accident or emergency
  • perform light housekeeping duties when applicable, such as laundry or meal preparation.



A governess supervises and tutors children (including school-age children) in educational programmes within private households. These positions are usually in remote locations.

Mother's Helper

A mother's helper assists new mothers with the additional work involved with the arrival of a new baby. They also care for other children, clean and cook meals.

Working Conditions

Nannies employed full time may be required to live in their employers' homes. They may also be required to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Personal Requirements

  • patient and mature with a willingness to accept responsibility
  • good organisation skills
  • able to work with young children
  • able to work unsupervised
  • good communication skills
  • reliable
  • able to multi-task
  • flexible and resourceful.
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