Employing a Nanny

A nanny is responsible for your child's safety, development and well-being whenever you are not at home, and will care for them as required. Whether it is in a sole-charge capacity or working alongside you, they take care of cooking meals for your child, organising activities, nursery duties and any other tasks you agree on before the nanny starts working for you. Although a nanny should be flexible, you should not expect general domestic duties to be part of their job.

Most nannies work 5 days/week (Monday - Friday). Their working hours vary from family to family, but they normally expect to work 10 -12 hours a day, with 4 weeks' holiday a year.

Communicating with your nanny is key to a happy working relationship, so remember it is important to discuss any problems or ongoing concerns promptly to avoid conflict.

Salary Guide

A nanny's salary varies and usually depends on their experience and qualifications. For a full-time daily nanny you can expect to pay between £550 - £700 per week, while a 'live-in' nanny would charge around £480 per week. Salaries quoted are NET of tax.






Tax and National insurance

As an employer it is your responsibility to pay PAYE and National Insurance for your nanny (except for maternity nurses who are self employed.)

Visit www.nannytax.co.uk for more details.


As an employer you should ensure that you have Employer's and Public Liability insurance cover. If the nanny is to have use of a car it should be appropriately insured.

Maternity Nurses

A maternity nurse works 24 hours a day, 5-6 days a week and lives with the family. They are responsible for caring for the newborn baby and post-natal mother. A maternity nurse offers expert advice on feeding, bathing, changing and settling babies, and is there to support new parents in a general capacity. We highly recommend booking your maternity nurse as far in advance as possible.