Early childhood professional

Nannies reside in employers homes and provide assistance to parents in caring for and supervising their children.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist in the everyday care and supervision of babies and/or young children
  • Create a nurturing environment in which the children feel secure
  • Ensure the safety, wellbeing and development of the children
  • Follow set routines and manage children's behaviour as per parents instructions
  • Help children with reading and homework
  • Keep parents informed as to children's daily activities and behaviour
  • May perform some housekeeping duties such as cooking and cleaning
  • Organise meals and snacks and feed, bathe and dress children
  • Plan and carry out activities and games for children to encourage learning and play
  • Tidy up children's play areas and bedrooms
  • Transport children to and from school and other lessons and activities

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Creative and Imaginative
  • Good Communication and Ability to Relate to and Build Relationships with Children
  • Responsible and Reliable
  • Sensitive and Caring Attitude

Working conditions

Full time Nannies are usually required to live with their employers at their homes and work evenings and weekends. Part time Nannies work as needed, travelling to their clients homes and/or picking up children from school or other activities.

Professional associations / Industry information

Community Services and Health Industry Council 

Dial an Angel 

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