Domestic Staff Agency



General Information

A Nanny is someone with sufficient qualifications, or who has a few years experience or a mix of both. A Nanny can look after children of all ages and should provide plenty of fun and learning opportunities in a safe environment. Opting for a Nanny as a solution to childcare, compared to other possibilities, provides a greater level of flexibility, whereby care can be extended to look after children who have been taken ill, or to accompany the family on holiday, and moreover can provide a closer relationship, resulting in a more comprehensive provision of care.

Working hours and pay

London salaries for experienced Nannies are:

Live-in £450-500 net per week

Live-out £500-600 net per week

For overseas nannies, salaries are in the order of £500-1000 with flights and medical insurance paid on top.

With respect to hours, these depend on the position, but by and large they tend to be 8am to 6/6:30pm. Residential nannies tend to start slightly earlier and finish a bit later with a break during the day. Also, for a residential Nanny, it would be expected that the contract would include 1 or 2 babysittings per week weekdays only. For daily nannies, this would generally incur an additional fee.


Although there are no specific qualifications for nannies, you should expect a Nanny to hold recognised childcare qualifications such as

  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education (previously known as NNEB)
  • NVQ or SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years
  • BTEC Certificate in Children's Care and Education
  • BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma in Early Childhood Studies
  • A First Aid Training qualification

Our Nannies

At Happy Home, we believe that a Nanny can have a huge impact in a child's life. Children often look up to adults as examples of how to behave in our social world. Therefore, we are extremely selective with our nannies. We believe that a Nanny must be well spoken, well mannered, have good social skills, good common sense, must be fit and healthy, have good eating habits, good hygiene and even good posture. Most of all, we believe that being a Nanny is a vocation or career, and as such we look for passion around childcare in all our candidates..

Nanny Duties

A family should expect the following from a Nanny.

  • Plan, organise, and carry out appropriate, stimulating activities for children
  • Use consistent behavioural management techniques, previously discussed with the parents
  • Establish or follow children's individual routines, responding to the children's personal needs.
  • Discussing progress and daily activities with the parents, directly or through a daily nanny diary.
  • Supervise children at all times, making sure children are always safe
  • Approve any transport with the children with the parents beforehand
  • Administer medication only as instructed by the parents

Procedure of getting a Nanny

If you want to use our services, you can either contact one of our consultants or register online. In either case, we will need to have a conversation with you to get a full understanding about your family, children and the way you like your household to be run, as well as the position in question.

We always have many, quality candidates on our books, and we interview new ones on daily basis, so we should be in a position to send you some candidates straight away. Prior to this, you can browse for yourself online on our website.

We then can arrange an interview with a possible second, more detailed meeting.

You can start off by either taking someone for a trial day which is free of charge to us, and you will simply pay the candidate in the region of £10 per hour.