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Live-In Nanny

Live-in Nanny

At Irving Scott, we have a reputation for excellence in pairing families with experienced, caring live-in nannies that have comprehensive childcare qualifications. Our nannies become an integral part of the family and your household, dedicated to their duty of providing professional, nurturing and consistent care to your children and ensuring the smooth running of your family routine.


The role of a live-in nanny extends beyond traditional childcare and nanny duties. They are experienced professionals living within your household, wholly immersed in your children's care, development, and well-being. Our live-in nannies serve as compassionate, reliable, responsible and trustworthy companions to your children, capable of adapting to your family and other children's unique dynamics.

Live-in nannies are entrusted with a variety of responsibilities:

  • Children's Activities: They supervise their activities, ensuring a safe, fun, and engaging environment that encourages learning and development.
  • Meal Preparation: They plan and prepare nutritious and balanced meals for the children, accommodating any dietary needs and preferences.
  • Child Hygiene: They assist with dressing and personal hygiene, including bathing and changing diapers for younger children.
  • Routine Management: They follow and maintain naps and bedtime routines, ensuring your children get sufficient rest.
  • Housework Related to Childcare: They carry out household tasks related to childcare, such as washing children's clothes, cleaning up after meals, tidying play areas, and washing bottles.
  • Etiquette Teaching: They teach and reinforce good social manners, helping instil values and behaviours to aid children in their social interactions.
  • Playtime Initiatives: They initiate and participate in indoor and outdoor play, keeping your children entertained and physically active.
  • Educational Activities: They plan and lead educational activities, including reading, helping to stimulate intellectual growth.
  • Discipline: They manage discipline as necessary, following the guidelines and methods agreed upon with the parents.
  • Transport: They can drive children to and from activities, ensuring they always arrive safely and on time.
  • Healthcare: They are trained to administer medication to children when required.

How a Live-In Nanny Can Help

A live-in nanny provides a flexible and professional caregiving framework, sensitive to the individual needs, abilities and ages of your children. Their presence can be reassuring if one or both school age children have parents who frequently travel or if the family requires additional assistance managing the children's routines and social schedules.

Whether your child needs academic assistance, emotional support, encouragement in sports, or a nurturing presence, our live-in nannies are trained to accommodate your specific requirements. They bring a wealth of experience and an adaptable mindset, helping create a supportive, stable, and stimulating environment for your children.

At Irving Scott, we follow a rigorous vetting process to select a nanny who easily fits into your family. We conduct comprehensive interviews and extensive background checks and verify qualifications and references to ensure each nanny we recommend is trustworthy, reliable, and meets our high standards.

Live in nanny accommodation

The nanny is entitled to their own dedicated space, preferably with a private bathroom, though they often share it with the children. This room should be well-furnished and equipped with ample storage for clothing, toys, and personal belongings. Additionally, it should be furnished with a television, DVD player, and internet connectivity.

Providing an iPad for the nanny is a thoughtful option, as much of their childcare work is now conducted online. In today's world, internet exploration is a fundamental resource for learning, so it's essential that the nanny has access to a computer, either provided by the family or available at a desk in their home.

Factors to Consider When Hiring a Live-In Nanny:

  • Language: Does the nanny need to be fluent in English or another specific language?
  • Driving: Does the nanny need to drive and have their own vehicle?
  • Residency: Is the nanny a legal resident of your country?
  • Certifications: Does the nanny hold a current CPR, First Aid/AED Certificate?
  • Education: Does the nanny need specific qualifications, such as a B.A. in early childhood education?

Hiring a Live-In Nanny with Irving Scott

Irving Scott, a world- leading domestic staffing and nanny agency, specialises in providing outstanding live-in nanny services for discerning families. We understand that every family's needs and expectations are unique, and we cater to these by offering both full-time and part-time live-in nanny options to many families.

Our robust selection process differentiates us from other agencies as we meticulously review each prospective nanny's qualifications, experience, and compatibility with your family's specific requirements.

We acknowledge the significance of a good quality live-in nanny capable of running the show alone and assure each candidate is thoroughly vetted. In addition, we provide a comprehensive list of suggested interview questions to aid parents in making the most informed decision.

With Irving Scott, hiring a live-in nanny is a secure, straightforward process, and our team is with you every step of the way, ready to address your concerns, answer your questions, and guide you towards the best choice for your family. Also check out our live out nanny for hire.

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Yes, companies such as Nanny Tax can simplify matters by organising payroll and calculating employer's tax and National Insurance contributions.

Yes, we can provide you with a sample contract or an agreement or you can use your own. We recommend using a solicitor or agency for preparing this. You are required to do so within two months of their employment. When you are looking for nannies for hire in London, Irving Scott can take care of more detailed vetting processes.

We always perform verbal reference checks to match and validate written references.

They will alert you as soon as possible and we can attempt to find you suitable cover in the meantime.

A nanny doesn’t necessarily need formal qualifications, with many learning skills on the job, however some common qualifications include:

  • NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in Childcare and Education or in Early Years Care and Education. Most sought after is the Level 3, which qualifies a candidate for unsupervised (sole) care, whilst candidates with a Level 2 are suitable for supervised positions (they may be working towards Level 3).

  • NVQ in Play Work. This qualification is to work with children aged 5 to 15 years old.

  • CACHE Certificate in Child Care and Education. This is for nursery/kindergarten or playgroup assistants and mothers’ help.

  • CACHE Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB). For childminders, classroom assistants, nannies, nursery nurses, and playgroup supervisors.

  • CACHE Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education. This qualification is for advanced practitioners, inspectors, managers, registration officers, and verifiers. It is a specialised award and should only be taken by candidates with a more general qualification such as the NNEB or the NVQ.

  • CACHE Specialist Teacher Assistant Award for classroom assistants.

Hiring a live-in nanny or part time nanny in the UK offers numerous advantages for families seeking to recruit the perfect companion to complement their childcare needs. With the support of a dedicated and passionate nanny, parents benefit from an extra pair of hands, enabling them to better manage their work-life balance.

A live-in nanny provides immediate access to reliable childcare, ensuring that your children receive personalised attention in the comfort and privacy of their own home. This arrangement allows parents to focus full time on their careers, knowing that their children are in the care of a responsible and nurturing professional.

The ability to rely on a nanny for occasional evenings of babysitting outside of their regular hours adds flexibility and control to parents' schedules. This is especially important and useful for parents who have professional commitments that may extend hours a day or into the evening, or those who simply wish to enjoy a night out.

Another benefit of hiring a nanny is their ability to assist with light household duties, such as laundry and tidying up after the children. This helps to maintain a well-organised, clean and tidy, efficient family home and environment, alleviating some aspects of the stress and workload for busy parents.

Irving Scott is committed to helping you find the perfect live in nanny with professional experience to suit your family's needs. Our best nannies and mannies discover us via a variety of channels, including personal recommendations, client referrals, our extensive high-end network, our website, and networking events. Furthermore, word of mouth plays a crucial role in finding and connecting our nannies with exceptional candidates from across the UK.

We actively call applicants and curate a shortlist of nannies for each family we collaborate with, continually updating our selection with new applications. This diligent process ensures that we provide most families and you with the most suitable candidates for your specific requirements.

In addition to our meticulous selection process, we conduct thorough background checks and reference verifications on all potential nannies and mannies. This allows us to guarantee our clients that each candidate is not only qualified but also the perfect fit for the position, ensuring the safety, well-being, and happiness of your family.

The live in nanny cost in the UK can vary considerably, depending on factors such as location, experience, qualifications, and the specific requirements of the family.

Generally, live-in nannies tend to earn less than their live-out counterparts, as their accommodation and, in some limited cases, meals are provided as part of their employment package. On average, a live-in nanny's salary in the UK can range from £350 to £650 per week, net of taxes.

On the other hand, temporary nannies are typically paid on an hourly or daily basis, and their rates can be higher than those of a permanent nanny due to the hours required and the short-term nature of their employment. On average, a temporary nanny in the UK can expect to cost anywhere between £12 to £20 per hour. For a full day a live in nanny on a daily rate can expect between £100 to £180 per day.

It is worth mentioning that these figures can fluctuate depending on factors such as experience and qualifications, nanny accommodation, working hours and responsibilities, emergency bookings during off days and nights, bank holidays, and nanny agency fees.

The live-in nanny doesn't pay rent, so the family needs to provide private housing for them. This still appears to be cost-effective compared to a live-out nanny.

Additionally, many families favour having nannies reside with them to facilitate greater freedom of movement, and parents don't have to concern themselves with the nanny being late due to commuting. Another important consideration is that by integrating the nanny into their household, the family commits to providing an own bedroom and separate bathroom, fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships with them.

Just like any other worker, nannies typically enjoy the benefit of statutory holidays, typically amounting to 4 weeks per year, which are of course also paid. The specifics of a babysitter's vacation arrangements may vary.

Some employers permit nannies to take a two-week break before resuming work, while in certain cases abroad, families may require their nanny to accompany or join them on holidays, in which case these days count as the nanny's holidays, and the family is responsible for covering any expenses. It's advisable to address these matters during the hiring process for clarity and mutual understanding.

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