Many people wanting to work with children in a families home may wonder how to become a nanny in London? As with any industry many people will at some point face the challenge of not having any experience in the industry which they would like to pursue.


This is magnified in the childcare world as nannies and other people that would like to work directly with children are dealing with vulnerable and innocent lives. This is understandably a huge responsibility and many families require people that are responsible and trustworthy to take care of their precious children, to have gained experience and often to be qualified in childcare as well. So how do you overcome this obstacle of wanting to help shape children’s lives by being a brilliant role model to the children in your care by helping them to learn by the example you set?


There are a few options that may be helpful in obtaining hands on experience caring for little ones including:


Many people wanting to gain childcare experience and often to learn English would start off by living with a host family. Most Au-pairs are required to help care for the children for 25 hours per week, having many hours off to attend a language school. The host family will welcome the Au-pair into their home (so that they are part of the family) and will provide full accommodation. Au-pairs are also given pocket money each week. This can range from £80 – £100 depending on several factors.


A great way to obtain hands on childcare experience is to volunteer for a children’s charity or through your local church, helping with kid’s church or Sunday school etc. This can be so rewarding and will help gain very valuable childcare experience while contributing to society.


Some churches have mission trips to other countries across the globe. Often Church’s will require volunteers to help with these mission trips to assist children that may need to be comforted, shown love and affection and just to have someone to help them through often a very frightening ordeal.


Other ways to help gain valuable knowledge is by attending short childcare courses. Many courses are very cost effective and often people will walk away from the training feeling more content and confident within themselves.


Babyem specializes in Childcare training courses including the Common Core Skills and Knowledge course with the option to obtain the OCN (Open College Network) London accreditation at Level 3 or nannies may just attend the Common Core Skills and Knowledge training and will receive a certificate of attendance which is Ofsted complaint.


Gaining qualifications by attending college in Childcare may be a good way to gain hands on experience as some courses include a placement. Many families prefer nannies that have formal childcare qualifications, as they have chosen childcare as a professional career.


Some nannies find it beneficial to register with Ofsted on the voluntary childcare register. For many families this is crucial as families are able to save on their childcare cost, if the nanny that they employ is registered with Ofsted and signs up for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

To register with Ofsted on the voluntary childcare register the following requirements must be met:

Step one:

Complete an Enhanced DBS and register for the update service

Step two:

Complete the Common Core Skills and Knowledge training course or already hold a Level 2 Childcare qualification or higher

Step three:

Attend an Ofsted recognised Paediatric First Aid (12 hours) training course

Step four:

Get Public Liability Insurance as this protects nannies and also brings peace of mind to potential families


Babyem will be happy to assist you with many of the necessary requirements to become Ofsted registered. Christian Nannies has included a link for your convenience:

There is a short video showing the necessary steps and how to complete the CR1 Ofsted Application Form.


Childcare references are absolutely essential when working with children! Whether you have volunteered in kid’s church, at a children’s hospital or your local childcare centre or you have worked for a family as an Au-pair, mother’s help, junior nanny or nanny, it is crucial that written childcare references are provided as this will show potential families your dedication and love for caring for children!


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