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Summary of occupation

Nannies care for one or more children usually in the child's home. This may include feeding, washing, dressing, supervising learning activities and play, planning and supervising activities and outings, taking children to school, preparing meals and snacks, doing light laundry and housework, and applying first aid if required. In many cases the nanny will have sole responsibility for the children and will be required to communicate with the parents on various aspects of their care.

ANZSCO description: Assists parents in the provision of ongoing care and supervision for babies and children, usually in the child's home.
Alternative names: Aupair, Family Carer
Specialisations: Governess
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Nanny needs:

  • to be able to work with children of different ages
  • patience and maturity
  • to be well organised
  • good communication skills
  • to be flexible, reliable and resourceful
  • to be able to work unsupervised
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Working conditions

Nannies who are employed full-time may be required to live in their employer's home and work evenings and week-ends. Depending on the number and ages of the children, the work can be demanding and stressful.

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Salary details

On average, nannies can expect to earn up to $765 per week ($39 775 per year) depending on their employer, and their level of experience.

Earnings for nannies can vary depending on the demand for their services, and the nature of their work. As a nanny develops their skills and reputation, their earning potential will generally increase.  

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Tools and technologies

With the increase in technology for entertainment (computers, play stations etc.) nannies may need to be aware of these and supervise their use by children.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a nanny without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in early childhood education and care or school age education and care.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisation throughout Western Australia.

You can also complete a traineeship. The childhood educator assistant, outside school hours aide, preschool assistant or outside school hours carer traineeships usually take 12 to 24 months to complete. The childhood educator assistant, outside school hours aide, preschool assistant traineeships are available as school-based traineeships.

You may be required by your employer or agency to obtain a National Police Clearance, a Provide First Aid Certificate and a Working with Children Check issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Community Services.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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