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3 Nanny Job Description Samples for 2022

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Stephen Greet, Co-founder

August 11, 2022

We think it’s safe to assume you’re here because you’re either thinking about hiring a nanny to support families wide-scale, or you’re in dire need of a nanny to escort your kids back and forth from soccer practice. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. 

Of course, you’re hoping to hire someone who’s responsible and dependable (no last-minute cancellations, please), not to mention great with kids! An amazing nanny gets along with the whole family, and proactively solves problems without direction. After all, you want to hire someone who makes your life easier, not harder. 

When you’re inviting someone into your home and trusting them with your children, you absolutely don’t want to settle for anything but the best. Fortunately, this article includes plenty of examples and tips that will teach you how to write a great nanny job description, so you’ll never have to settle for someone who isn’t a perfect fit

Nanny Job Description Example

Job details: Hi there, we're the Edwards family! We’re both full-time professionals (my wife’s an obstetrician, and I’m a clinical psychologist), and proud parents of three rambunctious boys aged 4, 6, and 10. At this point in our professional careers, we desperately need some help keeping up with our active kiddos. 

We’re looking for someone who can do a bit of everything; taking the kids to and from school and sports practice, tidying up, and helping with homework 4-5 days per week. Our minivan is free for you to use, and we’re pretty sure our kids wouldn’t be disappointed with a spur-of-the-moment trip to the zoo or the lake. Overall, we’re looking for someone who loves to work with kids and is happy filling in for us on many parental duties while we’re working. 

Responsibilities

  • Shuttle the boys around town, including drop-off and pick up from school, sports practice, and summer camps using our minivan
  • Take charge of house chores while kids are at school; light laundry, vacuuming/dusting, unloading/loading dishwasher, and shopping for groceries would probably make us tear up with gratitude
  • Aid our eldest children, Oliver and Brego, in completing homework, finding new ways to keep them motivated, such as by judging a sibling dance-off competition once homework is done
  • Instill healthy habits in our kids, balancing fun activities with responsibility (they should help out with chores such as cooking and cleaning up)
  • Help our children learn to treat others kindly, particularly their own siblings, by sitting them down after they get in an argument and teaching them how to vocalize frustrations without being hurtful

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, degrees in early childhood education preferred
  • 5 years of professional nannying experience
  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record 
  • Willing and able to pass background checks
  • CPR and First Aid certified 
  • Attentive (please do avoid texting or looking at social media while on the job)
  • Fun, creative, and energetic enough to keep up with our wonderfully wild children

Benefits

  • $40–55K
  • Full insurance reimbursement, including dental and vision
  • 2 weeks paid time off plus holidays (we want you to have the time to enjoy spending with your own family!) 
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Small on-property apartment available free of charge, if desired
  • Overtime pay (1.5x)
  • We always wind up buying more than we need, so please help yourself to anything in the fridge 
  • We take frequent weekend trips to our lakehouse on Lake Superior; if you choose to join us there, we provide 1.5x pay and the work is pretty straightforward (primarily supervising our kids while they swim and preparing easy meals)

About the hiring family: Nestled in a quiet corner of Marquette, Michigan, we like to sit back from the hustle and bustle when we’re not working. We initially moved here for my wife’s job, but now that we’re here, we’re never leaving! In our typical day-to-day life, I work from 10-4, and my wife works all sorts of odd hours in the delivery room. Our kiddos leave for school, which is a 10-minute drive away, around 7:30 in the morning, and typically all 3 of them have activities after school from 3-6.

Personally, we think hanging out with our kids is the best job we’ve ever had. You can count on them to have a different way of looking at the world, and they’re always game to go fishing in the pond out back or build the most architecturally-sound pillow fort ever built.

Professional Nanny Job Description Example

Job details: Welcome to Childcare Connections, a nanny placement agency with over 2,500 clients. We’re proud to offer our services across the state of North Carolina and beyond, where we specialize in finding the ideal match to meet the needs of both our families and our highly-qualified professional nannies. Unlike many agencies, we provide services and help our nannies take care of the business side of the job. No more need to bring up awkward conversations like pay raises directly with families, as we have an entire HR team designing contracts for our nannies with built-in raises and other perks.

We’re seeking an experienced nanny who’s looking to work in the Charlotte area. Our team of more than 2,000 is a group of professionals who often have college degrees. Joining us requires time-management skills, the ability to balance fun and work, and a go-getter attitude. Our nannies typically go the extra mile to fix something in the house before it breaks, and they notice when a child is struggling with schoolwork before they get a bad grade, taking the time to keep parents in the loop. 

Apply today if you already love being a nanny and you’d like to focus your energy on helping raise smart, considerate humans, rather than working on contract negotiations. 

Responsibilities

  • Cook for children who may have allergies or dietary restrictions that require strict adherence, such as vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, halal, kosher, or peanut allergies
  • Drive to/from school, daycare, appointments, play dates, and activities
  • Enhance childhood development by providing crafts, projects, and activities that allow children to practice things like fine motor skills and socialization
  • Maintain the highest level of safety at all times
  • Care for pets that may live in the house by walking, feeding, and bathing as needed
  • Handle household chores and errands, including laundering clothes, washing dishes, cooking, shopping, and mopping

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 21 years old
  • 2+ years of professional experience
  • Infant/Adult First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Willing to take and pass background check and routine drug screenings
  • Clean driving record and access to reliable transportation
  • 3+ references, ideally from nannying clients
  • Knowledge of child development and teaching techniques, or desire to learn
  • Second language proficiency preferred
  • Please be that one kid your friends always called the “mom”/”dad” of your friend group—responsibility is a must

Benefits

  • $45–65K, depending on experience and the number of children in the household
  • Full health benefits, including vision and dental
  • Wage safety net—clients pay base wages at the beginning of each month
  • Guaranteed overtime and 2 weeks vacation pay
  • Background checks for all parents and guardians you’ll interact with
  • No more searching around for the right family—we’ll match you based on extensive interviews with the best possible family
  • Gift card for 4 Swedish or deep tissue massages annually at the Zen Spa and Wellness Center in Charlotte, because toddlers have been known to induce tension headaches on occasion

About the company: We officially opened our doors in 2004 when our founder, Francis James, decided she was sick of taking on nannying jobs only to realize the family was not a great fit, or her worker's rights weren’t respected. Childcare Connections was specifically designed to let nannies focus on the job they love, nurturing our youth, without needing to focus on the uninspiring business side of things. Though our roots are in North Carolina (we’d love for you to stop by our headquarters in Charlotte), we’ve successfully placed nannies with families across the globe.

Special Needs Nanny Job Description Example

Job details: Gifted Care is the number one resource in Los Angeles for connecting parents and guardians of children with physical and mental differences with qualified nannies. We’re proud to be rated by the LA Times as the top nanny agency providing informed care in 2019, 2020, and 2021. 

We’re currently looking for a special needs nanny who can help us achieve our vision of improving access to childcare services for every child with neurological and physical differences in the Los Angeles area. Every nanny on our team must be sensitive to our families’ unique needs, patient, and flexible. 

You may find yourself orchestrating plans for playdates one minute, cooking dinner the next, and driving kids to various appointments 10 minutes after that. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be bored, and you’ll be thankful at the end of the day that you get to work providing a much-needed service for some pretty awesome kids. 

Responsibilities

  • Handle tantrums calmly in children with autism, providing low stimulation environments and redirecting attention whenever possible to avoid sensory overload
  • Transport children to and from school, activities, doctor’s appointments, and playdates 
  • Manage household chores, such as tidying up after kids, sweeping/mopping, caring for pets, and preparing meals
  • Celebrate small wins along the way, whether it be with a fun new game or a small treat, to help kids feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue working at their goals
  • Collaborate with parents to design strategies to aid in child development, incorporating games and activities like natural art projects, gardening, and card matching
  • Follow any diet plans strictly, checking with parents before feeding children any food from outside the house
  • Coordinate with parents, therapists, and doctors to ensure care plans help children thrive 

Qualifications

  • Minimum associates degree in special education or early childhood development, bachelor's preferred
  • At least 21 years old
  • 5+ years of special needs nannying experience required
  • Infant/Adult First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Red Cross Water Safety Certification 
  • Patient, genuine, and creative (you’ll need to be good-natured and calm when things get difficult)

Benefits

  • $50–70K salary, based on experience and family needs
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • 2 weeks paid vacation and holidays  
  • California State Parks Pass (many of our families’ children love enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Southern California) 
  • Reimbursement for mileage

About the company: When Natalia and Dane Fredrick had their first child in 2017, they were pleased to learn their little girl wasn’t neurotypical because neither are they. Unfortunately, finding qualified care for a child with special needs wasn’t something these first-time parents anticipated.

Natalia and Dane saw this as an opportunity to provide a service that was desperately needed. They left their full-time jobs, and within weeks of their daughter's birth, obtained an LLC for Gifted Care to provide childcare options for children with special needs. The rest is history. 

Gifted Care provides unique options to better serve all children with differences, providing grants and sliding scale funding, while maintaining competitive wages for our talented nannies (because let’s be real, y’all work hard!). 

Write Your Finest Nanny Job Description  

Job descriptions typically aren’t treated as a work of art. They don’t win Pulitzer Prizes, and they’re not preserved in textbooks for generations of hopeful job description authors to aspire to. But, they still need to attract the right candidate for the job. 

All too often, job descriptions are completely nondescript, unoriginal, and unformatted chunks of messy text. Many nannies step away from job descriptions with no idea how many kids the hiring family has, not to mention what the family even needs help with. Sometimes the errors on job descriptions are so egregious that they run the risk of being comical. For example, we’ve seen some job postings out there that list the only qualification as “nannying,” while others have qualification lists so long that your hand gets tired from scrolling down the page. 

Think about who you need on your team and why

Your job description should seek to answer questions. At the most basic level, potential employees should quickly be able to get a sense of why you’re hiring. Is your business growing rapidly as more parents get back to in-person work? Do you need a nanny for your own family now because you’re expecting another child? Answering these questions honestly builds trust and understanding. This is the time to be transparent so nannies can decide whether or not they’re the right fit for the job.

Keep in mind the following tips to ensure your nanny job description reflects the values you want your nanny to possess: 

  • Whether you’re looking to hire a nanny to care for your own kids, or you’re hiring a nanny to provide care for families contracted with your agency, there’s no doubt you’re hoping to find someone who’s reliable, can make even mundane chores a blast, and is patient even with a toddler who absolutely refuses to take a bath, brush their teeth, or eat their veggies. So, what can you do to highlight these values in your job description? 
  • No one wants their nanny to ghost them five minutes before their kids need to head to school. If you want a reliable nanny, you should emphasize that you reliably provide pay at set intervals each month. Also, it’s worth mentioning that YOU won’t cancel at the last minute if your plans change. 
  • If you want your kids to enjoy their daily chores, like cleaning up their rooms or doing homework, you should consider making suggestions for your prospective nanny to start a game of “goodnight, toys” before bedtime.
  • Patience is sometimes in short supply when you have kids running around and you’re constantly stepping on Legos, but you should be clear that you’ll take the time to discuss your children’s routine and answer any questions your nanny may have along the way. 

Polish and perfect for a well-developed job description 

Let’s think about the hiring process for a moment. When you’re thinking about hiring a nanny but you notice that their resume is filled with typos, would you reconsider hiring them? When we have so few words to base our hiring decisions on, the words really count. And for potential employees, your job description is their opportunity to vet your attention to detail, consideration, and respect for their time. After you finish writing your job description, take a break and come back with fresh eyes to make revisions and edits for things like grammar, clarity, format, and length. 

Start off Well by Outlining Your Nanny Job Description       

If you’ve made it this far into this guide, you already know that your job description is the determining factor in whether or not you’ll soon be rolling in qualified nanny resumes. Consider this outline your gateway to crafting a job post that attracts the perfect nanny for the job. 

Job details: It’s a very confusing world we live in where job details sections rarely include any details about the job, and yet that’s our reality. Make the world a better place by providing information about who you want to hire (what skills are particularly important? Do you need a full-time or part-time nanny? Are you hoping for a live-in nanny?) and what sorts of work they can expect to do. Remember that this is greatly impacted by the age of your children, so please let them know how many children you have and their ages. 

What you’ll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: Vague, nonspecific job requirements are frustrating. Try to focus your requirements bullet points by listing what you want a nanny to achieve, followed by how they can achieve it. 

Examples:

  • Handle tantrums calmly in children with autism, providing low stimulation environments and redirecting attention whenever possible to avoid sensory overload
  • Collaborate with parents to design strategies to aid in child development, incorporating games and activities like natural art projects, gardening, and card matching
  • Enhance childhood development by providing crafts, projects, and activities that allow children to practice things like fine motor skills and socialization

Qualifications: When a nanny is browsing through job postings, they’ll typically first glance over the responsibilities to see if the job interests them before scanning down to the qualifications sections to ensure they’re eligible. Be clear and upfront about the essentials, including minimum age requirements, education level, and the more niche qualifications like Red Cross Water Safety Certification. 

Examples:

  • Minimum associates degree in special education or early childhood development, bachelor's preferred
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record 
  • Willing and able to pass background checks
  • Second language proficiency preferred

Benefits: At this point in your job description, there’s a lot of text discussing how a nanny could benefit you. Now is the time to let nannies know how working for you will benefit them. Be direct about salary, providing nannies with a reasonably-sized range of wages they can expect to earn (e.g., don’t list a salary range of $10–100K, please). Nannying also provides unique perks, so let prospective employees know if they’ll have access to a gym membership while the kids are at basketball practice, or if you’re willing to cover gas and maintenance for their vehicle. 

About the company: This is the perfect place for job candidates to get to know you and your family (if you’re hiring a nanny for your own family) or the agency they’ll work for. Please specify the job location here if you didn’t mention it in the job details section, but make sure you keep this section short—two sentences or so is plenty.

Roles and responsibilities inside the nanny industry  

Nannys work with all sorts of different families. Depending on their qualifications, they may work with infants or teens, children with special needs, large or small families, groups of kids from multiple families, as a live-in or live-out nanny, or as a part-time or full-time nanny. There are endless possibilities for the role that any given nanny will fill, but these are some good ideas to consider for your job description. 

Problem Solver

  • From determining how to inspire a stubborn teen to clean their bedroom to figuring out a new approach to explain long division, nannies are constantly faced with new obstacles that require new approaches to resolving issues. 
    • Aid our eldest children, Oliver and Brego, in completing homework, and finding new ways to keep them motivated, such as by judging a sibling dance-off competition once homework is done
    • In this role, nannies will need to be creative, fast thinkers with great interpersonal skills and charisma.

Conflict Resolver 

  • Part of growing up is learning how to cooperate with others. It’s natural for children to butt heads with each other, but a great nanny can teach children in these moments about respect and consideration. 
    • Help our children learn to treat others kindly, particularly their own siblings, by sitting them down after they get in an argument and teaching them how to vocalize frustrations without being hurtful
    • Patience is a critical skill in conflict resolution, as is remaining calm and tactful with words. Knowledge of child development and psychology improves the ability to perform in this role. 

Cheerleader

  • When children do something well, it’s important to celebrate that and improve their self-confidence. By increasing the perception of successes in relation to failures, scientific writer Mizuho Hosogi claims we can build up children's self-esteem. 
    • Celebrate small wins along the way, whether it be with a fun new game or a small treat, to help kids feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue working at their goals
    • In this function, nannies will need to possess the ability to slow down and acknowledge little victories throughout the day. Attention to detail, communication, and a positive attitude are essential. 

Decision Maker

  • At some point after school, homework needs to be done, chores completed, and lights turned off. Nannying is all about balancing having fun with instilling life lessons that will help prepare children to become adults. 
    • Instill healthy habits in our kids, balancing fun activities with responsibility (they should help out with chores such as cooking and cleaning up)
    • Strong ground rules and unwillingness to bend those set rules (which may incidentally teach children to manipulate) are necessary to fulfill this role. Clear communication about expectations is needed. 

Chauffeur

  • A big part of many nannying jobs is ensuring that children get to their various commitments on time, be it school, sports practice, play dates, or appointments. It’s not the most enjoyable part of the job, but it’s a major role that parents need help with. 
    • Transport children to and from school, activities, doctor’s appointments, and playdates
    • Safety and time management are the biggest priorities in this role. Leaving plenty of time between appointments leaves nannies extra time to drive carefully. Clean driver’s records, driver’s license, and access to reliable transportation are often non-negotiable for the job because of how essential this role is.