Introduction to Nannying

Developed in association with the British Association of Professional Nannies (BAPN), this course introduces learners to the key aspects of working life as a nanny. Learners will explore the role and responsibilities of a professional nanny, the main elements of working with children, and the health and safety considerations involved when working in the family home. Intended as a general introduction to the profession, this course will give learners a real flavour of what’s involved in being a nanny. Assessment consists of four sets of ten multiple-choice questions. Learners do not need to be currently working with children to complete this course.

Learning outcomes:

Learners will learn about the role of a professional nanny

Learners will learn how nannies can be essential for modern working families

Learners will learn about the challenges of maintaining professional boundaries when working in a relaxed environment when they are treated as one of the family

Advantages of this course:

The course looks at what is involved in looking after a child and includes child care, child development, supporting positive behaviour and personal care routines. It looks at the importance of play to children and gives a brief introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage, England’s statutory framework for the care and education for the under 5’s. A second section of the course deals with the relationships between the parents and the child, and the parents and the nanny. Helpful information is given about setting expectations and asking questions before commencing work within a family. It looks at the importance of both communication and confidentiality. A further section contains information on the essentials required by a professional nanny, including the considerations of insurance, training, registrations and record keeping. Salaries, documentation, contracts, National Insurance and tax are also introduced. The course can also help with some interview tips and suggestions on presenting a professional image. A nanny is also responsible for the health and safety of the children they are looking after, and the course gives information about checking and maintaining the environment. It looks at food hygiene and healthy eating, dealing with accidents, and planning for emergency scenarios Throughout the course additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. For example, in the section on the child the learner asked to consider diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination and how it impacts on a nanny.

There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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