Consider a nanny career as childcare jobs up as parents look for help

ARE you practically perfect in every way? Then consider a career as a nanny.

Mary Poppins Returns sees the iconic movie nanny make her screen comeback later this month — just as careers in childcare are booming.

The return of Mary Poppins to the big screen heralds a spike in parents seeking nannies
The return of Mary Poppins to the big screen is happening during a spike in parents seeking nannies

Search site reports a 25 per cent increase in families who are looking for a nanny.

And unlike many other childcare careers, professional nannies can command high rates of pay.

The average hourly rate for a live-out nanny is £10.36 an hour, while nannies who lodge with the family and are often on call longer can make £11.35.

You can choose to work flexibly around other commitments — providing only after-school care, say — or do it full-time.

Norland Nanny school in Bath, Somerset is one of the most prestigious nanny schools in the country
Norland College in Bath, Somerset is one of the best nanny schools in the country

The most qualified nannies — such as those from Norland College in Bath, Somerset — average a starting salary of £30,000 and can rake in six figures serving wealthy families in Russia, the US and the Middle East, where British staff are seen as a status symbol.

Benefits for top nannies can include an apartment, car allowance, travel, bonuses, gym memberships and health insurance.

But you will be expected to work long hours, with early mornings and late nights.

Many families ask nannies to speak a second language or act as a family PA.

Some nannies who study at Norland can bring in a starting salary of £30,000
Some nannies who study at Norland can bring in a starting salary of £30,000


The most well-known Norland nanny is Maria Borrallo, who looks after Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

A Norland spokeswoman says: “Being a nanny is a big career with small people.

“Graduates of our world-famous college have guaranteed employment opportunities working with children and families.

“If you are interested in a degree with a difference, Norland College could be the perfect fit for you.”

Man of Manny Talents

Liam Willett is one of only two “mannies” – or male nannies – to graduate from Norland College.

After leaving school in 2015, Liam, left, from Beckenham in Kent, initially wanted to be a teacher.

But he changed his mind after a Norland nanny visited his London South East Colleges’ Bromley Campus to give a talk.

Liam, 21, qualified from the institution with a degree in early years development and learning this year.

He says: “I wanted to be as big an influence on other people’s lives as one of my teachers had been on mine.

“I am full of admiration for anyone who devotes their lives to giving young people a great start in life.

“I live-in with a family in London looking after their two-year-old. I am there for the child from when he wakes up to when he finally falls asleep at night.

“Most days I’m working for 12 hours. It’s fun and I am getting to use the skills I learnt at Norland College.

“I think the role of nanny would suit many men. Once qualified, and with a couple of years’ experience under your belt, it is a very well-paid profession. It is also very rewarding.”

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