Developing Your Nanny Career

The London Nanny Agency is here to help you get the best nanny job possible and develop your career as a nanny.  In this section you will find information about the following:

Paediatric First Aid Courses

Enhanced CRB Disclosures

Nanny & Other Childcare Qualifications

Nanny Training (Short Courses)

Don't forget, if we place you in one of our many nanny jobs, we will sponsor you on a Paediatric First Aid and Lifesaver Course as well as apply for an Enhanced Disclosure with the Criminal Records Bureau for free.

Nannies, if you have at least 2 years experience please check our latest London nanny jobs list.

Get A Paediatric First Aid Certificate

The London Nanny Agency is the only nanny agency that has made children’s safety its number one priority.  For all nannies who find a job through our agency we pay your fees for a paediatric first aid and lifesaver course.  Not only is this a great learning experience for our nannies, it reassures our clients that their children are in the best hands possible.

London has a variety of organisations that hold first aid courses, but as a nanny you know that general first aid training is not specific enough for children and babies’ whose bodies and organs are much tinier and more delicate than adults, thereby requiring different methods of treatment. The London Nanny Agency sends its nannies on both a paediatric first aid course as well as a lifesaver course through the Safe & Sound Organisation.

The Safe & Sound Organisation has venues scattered all around London to make travelling to and from your course quick and easy.  Each course is 3-hours long and our nannies can opt to take them separately or together on a Saturday.  Again, The London Nanny Agency pays a nanny’s fees for these courses if she has been placed in a permanent nanny job through our agency.  The better educated you are as a nanny, the more potential employers will take you seriously.

For further advice about paediatric first aid and lifesaver courses, please apply to register with our agency via our simple online registration forms below:-

Enhanced Nanny CRB Disclosures - A Must!

We encourage all nannies to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the UK Criminal Records Bureau each year.  An Enhanced CRB Disclosure is not the same as a police check – it is much more thorough, the highest level of check.  By completing one each year, it shows that you are a serious, professional nanny and care about delivering the best service to your employers. 

An Enhanced Disclosure from the UK Criminal Records Bureau checks the following:

-  Whether an individual has been banned from working with children in a childcare role.  If so, their name appears on the Protection of Children Act’s list.

-  Whether an individual has been convicted of any offences.

-  Whether an individual appears on what is formerly known as ‘List 99’.  It is more recently referred to as Section 142 of the Education Act 2002. 

After one year, an Enhanced Disclosure is considered invalid so make sure that you re-apply for a new one  each year. Most nanny agencies are able to process an Enhanced CRB Disclosure for you. The Disclosure can be as expensive as £60 if you go through a nanny agency. The processing of an Enhanced Disclosure may take anywhere from six to eight weeks. For further information, feel free to contact the CRB directly on 0870 90 90 811.

Remember, the more you show that your priority is the safety, security and happiness of children, the higher your chances are of finding a top nanny job!

Getting A Nanny Qualification

London has one of the largest nanny cultures in the world and appropriately offers a wide range of qualification courses.  Some of the most serious and well respected nanny qualification courses are listed below:

Diploma in Childcare & Education (NNEB)

BTEC in Child Studies/Nursery Nursing

CACHE Certificate in Childcare & Education

GNVQ Level 2 or above in  Early Years Childcare & Education

Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education (equivalent to a Master’s Degree)

Diploma from The Norland Nanny College

The Princess Christian College (no longer in operation)

The Chiltern College

Montessori Teaching & Childcare Diploma

Please Note:  Although The Princess Christian College are no longer in operation, The London Nanny Agency still recognises the diploma as a valid qualification.

*There are also foreign course equivalents that are equally as thorough and informative. 

Nanny Training - Short Courses

There is no better city in the world to further your nanny career than London.  London boasts some of the best nanny training courses around. 

If you are new to the UK and are looking to get your nanny career off the ground, The London Nanny Agency recommends enlisting in MNT Training's CACHE Unit 1 ICP (Introduction to Childcare Practice) course.  This course is held 1-2 times per month over a 2-day period, typically Friday and Saturday.

MNT Training's CACHE Unit 1 ICP Course covers the following:

-  Good Practice in Child Protection

-  Good Health and Safety Practice

-  Food Hygiene

-  Provisions for Suitable Child Activities

-  Equal Opportunities

If a nanny completes this course, along with a Paediatric First Aid course, he/she can request an interview with SureStart in order to become SureStart Approved, making him/her significantly more employable.  To learn more about becoming SureStart Approved visit our page Childcare Vouchers & SureStart (The Childcare Approval Scheme).

MNT Training also offers courses in Baby Care for Nannies, Care of Multiples, Birth and Post Natal Doula, Sleep Training, Maternity Nursing and First Aid.  For further information call MNT Training on 0870 220 2657.

Nannies, if you have at least 2 years experience please check our latest London nanny jobs list.