How to become a great British Nanny?
So you’ve seen the fabulous positions available on our website and perhaps had never been aware of the fabulous salary that comes with being a nanny for a high profile family. Having worked many years before as an Au Pair in Spain I was in disbelief when I saw the benefits package available for nannies looking to work in Russia, the Middle East and beyond.
I first came across such positions whilst working as a TEFL teacher in Hong Kong, earning in one month what I could in a week working in Moscow. I loved my job teaching children and helping them to embrace their talents so the idea of doing this in Russia for a private family seemed like a wonderful opportunity and next step in my teaching and travel adventure.
Having been successfully placed with a wonderfully kind Russian-Armenian family in Moscow, I’m delighted to be able to share my insights with you regarding how to become a great British Nanny.
Check your qualifications
For all Nanny, Governess and Tutor positions with Great British Nannies a degree is usually required along with at least three years experience of working with children. Qualifications such as a TEFL certification are also very advantageous for Tutor specific positions, with the four-week intensive training being preferable. Norland training is a big advantage if you are applying for a Nanny or Governess role and will set your C.V apart from the rest.
Passion and enthusiasm for your work
A genuine love for caring for and educating children is paramount to any role with Great British Nannies. Don’t be afraid to share your passion for the role by detailing the highlights, accomplishments and heart warming moments of your childcare career to date on your cover letter.
Do your research
It’s wise to become familiar with what will be expected of you as a nanny for a VIP family. If you have not worked within a private household before ask Cleo or Irina for some insights which will prepare you for the role. Also watching Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music would also be useful! Strict professionalism at all times with attention to etiquette and discretion is essential.
Take time to find the right role for you
Ensure that the role you are applying for is one which fills you with enthusiasm and excitement. Consider whether the role aligns with your passions and skillset. With generous salaries on offer it’s easy to become preoccupied with the material remuneration for your work, but remember why you are applying for the role in the first place – because your vocation is to work with and care for children.
I can honestly say that working as a nanny in Moscow was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The opportunity to work with children in this unique environment gave me so much joy and the cultural insights I gained through being part of the family were incredible. Yes, working as a nanny can most certainly be challenging and there will be days when you feel so far from home but I can assure you that it’s a golden opportunity that you’ll be so glad you went for.
Over the coming months I’ll be blogging more about nanny life from a personal perspective and in the meantime if you have any questions please contact us! Our aim is to place passionate childcare experts and educators with their perfect families. If this sounds like you we would be delighted to hear from you.
It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together. It fills us with delight to place nannies, governesses and tutors with their ideal family in which both parties will be happy and contended. We make it a priority to ensure that each candidate’s skillset and expertise will be utilised to its full potential, allowing the candidate to feel fulfilled within their role of educator and caregiver.
In today’s world we are lucky enough to learn about and connect with other cultures and ways of life so freely. Social media has allowed us to understand new perspectives and outlooks in abundance. As important as it is to limit screen time for our children, it’s also vital that we allow children to connect with the positive aspects of social media to broaden their minds and horizons.
We spoke to former British nanny Julia about her experience as a nanny working for a V.I.P family in Moscow. Please read in our blog post how much she loved living in Moscow, about her expectations and challenges she had to overcome.