Domestic Childcare

Duties for candidates

Domestic Childcare

Duties for Nannies
Duties for After School Nannies
Duties for Motherís Help
Duties for Au Pairs
Duties for Doulas
Duties for Maternity Nurses
Duties for Night Nannies

Duties for Nannies - top

Typically, anything concerning the children's wellbeing is part of the nanny's duties. Usually a nanny will have sole charge of the children while on duty. Their duties may include:

  • Taking children to and from school or nursery
  • Undertaking to do the childrenís laundry
  • Daily general tidying up in the rooms used by the children
  • Cleaning of toys
  • Homework supervision
  • Caring for and providing interesting activities for the children
  • Organising the childrenís activities outside school (e.g. going to the park, playing games, arranging play dates)
  • Ensuring that the children enjoy a well balanced diet
  • Changing and bathing the children
  • Giving feedback to the parents at the end of the day

Ordinarily, unless it has been previously arranged with the family, a nanny does not have to do any cleaning except in the childrenís rooms and play areas.

Duties for After School Nannies - top

After School Nannies usually have sole charge of the children and are employed to bridge the gap between the end of school and when a parent gets home. Their duties may include:

  • Taking children to and from school or nursery
  • Undertaking to do the childrenís laundry
  • Daily general tidying up in the rooms used by the children
  • Cleaning of toys
  • Homework supervision
  • Caring for and providing interesting activities for the children
  • Organising the childrenís activities outside school (e.g. going to the park, playing games, arranging play dates)
  • Ensuring that the children enjoy a well balanced diet
  • Changing and bathing the children
  • Giving feedback to the parents at the end of the day

Duties for Motherís Help - top

Their duties may include:
A Motherís Help is there as a second set of hands for the family

  • Taking children to and from school or nursery
  • Caring for and engaging in activities with the children
  • Ensuring that the children enjoy a well balanced diet
  • Changing and bathing the children
  • Undertaking to do the childrenís laundry
  • Daily general tidy up in the rooms used by the children
  • Cleaning of toys

A Motherís Help can also be expected to help with duties in the house; these should be pre-arranged with the family and may include:

  • General laundry
  • Ironing
  • Tidying up
  • Vacuuming

Occasionally, a more experienced Mother's Help will be asked to take sole charge of the children.

Duties for Au Pairs - top

An Au Pair is there as a second set of hands for the family.
Their duties may include:

  • Taking children to and from school or nursery
  • Caring for and engaging in activities with the children
  • Preparing and providing meals for the children
  • Changing and bathing the children
  • Undertaking to do the childrenís laundry
  • Daily general tidy and cleaning in the rooms used by the children
  • Cleaning of toys
  • Occasionally babysitting

An Au Pair can also be expected to help with duties in the house; these should be pre-arranged with the family and may include:

  • General laundry
  • Ironing
  • Tidying up
  • Vacuuming

Au Pairs must have their own bedroom and must be given time off work to be able to attend English classes.

Duties for Doulas - top

Their duties may include:

  • Attending the birth and counseling both partners through the birth
  • Offering emotional support - particularly talking through the birth of the baby
  • To recommend a variety of labour management skills and techniques
  • Care for the newborn baby so parents can sleep, rest and recuperate
  • Helping new parents in the care of their newborn, with information on:
    • bathing
    • sleep routines
    • help and support with breastfeeding and expressing milk
    • information and advise on formula feeding
  • Care for an older sibling, for example undertake school runs, and monitor homework
  • Carry out light housework i.e. vacuuming, ironing, tidying, washing up, and washing babyís clothes
  • Running errands i.e. light shopping, post thank you cards for baby gifts
  • Prepare and cook meals

Duties for Maternity Nurses - top

A Maternity Nurse is usually on call 24 hours a day; 6 days a week with one 24-hour period free every 7th day. A Maternity Nurse is usually employed for 4-12 weeks, although this can be extended/shortened if required.

Their duties may include:

  • Help and advice in the:
    • techniques of breast feeding
    • feeding routine
    • sleep pattern
    • bathing
  • Everything that is connected with the baby - i.e.
    • washing and ironing baby's clothes
    • nappies
    • pram
    • bathing
    • changing the baby's nappies
    • keeping the nursery/baby's bathroom clean at all times
    • her own accommodation clean at all times
    • once a Maternity Nurse has completed all her duties and while the baby is sleeping, she should catch up on her own sleep and rest within earshot of the baby
  • For a breast-fed baby:
    • to observe and help when feeding the baby day and night
    • she will also take the baby after feeds and resettle
  • For bottle-fed baby:
    • will be responsible for the preparation of milk feeds
    • sterilising feeding equipment
    • feeding day and night
    • establishing a good sleep pattern for the baby

Duties for Night Nannies - top

Night Nannies provided by Gwendolen House Childcare will be at least 21 years of age with a minimum of 5 years of childcare experience and may also hold childcare qualifications. All our night nannies have been personally interviewed and have had their references checked so we feel confident in providing you with the best nanny for your needs. Your Night Nanny will arrive at 8pm/9pm and leave at 7am/8am. These hours can be flexible if pre-arranged directly with the night nanny.

Night Nannies will gently guide your baby to sleep through the night, whilst you enjoy a good night's sleep.

What are the duties of a Night Nanny?

  • night feeds
  • change nappies
  • prepare and sterilise your baby's bottles
  • dress the baby in the morning
  • stay longer in the mornings to allow you a lie-in

Night Nannies need to have excellent childcare-related qualifications. These could include NNEB, NVQ level 3. They will also have undertaken a recent Paediatric First Aid course and will possess an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau certificate.