Childcare Options


A Nanny is a professional child carer whose responsibilities are to provide a safe, secure, friendly and stimulating environment for your child. They are responsible for your children's care, well-being, learning and development rather than the general housework and household chores. The working hours of a Nanny are generally 8am to 6pm, although can obviously be tailored to the individual needs of your family. An after-school nanny is a great solution for parents of school age children who only require childcare for a limited number of out-of-school-hours and many of them are also keen to work longer or even full time during school holidays so you won't be left struggling for childcare. Nannies with own children often seek part time roles and are great option when looking for after-school care. Being a parent themselves they are not only likely to have a better understanding of your needs but your child's social development is also likely to benefit from the added interaction. It is this direct employment relationship that makes having a Nanny unique as it allows for professional childcare that is aligned with your personal values and beliefs to be delivered within your own home environment. As the Nanny will be directly employed by yourself it will be your responsibility to pay their tax and national insurance contributions although we are obviously here to offer guidance in this area. 

Special Needs Nanny

Heart Nannies also caters for families with children that have Special Educational Needs. Given my background as Special Educational Needs Coordinator I understand how hard it can be to find someone who will not only provide a safe and secure environment for your children but also adapt the environment and their approach to support their individual needs. Therefore Heart Nannies can provide qualified and highly experienced special needs nannies that can help with children of different needs and abilities. They can have sole charge of your child and even help enhance their development through appropriate activities or set up exercises. They are also able to help children manage their behaviour and recognise sings of challenging behaviour which require intervention. Each position is individually negotiated and more experienced or qualified special needs nannies may command a higher salary. 


Heart Nannies also provides male child carers, mannies, for a variety of situations and needs.

 Types of Nannies / Mannies:

•Nanny Live in/Nanny Live out

•Full Time Nanny/Part Time Nanny


Nanny Share

Nanny Sharing is an arrangement where two families engage the service of a single nanny to care for their children. Nanny share often sees two families whose children are either of similar ages or live close to each other, have similar child rearing philosophies and require support over similar hours sharing a nanny. This option is not only more affordable but it also supports children’s social development whilst interacting with each other. Alternatively, it may also be possible to find families that require support at different times of the day. However, finding a family that is a good fit can take time and it is important that both families see having a nanny as the best option for their needs as if one family leaves the share it can leave the other family in a tricky situation as the nanny will want to earn her full salary.

 Types of Nanny Share:

•Permanent / Temporary


Nanny / Housekeeper

Their duties are not only to take care of children but also undertake domestic chores. Usual duties may include cleaning and tidying, laundry and ironing, cooking or helping in the kitchen, driving, shopping, household account as well as pet care and childcare. Housekeeping may often be their main duty with children care restricted to times when parents are otherwise occupied. They usually work around 10 hours per day.

Types of Nanny / Housekeepers:

•Permanent / Temporary

•Live In / Live Out

•Full Time / Part Time


Mother’s help

Mother’s helps are not nannies, instead they usually work alongside a mother in order to provide support and generally only occasionally take sole charge of older children. They are expected to help with light housework and shopping as well as taking care of children under parent’s supervision. They generally have no formal qualifications in childcare and often have limited experience of working with children. As they gain more experience they may take on more responsibilities and sole charge.

Types of Mother’s helps:

•Permanent / Temporary

•Full Time / Part Time 

•Live In / Live Out


Night Nanny

A night nanny is generally an experienced baby nanny providing excellent support for parents who are feeling sleep deprived. As well as allowing you to get a good night’s sleep they can be of great help when it comes to giving parents advice and support in order to establish a good sleep routine and can also help to de-stress the morning rush by dressing and preparing the baby.

Night nannies tend to work 8 – 12 hours per night for anything from 1 night to 6 nights per week according to the family’s specific requirements. They are generally self-employed, especially when working for a short time period.