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Live in nannies

Live-in nannies are childcare providers who reside with your family, either in accommodation provided by the host family or within the family's home. Nannies provided by Royal Nannies will have a minimum of 5 years of childcare experience and may also hold childcare qualifications. Typically, live-in nannies are required to work full-time hours, ranging from 8 to 12 hours a day, Monday to Friday, with standard working hours from 8 am to 6 pm. They may also offer babysitting services for 2-3 nights per week, included in their salary. Babysitting beyond the weekday schedule, such as on weekends, incurs an additional fee, which should be discussed and agreed upon before the commencement of employment

What are the responsibilities of a Live-In Nanny?

A Live-in Nanny is entrusted with all nursery duties concerning the children. This encompasses providing care such as engaging in playtime and age-appropriate activities, assisting with bathing, dressing, and preparing nutritious meals.

Moreover, the Live-in Nanny is responsible for ensuring the children remain active and engaged socially. This includes organizing playdates, attending baby classes, and arranging outings to parks or libraries.

The Live-in Nanny maintains cleanliness and safety by ensuring toys are sanitized, organized, and tidied away at the end of each day, while also keeping the play area neat and orderly.

Utilizing her expertise, the Live-in Nanny facilitates the children's development through various play-based activities, including creative arts and crafts, constructive play, singing, reading, and other educational opportunities. It's understood that a Nanny's duties do not extend to heavy housework, family cooking, family ironing, or other household chores unrelated to the children, unless explicitly stipulated and agreed upon in her contract.

Accommodation Specifications

A live-in nanny requires her own bedroom and bathroom, although in some instances, she may share the bathroom with the children. Occasionally, separate accommodation is provided as part of the nanny package. The nanny's room should be furnished and equipped with amenities such as a television, Wi-Fi, a desk, and ample storage space. Clear house rules should be established from the outset and outlined in the nanny's contract.


The employer is responsible for providing and covering the costs of the live-in nanny's meals. It is recommended that the employer specify the typical food preferences of the family. Additionally, the nanny should communicate her own food preferences and any special dietary needs. Within a reasonable budget determined by the employer, the nanny may request specific food items.

Live in Nanny Salary

Salary of a live in nanny will depend upon age, experience, and the duties involved. From our experience, the average rates will range from £450-£700+ gross per week for full time live in roles in London. Nanny's accomodation and food allowance is part of her weekly package. Each position is individually negotiated and more experienced live in nannies may command higher salaries. Nannies usually get paid weekly.

Holiday Allowance

Live-in nannies are granted a minimum of four weeks of paid holiday per year. They are also entitled to National Bank holidays or receive additional compensation. The timing of the holiday is mutually agreed upon. In some cases, families may opt for a split approach where the employer selects two weeks and the employee selects two weeks for vacation. If the family wishes to have their nanny accompany them on holiday, this arrangement must be discussed and agreed upon before the commencement of employment. All travel expenses, meals, and the nanny's weekly wage during the holiday period must also be covered.

Employer's responsibilities

The employer needs to provide nanny’s accommodation, food and her weekly wage. The employer is responsible for paying the nannies tax and national insurance - can be arranged via

LOOKING FOR A LIVE-IN NANNY? To initiate the search for your live-in nanny, kindly complete the family registration form provided at this link, and we will contact you to discuss your requirements promptly. FAMILY REGISTRATION FORM