Nanny/Housekeeper Job Description

Nanny/Housekeepers are expected to manage childcare and household. The exact duties of a Nanny/Housekeeper are dependent on the requirements of the family and might include more housekeeping and less childcare or vice versa.


Families looking for a nanny/housekeeper through our agency usually require at least 3 years of relevant experience in the UK, verifiable references, Paediatric First Aid and CRB/DBS check.

Nanny/Housekeeper duties:

Childcare related duties:

  • To look after child(ren) and to ensure that all their emotional & physical needs are met
  • To feed child(ren) fresh and nutritious meals, taking into account any potential or existing allergies or diets; to ensure child(ren) follow a balanced, nutritious and age appropriate diet
  • To organize stimulating activities for child(ren), e.g. age appropriate playgroups, visits to friends (playdates), outings to places of interest (museums, galleries, parks, playgrounds, theme parks, farms), age appropriate arts&crafts (painting, colouring, drawing, play-dough, cutting out, making bracelets), always following the consent and permission of parent(s)
  • To ensure that child(ren) get plenty of exercise in fresh air (in gardens or parks), under close supervision
  • To help child(ren) with their homework and school projects
  • To manage child(ren)’s daily routine – mornings, school runs, evenings etc.
  • To take child(ren) to the doctor/hospital/dentist’s appointments when they are sick, if the parents agree to such procedure; to give child(ren) prescribed medications, with the parent(s) consent, and keeping dosage and times diary later shared with the parent(s)


Household duties:

  • To keep kitchen, play areas, bedroom(s), bathroom(s)/toilet(s), living room, utility room, attic, hall clean and tidy daily
  • To sort, wash, dry and iron clothing with special care for delicate clothes according to instructions and labels, by hands or with the use of washing machines, tumble driers, racks, steam irons or ironing boards
  • To change, wash and iron bed linen and towels regularly as agreed with employers
  • To manage wardrobes, chest of drawers and shoe cabinets (folding, hanging and organizing clothes, organizing and cleaning shoes)
  • To vacuum carpets, rugs and draperies, dust and polish furniture, mop and polish floors
  • To clean wash basins and showers, wipe down mirrors and polish glass surfaces if required
  • To operate mechanized cleaning equipment (washing machine, tumble dryer, iron press, steam iron, floor steamer, vacuum cleaner etc.)
  • To cook for the family fresh and nutritious meals, to the required standards, taking into consideration any potential or existing allergies and diets
  • To purchase food for the family or to prepare weekly shopping lists (if parent(s) require)
  • To shop for required cleaning products and other household stocks (ironing water, washing up liquid, washing powder, etc.)
  • To look after family pets if required
  • To help with basic gardening, sweep the porch area if required
  • To liaise with household suppliers including delivery men, postmen, plumbers, electricians etc.
  • To polish antiques, silver and marble with use of special polishing products

Nanny/Housekeeper salary guide, based on current market*

Position Hours per week Weekly net salary
Nanny/Housekeeper Live-out 40-60 £10 +ph
Nanny/Housekeeper Live-in 40-60 £350 – £500+

* Salaries depend on the amount of working hours and days in the week, candidates’ experience, qualifications and particular skills.

Nanny/Housekeeper has employee rights


As an employee your rights are to:

  • have an employment contract
  • be given payslips
  • not work more than the maximum hours allowed per week
  • be paid at least the market wage or the wage agreed and stated in the employment contract
  • be paid on time (date agreed and stated in the employment contract) by the means agreed and stated in the employment contract


If as an employee you meet the eligibility requirements, you are also entitled to:



* Details mentioned above must be discussed and agreed between the employer and the employee before signing the employment contract, and must be stated in the employment contract.