Find a Nanny Job Online

Although some recruitment sites also advertise agency jobs, many sites put you in direct contact with the parents. First impressions count so maximise your chances of finding a nanny job online by preparing carefully.

Your profile

Most sites will prompt you to enter your contact details, availability and a brief description of yourself and upload a photo. Make your profile as complete as possible. This shows that you are serious about your job hunt and gives employers the information they need to decide whether you are the candidate for them or not. Avoid photographs of you wearing lots of make up or skimpy clothing or where you are on a night out. A photograph in natural light with a relaxed smile is best. Make sure you have consent for any children who are also in the photograph.

Briefly outline your qualifications, experience and professional development activities. You do not need to give a detailed job history or list every duty from every job, but do talk about your key responsibilities. You should also talk about why you enjoy being a nanny and, of course, your love of children.

First contact

Most sites allow you to go through a secure messaging service at first. It is best to keep corresponding on there for as long as possible in case it turns out to be a scam and you need to report them to the site owner. Only give your personal contact details when you are sure that they are genuine and you are interested in the job.

They contact you

If someone contacts you about a nanny job online make sure you reply, even if it's just to say that you're not interested and to restate your availability. You never know, it may work in your favour.

When replying to a message about a job that you're interested in thank them for contacting you and make sure you answer any questions they have asked before you ask your own. Try to ask at least one questions about the job or their family because this makes it easier to carry on a conversation.

You contact them

When you contact a potential family briefly present yourself, but don't just copy everything from your profile. Keep it short and to the point, outlining your qualifications and experience, how you meet any pre-requisites they have and why you are interested in the job. Employers advertising a nanny job online tend to get a lot of responses, and they will want to decide quickly whether you are a good candidate or not. Ask a couple of general questions about their expectations but avoid negotiating on salary or asking for very personal details in your first message.

Sending your CV

When sharing your CV follow these basic security precautions:

  • Be absolutely sure who you are sending a CV to - ask if they have a business email you can use rather than a personal one
  • Put your first name and surname only
  • Do not put your full address, a town or postcode is sufficient to show where you live
  • Do not give your date of birth, passport number, driving license number or National Insurance number
  • Check with your past employers before using their family name on your CV - some prefer you to use Family A or their first names
  • Never put your full CV on an open site or social media network - anyone can sign up and see it

Arranging an interview

It is safest for a first interviews to take place in a public space where there are other people around. Cafés are good neutral ground, and there is nothing unprofessional about meeting in Starbucks or Costa. Some employers may ask you to go to their place of work for a meeting. If this is an office with reception staff you should be safe, but be wary of one-man setups or empty lots on an industrial estate or business park. Avoid going to hotel rooms and when going to a private house check for signs that children live there before knocking on the door. If you have a bad feeling then call and ask to meet somewhere else.

Always tell somebody where you are going and what time you should be back. Ask them to call you after a certain time if they haven't heard from you. It is better to be safe and risk taking a phone call in a job interview than be sorry.

For more information on preparing see our pages on preparing a nanny portfolio and preparing for nanny interviews.