Nanny/Child Carer Kaitiaki Tamariki

Nannies/child carers are responsible for the care, wellbeing and education of infants, toddlers and children in the home.

Nannies/child carers may do some or all of the following:

  • feed, wash and dress children
  • plan and supervise the children's daily activities
  • play and do learning activities with children
  • care for sick children in the home
  • keep records of children's learning and development
  • do everyday household tasks such as cleaning and laundry
  • plan and prepare meals for children and family members
  • drive children to and from early childhood services, school or other activities
  • supervise and help school-aged children with homework.

Physical Requirements

Nannies/child carers need to be reasonably fit and healthy.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nannies/child carers includes:

  • work with children, such as babysitting
  • nursing work.

Personal Qualities

Nannies/child carers need to be:

  • caring 
  • organised and responsible
  • good at solving problems
  • skilled at communicating and listening
  • creative
  • motivated and patient
  • firm, fair and consistent.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nannies/child carers includes:

  • work with children, such as babysitting
  • nursing work.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but health education, home economics (food and nutrition), music, dance and drama, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined and te reo Māori to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Nanny/Child Carers can earn around $19-$26 per hour per year.

Nannies/child carers may progress to work in early childhood centres. They may work as untrained staff members, or complete training to become early childhood teachers.

Nannies/child carers may specialise in working with:

  • newborn babies
  • babies aged four months and above
  • twins and triplet babies
  • young children with disabilities.
Nanny/Child Carer

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