Finding the right live-in nanny for your family

Finding the right live-in nanny for your family

Finding the right live-in nanny for your family

Our modern lives are filled with the greatest technological conveniences. Reaching out and experiencing new cultures has never been simpler. But the downside of living in a fast-moving world is how it can exhaust us. There is always too much to do yet so little time to accomplish it.

For parents, it can feel like there are somehow even fewer hours in the day. It can become impossible to balance it all. In that sense, childcare is a blessing. Having a nanny to help you look after your children is a wonderful way to give yourself time to tend to other commitments while enriching your children’s lives with someone who has a positive effect on them and their development. 

But choosing the right candidate isn’t as easy as it might sound. There are so many requirements you need to ensure your live-in nanny meets. Here are the most crucial factors to consider when hiring a live-in nanny for your children.

Qualifications and experience

To find the right candidate to protect and care for your children, you can start by looking at what qualifications they have. A candidate who loves children and is passionate about helping them grow is great – if they have the skills to deliver on that promise, even better.

Beyond growth and development, they are also responsible for your children’s health and hygiene. So look at what medical training they have, such as first aid. How are they equipped to handle any health problems, allergies, intolerances, or dietary requirements your child might have? 

Experience is also essential. But not all experience is equal. A candidate may have experience in childcare, but that doesn’t mean it is applicable to the role of live-in nanny. It may be more suited to a part-time or daily role, and that is perfectly fine. But when they will be with your child practically 24/7, they need to have the best, most relevant experience and be aware of how to best support your children. 


With such an important role, it’s essential to choose a candidate who is discrete. This could also come under experience; have they worked with similar families to yours? Are they used to working in confidential environments?

You need to trust your nanny; they have such a vital role and you need to be comfortable with them being alone with your children while you’re away. Conduct thorough background checks on all candidates to ensure you trust them and that they are a good choice for the role. 

Ensuring they are the right fit

Live-in nannies don’t just look after your children; they become a part of the family. They live in your home, will be there throughout the day, and will join you on trips. As such, you need more than qualifications, experience, and trust. You need someone who fits in with your family dynamic.

Their personality and their values will have to match yours. Since they will spend so much time with your child, you need to know they will teach them the right lessons in life. Their influence on your children’s development is something you can’t overlook. Deep, three-dimensional interviews are a fantastic way to truly dive into who a person is. You can learn so much about their worldview and personal ethos, deciding whether that matches yours.

Choosing someone you completely trust with your children isn’t easy. It might take time to find the right person, but you want to get this choice right. When you find someone who you like and who your children bond with, it will all have been worth it. Your family is their family. And that’s what makes finding the perfect nanny tricky. But it doesn’t have to be…

At Mase & Wills, we understand how precious those early years are in a child’s life. That is why we find only elite childcare professionals for our clients. We ensure candidates reflect the values and personality of your household while prioritising security, discretion, and professionalism throughout. For more information, call us today on +44 (0)161 818 8822

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