How to write a Nanny job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Nanny job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Nanny job titles

    Babysitter
    Nanny (4+ Years’ Experience)
    Nanny (with First Aid certification)
    Nanny (Part-Time)
    Nanny

Nanny job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Nanny job summary

Our family is interested in hiring a full-time nanny to supervise our our children for 40 hours a week during business hours. We are seeking an experienced, caring professional who truly enjoys spending time with kids. The successful applicant will be responsible for picking up our children from school (half-day kindergarten), engaging them with fun, developmentally-appropriate activities, keeping us updated on events throughout the day and alerting us immediately if there are any problems. This position will require some weekend and evening work, but with at least one week notice when possible. No holiday work required.

Nanny responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Nanny responsibilities

    Pick up the children from school at 1:00PM and bring the children home or to appointments that will be set up well in advance
    Alert the parents immediately if there are any issues at home
    Assist children with any school projects that may be required
    Engage children with fun activities, such as games, puzzles or pretend play
    Answer incoming phone calls and take messages for the family

Nanny qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Nanny skills

    Must be 18+ years of age or older
    4+ years’ childcare experience
    Must provide at least three valid references
    First Aid and CPR certifications required
    Must have a clean driver’s licence and reliable transportation

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