A Nanny’s Guide to Securing Your New Nanny Role
Entering the job market after a long term role can feel overwhelming but embarking on a new role is an exciting step for any nanny. Whether you have just finished a long-term position or are just starting your career, it’s essential to stand out in a competitive job market and hold the right up to date certifications and training.
Experience alone is not enough to secure you the best roles. Here’s how to ensure you have everything you need ahead of applying for a new position.
Invest in Professional Development
Consider enrolling in courses that enhance your skills. Specialised training from providers such as Babyem and Nanny Bright offer courses in areas such as ‘How to wean babies’ ‘How to toilet train your child’ and ‘neurodiversity’ and ‘newborn care’. Upskilling and committing to professional development not only demonstrates your commitment to ongoing learning but also equips you with the latest knowledge to back up your experience. Employers and agencies strongly value the knowledge and skills obtained through these specialist course providers.
Update your certifications
Prioritise updating your certifications, starting with your Pediatric First Aid certificate. These run out every three years so if you are starting a new role with less than one year on your current certificate, we would recommend booking a refresher course. Tigerlilly and First Aid for Life are excellent providers who offer Nanny Paediatric First Aid courses all around the UK.
Additionally, make sure your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is updated and on the updated system for quick and easy checks by potential employers. Ensuring your certifications are current is not only a requirement but also a testament to your dedication to the well-being of the children in your care.
Request and Prepare References
Reach out to past employers for references and ensure you have written references ready to share with agencies and families. These references can provide valuable insights into your character, work ethic, and the positive impact you’ve had on the children under your care.
Revamp Your CV
Update your CV with all relevant childcare experience and training. Highlight dates and locations of past employment, the ages of the children and responsibilities for each role. Also, include any related skills as well as any recent training you have undergone. A well-crafted CV is your first chance to make a positive impression, we recommend including a photo in the top corner but keeping the CV length to a maximum of two pages long.
Ensure Nanny Insurance is Up to Date
Nanny insurance is a crucial aspect often overlooked. Confirm that your insurance coverage is up to date, providing peace of mind to both you and the families you’ll be working with. Accidents happen, and having the right insurance in place ensures everyone is protected.
By proactively taking steps to enhance your skills, update certifications, gather references, and present a polished professional image, you’ll be well-prepared to secure your next role as a nanny. Remember, investing in your professional development not only benefits your career but also ensures the children you care for receive the best possible support and guidance. Good luck on your journey to finding your dream nanny role!