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Live in Nanny

Eden Private Staff offers close to 20 years’ experience in placing live-in nannies globally.
All our live-in nanny candidates hold a professional childcare qualification and bring years of experience in this sector. We take the utmost care in matching the right candidate to each family based on their individual requirements.
We register candidates from two excellent colleges,
Norland College and Chiltern College, as they offer the highest standard of childcare qualifications.

(If you are interested in engaging a junior nanny, please click here to register as a client or you can also speak to any member of our household team on 02074716000

The live-in nannies we register are available to work in London, across the UK and worldwide on a permanent or temporary basis. For information on our recruitment and vetting procedures, please visit our Nannies page of the website.

What to expect from your live-in nanny

Live-in nannies usually work between 10 and 12 hours per day, five days a week. Most families will also expect two nights babysitting to be included in the salary.  A live-in nanny may work a 24-hour shift or five-six day shifts for a higher salary. It’s best to discuss what is right for you with your Eden Private Staff Consultant, who can advise you appropriately.

The requirement for babysitting Monday-Thursday should be agreed prior to commencement of the role. Any additional babysitting such as at the weekend must be paid extra. The babysitting rate for the weekends should be discussed and agreed before employment commences.

A live-in nanny is expected to undertake all nursery duties that relate to the children. They will provide care such as bathing, dressing and preparing nutritious meals. The live-in nanny will also wash, iron and organise the children’s clothes and belongings. She will ensure toys are clean and safe, and tidied away at the end of the day. The live-in nanny will also make sure that the children in their care are active and social, by organising play dates, attending baby classes, and taking children on outings.

Throughout their care of a child, the live-in nanny will utilise their knowledge and skills in order to further the child’s development through play. They will organise and provide activities such as creative arts and crafts, construction play, singing, reading and other various learning opportunities. Your live-in nanny is not expected to do any heavy housework, family cooking or any other household chores which are not related to the children. If you require your live-in nanny to perform extensive housekeeping duties, you may wish to engage a live-in nanny housekeeper. Please visit our housekeeping section for more details.

Possible additional duties:

  • Help with teaching a second language
  • Assisting with homework (if you wish your nanny to have more of an educational bias, please visit the Governess page of our website)
  • Driving the children
  • Planning and organising extra-curricular activities

The benefits of having a live-in nanny include excellent one-to-one nanny care for your child(ren). You can enjoy the flexibility of going out in the evenings once babysitting duties are agreed.

The happiness of your home life should never be compromised; we take extra care in ensuring you find the best fit for your family with our bespoke service. If you think a live-in nanny would be the ideal choice for you and you would like more information, please call either Rose, Francesca, Ania or Amanda  on 020 74716000.

Rates for live-in nannies

Live-in nannies usually receive salaries over £40,000 per annum gross

Junior nannies average a salaries start at £30,000 per annum gross

Please visit our International page for more details.

If a live-in nanny travels with your family or offers 24-hour cover while parents are away, then a set salary will be arranged prior to commencement of the role.

Accommodation requirements

A live-in nanny should be provided with their own bedroom and given privacy when “off-duty”. Some families offer separate accommodation for live-in nannies in order to attract a higher calibre of candidate.

It is beneficial if your live-in nanny’s room is furnished and has a television and DVD player, a desk and good storage space.  All house rules should be made clear from the start and be explicitly stated in the nanny’s contract.


A live-in nanny is normally provided with all her meals by the employer. The nanny should discuss the types of food she likes to eat and if she has any special dietary requirements. The nanny is entitled to request certain items of food within reason from the employer. This is best discussed at the outset and included within the contract.

Holiday entitlement

Live-in nannies are generally entitled to a minimum of four weeks paid holiday. National bank holidays are given or additional payment is made. Holiday time is taken at a mutually agreed time. Some families agree holiday time using a combination of two weeks chosen by the employer chooses and two weeks chosen by the employee. If the family requires their nanny to come on holiday with them, this must be discussed and agreed prior to employment commencement. All travels expenses, food and the nanny’s weekly wage will need to be covered.

Employer’s responsibilities

  • An employer must provide:
  • A valid contract of employment
  • Liability insurance
  • Nanny’s accommodation
  • Food
  • Weekly or monthly wage
  • Payment of the nanny’s tax and national insurance – please see our Nanny Tax section for more information.


“I could not recommend Eden more highly. Within 24 hours of contacting Live-in team at Eden, I was presented with several very impressive CVs and five days later I had engaged a wonderful live-in nanny who was absolutely ideal for our children and our family’s needs.“  Mrs B 2015

“We found our current nanny through Eden and couldn’t be more pleased. We reached out to Eden nannies in despair after a string of bad experiences elsewhere. Our only regret is that we didn’t do so sooner – they were a lifesaver. The Live-in Nanny team took care of our case (and sanity) which was amazing – knowledgeable, helpful and interested. They quickly understood what we were looking for and a few hours later, we had three great candidates lined up for interviews.”  Mrs S 2015

Please also speak to any member of our team if you are searching for a live-in nanny with a second language as a specialism.

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