Social work and caring services

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would work in an employer’s home, looking after their children and making sure they are happy and healthy.

You might often have to look after babies and very young children. You could work as a maternity nanny, helping families care for newborn babies during the first few weeks of a baby's life. You could also work with older children or a mix of age groups.

You would:

  • Feed, bathe and dress children and change nappies
  • Teach basic social skills and hygiene
  • Make sure children are safe
  • Help children to learn through play
  • Go out with children to give them new experiences
  • Take children to school or nursery
  • Plan interesting things to do
  • Take children to the doctor or to do activities
  • Organise chances for children to play with others
  • Prepare healthy meals and snacks
  • Tidy up and clean rooms used by the children
  • Keep records of the children’s development for the family

You would need an excellent understanding of health and safety, as well as food hygiene.

Working conditions


You would work in a private household for up to 12 hours a day, five or six days a week. In addition, you may be expected to provide baby-sitting services as and when required.


You might be a live-in nanny staying with a family in their home, or a live-out nanny travelling to them every day. Some families share live-out nannies, which would mean looking after children from more than one family. You might look after them all at the same time, or split your week working between different houses.


Many families look for a nanny with a driving licence.

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this work but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6.

You could do a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) in Early Education and Child Care, a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) in Childhood Practice or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Social Services (Children and Young People) (SVQ level 2/3/4) 

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Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Care
  • Childcare & development
  • Health & food technologies
  • Modern languages

You will also need

  • To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
  • To be at least 17 years old for some college courses

Helpful to have

  • Qualifications and experience that demonstrate child care abilities such as Skills for Work Early Education and Childcare (SCQF level 4/5)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Practical cookery skills