Nannies care for children as employees in private households.
You can work as a nanny without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in early childhood education and care or school age education and care. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a nanny through a traineeship in Early Childhood Education and Care or School Age Education and Care. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Nannies may perform the following tasks:
Nannies employed full time may be required to live in their employers' homes. They may also be required to work in the evenings and on weekends.
Employers and agencies have a strong preference for applicants with recognised qualifications and references. Opportunities for qualified Australian nannies are available overseas, especially in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA and Canada.
A governess supervises and tutors children (including school-age children) in educational programmes within private households. These positions are usually in remote locations.
A mother's helper assists new mothers with the additional work involved with the arrival of a new baby. They also care for other children, clean and cook meals.