How much does a nanny cost?

Price guide

£10 - £16

low

£10

median

£13

high

£16

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Parenthood isn't easy! Having another figure in your child's life who spends almost as much time with them as you do can be extremely helpful. Get a nanny who can understand their needs for happiness and personal growth. 

The average cost of a nanny depends on many factors, but it is usually £10 to £16 per hour. Do you need help keeping your kids safe and entertained whenever you’re away or busy doing the household chores? Here's an overview of nanny costs in the UK to help you set a budget.

Common types of nannies

How much is a nanny in the UK? Nanny costs depend on the kind of service you’re looking for. Here’s a list of the average costs of nanny services:

Nanny service type

Price

Full-time, live-in

£400 - £650 per week

Full-time, live-out

£500 to £800 per week

Part-time

£10 - £16 per hour

After-school

£10 - £16 per hour

Night

£80 - £150 per night

Maternity

£900 - £2,000 per week

Nanny-housekeeper

£380 - £820 per week

Shared

£1,300 - £2,600 per week

Au pair

£70 - £85 per week

a nanny playing with a little girl

Full-time, live-in nanny

Do you know how much is a full-time nanny? When you frequently travel for work, have early morning meetings, or work at night, a full-time, live-in nanny can be a good option for you. The average cost is usually £400 to £650 per week, besides their free lodging and meals. The total charge also depends on the services they cover.

Full-time, live-out nanny

A full-time, live-out nanny is a good option when you have regular work hours but need someone to watch over your children while you’re away. While you fulfil your other obligations, your nanny takes care of your kid’s daily needs and activities. They usually work at least 40 to 50 hours per week, typically during your office hours. A live-out nanny’s cost is £500 to £800 per week.

Part-time nanny

If you only work part-time hours outside of your home or you’re a stay-at-home parent who needs some relief, getting a part-time nanny might be a wise choice. Hiring someone to meet your child’s needs for a few hours is practical. This nanny service usually costs £10 - £16 per hour.

After-school nanny

Your work doesn’t pause when the school bell rings, and it can be challenging to find time to drop off or pick up your kids from school. Getting an after-school nanny can make this easy for you! They can also prepare your child’s meals and snacks before going to school, transport them to and from their after-school activities, prepare their dinner, and help with their homework. They usually charge £10 to £16 per hour.

Night nanny

Those nights after you just came home from a hospital after giving birth can be challenging. With your baby constantly crying at these hours, rest can be elusive. Your night nanny can come in, take care of your baby, and help you get your much-needed sleep. Their service usually costs around £80 to £150 per night.

Maternity nanny

You can hire a maternity nanny who can come to your home after your baby is born and assist in the first weeks or months of their life. They can be a full-time, live-in nanny. But since they’re specialists, their service costs £900 to £2,000 per week.

Nanny-housekeeper

A nanny-housekeeper does not only take care of your children, but also help you with household chores like cleaning, cooking, ironing, and organising. They can either be full-time or part-time, depending on your needs. The average cost of their service is £380 to £820 per week.

Shared nanny

If you need someone to take care of your child and ensure that they still get to socialise with other kids, a shared nanny might be an ideal option for you. Sharing a nanny with another family also means dividing the costs, usually £1,300 to £2,600 per week.

Au pair

An au pair is a young person, generally between 18 and 30, who comes from a foreign country. They can provide nanny duties and light housework in return for a free room, meals, and a small fee of £70 to £85 per week.

While there are several types of nannies, all of them can take care of your child in your home. If this is not the ideal setup for you, you can get a childminder who can look after your kid in their own setting. Plus, getting a nanny is usually a long-term engagement. If you only want a short-term caretaker who can watch over your child for a set period, like when you’re out on a date, hiring a babysitter might be the best option for you.

What other factors affect the cost of nanny services?

Other things affect the costs of nanny services. Some of them are as follows:

Your location 

Usually, nanny costs in Scotland are lower than in England and Wales. See the price list by region below:

Region

Price per hour

London

£9 - £14

Home Counties and Greater London

£9 - £13

South East

£8 - £13

North East

£9 - £10

Wales

£10 - £12

East Midlands

£11 - £13

West Midlands

£10 - £11

East of England

£10 - £11

Northern Ireland

£8 - £9

Yorkshire/Humber

£10 - £12

Scotland

£9 - £11

North West

£8 - £11

South West

£9 - £12


Your nanny’s experience

Nannies with more than three years of experience charge more than those just starting. You'll need to consider the experience and talents you want your nanny to have, as well as how those will affect how much you'll pay them.

Cover for when your nanny is sick

If your nanny gets sick, you need to give them sick pay and find a temporary replacement until they can return to work.

Employer tax, national insurance, and pension contributions 

If you're not hiring through an agency, you must register as the nanny's employer when if they earn more than £112 per week. Failure to do so has legal implications. You must also deduct your nanny's tax, national insurance, and pension from their gross wage. As their employer, you should cover their national insurance and pension payments on top of their gross wage, so remember that their gross salary is not their total cost.

a nanny painting with a little boy

How to create your nanny listing

Now that you know how much a nanny costs, you’re ready to create your listing! You just have to post a Task. Taskers nearby will connect with you, and that’s when you can review offers and choose a service. Make the necessary arrangements, and you’ll hire a nanny in no time! For more details about this process, check out how it works.

Here’s what you might include in your listing:

  • Budget
  • Location
  • Type of nanny service
  • Schedule or timetable
  • Tasks you need help with

The more information you provide in your listing, the easier it will be to get a quote. Use our platform now and find someone to take care of your children!

Price guide

£10 - £16

low

£10

median

£13

high

£16

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

A nanny can have qualifications in the UK, like NNEB, CACHE, BTEC, NVQ, and NAMCW. They can also have paediatric nursing, child psychology, and teaching certifications. Check if your potential nanny has these credentials to ensure that they’re qualified for the job. On top of that, a nanny should be trustworthy, patient, and proactive.

You can have a nanny service for as long as you want! Some services last until children reach a certain age, but you can negotiate with your Tasker if they can extend their contract. You can terminate it whenever you want, as long as you give your nanny proper notice.

There are two ways to pay for your nanny service: cash and Airtasker Pay. Figure out which one is more convenient for you and your Tasker. Also, discuss your payment frequency, whether it will be per day, week, or month.

A nanny can have qualifications in the UK, like NNEB, CACHE, BTEC, NVQ, and NAMCW. They can also have paediatric nursing, child psychology, and teaching certifications. Check if your potential nanny has these credentials to ensure that they’re qualified for the job. On top of that, a nanny should be trustworthy, patient, and proactive.

There are two ways to pay for your nanny service: cash and Airtasker Pay. Figure out which one is more convenient for you and your Tasker. Also, discuss your payment frequency, whether it will be per day, week, or month.

You can have a nanny service for as long as you want! Some services last until children reach a certain age, but you can negotiate with your Tasker if they can extend their contract. You can terminate it whenever you want, as long as you give your nanny proper notice.

It takes less than 2 minutes. And it's free.