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Head Nanny; Rota Position

Head Nanny; Rota Position

Website happynestuk Happy Nest Nanny Agency

rota position: 7 days on 7 days off; 2 boys aged 7 & 5

Head Nanny Position; Rota Shifts

Job Ref: HN3732
Location: Whitefield, Manchester
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: circa £26,500 gross, per annum

Highly-experienced Nanny required for Head Nanny position in Whitefield, Manchester, to join a professional family with two boys aged 7 and 5.

Start date: Approximately July/August

Happy Nest Nanny Agency seek a highly experienced and professional nanny for this full-time, live-in role in Whitefield, Manchester. This is a 12-month maternity cover position, which will see the successful applicant take on the “Head Nanny” role within a team of rota nannies.

You will join this family in a sole-charge nanny capacity, to provide care for two boys aged 7 and 5. Dad is a professional businessman, and so at times, you may take-on a proxy-parent role as required.

The successful applicant will be highly experienced and educated, and comfortable taking on a leadership position. It’s vital you demonstrate experience and proven ability in a similar position. You will be reliable, proactive, able to take charge of a situation, and capable to manage your time, the team, and the demands of the role.

Plus, the preferred candidate will possess up-to-date knowledge of how to raise independent, secure, and conscious little people. The applicant will be professional at all times, dedicated to the role, and extremely personable. You will be a skilled communicator, health-conscious, a good cook, and travel-ready.

This role offers excellent travel opportunities, as you accompany the family on holiday twice a year.


  • 7 days and nights on, 7 days and nights off

This is a rota position, in where you will work opposite shifts to the other nanny: one week on, and one week off, over a 7-day period. As a result of this default shift pattern, you will be ‘on shift’ 2 out of 4 weekends. Furthermore, as this is a live-in role, you will be ‘on shift’ day and night, whilst on the premises. Once you’ve completed this shift pattern, the Head Nanny will then be off duty for 7 consecutive days and nights.

As the Head Nanny, you will cover the other nanny’s holidays.


This is a managerial/PA style role, so you’ll be required to think not just of the daily routine, but also as to the boy’s ongoing requirements. Therefore the preferred candidate will be highly organised, take action independently, and demonstrate the ability to work not only to a set routine but also offer further ‘added value’.

For example, you’ll oversee all school correspondence, liaise with the children’s health professionals for routine check-ups and appointments, and ensure travel items such as passports are up-to-date. You’ll also arrange extra-curricular activities.

Communication is highly valued in this position. And in order to succeed in this Head Nanny position, you will need to maintain open lines between both Dad, and the other nanny.

  • School drop-offs and pick-ups
  • Plan and prep all meals; with emphasis on healthy, fresh meals
  • Children’s laundry, washing, and ironing
  • Tidy child-related areas
  • Tidy general shared areas during the day
  • Assist with homework and school projects
  • Oversee all school and extra-curricular correspondence
  • Run the evening routine: dinner, bath, bed
  • Arrange additional activities during weekends and school holidays
  • Proxy parenting

There is a housekeeper in attendance. However light duties are required by the nanny whilst the children are at school.

The Routine:

A typical day commences at 6.45 am, as you prepare the children for school. You’ll organise breakfast, facilitate play and activity before school, and ensure school bags and lunches are sorted.

Whilst the boys are at school, you’ll tidy child-related areas, prep meals, and do the children’s washing and laundry. When required, you’ll do a shop to pick up items for the children. But you’ll never be far from either home or school. Both boys have dietary requirements and are not to eat pork or shellfish.

The boys will be collected from school at 3.45 pm. And you’ll take them to after school clubs such as swimming, karate, and football. You’ll then return home for the dinner, bath, and bed routine.

On the weekends the successful Nanny will arrange activities for the children to be part of. Although the mornings are usually dominated by extra-curricular activities such as Karate on a Saturday morning. After which, you’ll take them to the park for example. Or to the cinema or bowling. Sundays are more relaxed. Often family members come to visit. And the day is spent at home engaged with games, activity and arts and crafts.

Things are a little busier during the school holidays. Although they do usually attend holiday clubs.

The Children:

The boys have a really strong relationship and bond together and are best friends (mostly). They enjoy imaginative games like Pokemon and Transformers. And are both typically sports mad! Their favourite food is fresh meatballs and spaghetti, and are generally good eaters.

Start date: Approximately July/August
Given the flexibility required, this Head Nanny position is unlikely to work alongside another role.


The successful applicant will have their own bedroom ensuite. And complete Sky and Netflix packages.

Employment Benefits:

All food, expenses, and travel will be provided by your employer whilst ‘on duty’. A car for work purposes is be provided. Ofsted registration is covered by the employer if you’re not already registered.


The successful candidate will be Ofsted registered. Or will be willing to become Ofsted registered. The cost of registration will be covered by your employer. Click for info about Ofsted registration. You must also hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. And it’s vital you hold valid nanny insurance and a DBS certificate. Click for info about nanny insurance.

  • A recognised childcare qualification
  • An up to date paediatric first aid certificate
  • Minimum at least 4 years experience
  • Enhanced DBS certificate
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