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Nick Bowen, expert

Nicholas Bowen works for Little Ones, an agency that places nannies with families in London.

He explains there is a stringent recruitment process. Candidates have to go through a Criminal Records Bureau check
as well as have at least three years’ experience in childcare or teaching.

When placing a nanny, it has to be the right fit for both sides, but the most important qualifications required by the parents are usually language skills and a cultural understanding, Bowen says.

If trips to the park, stimulating art activities and lots of playtime sound like decent ways to spend your day, it could be for you. “Being a nanny in the 21st century is one of the most appealing jobs there is,” he adds.

Famous Nannies

We look to our favourite fictional childcarers for inspiration ...

Mary Poppins: This magicall-singing, all-dancing nanny is enough to make anyone try childcare. Luckily, being able to
fly is not a requirement for the job.

Nanny McPhee: Get some tips from this guru when the kids are running rings around you.

Mrs Doubtfire: We really don’t recommend men dress up as middle-aged women to be closer to children, but a few strange accents may win you fun points.

Photos: Thinkstock

This article is taken from the TNT Archives, and was originally published in 2012.


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