Childcare Roles childcare in context

Childcare roles vary in terms of education and experience requirements. There is a high 6demand for all levels of ECD (Early Childhood Development) qualified Nannies and Au Pairs.

What is an Au Pair?

The role of an Au Pair in the South African context is similar to that of a ‘Nanny’ overseas. An Au Pair provides complete care for the children in the employer’s home.  The children she works with are often of school going age, and she plays a key role in their development and education. She may live in or outside the family’s home and work part-time or full-time. Her working conditions depend on the family’s individual needs.  A driver’s license and own reliable, child-safe vehicle is essential.

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An Au Pair in the overseas context is a domestic assistant from a foreign country. She lives with a host family and is responsible for childcare and some housework. She receives a monetary allowance for personal use. In Europe, Au Pairs usually work and study part-time, while in the USA they may provide full-time childcare.

What is a Nanny?

In South Africa, a nanny usually cares for children up to primary-school age. She creates and maintains a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment in which the children can thrive and develop. Duties usually include childcare as well as housework. The more qualified and experienced the nanny, the greater her childcare responsibilities and the less housework required. Most Nanny positions are full-time and may be live-in or live-out.

We define the role of a Nanny under a 3 tier structure based on various levels of education and experience.

20% of Chilton Nannies drive and own a car, and some have teaching backgrounds or nursing backgrounds from Zimbabwe, Malawi, or South Africa. Generally they earn R6,000.00 plus and tend to (Holiday with the families) travel internationally on holidays with the family. All of these women have completed 3rd level education.

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What is a Night Nanny?

A Night Nanny is a highly qualified and experienced nanny who specialises in infant care. She assists the family of a newborn with feeding, nursery setup, colic, reflux and establishing good sleep patterns.

Night Nanny Salary: R350.00 – R450 per hour plus

What is a tutor?

A tutor does solely homework with a child, at an hourly rate.

Tutor rates: R120.00 per hour

Childcare Roles

Junior Nanny

  • Responsibilities: 60% Domestic duties to 40% Childcare duties
  • Salary Range: R4,000.00 per month plus
  • Age range of children cared for: Typically infant to primary school age
  • Education requirements: Recent Childcare/ECD & First Aid/CPR
  • Experience: 2 years local experience, mostly as housekeeper and less charge of children, as she was new to this country or inexperienced in the Childcare field
  • References: 1 typed reference (local)
  • Driving: Not required
  • Own vehicle: Not required
  • Cooking skills: May be required
  • Involvement in children’s academics: Not required
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate in English
  • Computer literacy: Not required
  • Key Abilities: Able to multitask between household and Childcare duties

Mid-Level Nanny

  • Responsibilities: 80% Childcare – The more qualified and experienced the nanny, the greater the childcare responsibilities and the less housework required
  • Salary Range: R4,500.00 to R5,500.00 per month
  • Age range of children cared for: Typically infant to primary school age
  • Education requirements: Basic Childcare/ECD, First Aid/CPR (Matric advantageous).
  • Experience: 3 years plus (local), preferably with the same family. Experience as Sole Charge Nanny (mostly Childcare & minimum domestic work)
  • References: 2 typed references
  • Driving: Has driver’s licence
  • Own vehicle: No car
  • Extra skills: May have cooking skills
  • Involvement in children’s academics: Homework supervision
  • Communication skills: Good
  • Computer literacy: Basic
  • Key abilities: Ability to implement Infant Care Procedures e.g. sterilisation, to initiate routine and age-appropriate activities, and to take charge comfortably

Senior / 'Blue Chip' Nanny'

  • Responsibilities: 100% Childcare. Usually there is a domestic who takes care of the heavy housework
  • Salary Range: R5,000 – R10,000.00 p/m plus (As her knowledge of early childhood development skill & experience advances, so does the salary expectations & offers)
  • Age range of children cared for: Typically infant to primary school age
  • Education requirements: Childcare/ECD & First Aid/CPR, as well as a Paediatric Nursing or Primary School Teaching Qualification
  • Experience: 2 plus years local experience (previous experience may have been in a foreign country)
  • References: Minimum 2 detailed, typed references (local)
  • Driving: Has driver’s Licence
  • Own vehicle: May have own car
  • Extra skills: Cooking & Swimming
  • Involvement in children’s academics: Homework supervision & assistance
  • Communication skills: Excellent, English-speaking
  • Computer literacy: Good

Au Pair

  • Responsibilities: Childcare, Developmental Stimulation, Education
  • Salary Range: Minimum R50.00 per hour, although more commonly R60.00 hr plus, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Age range of children cared for: All ages
  • Education requirements: Childcare/ECD, First Aid/CPR, Matric minimum, Tertiary education preferred
  • Experience: Childcare experience with relevant age group and references
  • Driving: Has Driver’s licence
  • Own vehicle: Owns safe, reliable vehicle
  • Cooking skills: May be required
  • Involvement in children’s academics: Assisting with homework, school projects & extra mural activities. An au pair is required to have a knowledge & understanding of the school system & to liaise with school teachers
  • Communication skills: Excellent communicator, eloquent
  • Computer literacy: Good