Night Nannies

Silentnight Private Staff appreciate how important it is to find the right person to employ as a Night Nanny to suit the individual needs of your family. To meet these requirements we operate a thorough screening process and all our Night Nannies are fully qualified, enhanced DBS checked, have excellent and constantly updated references and are totally committed to their positions.

Role of a Maternity Nurse

Getting up to your baby several times during the night can be an exhausting experience often leaving you sleep deprived and unable to give your baby 100% throughout the day. A Night Nanny has a special knowledge of caring for babies from newborn up to 1 year. They will arrive at your home in the evening and take care of all your baby’s needs throughout the night. Hours are flexible around your needs but normally a Night Nanny would start at 9pm and finish at 7am. They will gently guide your baby to sleep through the night whilst you catch up on some much deserved rest.

What are the duties of a Night Nanny?

  • Night feeds

  • Changing Nappies

  • Settle your baby to sleep
  • Prepare and sterilise your baby’s bottles

  • Dressing your baby in the morning
  • Giving help and advice on getting your baby into a sleep routine

  • Cleaning a circumcision and/or umbilical cord

A Night Nanny will also be on hand to give invaluable advice on a variety of issues:

  • Breast and bottle feeding

  • Colic

  • Reflux

  • Winding

  • Teething

  • Nursery temperatures

Screening Process

We take our job very seriously in providing the very best Night Nannies the United Kingdom has to offer. All Night Nannies who apply to work with us must pass our stringent screening process before we can place them with a family.

We know all the specialist qualities we are looking for and during their initial interview we can get a real feel for if they have the skills and experience required that makes them an expert in their field.

All our Night Nannies must have:

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate

  • Enhanced DBS Check

Many will have completed training courses in:

  • Breast and bottle feeding

  • Weaning

  • Sleep training

  • Multiple babies

Formal qualifications held by our Night Nannies may include:

  • Maternity Nurse Training OCN level 3 and 4

  • NVQ Level 3

  • BTEC Nursery Nursing

  • City & Guilds

NB: Details of individual Night Nannies experience and qualifications are clearly detailed on their CV.

Night Nanny Costs

Night Nannies are self-employed and responsible for paying their own Tax and National Insurance. Their salaries can vary according to experience and whether they are responsible for a single baby, twins or triplets. The following salaries are a guideline only and some very experienced nurses may charge a little more.

Cost hour
Night Nanny – Single Baby £10 – £16
Night Nanny – Twins £15 – £22
Night Nanny – Triplets £15 – £25

*Travel costs, including parking, are covered by the placement family and should be taken into account when considering costs.

Newly qualified Night Nanny Costs

We have a wonderful team of newly qualified Maternity Nurses called Maternity Nannies who work at a lower rate whilst gaining practical experience. This option gives you that extra pair of hands when you need them most but keeps your costs to a minimum.

Cost per hour
Night Nanny – Single Baby £9 – £11
Night Nanny – Twins £9 – £15
Night Nanny – Triplets £9 – £15

*Travel costs, including parking, are covered by the placement family and should be taken into account when considering costs.

*Cost based on 10 hours per night over 5 nights

Frequently asked questions

Q: Why do parents decide to use a Night Nanny?

A: Parents decide to use a Night Nanny for various reasons including

  • They are returning to work and need an extra pair of hands during the night
  • They do not want to be sleep deprived so they can give 100% when they are looking after their baby in the day time
  • They want to establish a good sleep routine for their baby
  • They don’t have family members around who can help with their baby

Q: Do I need to provide a bed for my Night Nanny?

A: Your Night Nanny will rest when your baby is sleeping so will require a bed or a comfortable sofa during this time.

Q: How long do parents book a Night Nanny for?

A: Some parents just require the odd night when they have an engagement or require a short break other parents like to know they have constant support for a longer period, often lasting 8–12 weeks.

Q: Do I have to pay the Night Nanny’s income Tax and National Insurance contribution?

A: No, Night Nannies are self employed and therefore responsible for paying their own Tax and National Insurance contributions.