What we know:

SUBSIDISED NANNIES

  • Must have current first aid and CPR.
  • Must have a current Working With Children Check.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must be Australian citizen / permanent resident or have relevant visa.
  • Cannot belong to the same family of the child they are caring for.
  • Must be attached to a Government approved service provider

NOTES:

Nannies currently working privately can remain as private nannies or choose to participate in the nanny pilot program. There will still be private nanny arrangements as there has always been.

QUALIFICATIONS DISCUSSION:

The Australian Nanny Association has always supported professional development and training. However, the current childcare qualifications are specific to centre-based care.

We have been in discussions with ACECQA regarding adding core home-based units to their training packages. Unfortunately, the next review is not for another 1.5 years. TAFE has recently been in touch to try and assist with offering home-based units in their Certificate III in Children’s Services for the interim until the qualifications packages are reviewed.

Nanny Pilot Programme

The Australian Government is investing $246 million over two years for the Nanny Pilot Programme.

The pilot programme will provide subsidised care for about 10,000 children to help families meet the cost of using a nanny.

It will support families who struggle to access child care services because they work non standard hours, or live in regional or remote areas or away from existing child care.

The Nanny Pilot Programme Guidelines provide further information on how the pilot programme will operate, including eligibility criteria for service providers, families and nannies.

The pilot programme will formally commenced in early 2016 when service providers began matching nannies to participating families. The start date for a nanny will depend on a family’s requirements, and when a suitable nanny is available. We expect that the take up of the pilot will grow over time as more nannies and families are progressively matched and care commences.

The pilot programme will run until 30th June 2018. An independent evaluation will take place throughout the pilot to help the Government develop future policy for care provided in the family home.

Applications from families wishing to participate in the pilot are now open. Further information can be found on the Nanny Pilot Page.