Information for International Employers 



International families

As an international recruitment agency, a majority of our clients are overseas and require highly proficient Nannies to join their families. Our overseas clients have certain obligations to adhere to when appointing an international employee. As a responsible and ethical recruitment agency we are required to go through a detailed registration process with all of our overseas clients to ensure the safety and welfare of our candidates at all times. Please see below for more details.



An overseas employer is responsible for obtaining the appropriate work visa for their new employee. This includes ensuring that all related costs are covered.


Flights and work related travel expenses

The family employer is responsible for providing the initial flight over to the country of the family home at the commencement of the employment along with the return flight back to the employees home country at the end of the employment contract. The employer will also usually provide one return flight home per year for the employee to take their annual leave. 



Overseas nannies are entitled to a minimum of 4-weeks paid holiday but we usually recommend 6 weeks to as this is a much more attractive arrangement for a Nanny working and living far away from their own family. National Bank holidays are also given or additional payment is made. Holiday time is taken at a mutually agreed time.  If the family requires their Nanny to come on holiday with them, then this must be discussed and agreed prior to employment commencement.


Family travels times

All travels related expenses, meals and nanny?s weekly wage will also be covered by the family during any family travel times. If the Nanny is required to work overtime during family travel times then she should be paid overtime at an agreed hourly rate or rewarded time off in lieu to be be taken at an agreed time. 


A suitable, comfortable separate bedroom/hotel room with access to a bathroom should be provided by the family during family travel times. Appropriate visas and travel/health insurance should also be provided by the family. 


Standard working hours for Nannies overseas

Overseas nannies work on average 10 ? 12 hours a day, with 1 - 2 days off. Those hours can be negotiated and even stretched if agreed between the family and their nanny/governess. There are families who require 24hour cover - in such cases we always recommend having 2 nannies doing shift work - 3 days on and 3 days off.


Nanny duties for overseas Nannies

A Nanny is expected to undertake all nursery duties relating to the children only. This means providing care such as bathing, dressing and preparing nutritious meals, organizing stimulating activities and in some cases teaching English or another language (for Governesses)


Your Nanny will be expected to wash, iron and organize the children's clothes and belongings (if their is no maid service present in the home) She will ensure that toys are clean and safe, organised and tidied away at the end of the day, and the play area is kept clean and tidy. Live in overseas nanny will also ensure the children are active and social; for example she will organise play dates, attend baby classes, outings to the park, library etc. 


She will use her knowledge and skills to further the children's development through play. A nanny will provide activities such as creative arts and crafts, construction play, singing, reading and other various learning opportunities. Please note she is not expected to do any housework, family cooking or any other chores not related to the children. A well rewarded Nanny will be very flexible and happy to muck in where needed for example, family PA duties, admin, caring for other children in the home ect



A private and separate bedroom and living area must be provided with a window. This should be separate to any maids living quarters and it must not be in the playroom, laundry room, storage room, garage or basement. A freestanding clean and comfortable bed with clean bedding must be provided. A sofa bed, mattress on the floor or fold out bed is not sufficient. The bedroom must be clean, insect free and of a good condition.


It is also recommended you supply the candidate with a desk, television and satellite TV, DVD player and access to the internet. A lock on the bedroom door is also recommended for security if the bedroom is position outside of the family home eg, Palace grounds



The nanny's food has to be provided and paid for by the employer. The employer should detail the types of food that the family normally purchase. The nanny should detail the types of food she likes to eat and if she has any special dietary requirements. The nanny is entitled to request certain foods set within a reasonable budget determined by the employer.



International Coverage


Locations that we most commonly cover 


UK / Australia /Abu Dhabi / Dubai / Al-Ain /  Bahrain / Cayman Islands / Singapore / Hong Kong / Geneva / Monaco / Germany / Holland / France / Paris / Italy / Kuwait / Luxemburg / Moscow / New York / Los Angeles / Russia / Qatar / Saudi Arabia / Spain / Switzerland / Turkey / UAE / USA / Los Angeles / New York 


And most other locations!...


If you are a family overseas looking for professional childcare and private household staff you have come to the right place. We specialise in international recruitment which makes up 80% of our business. We have worked with many families of varying backgrounds and cultures in all sort of destinations around the world. 


We take care of the full recruitment process giving you peace of mind knowing that all screening and paperwork have been done prior to being put forward for a position. Only professionally qualified Nannies and Maternity Nurses or those with at least 3 years’ childcare experience will represent The Nanny Boutique. 

We prefer that all of our candidates who are put forward to international families have had some knowledge or exposure to working overseas before and preferably in a similar environment. We have many candidates who have previous VIP family experience and therefore understand the etiquette and culture of working in a fully staffed household. 


If you would like more information about recruiting a Nanny or Maternity Nurse for your family overseas, please visit this link Employer obligations International


You can also contact us anytime for advice and guidance and we will do our best to answer your questions.