The lives of UAE nannies revealed

Dubai at Dusk

A recent study has revealed insight into what it’s like to work as a nanny in the UAE.

Working as a nanny in the UK is a pretty good gig, with many benefits available depending on the employer. However, for those working as nannies and as staff in private households in the UAE it is a slightly different story.

A major survey charting the role of domestic nannies in the UAE (via The National) has revealed that the average salary is just Dh1,800 per month, which is equivalent to about £366. It has also been revealed, rather troublingly, that only 15 percent of nannies have any kind of childcare training.

The UAE Nanny Salary Survey also found that the majority of nannies earn less than Dh2,000 (£407) per month while 40 percent bring in Dh2,000 or more and only one in ten earn over Dh3,000.

Nannies look after 95 percent of UAE children

The UAE also uses nannies in a very large capacity, with about 750,000 of them working across the country and 95 percent of UAE children being in the care of nannies.

As you might expect, experience does play a factor in the level of pay for nannies in the UAE, with those that have three years’ nanny experience earning an average of Dh1,492 and those with over five years’ experience earning an average of Dh1,922.

Like most countries, it pays to be working as a nanny in the more affluent areas. In Dubai, for example, the best areas to work for increased pay are Palm Jumeriah and Meadows, where nannies earn a fair bit more than in locations such as Old Dubai.

For comparison, a fully time live-in Nanny in London earns an average of £314 a week, and outside of London, the average is £250 per week, rising as high as £600 dependent on hours and experience.

Live-out nannies in London can expect to earn an average of £400 per week.

Hero nanny stops thief from stealing a package

Hero nanny

A nanny has shown that those in her profession can be heroes too as she stops a thief from stealing a package.

CCTV footage from Washington, USA, has captured the brave efforts of a hero nanny who chased down and tackled someone who was trying to steal an Amazon package.

Kate Anderson was enjoying her last day as a nanny at a house in Everett, Washington when she noticed that a woman was running up the driveway and stealing a package which had just been delivered.

Luckily, Kate noticed the thief, which caused the woman to run towards a getaway vehicle. The car, however, drove off before the woman could climb inside, allowing Kate to bravely chase after her and drag her down to the ground. Kate could be heard yelling “What are you doing, what are you trying to steal?”

Nannies can be heroes too

This hero nanny then held onto the woman and brought her back to the house. Explaining the situation to Kiro 7, Kate said: “I saw her bending and picking it up, and they get a lot of packages. And I knew. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s taking that,’ so I just took off after her.”

The thief tried to protest her innocence and told Kate to get off her but luckily the nanny had seen clearly what this woman had done via the house’s security cameras.

“She’s just like a straight baller, she’s amazing and doesn’t take any crap from anybody” said homeowner and friend Tanya Smith.

The woman apprehended was identified as Rhieanna Schindler who has outstanding warrants for drug possession and theft, having been arrested more than 20 times since 2010.

This just goes to show the importance of vigilant and capable nannies. Not only do nannies and household staff such as this need to be able to look after small children but they can also be vital in protecting the environment in which they live.

Nanny college looking for families to offer trainee placements

Nanny with child in garden

Norland College is looking for families to send their student nannies on trainee placements.

Norland College in Bath is renowned the world over for producing top quality nannies and ready-to-work staff for private households. Their graduates receive the education and qualifications needed to set them off on their childcare careers – ready to help out families across the country.

But before they get to take on the world’s most prestigious nanny jobs, Norland is looking for local families to send their students for placements.

After all, theoretical training can only get you so far. Real world experience is a fundamental ingredient that must be added to the mix, regardless of one’s chosen career.

The Placement

Norland took in a record number of students during this academic year and now requires more families with whom to place its student nannies. Speaking to the Bath Chronicle, the college said:

“We’ll be sending our students out to family homes for six-week blocks from January 2018 so that students can gain experience and pick up valuable skills based on the theory they’ve learnt.”

Norland has said that it would rather place nannies within local families as household staff are a useful service for the community.

For families that would like to welcome one of Norland’s finest into their homes, they must have two or more children under the age of three, and at least one of those children would need to be at home in the Bath area between Mondays and Thursdays.

The families involved would also be required to complete timesheets and fill in appraisals, helping Norland to keep track of their students’ progress.

For families that qualify and that would like to give the nannies of the future the start they need, contact Norland by email at, providing your details and children’s ages.


Nannies as essential as “water and air” says mum of two

A mother of two has admitted to relying on four nannies to look after her two kids.

Employing nannies and specialist household staff to help look after children is something many parents depend on, ensuring that their children have the care and attention that they so dearly need.

One mum who couldn’t agree more and fully appreciates the virtues of such services is Natalia Nikulina (37), who has said that the four nannies she employs to look after her two children are as essential to her as “water and air”.

Four nannies

Hiring four nannies herself, Natalia has all her bases covered. First there is the weekday nanny who collects Natalia’s two and three-year-old sons from day care, takes them off to the playground for a few hours of fun, cooks them dinner at home, and then puts them to bed, according to the New York Post.

Next come the weekend nannies, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. Her children’s nannies will at times be on duty for up to 12 hours a day, and just to make sure there are no nanny related emergencies, there is always a fourth nanny on call.

Natalia works full-time as a clinical social worker and is married to a full-time city employee.

“I love my children,” Natalia says, “but I’m not embarrassed to say the nannies are not just to provide child care when I’m at work - they provide mental rest for me [when I am at home] as well.

“I don’t see any way around it - [otherwise] I lose my mind, and then I can’t work. [Having extra help is] a must - water, air and nannies.”

But Natalia makes sure to note that when the nannies are working she isn’t just relaxing with her feet up:

“When I’m with the nanny, I’m never relaxing - if the nanny is with the kids, I’m cleaning up.”

We can’t all be in Natalia’s position of affording four nannies to help take care of our children, but those that do employ household help will understand just how essential the service can be.

Image Credit: Colin Maynard