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Nannies care for children in private homes and provide for their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Also Known As

Au pair, Caregiver, Child Care Professional

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

Here is how this occupation has been classified over time.

2006 NOC

  • 6474.2: Nannies and Live-in Caregivers

2006 NOC-S

  • G814: Babysitters, Nannies and Parents Helpers

2011 NOC

  • 4411: Home child care providers

2016 NOC

  • 4411: Home child care providers

2021 NOC

  • 44100: Home child care providers

2023 OaSIS

  • 44100.01: Home child care providers
Updated May 19, 2021

Nannies’ duties vary depending on the household and the number and age of children. In general, they:

  • Supervise and guide children
  • Bathe and dress infants, and help older children dress and wash
  • Sterilize bottles, prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals for children or others in the immediate family
  • Keep children’s rooms and the household clean and tidy
  • Do the children’s laundry and ironing
  • Organize age-appropriate activities
  • Take children to school, extracurricular activities and appointments
  • Supervise study periods and help with homework
  • Support children’s emotional development and well-being
  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents
  • Perform light housekeeping duties as time allows

Nannies also may keep records that include daily observations about each child, and information about activities, meals served and medications administered. Nannies usually receive instructions from their employers but often work with little supervision.

Working Conditions
Updated May 19, 2021
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Child care is physically demanding work, frequently requiring lifting children and equipment weighing up to 20 kilograms. Nannies are on their feet most of the time.

Hours of work may vary and may require split shifts or weekends. Domestic employees (defined as persons employed to do work in the employer’s residence, for the care, comfort and convenience of members of that residence ) are exempt from overtime compensation or restrictions on maximum daily and weekly hours of work. For more details, see Domestic employees – Employment standards exceptions.

The work also can be emotionally demanding. Some nannies live in the same residence with their employers; others return to their own homes evenings and weekends. Live-in nannies have their own furnished rooms or suites but may be subject to restrictions regarding telephone calls, visitors or time away from home.

Nannies sometimes travel with the employing family on vacations. In some cases, live-in nannies have their health care premiums paid, are included in the family’s club memberships or are allowed personal use of a family vehicle.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Nannies and Live-in Caregivers

2006 NOC: 6474.2

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in assisting to care for children in employers' residences; and to tend to the emotional well-being of children; may reside in employers' homes


Interest in handling to prepare and serve meals; to prepare formulas and change diapers for infants; and to perform other housekeeping duties; may be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child


Interest in copying employers' instructions to plan and oversee children's activities such as meals and rest periods; to discipline children according to the methods requested by the parent; to take children to and from school and to appointments; to maintain a healthy environment in the home; and in organizing activities such as games and outings to provide amusement and exercise

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated May 19, 2021

Nannies need:

  • A genuine interest in children
  • Physical stamina
  • Patience and good judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work alone

A valid driver’s license and clean driving record may also be required, in order to run errands and take the children places. First aid and CPR training is also an asset. If any of the children in care have some sort of disability, special needs training may also be required. In some cases, knowing a second language may be an asset.

They should enjoy working with children, organizing meal preparation and housekeeping duties, and overseeing children’s activities.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Home child care providers

2016 NOC: 4411

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 127 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jun 20, 2024 and Jul 19, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home
Tasks: Supervise and care for children
Tasks: Prepare and serve nutritious meals
Tasks: Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents
Tasks: Instruct children in personal hygiene and social development
Tasks: Tend to emotional well-being of children
Tasks: Organize, activities such as games and outings for children
Tasks: Perform light housekeeping and cleaning duties
Tasks: Assume full responsibility for household in absence of parents
Work Setting: Employer's home
Educational Requirements
Updated May 19, 2021
  • Minimum Education Varies

There are no standard education requirements for nannies. Some employers consider related experience and the ability to care for children, cook, clean and get along well with others more important than formal education.

However, most families require job applicants to have a high school diploma or a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Character references usually are requested and some employers require police clearance. First aid certification and CPR training, and courses related to child care and child development are definite assets.

To ensure that those who apply for permanent residence in Canada will be able to succeed in the general labour market, federal legislation requires that live-in foreign nannies have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma, and either 6 months of caregiving training or a year of caregiving experience in the 3 years prior to application. For information about the program and live-in nannies’ rights and responsibilities, see the Government of Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program website.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Edmonton
Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer
Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Spruce Grove
CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North
CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton City Centre
Grant MacEwan University
TLC-International Training Center for Caregiving Inc.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 19, 2021
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 19, 2021

Nannies are employed by private individuals and agencies.

Nannies may move into other personal service jobs, such as home support aide or residential care aide. For more information, see the Health Care Aide occupational profile. Experienced nannies with the required business skills may open day cares in their homes, or start their own placement agencies.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 4411: Home child care providers occupational group, 98.0% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 4411: Home child care providers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 129 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated May 19, 2021

Nannies employed in a private dwelling and who live primarily in their employer’s home are called domestic employees under the Alberta Employment Standards Code. As domestic employees, live-in nannies are entitled to a monthly minimum wage rather than an hourly minimum wage. (As of June 26, 2019, Alberta’s minimum monthly wage for domestic employees is $2,848 per month. For more information, see Minimum Wage and Domestic employees – Employment standards exceptions.)

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 19, 2021

Government of Canada website, Live-in Caregiver Program:

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Updated Mar 31, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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