This page is an informational area with details about the childcare qualifications suitable for working in Belfast, and links to colleges and universities where you can study for these qualifications.
The page also contains information about the childcare recruitment agencies operating in and around Belfast. It also includes details on some of the nurseries, preschools and childcare institutions that may be appropriate for candidates looking for work as a nanny, manny, governor, governess, child carer or early years specialist in Belfast.
You can find JIC’s suggestions for activities that may be suitable for nannies or child carers working with children in and around the Belfast area, and some links with ideas about how to connect with other child carers in Belfast.
At the end of this page, we have also included details about VIP/ overseas nannying for candidates located in Belfast.
Which Childcare and Nannying Qualifications are required to work in Belfast?
For more information regarding the childcare and nannying qualifications required to work in Belfast or in the surrounding area, we suggest you visit our page Childcare and Early Years Qualifications, here.
Where in Belfast can I study for childcare or nannying qualifications?
There are a variety of colleges, universities and institutions in and around Belfast for candidates wishing to take courses in childcare or nannying. We would suggest doing your own research in order to find a college or school that is suitable for your requirements and which provides courses which suit your individual ability, interests, schedule and exact location.
Possible suitable institutions situated in the Belfast area include:
Which nanny agencies operate in Belfast?
There are a variety of nanny and childcare agencies located in or around Belfast offering work for nannies, child carers, nursery staff and early years professionals. You can find a short selection of agencies that may be able to offer work for nannies and child carers in Belfast here:
To see all agencies with currently listed vacancies on Jobs in Childcare, please click here. In order to view a selection of current job positions available in the Belfast area, please visit our homepage and search location: Belfast using the search tool.
There are also some specialist childcare and educational recruitment companies located in Belfast, including:
Where can I work in Belfast?
In order to find work in the childcare or nannying sector in Belfast, we recommend that you first of all search the nanny and childcare job vacancies listed here on www.jobsinchildcare.com. Another option would be to look at preschools and nurseries located in Belfast that may consider hiring childcare professionals directly, such as:
How can I network with other nannies in the Belfast area?
In order to contact other nannies and child carers living or working in the Belfast area, we would suggest looking offline, via playgroups or through after-school activities. We also recommend you look online, where we would suggest you contact nannies or au pairs using Facebook groups such as Au Pair in Belfast.
What activities are available for me and my charges in Belfast?
If your charges have leisure time during which you can accompany them, perhaps for trips over the weekends or during the school holidays, you may be interested in educational days out in and around Belfast. You could consider Day Out With The Kids' list of things to do in Belfast, Belfast Live's recommendations for family activities or Discover Northern Ireland's rainy day attractions.
There are also a number of well-known parks and outdoor space in the Belfast area. For the council's list of parks and open spaces in Belfast, click here. To see Belfast Live's 5 most beautiful parks in Belfast, click here.
Which overseas roles are available for child carers living in Belfast?
If you are looking for a role working as a VIP nanny or you are tempted by governor or governess positions with travel, you may wish to peruse the high salary overseas positions listed on JIC. To find the highest salary jobs we suggest to search Jobs in Childcare by location; many of the highest paid jobs for nannies, governors or governesses are located in London, Monaco, Dubai, Moscow, and other large international cities.
If you do not wish to leave Belfast but would still like to find a VIP childcare job, you may wish to consider seeking out a rota position. Rota nanny roles (and sometimes rota governor or rota governess jobs) are generally composed of a schedule where working time (usually half the schedule) is spent working in the country in which your employer is located (often Russia, UAE, France or elsewhere) on a full-time basis, and the other part of your time is time ‘off’, when you can decide to travel back to your home if you are so inclined. To see the available rota jobs currently available on JIC click here.