This page contains details about the relevant childcare qualifications for working in Edinburgh, and information on possible institutions where these qualifications can be obtained.
We have also included information about childcare recruitment agencies operating in the Edinburgh area, as well as information about some of the nurseries and childcare institutions that may be fitting for candidates looking for nanny, childcare or early years work in Edinburgh.
Also mentioned are some extra ideas for activities that may suit nannies or child carers working with children in Edinburgh, and some notes on how to connect with other child carers in Edinburgh.
At the end of this page, you will see details about VIP/ overseas nannying for candidates located in Edinburgh.
To discover more about the childcare and nannying qualifications required to work in the Edinburgh area, we suggest you visit our page Childcare and Early Years Qualifications, here.
There are a large number of colleges and institutions where candidates of all ages can take courses in the childcare or nannying in the Edinburgh area. We suggest that you do your own research to find the college or school that is right for you, and offers courses suitable for your ability, interests, schedule and location.
Some institutions that may suit you are noted here:
Many agencies in or around Edinburgh offer work for nannies, nursery staff, child care professionals and specialists in early years. Please find a short list of suggestions of agencies that may be suitable for nannies or child carers in Edinburgh here:
If you would like to see a list of all agencies currently using Jobs in Childcare, please click here. If you wish to view the selection of current job positions available in Edinburgh, visit the JIC homepage and search for location: Edinburgh in the search bar.
There are also various childcare and educational recruitment companies located in Edinburgh, which include:
To find work in Edinburgh, we recommend that you search nanny and childcare vacancies posted on www.jobsinchildcare.com. Otherwise, there are a variety of preschools and nurseries that may consider hiring childcare professionals directly, such as:
To communicate with nannies or child carers living or working in the Edinburgh area, we would suggest looking at both online and offline approaches. Offline, you may find it beneficial to connect with other nannies at playgroups or through after-school activities. Online, we would suggest trying to get in touch with nannies or au pairs using Facebook groups such as Au Pair in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Nanny Meetups or Childcare in Edinburgh.
If you have time to take your charges on trips at weekends or during the school holidays, you may be interested in educational days out in Edinburgh. You can find out more about historical tourist attractions in Edinburgh here and things to do with kids here. The visit Scotland website also has a number of suggestions.
There are also a wide variety of beautiful parks and outdoor attractions in the Edinburgh area. View the homepage for the Royal Botanical Gardens here or look at the official Edinburgh council page here for more information.
For more ideas, you could consider checking out this list of 10 of the best baby and toddler playgroups in Edinburgh or doing some additional research into buggy walks
If you are a VIP nanny, governor or governess interested in positions with travel, you may wish to look at the high salary overseas positions featuring on Jobs in Childcare. For the highest salaried roles we suggest to search the site by location; the majority of the best-paid nanny, governor or governess roles are often found in London, Monaco, Dubai, Moscow, or other large international cities.
If you do not wish to permanently leave Edinburgh but would still like to find a VIP childcare position, you may be interested in a rota job. Rota nanny jobs (and sometimes rota governor or rota governess positions) generally comprise a schedule where working time (generally around half of the schedule) is spent working in the country in which your employer is located in (usually Russia, UAE, France or elsewhere) and the other half is time ‘off’, when you can choose to travel home if you would like to. You can view available rota jobs currently online on JIC here.