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Before you apply

Applying for a position as a nanny or mother’s help is a bit more complicated than applying as an au pair. Use this page as a guide to help you through the process.

Letter to the Family

One of the most important parts of your application is the letter in which you introduce yourself to the family, in English: a ‘Dear Family’ letter. This letter should give the family a good idea of who you are and of your experience. It’s very important that there’s plenty of information in it but it also has to show your personality and language skills, so please don’t ask anyone else to write it for you!

The letter should include:

Criminal Records Bureau

You’ll need a valid and clean CRB check to work as a nanny or mother’s help. You can get the application from and you’ll have to provide documents that confirm your name, address and date of birth. A standard CRB check costs £26.

If you apply from Sweden, you’ll need a valid and clean Swedish police check (Polisregister utdrag), for which you can apply at

Paediatric First Aid Certificate

To qualify as a nanny or mother’s help you have to have a First Aid Certificate. offer both day and evening courses. The essential course costs £84 (including VAT) and the extended certificate costs £114 (including VAT). On completion of the course you will receive a Safe and Sound Paediatric First Aid certificate valid for three years. Mention Swedish Connection and receive a 10% discount.

National Insurance Number

A national insurance number is your own personal account number. It ensures that the National Insurance contributions and tax that you pay are properly recorded against your name. You can start working without one but you’ll have to apply straightaway. Contact your local Jobcentre Plus office to arrange an 'Evidence of Identity' interview. At the interview you’ll be asked questions about why you need a National Insurance number, your background and circumstances. You’ll have to prove your identity so make sure you bring your passport. After the interview you will receive a letter telling you if your application was successful or not. You should tell your employer your National Insurance number as soon as you know it. Visit Jobcentre Plus or HM Revenue & Customs to find out more.