How to write a cover letter for a nanny job

Updated February 21, 2017

Working with children can be a very satisfying and rewarding career choice. One option for a possible career is obtaining a position as a nanny for a family with small children. Most child care workers make a little more than £10 to £15 an hour. But as a nanny, as opposed to a day care worker, you'll form a stronger bond with the children, and you may enjoy more control over your pay. However, before you can be invited to interview for a nanny position, you need to express your interest in the nanny job by writing a cover letter.

Type your name and contact information at the top of the CV. This will make it easy for the family to contact you.

Skip one line and type the date you plan to send the letter.

Skip one line and type the name of the parents or guardians of the children who need a nanny. Then, type their address.

Skip one line and type a respectful salutation, such as "Dear Mr and Mrs Smith." For now, stick with last names. They'll let you know during the interview what they prefer you to call them.

Skip one line and start the first paragraph. Continue to skip lines between each paragraph. In the first paragraph, express your interest in the nanny position and how you heard about the job. Use words like "excited," "eager," "enthusiastic" and "passionate." An example statement might read, "I would like to apply for the open nanny position that was recently advertised. I am excited at the prospect of caring for your three and five-year-old girls, and I'm very passionate about helping young children learn and grow."

Explain your relevant experience and how long you've been working with children or as a nanny in the next paragraph or two. Each paragraph should be three to five sentences long. Talk about the professional positions you've held where you worked with children, including past nanny jobs, work in a day care centre or other positions that involved working with children. List the specific responsibilities you had in each position, such as changing nappies, leading group activities or putting children down for nap time. Don't forget to include the age groups of children you normally work with. For example, you might say, "I've been working with children in a day care setting for the past 10 years, and I'd now like to use that experience to obtain a full-time nanny position. I primarily worked with children aged two to five, and my main responsibilities included supervising during independent playtime, leading outdoor activities and co-ordinating nap time." Try to show your enthusiasm for working with children by staying positive and using positive words, such as "nurturing," "caring," "fun," "excited" and "enjoyable."

Thank the recipients for taking the time to review your enclosed CV and for considering you for the nanny position in the last paragraph. Also, let them know when you can start and when you're available for interview. For example, you might say, "Thank you for taking the time to review my enclosed CV and for considering me for the open nanny position. I can start work immediately, and I'm available for interview Monday to Friday, between eight in the morning and six at night and any time Saturday or Sunday."

Skip one line and type a professional closing, such as "Yours sincerely."

Skip a few lines and type your name. In the space in between the closing and your name, you'll sign your name before sending the cover letter.

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