A Sky Nanny has a very specific job in that they help passengers travelling with children in order to make their journey easier. As they are working both on the ground and in the aircraft, they are also part of the Cabin Crew team. If you love travel, working in a team, but also on your own initiative and are good with children, this could be the perfect role for you.
What is the Role of a Sky Nanny?
The main duties of a Sky Nanny are:
- To help the passengers with children during boarding and disembarking
- To look after the children whilst parents are eating or sleeping
- To keep the children entertained during the flight
- To serve meals to the children at appropriate times
- To know how to deal with an emergency situation
- To know what to do in a medical emergency
Some tasks that you will be required to do are:
- Attend the pre-flight briefing
- Check the emergency equipment onboard the aircraft
- Meet and greet families in the lounge or boarding area
- Set up bassinets for babies
- Check dietary requirements and arrange suitable meal times
- Warming up baby food and milk
- To provide colouring books and soft toys to children
- To provide extra supplies such as nappies, toiletries and baby food
Basic Requirements and Qualifications
To meet the requirements of a Sky Nanny you will need to have completed a standard high school education with grades C in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent. You will also need a qualification and experience in child care. Customer service skills and fluency in English plus one other language are desirable.
You must be over 21 to apply and be able to swim 25 metres unaided as well as pass a reach test of 210-212cm in order to reach safety equipment onboard the aircraft. An airline medical and background check must also be completed. Visible tattoos are not accepted.
Skills and qualities a Sky Nanny should have are:
- Empathy and understanding
- Excellent team work
- Interact well with children
- Cultural awareness
- Flexibility and adaptability
The Training Course
The training course can be up to 8 weeks long and it also includes standard Cabin Crew training. This covers things such as safety procedures and equipment, aviation first aid and fire-fighting as well as survival and security. You will also be trained in in-flight childcare services or may attend a specialist facility such as Norland College, depending on the airline.
How to Apply
Applications should be made directly through the airline’s own careers website. If successful at preliminary stages you will be asked to attend an assessment day. As a Sky Nanny, you also become a Cabin Crew member, so need to meet the requirements of this role too.
Hours, Salary and Benefits
You will be working mostly long haul routes on wide bodied aircraft so your shift can be up to 14-16 hours. You will work at weekends and during holiday periods and average 2-3 days off after each trip. There will be off time down-route too, which can be between 12 and 72 hours.
Salary is variable each month as it depends on how many hours are flown and the destination. You will receive a basic salary, flight pay, allowances and commission.
Benefits often include health and life insurance, uniform and laundry expenses. You may get discounted travel after a qualifying period. If you are working in the Middle East, the salary is usually tax free and accommodation and transport are also provided.
You may wish to continue in a Cabin Crew role and work up to Purser or Senior Cabin Crew Member positions. If flying is not for you, you can transfer to a VIP lounge based Nanny position on the ground. This specific role is a growing one, especially in the Middle East where demand for enhanced passenger services is constantly being established among the large airlines and is very competitive.
As it certainly is not a career for everyone if you truly enjoy working with children and love travelling as well then why not try your hand at being a sky nanny, it might just be the right career for you.