Guide to Hiring an Arabic Speaking Nanny in London

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Published on December 22, 2016

مرحب!ا (Marhaba) That’s Arabic for hello! Hiring an Arabic speaking nanny is a very popular request by families whose culture and main language is Arabic.  It means the nanny can effortlessly blend with the family culture/values and speak the native tongue to the parents, children and other staff. Are you looking to hire an Arabic speaking Nanny in London? Follow our guide on hiring an Arabic speaking nanny who will be looking after your children.

Reasons to Hire an Arabic speaking Nanny

The most important thing to start with is the understanding of why you want an Arabic speaking Nanny. Some families look to hiring an Arabic speaking Nanny as they want to have help with their children from someone of a familiar culture. Sometimes families hire Arabic nannies simply because they want their children to learn Arabic from someone who can speak and write it fluently! Whatever your reason is for wanting an Arabic speaking Nanny, knowing it will help you later on during your interviewing process.

Which kind of Nanny do you need?

Knowing which dialect of Arabic speaker you will be hiring as a nanny will be crucial in knowing what kind of Arabic accent you or your children will develop 🙂

Arabic, like a lot of languages, comes in many forms and dialects. Click To Tweet There is traditional/ classical Arabic and conversational Arabic. If you know your Arabic you will know that even these two divisions come in infinite dialects. This means that Moroccan Arabic will sound different to Egyptian Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic will sound different to Saudi Arabian Arabic and so on. 

What level of experience do you need?

When hiring your Arabic speaking Nanny, ask them about her experience in teaching children Arabic. And find out about what their favourite teaching methods are. It would also be wise at this stage to go through her CV in general. To make sure to ask about what kinds of families and children they have worked with. And what their favourite roles have been and why.

If the person does not come from a family background of Arabic speakers, and about what level their Arabic is at. Perhaps which dialect she speaks. Can they, cor example, read and write in Arabic? Where did they learn the language? And why they chose to learn Arabic as opposed to any other language.

Hiring your Nanny

Finally, if you decide that you like your potential Arabic speaking Nanny and would consider hiring her, tell her all about you and about what you are looking for to see if it matches what she is looking for too. Assuming that all goes well, you can then start official proceedings of gathering her CV, DBS check and references and setting up an official proposal letter.

Where to find These Nannies

It is possible to find Arabic speaking Nannies independently or sometimes through word of mouth. Alternatively, you can also reach companies like Polo & Tweed who have lots of Arabic speaking nannies a phone call away.

Did you find this guide to hiring an Arabic speaking nanny helpful? If you find that you would like to hire an Arabic speaking Nanny then we can help! Polo & Tweed have many different types of nannies on the books, who are all fully vetted and checked. Including Arabic speaking nannies! If you would like to find out more, then please get in touch and we would be happy to help you find the perfect match.



  1. Rehab Abdel-Kariem says:

    I would like an Arabic and English speaking live in nanny in California. Can you work with that?

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      It would be a pleasure to help you find a nanny – one of our recruitment consultants will be in touch with you directly. If you would like to reach out to us directly in the meantime, you can do so by going to our website here.

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