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Night Nurses

What is a Night Nurse?

A night nurse is someone who looks after an infant or toddler, usually overnight for a period of 12 hours at a time, for up to a maximum of up to 5 nights per week. Usually this type of night nurse is someone who qualifies as an infant care specialist or professional nanny. Their job is similar to that of a day time professional nanny. A night nurse in this instance is in charge of the welfare of the child or children throughout the night. This includes changing the child or children's  diapers, feeding them, prepping bottles if necessary and putting them back down to sleep, burping them or providing any care required too sooth the child or children during the night in order to allow generally exhausted parents to get some sleep.


A night nurse may also refer to an auxiliary, prenatal or other qualified nurse who is required to care for an infant or toddler usually overnight for a period of 12 hours at a time,  fulfilling all the duties of the aforementioned type of night nurse for a maximum of 5 nights a week, however this type of  night nurse may be required to care for infants who are sickly, were born prematurely or have health issues which require round the clock monitoring.

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Minimum Requirements for Night Nurses

Our Night nurses have:

  • Experience and References: At least 3 year’s of experience working with infants and toddlers with contactable references other than friends or family, most having 3 to 10 years of experience or more. 
  • Vehicles: Their own vehicles and driver’s licenses. 
  • Education: A minimum of matric with a minimum of a 50% pass rate, most have a university or childcare related tertiary education. We prefer candidates who have completed related care courses such as infant care, baby massage and early childhood development tertiary level courses. Night nurses caring for sickly children additionally require a tertiary nursing registration and SANC registration.
  • Personality: A passion for working with babies and toddlers, proven through their experience and education, a loving, patient and nurturing personality.
  • First Aid: A SETA approved first aid course or they must sign up for a course when joining our team.
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How do we screen our Night Nurses?

  • Applicants are personally interviewed by a trained Sitters4U Recruiter.
  • Applying applicants submit copies of ID, drivers license, proof of address, first aid, matric and other qualification certification and criminal clearance which are checked.
  • References are checked by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative.
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What does a Night Nurse earn?

Salaries are dependent on the experience and education level of the night nurse and your families requirements; if traveling is required, the number and age of children requiring care (a maximum of 3 children under 5 years old), the duties required, and the number of shifts required per week or per month.

  • Per Shift: from R 550 to R 1800 per shift
  • Per Month:R 3000 to R 30 000 per month
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Duties of a Night Nurse

An night nurse usually works a 12 hour shift, overnight, starting at between 6pm and 9pm in the evening for the care of up to a maximum of 3 children under the age of 5 years old. In this section we look mainly at the duties of a night nurse caring for a child under the age of 2 years old. 
  • Dress children and change diaper's.
  • Wash and sterilise bottles and prepare formula.
  • Prepare foods and feed the child/children
  • Bathing of the child/children.
  • Washing babies clothing.
  • Organizing and packing away of toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Washing the children's dishes, changing bedding, sanitizing of toys and play equipment.
  • Keeping records of the nights activities, meals served, medications administered and milestones, observe and monitor a child’s development.

If you require an auxiliary, prenatal or other qualified nurse please email us on sitters@sitters4u.co.za to discuss your requirements further.

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