Change a life one child at a time, become a Nanny Angel!

Imagine a world where every mother with cancer receives the care needed for her children – so she has enough time to care for herself. Now, also imagine a world where every child receives the support they need to cope with their mother’s illness or death.

The Nanny Angel Network (NAN) offers rewarding positions for skilled childcare providers who are looking to make a difference in the lives of families.

Nanny Angels provide free, specialized in-home relief childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, for those requiring palliative care and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period. Nanny Angels lessen the impact of cancer on families, by engaging children in enjoyable, age-appropriate activities to help reduce any stress or anxiety they may be experiencing due to their mom’s illness or death. By visiting weekly, building trust, and having fun, Nanny Angels help mothers gain the confidence and peace of mind to rest or attend appointments, knowing their children are cared for and supported by knowledgeable and compassionate volunteers.

Nanny Angels receive specialized training in children’s grief and bereavement and receive the support of NAN’s Child Life Specialist.

How you can help

  • Provide fun, educational, creative, and safe experiences for the children.
  • Minimum six-month commitment to ensure support during the duration of a mom’s cancer treatment and recovery.
  • Four (4) hours of childcare service per week to the same family.
  • Volunteers are matched with families based on compatibility and location within the Greater Toronto Area and City of Kingston boundaries.

Kindly note, the role is not that of a babysitter, housekeeper, or personal assistant – a Nanny Angel’s primary focus is engaging and supporting the children.


  • Individuals with one year of recent (within three years) paid or volunteer experience with children, including but not limited to:
·         Teaching ·         Social Work
·         Nursing ·         Child Life Specialist
·         Early Childhood Education ·         Daycare associate
·         Classroom assistant ·         Sports, music, theatre, or art instructor
·         Retired professionals with related experience ·         Professional Nanny
  • Must be able to present a valid Vulnerable Sector Screening clearance and current First Aid/CPR-Level C.
  • Must be able to engage children and adapt engagement approach based on age and ability.
  • Experience supporting children requiring special learning accommodations (an asset).
  • Be physically able to care for children, including standing, lifting, bending, and kneeling as required.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

How to apply

There’s a family in your community waiting for their very own Nanny Angel!