A Nanny is usually an ongoing and permanent role that consists of them caring for the children typically every day while the parents are working. Nannies are also usually responsible for additional tasks like household chores, pet care or errands.
The biggest difference between a nanny and a babysitter is their responsibilities. A Babysitter is typically someone who occasionally comes to the parent’s house to watch their children, while the parents head to work, go on dates or engage in any other activities. Babysitters are often high school or college students who can come watch children for a few hours when they’re not in school, typically during weekends or evenings.
Responsibilities of a nanny includes but not limited to:
Nannies usually work and sometimes live in the parents’ household. When they live in the household, they’re often expected to join the parents and children when they go to any events or activities, like the grocery store, zoo or the children’s sporting events and will take care of the children during these activities.
They may also be expected to take the children to school and attend parent-teacher conferences on the parents’ behalf if they’re unable to attend. Some Nannies even go on trips and vacations with the parents to take care of the children when needed.
A great Nanny should have patience and compassion when working with children. They should also be organized and tidy in order to maintain a clean home for the family. Many Nannies are responsible for handling several tasks or caring for many children at once, so they should have great time management and multitasking skills to ensure they’re completing everything on time. Nannies must also be certified and trained in CPR and have great problem solving skills to respond to high-pressure emergency situations that could occur.