One of the most common confusions that our clients have is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter. Here we found an excellent article where they explain clearly:
What Is a Nanny?
A nanny is someone who is fully invested in a child’s development and well-being. Generally, a nanny will care for children full-time while both parents work. It’s a nanny’s responsibility to create daily schedules and engage in activities to ensure healthy mental, physical and emotional growth in the children they care for. Most nannies will be tasked with preparing meals, helping with household work (dishes, laundry, etc.), driving the children to and from activities and assisting with homework.
Typically, nannies have more responsibilities and duties than a babysitter (and because of that, a bigger salary). In addition to basic safety classes, they may have had advanced child care training or many years of nanny experience. Often, nannies earn a weekly salary (based on hourly expectations), have taxes deducted from their paychecks and work year-round for a family. Moreover, nannies receive at least two weeks of paid vacation.
Nannies often become part of the family, bonding with the children differently than their parents. Sure, nothing can replace Mom or Dad, but children will bond with that special someone who sings with them at music class, teaches them to use the potty and drives them to and from soccer practice. Some families consider their nannies as co-parents or partners in parenting, getting info from their nannies on their child’s development and interests or asking their nannies to help their kids cope with losses and stress.
Because the job of a nanny is much like that of a parent, most families and nannies work together to create a nanny contract that lays out all terms and conditions of the job, including vacation time, sick days and much more.
What Is a Babysitter?
Generally, babysitters care for children of any age who are in need of supervision for a few short hours. Most sitters will work either by specific occasion or on a regular schedule (after-school babysitters, date night babysitters and weekend babysitters are common). Their main tasks are watching the kids, playing with them, and maybe putting them to bed. Many babysitters are trained in basic skills like CPR and first aid. They usually work for hourly rates, but may be paid extra if they agree to handle additional services such as cooking, tutoring and light housekeeping. It’s important to discuss expectations for the job during the interview process.
You may read the full article here: www.care.com/
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