What’s 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.
Many nannies have their own place of residence (and are called live-out nannies), but there are some nannies who live with the family (called live-in nannies or au pairs).
Typically, nannies have more responsibilities and duties than a babysitter does (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.
Nannies often become part of the family, bonding with the children in a different way than parents do. Sure, nothing can replace Mum 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 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 the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?
Although nannies and babysitters both provide quality childcare, there are some basic differences between the two. While some of these differences may vary from family to family there are also some generalizations that can be made regarding the two positions.
|Hired for childcare and perhaps some additional duties on a scheduled full-time or part-time basis and may live with the family.||Provides childcare “as-needed” often for multiple families.|
|Generally an employee of the family, with the employer responsible for their half of the Social Security taxes and for income tax withholding.||Considered a contract worker. The babysitter is responsible for all taxes.|
|May be paid a salary or hourly wage and may also receive vacation and/or holiday pay and perhaps other benefits.||Paid only for hours worked.|