Differences Between a Nanny and a Babysitter



Mothers helper, live-in nanny, live-out nanny, babysitter, part-time or full-time, the names for various caregivers seems endless! How are you supposed to know what job title is going to fit your skill sets and optimize you for success? No matter what you are labeled as, your primary function will be to provide quality care for children. But knowing the specifics of your skills and responsibilities can help you to secure a job more easily.

Babysitter: The general description of a babysitter is someone who will care for children of almost any age for only a short period of time. A babysitter can be asked to work once, or multiple times without any real expectancy of continual commitment to that family. But sometimes a regular schedule can be put into place, for example once a weekend or everyday after school. A babysitter's main task is to watch the children, play with them and put them to bed. Most babysitters agree to hourly rates and might be paid extra for light housekeeping, homework help or driving services. Babysitters are generally not expected to cook, do heavy housekeeping or more specific tasks that an expert in that area would be hired to perform.

Nanny: A Nanny is someone who is fully invested in the child and their care. They can be expected to do anything from laundry for the children, cooking for the children and transportation for the children. Many nannies are also expected to perform light housekeeping and picking up after the children. A nanny is also responsible for creating daily schedules for the children that ensure mental, physical and emotional growth and well-being.

Some nannies have their own place of residence and come to the household of the children a certain number of days a week. These nannies are known as Live-Out Nannies. A nanny that resides in the household of the family is known as a Live-In Nanny. Typically, a nanny works longer hours and provides more care for the children, which results in higher pay. Usually LifeWorx Nannies receive about $800-$1000 a week. Because a nanny job is an actual “job”, they are expected to get certain holidays, as well as 2 weeks vacation a year. While a babysitter may get paid in cash, many nannies must pay taxes on the money they make.

Nannies tend to become a part of the family that they work for, which many find to be an added benefit to the job. Nannies are also much more professional than babysitters, so they might be required to sign some sort of nanny contract before they begin their position so that their job and the parents expectations align.

If you are looking for a position that is in-between a nanny and a babysitter, than you may want to look into the title of part-time nanny. This type of nanny is expected to do the same tasks as a regular nanny, but on a less frequent basis.

Are you interested in entering either the housekeeping or nanny fields? LifeWorx is a great place to start your career. Find the best jobs in your area. Give us a call today.




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