A nanny is a professional, childcare provider who works in a family’s home caring for their children on a full time or part time basis. Depending on the position, a nanny may or may not live with the family. They can often be an affordable alternative to daycare/childcare facilities, depending on the salary range being offered and especially if there is more than one child to be cared for. Additionally, having a nanny provides individual and experienced attention for your child/children in the comfort and safety of their own home and can offer greater peace of mind than with daycare with higher child/provider ratios.
The main role of a nanny is to provide a safe, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment in which a child (children) can develop. Each nanny position may have slightly different responsibilities depending on the family requirements, the age(s) of the child/children, and other factors, but typically include such responsibilities as caring for a child’s physical needs, meal planning and preparation, cleaning up after children, helping children with schoolwork, organizing and engaging in activities, disciplining, teaching new skills, etc. Nannies can also transport children to classes, pre-school, routine medical appointments, haircuts, etc. Any housekeeping responsibilities are primary child-related and may include light household pick-up, loading and unloading the dishwasher and children’s laundry.
A nanny may work anywhere from a few hours/week up to 12 hours/day depending on the requirements of the family.