Most families at some point are going to need to hire some kind of childcare for their family. There are many childcare options out there, so which one is best for you? Do you need to hire a babysitter or a nanny? What are the differences between the two of them?
If you are unaware that there is a difference between a nanny and a babysitter, don’t worry you are not alone. Many people group nannies and babysitters into being the same thing; however this is not the case. They may have similar titles but the jobs and duties they perform are quite a bit different.
A babysitter is someone who is going to watch over your children. Like their name implies they are there to watch the kids meaning they will “sit” with the kids, keep the children safe and out of trouble, entertain the children, and do basic things such as change their diapers and put them to bed. The key role that a babysitter has is to provide good quality childcare to your children. Their focus is on the children and making sure that they stay safe.
Nannies are a bit different than a babysitter. They do everything a babysitter does but they do a bit more. Nannies are there for the kids, to make sure they stay safe and are well cared for, but they are also there to help out the busy parents. Most of the time a nanny is going to have a bit more experience than a babysitter because what they do takes on more responsibility. So what else does a nanny provide? A nanny is going to make sure that your children get to and from their activities, so make sure any nanny you hire has a clean driving record. They are also going to run errands for you such as dropping off and picking up your dry cleaning, getting your groceries for the week, and picking up any materials that the kids may need for school. They will also do household chores to make sure that your house is well maintained. They will assist in meal and snack preparations for the kids as well as being there to help them get their homework done. A nanny not only takes care of the children but also helps take care of the parent’s household duties. They are a big help when it comes to dealing with families whose parents both have full-time jobs.
Perhaps a nanny is sounding a bit like a glorified babysitter to you, but this is not the case. A nanny takes on many more responsibilities and duties than that of a babysitter. For families who have nannies, they can tell you what a blessing they are. Nannies become an extended member of the family and they are a big value to the families who employ them. A nanny is able to make it easy for a parent to come home from work and be able to spend some quality time with the kids, as the household work and errands have already been done. Now remember that each nanny has different duties they will do so make sure when you are hiring a nanny they know what duties are going to be expected of them.
So should you hire a babysitter or a nanny? If you are looking for someone who can provide childcare for a couple hours each day or just an occasional night a week then a babysitter is your best option. A babysitter is going to provide quality childcare which will fulfill your needs. If you are looking for a bit more help with running your errands and maintaining your household than a nanny is something you should consider. A nanny will provide childcare for you as well as perform many tasks around the house. If you need someone who can help clear some of the chaos from your weekly routine than a nanny should be who you hire.
It is important to remember that no matter who you hire that you make sure they are qualified to be watching your kids. Do thorough interviews with them and make sure to follow up on their references. Performing a background check is also something that you should do if you are going to be leaving your kids in their hands. After all you kids are your most precious goods so you want to be sure you are leaving them in competent and qualified hands.