Professional Nanny Services: What are the responsibilities for a nanny?

Sep, 17 2021

Professional Nanny Services: What are the responsibilities for a nanny?

Are you thinking of hiring a nanny or child carer for your family, but you’re not sure what type of services they can provide? Hiring nannies are a very common prospect in Australia, for any type of family for an array of needs. Continue reading for some clarification on professional nanny services and what they can provide for you and your family.



What is a nanny and what do they do?

A nanny is hired by a family to help with childcare and supervising the children when parents are away from the home. They are a professional carer who help to look after your children, while also providing fun and educational activities that contribute to your child’s early learning and development.

There are different types of schedules that nannies can be hired for, this includes hiring a part-time nanny, a full-time nanny, or a live-in nanny or au pair. It’s important for both parties to respect the type of schedule the family and the nanny want and need to adhere to, and have an open dialogue about what needs and services can be fulfilled / provided.

What’s the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?

Nannies and babysitters have similar jobs.

A nanny differs slightly from a babysitter in regards to their schedule and level of responsibility. The key difference between a babysitter and a nanny is that a babysitter provides short-term childcare on an ad-hoc basis, while a nanny has a more long-term and frequent schedule.

Babysitters will be there to supervise a child when their parents are away, but it’s usually for a short period of time, for example, if a parent has a social engagement to attend for a few hours, or they need a someone to pick up and supervise the children between the end of school and when the parents arrive home from work.

A babysitters main duties include:

  • Supervising the children
  • Feeding children
  • Playing with the children
  • Putting the children to bed

A nanny, on the other hand, can do the duties of a babysitter, but they are usually hired for longer periods of time, and may help take care of the children even while their parents are unavailable but still at home. Nannies will essentially help with basic childcare, similar to a parent. Since they are more of a long-term employee, they will also contribute to their education, learning, well-being and development and may usually have a certificate or prior education in child care or teaching.

What are the duties and responsibilities of nannies?

Nannies can take on a range of responsibilities depending what you need from them; their care hours can vary as well. Some of these responsibilities include:

  • Taking care of children when you’re not available
  • Helping children with their school work
  • Brainstorming and implementing educational activities for the children
  • Feeding, changing and putting children to bed / waking them up in the morning
  • Performing pick-ups / drop offs either to school, sport commitments, music lessons, play dates etc
  • Arranging playdates and outings
  • Meal prepping
  • Administering medicine (if necessary)
  • Maintaining logs of daily activities for parents
  • Light household chores and running errands

A nanny’s primary job is to provide professional care for children, anything outside of this, such as running errands or doing housework, needs to be discussed and negotiated and will need to be considered in the pay rate for a nanny.

A nanny usually works conventional hours, during the day throughout the week and on weekends. If you need to be away from your children overnight because you work shift work or have other commitments, then you will need to negotiate a schedule and proper pay for your nanny.

As long as you’re clear about your expectations and needs with your nanny when you first hire them, then you should not run into any trouble. Remember that a respectful relationship between you and your nanny is a mutual one.

Overall, a good nanny is reliable, trustworthy and great with children. They should be able to be in charge and supervise children when their parents are not around, this can include some light discipline and being able to implement tasks and activities to and for the children. They are a long-term hire for and will usually become an integral part of the family unit.

Who can hire a nanny?

Nannies have a reputation for being a hired by the rich and privileged, but this is a harmful stereotype.

Any family can hire a nanny, whether that be a part-time nanny or a full-time nanny, or any type of child carer in between. A nanny can be a very affordable option for child minding compared to child care centres. If you need the extra help around the house and you have the budget for a nanny, you can absolutely integrate one into your family’s life.

The most important thing to remember when hiring a nanny, for your budget, but also for your family, is to know exactly what type of expectations and responsibilities you require. This will help make the transition smoother for everyone involved, and then all parties stay happy.

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At the end of the day, a nanny’s responsibility is to take care of your children. Whatever care you need provided for them will need to be laid out plainly and clearly, and your nanny will be qualified enough to provide the services you need.

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