Nannies or aupairs (pronounced "oh-pairs") provide safe and nurturing care to one child or multiple children. Nannies are excellent multitaskers because even when caring for just one child, there can be numerous demands on their attention. Nannies are much different than babysitters because they usually provide their childcare services full-time. They assist children with everything from homework, potty training, dressing, feeding, table manners, play time and more. Nannies usually cook for a child and feed them throughout the day in accordance with the parents' dietary guidelines/preferences. Some nannies live in a family's home full-time while others come and go when their shifts end and begin.
Nannies must have vast amounts of patience and they must be very caring individuals. Most parents require their nannies to be trained in infant and child CPR and first aid. Furthermore, parents trust their nannies to care for their children in the same manner that they do and that they will be cared for accordingly, which creates a large responsibility that nannies must be capable of shouldering. Many parents will want a one to two year commitment from their nanny, which may call for a contract to be negotiated and signed before the hiring of a nanny can take place.
Nanny or Aupair Tasks
- Transport children to and from school, play dates, and activities.
- Ensure children’s health and safety and care for illnesses.
- Work in a private home providing childcare, supervising children, keeping children entertained, and upholding family rules.
- Prepare children’s meals, clean up after the children, do some of the family’s shopping, and perform light housekeeping.