In-home/live-in babysitters provide an important service to working families. In a sense, they become part of the family not only by residing in the home, but also by being part of a young child's life for many years. Most live-in nannies stay with their families for a minimum of five years and work long hours, but are paid well in comparison to traditional nannies. Live-in nannies are also provided with their own living quarters and other perks of living and working in the same location, such as use of the family car, going on vacations, or having flexibility for time off work.
The most important part of a live-in babysitter's duties is taking care of the children. Most babysitters are expected to provide children their meals, take them to and from school, and generally maintain a nurturing environment. Some are also hired specifically to help care for newborns, so early mornings and late-night feedings may be necessary in some positions.
Many employers require some educational background and first-aid training, and nannies with special training often earn higher salaries. As one would expect, aspiring live-in babysitters and the families who hire them take great time and care in choosing each other for so large a commitment and the necessity of absolute trust.
In-Home / Live-In Babysitter Tasks
Interact with and entertain a child or children during designated time frame.
Clean and organize around the house.
Select appropriate activities and follow feeding and sleep schedules.
Respond to injuries, emergencies and hygiene needs.