Nanny Services

In-Home Child Care Definitions

There are a variety of terms for people who work in the home. Here are the definitions used by the International Nanny Association to describe various in-home child care providers.

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Employed by the family on either a live-in or live-out basis to undertake the tasks related to the care of children. Duties are generally restricted to child care and the domestic tasks related to child care. May or may not have had formal training, though often has a good deal of actual experience. Nannies work week ranges from 40 to 60 hours. Usually works unsupervised.

Parent / Mother’s Helper
Lives in or out and works for a family to provide full time child care and domestic help for families in which one parent is home most of the time. May be left in charge of the children for brief periods of time. May or may not have previous child care experience. Au Pair (American) Lives with the family and provides help with light housework and child care 40 to 60 hours per week. Usually works under the direct supervision of the parent. May or may not have any previous child care experience.

Au Pair (Foreign)
Foreign national in the United States for up to a year to experience American life. Lives as part of the host family and receives a small allowance/salary and helps with child care and housework. May or may not have previous child care experience.

Baby-sitter
Provides supervisory custodial care of children on an irregular full time or part-time basis. No special training or background expected.

Governess
Traditionally an educationally qualified person employed by families for the full time or part- time at-home education of school aged children. Functions as a teacher and is not usually concerned with domestic work or the physical care of younger children. Hours of work by arrangement.

Nursery Nurse
Title used in Great Britain for a person who has received special training and preparation in caring for younger children, in or out of the home. When employed by the family, may live in or out. Works independently and is responsible for everything related to the care of the children in her charge. Duties are generally restricted to child care and the domestic tasks related to childcare. Work is usually 50 to 60 hours per week. In addition to specialized training, the nursery nurse will also have successfully passed the national British certification examination of the National Nursery Examination Board.

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