Nannies / Infant Care Nannies
A Nanny is someone who is totally involved in the child's well being and development. Typically nannies have more responsibilities and duties than a babysitter does. It's a nanny's responsibility to engage in activities to ensure healthy mental, physical, and emotional growth in the children they care for. Most nannies will be asked to help with preparing meals, driving children to and from activities and assisting with homework. They may also be asked to help with the household, that may include: laundry, dishes, general organizing and errands. Our nannies have a minimum of five years of experience and some of them have advanced childcare training. Nannies expect to receive at least two weeks of paid vacation and earn holiday pay as well. If nannies are going to use their own vehicle to transport children to and from activities and to run errands for the family, they would expect to be reimbursed for gas and mileage.
Nannies often become part of the family, bonding with the children they care for in a different way than parents do. Most families consider their nannies co-parents or partners in parenting. The job of a nanny is much like that of a parent, so most families and nannies work together to create a nanny contract. This contract lays out all of the terms and conditions of the job, including vacation time, sick days, etc. There are many different types of nannies, such as a part-time, full-time, live-in and live-out nanny.
A Full Time Live-out Nanny usually works five days a week, typically forty five to fifty hours and their duties solely focus on childcare (for example: play, bath time, activities, meals, transportation, home work, etc). They do not live in the family’s home and they do not perform any non-child related cleaning or housekeeping. Full time nannies are professionals with substantial training or education in childhood development. Most full time nannies are paid a weekly or salaried rate, which you can discuss during the initial interview.
Full Time Live-in Nannies share the same responsibilities as live-out nannies, but they live in the family’s home. Live-in nannies are provided with a furnished room and access to a car. If a family has a live-in nanny this typically means that their care costs are reduced, but it’s important to draw specific boundaries about work and non-work related hours.
A Part-Time Nanny is a combination between a babysitter and a nanny. They care for the children no more than twenty four hours a week, but they are also more involved than a typical babysitter. This option can provide the best of both worlds for families who don't need everyday help.
A Babysitter is someone who temporarily cares for children of all ages on behalf of the children's parents or guardians. Most babysitting jobs are considered part-time jobs that are paid by the hour, and are either scheduled regularly or for special occasions. Babysitters are generally responsible for activities with the children or supervising play dates. However, some sitters may be willing to take on additional responsibilities for example: cooking, light housekeeping, driving children to and from scheduled activities, and helping with homework. We suggest that you ensure that those expectations are clear to any babysitter candidates you interview. Their main priority as a babysitter is being responsible for the safety and well-being of the children while they are in her/his care.
Infant Care Nannies
An Infant Care nanny is an individual trained and skilled in infant care, providing unique expertise in all aspects of parental education and support. Their job is to help nurture and care for newborns while providing guidance and education for the parents. Many times this help will include scheduling, feeding, sleep training, and help with breastfeeding.
Infant care nannies will generally work night shifts, managing the baby’s care while the parents sleep restfully. When the baby wakes up, the Infant care nanny feeds by bottle or brings the baby to the mom for nursing. After feeding, the baby is burped and changed and put back to bed.
During the daytime, an Infant care nanny will provide similar care and also strive to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for the baby during waking hours. Both day and night infant care nannies document the baby’s patterns and keep a log of sleeping, feeding and changing times to assist in transitioning the baby to a regular schedule.
Infant care nannies are generally not responsible for household duties unrelated to the new baby or for the care of other children in the household.
Some advanced duties of an infant care nanny includes: providing assistance with sleep training beyond three months and assists parents with helping infants and toddlers sleep through the night, knowledgeable in reflux/colic and available to provide helpful solutions caring for babies with GER/GERD, experience in working with multiples and effectively teaching parents how to care for more than one baby at a time. Their knowledge includes how to effectively set up the nursery and a routine to accommodate twins, triplets and quadruplets, doing consultations regarding any newborn issues that may arise, knowledgeable in working with premature babies and understanding how to care and address their special and unique needs.