What is the difference between a Nanny and a Babysitter?

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What do they do? How much do they charge? Although both Nanny and Babysitter are often used interchangeably, there are a few differences between the two.

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What does a Babysitter do?
A babysitter generally takes care of children at their home when parents are occasionally away. The babysitting work is often temporary, as and when needed. Although the word babysitter contains the term baby, babysitters (or sitter) supervise children of any age, from infants to teenagers in the absence of parents. Their child care tasks are mostly watching the children and playing with them, but may also include feeding them and putting them to bed. Due to the temporary nature of the work, babysitters are usually paid an hourly rate. Price usually vary if children are being cared for during day time, night time, weekday or weekend. Extras such as cooking, tutoring or light housekeeping may command a higher rate.

What does a Nanny do?
A nanny generally cares for children on a regular basis; usually daily or weekly, full-time or part-time. Due to the regular schedule, a nanny is usually more committed to a child’s development and well-being than a babysitter. Parents’ expectations are also higher and formal child care training or years of professional child care experience are often required. Some families consider their nanny a partner in parenting, getting feedback from their nanny on their child’s development and asking their nannies to help reaching development milestones, such as teaching them to use the potty. Nannies usually earn a weekly salary (based on hourly expectations) and work year-round for a family.

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No matter what name is used, one thing remains the same: they have the responsibility of supervising children in a way that is healthy and safe. Whether you are looking for a part-time nanny in Singapore, after-school babysitter, temporary child carer, finding the ideal care for your child has never been easier!


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