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A nanny, child minder, child care provider, or a mother's helper is an individual who provides care for one or more children in a family as a service. Traditionally, nannies were servants in large households and reported directly to the lady of the house. Today, modern nannies, like other domestic workers, may live in or out of the house depending on their circumstances and those of their employers. Professional nannies are usually certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, qualified in First Aid, and have a degree or extensive training in Child development. There are many employment agencies that specialize in childcare and online services that aid in finding available nannies which we are part of them.
Nannies have the child or children in their care, thus, their welfare are their primary concern. Any task which is directly related to childcare can be within the realm of a nanny's job description; however, the circumstances of the family - i.e., number of children, ages of children and hours of the job are all factors which also need to be taken into consideration when determining if the job requirements are reasonable. They also perform various daily tasks (cook the meals, do the children's laundry, make the children's bed, help pick them from school at the end of the day etc.) which are reasonable expectations and a practical need for busy parents.
A nanny is more than a babysitter! Nannies are expected to participate in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of their charges, and will work with the child on such areas like language development, potty training, social manners, homework, and more. Most families request that a nanny make a minimum commitment of one year to the job. This is to make sure that the children have continuity in their childcare. Candidates who do not feel that they can commit to a year might consider other types of childcare work until they are comfortable with the commitment.
It is true that many nanny job descriptions also include tasks not related to the child or children. When reviewing various families job descriptions, they include non-child related tasks, like running family errands, family laundry, shopping, preparing family meals, washing family dishes, sweeping and cleaning the house. These housekeeping duties are the nannys responsibilities because some busy parents cant do all that when they have a nanny in the house. They expect the nanny to do the housekeeping duties when the child or children are off to school.