Professional, Permanent, Temporary,
Sitter or Babysitter
Professional Nanny - Has at least five years childcare
experience, 3 or more of those years being a “Nanny”.
The professional nanny will have a great deal of experience,
perhaps even some training in child development or
education. A professional nanny considers this her
career. This is not a job just to get her through college;
this will be her job indefinitely. There are
several types of nannies. The type
of nanny you hire varies depending on your lifestyle, work and social
commitments, and desires.
Permanent Nanny - A nanny who works for a family 7 months
Temporary Nanny -A nanny
who works for a family 6 months or less. Nannies who work
on a temporary basis pass the same rigorous screening process
as all our "permanent" nannies.
Temporary nannys may be called on for any type of service including
nannies often can begin work
with as little as a 2 hour notice.
Babysitter or Sitter - A nanny who works
for your family sporadically.
Overnight Nanny - A nanny
that works for a very short term (usually a 24-hour period)
Live In or Live Out Nanny
Live In Nanny - A childcare
provider who lives in your home. A live in nanny provides
care for your child/children and handles all child care
related chores, including laundry, meal preparation and
picking up children's areas. The majority of live in nannies
are care for the upkeep of the entire home, including doing
errands and accompanying the family on trips.
Live Out Nanny - Has responsibilities
similar to a live in nanny but has her own domicile.
Mother's Helper - When mother returns home
from the hospital, she may want/need a mother’s helper. Families who will hire
a mother’s helper have one stay at home parent. Responsibilities
would include helping out with the care of the children to light domestic
Post Natal Helper / Newborn Specialist -
Is hired to care for a baby on a temporary basis. A
post-natal helper will assist in all newborn needs that
take place during the day or night. They will feed, burp,
diaper, rock, sing, administer medicine (upon parent’s
approval), etc. A post-natal helper may work as little
as a week or may work until that new little one is on a
regular sleeping schedule. A post-natal helper must have
experience with newborns and may have experience with multiples
Night Nanny - Is a childcare professional
who works overnight shifts after the baby arrives home
from the hospital. The Night Nanny's responsibilities include
caring for the infant(s), bottle-feeding and/or breastfeeding
support for the mother, comforting the infant(s), changing
diapers, and tidying the nursery. The Night Nanny can also
implement a sleep schedule to help infants sleep through
the night. Night Nannys may also perform light housework
that pertains to the baby: including washing bottles and
breast pump equipment, preparing formula for the following
day, emptying the diaper pail and helping with the baby's
A Post Natal Helper - Has more experience
than a night nanny. She
can teach the mother how to swaddle, burping positions,
bathing routines, and even help with getting the baby on
a sleep schedule. A Post Natal Helper may help with
the infant's laundry, and any other required infant care.
Summer Nanny - Work summers on a full
time or part-time basis. Summer nannies plan fun activities
and outings for children as well as take kids to activities
the parents may have scheduled. Most summer nannies
are college students or teachers who are interested in
caring for children during the summer months. Nannies'
salaries vary depending on experience, education, hours
needed, number of children and responsibilities. In East
Texas, most summer nannies earn between $9-$12 per hour.
Governess - A governess normally watches
school age children and is considered more of an educator
or tutor. A governess helps the children excel in school,
teaches the children when they are not in school, supervises
the child's visiting friends, and helps maintain the household.
Personal Assistant / House Manager - May or may
not have any childcare duties. The personal assistant is
present to assist employers in day to day needs. A
personal assistant may help with light housework, errands,
laundry, vacation planning, meal preparation, help in the
office, etc. The house manager may oversee all
estate staff, know their responsibilities, and follow through
to be sure the staff meet expectations. A house manager
assures the house "runs" smoothly
leaving you freed from household responsibilities.