What is the difference between a Nanny and a Babysitter?

Typically, a Nanny takes care of the children full-time and is involved in their long-term development. Nannies have a regular schedule and can have responsibilities beyond childcare such as preparing meals and helping in the household. Since they work very closely and intensively with the children, they often become a part of the family.

A babysitter usually provides childcare part-time, with flexible schedules or for special occasions. They are normally paid on an hourly basis. Their engagements with the family are typically transient.

Both terms are often used interchangeably and are sometimes difficult to differentiate. Whatever the carer’s title, the most important thing is that the family’s needs are covered correctly.