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What are the different types of nannies?

What are the different types of nannies?

Being a nanny is a great way to make extra income while caring for children. But how do you find the perfect nanny job for you? In this post, I'll review the types of nanny positions and help you decide which type will work best for you.

Over 1 million nannies are working in the United States. About half worked part-time, and only about 10% had any college degree. About 60% of nannies were women, and 80% were under 35. Most nannies were employed full-time, although almost 20% worked part-time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nannies was projected to increase by 19% between 2010 and 2020. However, that growth has shown to have leveled off in recent years.

There are plenty of nanny jobs available for you to start and grow a career.

1. Nanny housekeepers

Nanny housekeepers provide all kinds of services for families, including childcare, household chores, and even some light cooking. While most nanny housekeepers work part-time, some offer 24/7 coverage. You'll find nanny housekeeper jobs listed as "Household Helpers," "Child Care Workers," and "Domestic Staff."

Full-time nanny housekeepers can become an essential part of the family because they are very involved in the day-to-day activities. Full-time nannies often have a special place in children's hearts and can be a great source of comfort to parents struggling with raising kids while growing a demanding career.

2. Full-time live-out Nanny

A live-out nanny works full-time for a family, taking care of children during the hours that parents aren't around. Live-outs earn more money per hour than live-ins, but the job requires more responsibility and commitment. Live-outs can take advantage of flexible scheduling options, such as working evenings or weekends, whereas live-ins cannot. Some live-out nannies also assist with homework, teach lessons, and perform household chores. These caregivers are hired to care for children ranging from infants to teenagers.

3. Live-in Nanny

A live-in nanny is a caregiver who lives in her employer's home. A live-in nanny provides childcare services whether the parents are home or away. She includes childcare for children under the age of 12 and may assist with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shopping. A live-in nanny works full-time hours. The working hours will vary depending on the family's needs in their care.

Some parents prefer live-in nannying because they can keep a close eye on their children without worrying about leaving them alone. Other parents hire a live-in nanny because they believe that hiring a live-in nanny will save money in the long run. Parents who employ live-in nannies may pay hourly rates, but a salary might fit the family's schedule better. While many parents hire live-in caregivers to watch their children, others hire live-in nannies to cook meals, clean houses, and perform other household chores.

4. Part-time, after-school, or summer Nanny

Part-time nannies are often used when parents want to return to work but require assistance caring for their kids. They usually work around three to four hours per day, three to five days per week. After-school nannies are hired to watch over students once school lets out for the day until the parents can return from work. After-school nannies are often tasked with helping the children with homework or commuting to after-school activities. Summer nannies are hired when schools aren't open for the summer. When school lets out, parents need to find another way to care for their children while they work, so they often seek a nanny for the summer months.

5. Nanny shares

Nanny shares are becoming increasingly popular among parents who want to save money on childcare costs. For some people, finding a trustworthy childcare expert is a great way. A nanny share is a childcare arrangement where two families split the cost of hiring a nanny to care for both children. Ideally, the families already have a friendship, and the children play well together.

A nanny share is ideal for parents who can't afford a full-time nanny on their own, so two different employers will pay you. You will be responsible for two other parents' children. Typically you can charge a slightly higher hourly wage when watching two sets of children.

6. College Nanny

A college nanny is someone who works part-time while attending school. They work one to two days weekly, usually Monday through Friday, and sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays. Some schools offer tuition reimbursement for students working part-time jobs. In addition to providing childcare, some college nannies offer tutoring, help with homework, and even teach classes.

While you won't be available 24/7, college nannies generally can offer flexibility and are willing to meet parents' needs. Most college nannies don't charge hourly rates; they ask for a flat fee based on how long they'll work each week.

Some college nannies are paid directly by the family, whereas others are employed by organizations such as Child Care Aware, Early Childhood Educators National Council, and the American Red Cross. These organizations are an excellent place to start your search for this type of nanny job.

7. Au pairs

An au pair is a unique type of international job opportunity. They live together, eat meals together, do chores together and spend time with each other outside of scheduled activities. A student from a foreign country stays with a host family for some time, typically about 12 months. The host family receives free childcare and a stipend to cover living costs.

Au pairs come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the needs of both parties. Some families want someone to look after their kids while they're away; others wish someone to take over some household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, yard work, and errands.

The pay varies widely based on location, housing, food, and lifestyle choices. But it's often less expensive than hiring a domestic worker or babysitter.

8. Night Nanny

A night nanny is a professional caregiver who works during the evening hours. Depending on the family's needs, these caregivers may work part-time or full-time. You are usually hired to take care of children during the evening hours when parents go to sleep or leave for work. A night nanny provides care for children and young adults who may be alone in the evenings because of the parent's career demands. A night nanny can provide many benefits, such as being an extra hand around the house, assisting children with schoolwork, and giving a break from parenting responsibilities.

If you're looking for a nanny job, remember that many kinds of nannies are available. There are many grey areas between the different types listed here. You can also be a nanny who cares for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children. And some nannies specialize exclusively in working with special needs children.

A nanny job will change as the family in your care grows. Sometimes you will work only during the day, others times it will be after hours, and maybe you will care for children full-time. As your nanny career forms, you will probably transition between many of these nannying types with one or multiple families. Keep an open mind and be flexible. Remember, you chose this career because you enjoy helping children and families. Always put that in the forefront.

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