Babysitters Versus Temporary Nannies

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When should I hire a babysitter, and when should I hire a temporary nanny?

Babysitters Versus Temporary Nannies

You might be wondering what the difference is between a babysitter job and a temporary nanny job. Generally, a nanny is thought to be someone who is a professional, working to earn a livable wage whereas a babysitter might be the teenager who lives down the street and watches over the kids for a few hours while you go out. Recognizing whether you really just need a babysitter or a professional temporary nanny depends on a few things:

  • Are you regularly going to need someone to watch over the children, especially through the day when most younger babysitters are in school?
  • Does your child need specialized care that only a trained nanny could provide?
  • Do you expect additional work to be done around the house including light housekeeping and cooking?

These are just a few things to consider when looking at hiring a temporary nanny versus a babysitter. For the times when you just want to go out for a few hours in an evening, hire a babysitter. If you're expecting more specialized, skilled care and involves light housekeeping, consider hiring a temporary nanny.

There's nothing wrong with hiring a babysitter when it's appropriate, but if you're looking for more formal child care, you may want to consider contacting temporary nanny services to help you out.



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