What is a Nanny?

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What is a nanny?

A nanny is an individual employed by a family in either a live-in or live-out basis. The essential function of a nanny is to be responsible for all care of the child(ren) in the home in a largely unsupervised setting. A nanny can be found through a nanny agency or through word of mouth and recommendations. Duties are typically focused on childcare and any household chores or tasks related to the children, such as doing the child(ren)'s laundry and preparing food for the child(ren).

A nanny may or may not have any formal training; however, many have years of actual experience working with children. A nanny may work full-time (40 or more hours a week), may work part-time or may be involved in a nanny share.

Updated by Jill Ceder

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