The different types of Nannies: Which is best for you?

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January, 2023

When it comes to choosing the right nanny for your family, it’s important to understand the different types of nannies available and their qualifications and responsibilities. Full-time nannies typically work 40-60 hours per week and are responsible for the overall care of the child or children, including meal preparation, laundry, and light cleaning.

Part-time nannies, on the other hand, typically work 20-30 hours per week and have similar responsibilities to full-time nannies, but on a reduced schedule. Live-in nannies live with the family and are responsible for the same duties as full-time nannies, but are also available to care for the child or children at all times.

Temporary nannies are typically hired for a short period of time, such as when a regular nanny is on vacation or when a family needs extra help. Nanny shares are when two or more families share a nanny to care for their children. The best type of nanny for your family will depend on your schedule, needs, and budget.

When looking for a Nanny each family has different needs and requirements to suit them and what they’re looking for. When searching for a Nanny, families have to consider many factors such as the number of children, the children’s age, hobbies, additional support, educational needs, boundaries and parenting style. 

Additionally, nannies have their own requirements in the family they work for.

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    A traditional Nanny

    A nanny is very hands on and involved in almost every aspect of the child’s ever day life. They are as invested in the child’s upbringing, development and wellbeing. It is a nanny’s responsibility to assist in creating and maintaining a routine, develop fun and age-appropriate activities to provide support with the mental, emotional and physical development of the children in their care. 

    Nannies are responsible for a variety of tasks and chores related to the children they’re caring for including:

    • Dressing/changing the children
    • Providing healthy and nutritious meals
    • Washing clothes and dishes (used by the children)
    • Scheduling playdates
    • Carpooling to extra-curricular activities
    • Offering support with homework  
    • Providing fun activities and outings
    • Ensuring the children are safe at all times
    • Keeping communication with the parents (Providing necessary updates)

    Rota Nanny

    Rota nannies provide the same level of care as a traditional nanny, except their hours are longer and are usually expected to work 24/7 when on duty. They usually work on 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off schedule alongside another Nanny. However, Rota Nannies will have different hours depending on the family’s needs and wants. 

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    SEN Nanny

    As a parent with a child with additional needs, finding a Nanny who understands and has that extra knowledge and training is important. SEN nannies are specialist nannies that know how to support a child’s additional needs while providing endless fun and education and maintaining professionalism. Hiring an SEN Nanny and finding the right person with the right knowledge and experience can be challenging but Great British Nannies can help.

     

    Maternity Nurse 

    A Maternity Nurse is a newborn specialist that can help from pregnancy to around 6 months postpartum. They are usually qualified nurses who specialise in newborns and pregnant women, they can provide support for both Mother and baby. They have skills in teaching first-time parents how to care for their new bundle of joy. They’re also there to provide care for the new addition whilst Mother recovers from birth. Their sole purpose is to take care of newborns, you cannot expect them to take care of other children within the household.

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    Nanny-housekeeper 

    A nanny-housekeeper covers both Nanny duties and housekeeping chores. The housekeeping chores are usually carried out when children are at school or nursery. The most important part of their role is the children and their safety at all times. They usually work with school aged children and can be live-in or live-out.  The difference between a traditional Nanny and a Nanny-housekeeper is that whilst Nannies do clean after the children, the Nanny-housekeeper would go beyond that and take care of the entire home and chores.

    Travelling Nanny 

    A travelling Nanny is self-explanatory, it’s a Nanny who travels alongside the family.  Some families may travel a lot and need additional support abroad and on flights, hiring a travelling Nanny to carry out their Nanny duties during these times.  Some families may be working or just want some child free time, so they need a Nanny to lend a hand. Travelling Nannies are usually temporary for the duration of the trip.

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    Live-in or Live-out?

    Every family is unique and require different levels of care and support with their children. For some a full-time nanny works, but for those with unpredictable work schedules a full-time live-in nanny may work better. A live-in Nanny will sleep and live in the same household as their employers, which is extremely rare in the working world. This is easier for those who travel for work or need to be back and fourth as someone is always home to provide the necessary care for their children. 

    A live-out Nanny are usually full-time employees like the live-in Nanny working around 50 hours during the school week. Although they don’t reside in the family home, they are the ones who take care of the children when parents are not there.

    Maternity Nurse 

    A Maternity Nurse is a newborn specialist that can help from pregnancy to around 6 months postpartum. They are usually qualified nurses who specialise in newborns and pregnant women, they can provide support for both Mother and baby. They have skills in teaching first-time parents how to care for their new bundle of joy. They’re also there to provide care for the new addition whilst Mother recovers from birth. Their sole purpose is to take care of newborns, you cannot expect them to take care of other children within the household.

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