What is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny?

Babysitting tends to involve ad hoc work that is paid by the hour. Most parents hire babysitters to provide childcare that will allow them to go out and celebrate special occasions such as anniversary meals or birthday parties. Some parents hire babysitters on a fairly regular basis but only for a few hours at a time.  Hiring a babysitter is a great option if you need some short-term childcare that is relatively affordable.

Nannies can be hired on a part-time or full-time basis. During the working hours when kids are in their care, the nanny has full responsibility for them. This includes tasks such as preparing meals for the children, making sure they are dressed, tidying up messy play areas, and doing the laundry.

Most nannies have undergone training and garnered plenty of experience working with children across a range of different ages.

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