Childcare jobs include au pair, nanny, babysitter and doula. These different specialized childcare jobs are based on unique responsibilities for parents seeking assistance with caregiving for their children.
An au pair is a young adult who lives with a family to provide childcare and housekeeping services. The au pair is typically from a foreign country, and her employment is monitored by the Department of State. A nanny may also live in the family home to provide childcare and various other tasks related to running a household. This provider may reside outside of the home and work on a scheduled basis.
Babysitters are commonly hired for childcare, with the majority of their focus on caregiving. Babysitters may work on a part-time or a full-time basis. A doula is a childcare provider who focuses on providing support to a pregnant woman before, during and after pregnancy.