Positions available in child care services include mother’s helpers, babysitters, nannies, au pairs and day care workers. Mother’s helpers assist with childcare in the home with a parent present and are typically low-paying positions.
Babysitters care for children when the parents are not home and may do so at the their own homes or at the children’s homes. Most babysitters work part-time on an hourly basis. Nannies provide in-home care on a more regular basis and may live with the family. Au pairs are foreign nationals who live with a host family and receive room and board and a living allowance in exchange for child care. Day care providers offer day care for groups of children and can work at a commercial day care center or offer services through their own homes.