What Are the Common Duties of a Nanny?


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A nanny is employed by a family to take care of all responsibilities related to the children in the home. Nannies are expected to provide meals for the children; clean the children's play areas, bedrooms and bathrooms; plan educational and recreational activities; supervise play sessions with visiting children; take the children to appointments; and provide an overall safe and enjoyable environment for the children in their care.

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Nannies are sometimes formally trained. Even when she does not have specific training or credentials, it is essential for a nanny to have experience in the childcare field. A nanny can be hired on a live-in or live-out basis and typically works at least 40 hours a week. A live-in nanny typically lives in an appointed area in the family's home and works 11 to 13 hours a day, usually for 5 days a week. When nannies are asked to work 24-hour shifts — for instance, when the families they work for are traveling — they typically agree to these hours beforehand and are paid more.

A live-out nanny often works up to 12 hours a day 5 days a week. Live-out nannies are sometimes paid more than live-in nannies because the parents have no need to provide accommodations and food.

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