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The Different Types of Nanny Roles

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Those seeking childcare for the first time may find that hiring a nanny can be a daunting experience as there are many different types of role available. Depending on the ages of the children, the amount of care required, and the day-to-day tasks expected, a particular nanny will need to be chosen. Here is a breakdown of which titles would be suitable to varying requirements.


Typically, a nanny is defined as a person employed to look after a child in its own home. Nannies can be part time, full time, live in and before or after school. People who work regularly may wish to hire a nanny to work five days a week, while others may just like to pay a nanny to work a few hours a day, in order to get on with particular tasks. Some prefer to have a nanny live in the home, meaning that they are always on hand if necessary, which also provides the employee with a number of benefits.

Nannies can also be expected to take on other chores decided previous to employment, such as basic cleaning and tidying, or washing and cooking.


Although not as common as before, a governess is a woman who is employed to teach children in the home, who can also be expected to perform nanny duties. Governesses are usually employed in large and wealthy households, as well as those located in Europe. This option is for those who would prefer their children to be educated at home, but can also be used for extra tuition in order to assist alongside school work.

Au Pair

An au pair is usually a young foreign person who is willing to move to another country in order to provide childcare or housework. Rather than receiving an hourly rate or a weekly wage, they tend to be paid with ‘pocket money’, as well as the provision of living accommodation. Au pairs are expected to be treated like members of the family and are unlikely to be classed as a worker or an employee.

Maternity Nurse

A maternity nurse cares for a newborn baby, usually for the first few weeks or months following the birth. They are often required to work 24 hours a day, up to six days a week, and for this reason are likely to live in the home of the baby. This allows for parents to have time to recover from the birth, and will also help to teach and support those who may be new to parenting.