NANNY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Little Treasures - - CHILD­CARE CHOICES -

A nanny, in most cir­cum­stances, is a child­care pro­fes­sional with as­so­ci­ated qual­i­fi­ca­tions who comes to your home to look af­ter your child ac­cord­ing to the hours you set. A nanny gen­er­ally cares for your child on a one-on-one ba­sis, al­though nanny-shares are avail­able in some cir­cum­stances where one nanny may look af­ter sev­eral chil­dren for all or part of the day.

A nanny is re­spon­si­ble for all tasks re­lated to the care of chil­dren and can also prepare meals or do school pick-ups, if ne­go­ti­ated in their con­tract.

AU PAIR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

An au pair is a livein carer – of­ten a young per­son who comes from abroad and who will stay with a fam­ily for up to a year and look af­ter the chil­dren.

There are a range of dif­fer­ent agen­cies that spe­cialise in plac­ing nan­nies or au pairs with fam­i­lies. They’ll dis­cuss your in­di­vid­ual needs and help match th­ese with the car­ers they rep­re­sent. Such agen­cies also gen­er­ally screen po­ten­tial car­ers with po­lice checks, visa/ pass­port checks, qual­i­fi­ca­tions, em­ploy­ment his­tory and ver­bal ref­er­ences.

With a nanny or au pair you can set the terms of how your child is cared for.

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