NANNY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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.