Nannies are not simply baby sitters. Short term baby sitting is a job generally performed by family members, elder siblings, or by cheaper labor. Whether part time or full time, the nanny is part of the family for which she works. Recently, too, there has been a revival in the concept of the governess, albeit with a slightly different role. A governess assists with home schooling as well as nanny and care duties.
Most full time nannies live in the house with the family. They may eat with the family, and are commonly treated as a relative to some degree. The nanny may be provided with perks such as a car and a cell phone. In some cases, she may be expected to help with chores such as cleaning, as well as child care itself. It is not uncommon for her to cook lunch for the children.
In most cases, a nanny works during the day when the parents are busy. With very young children, she may be expected to be on duty at night. In some cases, especially with newborns, parents may hire a nanny solely to handle the night shift so that they can sleep. During the day, a nanny is expected to continue the parenting practices of the family. She may take children on outings or play with them.
Part time nannies may work part time or may work for more than one family. Their schedules and shifts vary, as a nanny may work two hours a day to fill in the after school gap. Although many work directly for their families, others are employed by a job agency. An agency may send nannies for short term situations such as parents wanting a vacation on their own.
Nannies can be paid well, and it is a rewarding profession if you like children.