Differences Between a Professional Nanny and a Babysitter

One of the common questions we receive at Educated Nannies is “What are the differences between a professional nanny and a babysitter? Provided below is a list of the top five differences between these two childcare roles.

Schedule: A Professional nanny works full-time or part-time with one family exclusively. Their hours and duties are set and agreed upon in an employment contract. In contrast, babysitters are employed on an “as-needed” basis. Many times they will help a family with childcare during date-nights, weekends, or short periods of time while the parents run errands or attend to other commitments. Additionally, babysitters will commonly work with multiple families.

Experience: Professional nannies will generally have at least 5 years of childcare experience and at least 3 years or more of full-time nanny experience. In some cases, a professional nanny may have begun their work in the childcare field as a babysitter, as this role is considered more entry-level.

Education: A professional nanny will be certified in first aid and CPR. They may hold a college degree, whether it is in child development, early childhood education or another related field. Some professional nannies may have a teaching credential or a master’s degree in education, or an area of expertise such as human behavior or psychology. Professional nannies pull in all facets of their education to the job. There is no set standard for level of education of a babysitter.

Job Duties: Professional nannies are responsible for all things child related, namely providing a safe, secure, engaging and nurturing environment for the children in their care. Additional responsibilities may include: activities, crafts, educational exercises, transportation, meals, hygiene, scheduling, travel and organization of the children’s rooms. A professional nanny works as a cohesive part of the entire childcare team, coupled with parents and other professionals such as, teachers, doctors and specialists. A babysitter is also responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for children; however, their responsibilities may be limited due to the amount of time spent with the children in their care. For example, a date-night sitter’s responsibilities may include: dinner, activities, bath and bedtime.

Long Term Career Goals: Professional nannies have chosen this profession as their long-term career. They are not pursuing other fields and are very invested in their work. Many professional nannies are also active members of the nanny community. They may join professional associations or attend events and conferences to remain fresh in the field. For babysitters, childcare may not be their ultimate career goal. Babysitting may be a means to support themselves through school or while they actively pursue other areas of interest.

Do you have any questions regarding the differences between professional nannies and babysitters? We are here to help! Please contact us at info@educatednannies.com.

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Nanny Tip of the Week

Nanny Tip of the Week! If you are a professional nanny, please conduct yourself in a manner that communicates this. Stay up-to-date on First Aid/CPR/AED and other certifications that pertain to your area of expertise. Be an active member of the industry by attending conferences and workshops. Families love to see candidates who are active, engaged and have a passion for their work!

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Educated Nannies Featured in the Huffington Post

Our Founder, Ryan Jordan, was recently featured in the Huffington Post! Congratulations to Ryan on this wonderful accomplishment. You are a true inspiration to the entire Educated Nannies team! The entry below is pulled from the original article. To view the article in entirety, please click here

Women Making a Difference: Ryan Jordan of Educated Nannies

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with a fellow female entrepreneur, Ryan Jordan, of Educated Nannies. Her LA-based nanny agency, which launched just last year, has already won the Red Tricycle Award, voted “Most Awesome” by their community, and boasts an impressive clientele list.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, with a Masters Degree in Education from Pepperdine University, Ryan has always had a passion for children and child development. Having worked as a nanny for 10 years, she knew the ins and outs of what it takes to be a professional nanny, and coupled with her background in education, earned the nickname, “The Educated Nanny.”

“After referring many families and nannies to other agencies, I realized Los Angeles needed a nanny agency with college-educated nannies who are not pursuing any other career, and have a passion for childcare.” Ryan saw the need for an agency that properly conducted background checks, and after speaking with parents, learned the great need for educated nannies who could not only care for children, but also teach, tutor, inspire and act as role models.

She pursued her passion and in May of 2013, decided to turn her dreams into a reality by launching her agency, while holding down a job as a full-time nanny. “At the end of the day, the children inspired me. Those “aha moments” when a child learns something new are magical. It’s all about the kids!”

So what makes Educated Nannies stand out from other similar agencies? It’s the only nanny agency in Los Angeles that offers nannies who have a college degree, five years of childcare experience, CPR and First Aid certifications as well as background checks including fingerprinting.

Ryan also likes to add a personal touch with her clients by conducting home visits to learn more about the culture of their home environment and childcare philosophies. “We work with each family’s budget to meet their needs, and we are extremely selective of who we send to their home for interviews.”

The results speak for themselves. “We used Educated Nannies and are absolutely thrilled with the results: we love our nanny. As a family with two working parents, it is extremely daunting to think about finding a nanny. Ryan and her team made it so easy.”

As an entrepreneur, Ryan’s success goes beyond just her passion and experience. “I believe success is all in your attitude — life is too short to be negative. I practice positivity in my life and relationships, and it’s helped me get to where I am today.” Her attitude is contagious and a breath of fresh air. “I like to surround myself with positive people, and support others on their journeys.” It’s clear that giving back is part of Ryan’s M.O, and it shows in the volunteer work she does.

“Being socially conscious is important to me, and I give back to the community by making a donation to the non-profit organization Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) every time we place a nanny.” Her latest volunteer work was with Chai Lifeline for Big Sunday, where she spent the weekend creating care packages for children with life-threatening illnesses. “I hope that as Educated Nannies grows, we’ll be able to give back even more to our community, specifically to children.”

Having launched her first successful agency has taught Ryan a few things about entrepreneurship. “Be prepared to put your heart, soul and every ounce of energy you have into your first year of business. This is a 24/7 adventure filled with passion. Be brave. Be creative. Be patient. Be okay with not getting everything perfect on the first try. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Listen more than you talk. Hire your weakness. Have fun and soak up every bit of information you can. Network and communicate with people that inspire you. Take each day as an opportunity to grow and learn. Oh, and hire a good lawyer and web designer!”

An expectant mother to be, Ryan seems to be taking all of it in stride. “I can’t wait to be a mommy! It will be so fun to teach my own children and learn things from them.” Ryan and her husband Lee, are expecting a baby boy this year. Needless to say, she’ll have all the help she needs.

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