The Difference between a Nanny and Babysitter

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Nanny or Babysitter

What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?

Although nannies and babysitters both provide quality childcare, there are some basic differences between the two. While some of these differences may vary from family to family there are also some generalizations that can be made regarding the two positions.

NannyBabysitter
Hired for childcare and perhaps some additional duties on a scheduled full-time or part-time basis and may live with the family. Provides childcare "as-needed" often for multiple families.
Generally an employee of the family, with the employer responsible for their half of the Social Security taxes and for income tax withholding. Considered a contract worker. The babysitter is responsible for all taxes.
May be paid a salary or hourly wage and may also receive vacation and/or holiday pay and perhaps other benefits. Paid only for hours worked.

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If you want more information about nannies and babysitters, read some of our blog posts:

  • The Parent-Nanny Relationship - Part employee, part family member, your nanny is a hybrid in your world. And she's oh so important to your kids. This is one of the relationships that you really want to do right. What can you do to ensure that your relationship with your nanny is on solid footing?
  • How to Recruit, Interview and Hire a Nanny - Finding and hiring the right nanny for your family can seem like a daunting task. We at Nannies4hire.com are here to make the process easier for you.
  • Childcare Options - Parents considering childcare for their children have many options at their access.
  • Transitioning to a New Nanny or Babysitter - Your only child is starting school. You no longer need a full-time nanny: a part-time nanny or babysitter is what you will need going forward (at least until next summer). How do you prepare your child for the transition?
  • Hiring a Babysitter for the First Time - You are preparing to hire a babysitter for the first time. What all do you need to do to be well prepared for successfully employing a babysitter?