Differences between a Babysitter and a Nanny
Ruth E. Jones
March 29, 2011
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BABYSITTER AND A NANNY
There are many mixed emotions from parents as to who watches their
children while they are either working or away on business trips. Knowing the
differences, recognizing the purpose of the need and the time frame of the need is
very important. In this paper, we will discuss the differences between a babysitter
and a nanny. It is hoped that your decision will be an easy one to make.
When planning your schedule for working everyday or extended stays away
from home, the first question to be considered is the safety of the children. While
working everyday, do you wish to leave them with a babysitter? They are
independent contractors in the childcare service industry. Babysitters typically
work out of private households, but may occasionally work in hotels, office
buildings, churches and other community facilities at clients request. Babysitters
provide temporary childcare for a predefined period of time and follow immediate
instructions provided by the primary care provider, such as dietary needs and
bedtime routines. Babysitters remain on-site until the return of parent or guardian
and watch over children while they play.
When a babysitter is employed, it is on an as-needed basis. The need for a
babysitter comes from a situation in which the parents rely on other caregivers
(such as a day care) or themselves to take care of their children’s day-to-day needs.
Babysitters are not hired to be on call to take care of the children exclusively on a
daily and indefinite basis. When parents have a special outing planned, they usually 3
call a babysitter to take care of their kids for two to several hours at a time.
Multiple babysitters can and often serve one household. Parents who use
babysitters typically have more than one phone number in the event that one
babysitter is not available for the time they need her.
Considerations are included with obtaining a babysitter such as: The Internal
Revenue Service (as of 2009) require taxpayers with household help to pay Social
Security and Medicare taxes if the household worker’s annual pay is in excess of
$1,700. Households that hire nannies also are subjected to the same rules. Some
families also provide benefits, such as health insurance and paid vacation time, to
their household workers, but payment of these benefits is not required by law.
Now let us compare the use of nannies. Both a nanny and a babysitter are
employed to take care of children, beyond that the similarities in the scope of
their job descriptions end. From pay structure and taxes to activities and the
amount of time spent with the child, a nanny and babysitter serve their functions
based on the circumstances of the parent's finances and availability. A nanny is
employed when parents have very little time to devote to the day-to-day needs of
their children. This situation can arise when both parents have demanding jobs or
when one parent has a demanding job and the other parent has difficult time
handling multiple children. A nanny is employed to spend time taking care of a
child in every circumstance that arises when parents are unavailable at any time.
This can occur on every weekday, on prescribed weekends or evenings. The nanny...