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6474 Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers

Babysitters care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis at home or in the children's homes. They are usually self-employed or may be employed by babysitting agencies. Nannies care for children in the employer's residence and provide for their health and physical and social development. Parent's helpers assist parents with child-care and household duties. Nannies and parent's helpers are employed by private households, where they may also reside.

Example Titles

  • babysitter
  • child caregiver – private home
  • child-care provider – private home
  • live-in caregiver
  • nanny
  • parent's helper
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Main duties


Babysitters perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and care for children in the absence of regular caregiver
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Organize activities such as games and outings to provide amusement and exercise
  • May perform housekeeping duties and prepare meals for children according to employer's instructions.

Nannies and live-in caregivers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and care for children in employer's residence and may reside in employer's home
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Oversee children's activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by employer
  • Instruct children in personal hygiene and social development
  • Tend to the emotional well-being of children
  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents
  • Organize and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings to provide amusement and exercise
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties
  • Take children to and from school and to appointments
  • Maintain a healthy environment in the home
  • Observe children and prepare reports for home care or babysitting agency
  • May be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child.

Parent's helpers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist parent in child supervision and household management
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children under direction of parent
  • Assist with, or may be responsible for, meal preparation, laundry, washing dishes, running errands and other routine housekeeping duties.
  • May oversee children's homework assignments required for school
  • May care for pets.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Nannies and live-in caregivers may require completion of a training program in child care or a related field.
  • Child-care or household management experience may be required.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform work is usually required.
  • First aid certification and CPR training may be required.

Additional information

  • There is mobility among occupations in this group.

Classified elsewhere

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  • Day-care workers (in 4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants )