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3 Types of Nannies

February 02, 2015

When you’re hiring a nanny, it’s important to think about what type of nanny you need in your household. Different types of nannies have different roles and may take on designated responsibilities in the household. Here are types of nannies and the benefits of hiring each.

3 Types of Nannies

1. Live-In Nanny

A live-in nanny lives at your home and has a designated work schedule. These nannies usually work about 50 hours a week and have scheduled downtime to themselves. Their schedule remains regular on a weekly basis, except for extenuating circumstances like traffic or doctor’s appointments. This type of nanny is easily accessible and will need to cultivate a closer relationship with the family. If you need an extra helping hand more often than usual, consider hiring a live-in nanny to help with childcare.

2. Live-Out Nanny

A nanny that lives outside the home is the most traditional of the types of nannies. These nannies will work on a regular hourly schedule. They will be less available than a live-in nanny, but the separation can create a better work/life balance for your nanny and avoid nanny burnout with your children.

3. After-School Nanny

After-school nannies are common when parents work long hours or don’t want to put their child in daycare. Hiring a nanny to pick your children up and take care of them after school is great for parents who don’t want their children home alone.  These nannies will only work a few hours a day and generally only on weekdays.

When hiring a nanny, decide if you are looking for short term or longer term care. Summer nannies or temporary caregivers are hired for a period of up to 6 months, while permanent nannies are hired on for longer and can work with the family as long as communication remains open and trust intact.

If you expect a nanny that will also do housework, make sure you are up front in the interview process and are willing to pay them extra. Typically, nanny duties are reserved to only small chores for the children.  For more tips on hiring a nanny or establishing professionalism, read our blog or visit


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