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What does a Nanny do?

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Answered August 02 2021
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The number one role of a Nanny is to ensure the safety and well-being of the children while the parents are unavailable. Nannies may prepare meals, take the children outside the home for activities, and, if needed, discipline children in a way approved by their parents. 

 While Nannies may be permitted to give children a certain amount of screen time, they also need to find other ways to keep them entertained. Organizing walks, crafts, and other excursions are a fun part of the Nanny’s job.

 Nannies may also drop off/pick up children from extracurriculars such as sports practices or music lessons, prepare meals or snacks, or help with homework assignments. It all depends on their arrangement with the family and the age of the children they’re caring for. 

Roles and responsibilities of a Nanny
  • Watch over and supervise children when parents are not around.
  • Instruct and assisting children regarding daily hygiene habits such as bathing or handwashing. 
  • Organize recreational activities (e.g., games, sports, arts and crafts, playdates, and walks).
  • Assign age-appropriate chores (e.g., taking out the trash, making their beds, or feeding their pets) to develop skills and responsibilities.
  • Feed infants and toddlers meals and snacks at the proper time.
  • Put infants and toddlers down for naps following a regular schedule. 
  • Instruct children about safe behavior (e.g., crossing streets, avoiding dangerous objects, and asking adults for help).
  • Encourage intellectual development of children using games and books.
  • Mediate during conflicts between siblings or friends.
  • Establish rules and boundaries of appropriate behavior.
  • Enforce appropriate disciplinary measures when children misbehave.
  • Assist in house chores and tasks.
  • Transport children from one location to another when necessary.
  • Meet with parents regularly.
  • Provide specialized care when necessary.
  • Assess and respond to emergencies promptly.