What is a nanny and how can you become a nanny? What is the difference between a nanny and an au pair?


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Difference between a nanny and an au pair

nannyA nanny or childcare provider  is a person who cares for the children of a family. Sometimes, they are also called “governess”, from the French word “gouvernante”.


You could compare the work of a nanny roughly to the work of a teacher in a daycare center.   


There is a distinction between a “live-in nanny” and a “live-out nanny”, depending on the living situation of the nanny.


If the nanny lives in the same house with the family, she is a live-in nanny. If she doesn't live with the family and only comes over for a couple of hours, you call her a live-out nanny.


The responsibilities of a nanny

  • childcare
  • education
  • helping with the children's homework
  • cooking
  • housework
  • shopping and driving the children around


Nanny Job

One of the differences between a nanny and an au pair  is that the nanny is from the same country as the family.


Also, the work of the nanny, unlike an au pair program, is considered a proper work relation (with payroll tax). The host family is actually the employer and the nanny is an employee.


A nanny can work full-time or part-time, depending on the family's needs. Therefore, the nanny doesn't earn merely pocket money, but a full salary.


A nanny earns between 7 – 30 Euros an hour, depending on her qualifications, experience and on the amount of work.


So, a nanny's gross income per year falls between 10,080 and 43,200 Euros for a 30-hour week. Clearly, if a nanny earns that much, it means that she has been educated in either healthcare or childcare.


While it used to be common to look for a nanny among friends and acquaintances, now, most people look for a nanny online.




More information for au pairs:

What is an Granny?
What is an Demi-pair?
What is an Summer Au Pair?