Once you have chosen to have a nanny come to your home to look after your child/children, you can be sure the carers provided by Care for Kidz have a minimum of three years’ experience and have a first-aid certificate. The majority of our carers have qualifications. All carers recommended by Care for Kidz have displayed a caring nature towards children. All experience and references have been checked.
If you are having trouble understanding the differences between a nanny, nannyshare, mother's helper, before/after-school care or babysitters, and their roles and responsibilities, please see definitions below. Or you can simply fill in a family application form and tell us what you require, then we will start looking for the perfect nanny for your situation. Please also check your legal obligations with regards to employing a nanny/childcarer in Australia or New Zealand.
A nanny is 18 years and older. They usually have a qualification in childcare studies or early childhood and education or similar. Some have no formal qualifications but have years of experience.
Nannies’ responsibilities are those to do with the children and the children only. Duties include cooking, washing, ironing, feeding, cleaning their rooms and leaving all work areas clean. They will not do any housekeeping duties for the family.
A nanny's wage depends on their experience, qualification or whether he/she lives in or out.
A live-out nanny should not work more than 10 hours per day with weekends off. He/she may provide extra babysitting for an extra cost. If you require the nanny to work the occasional Saturday or Sunday, most won't mind working for extra money or an extra day off. A live-out nanny usually has their own car, but if you require them to use their car during employment, then you will need to pay him/her a travel allowance.
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A live-in nanny is paid a lot less, as food and accommodation are provided by the employer. The nanny should not work more than 12 hours per day and should have weekends off. He/she may babysit an extra one or two evenings per week for a negotiated fee. If you require the carer to work the occasional Saturday or Sunday, most nannies won't mind working for extra money or an extra day off. A live-in nanny usually doesn't have a car, but usually has access to the family car if required for his/her duties. A live-in nanny should have their own bedroom and bathroom, or a self-contained granny flat or quarters.
A mothercraft nurse is an experienced nurse who has a high level of specialised training in caring for newborns. They are usually have qualifications in Mothercraft Nursing from TAFE or Tresillian and Karitane trained.
A Mothercraft Nurse offers education, support and guidance in caring for your newborn. As well as support in caring for babies who don't settle well or 'catnap' during the day. They help with any feeding issues you may be experiencing, and develop sound routines and structure into your life.
If you would like more information on how a mothercraft nurse can help you. Please click here.
A mummy nanny is a nanny who has relevant childcare experience, who brings along her child as well. They will care for your child/children as well as hers.
The mummy nanny usually lives out and attends your place of residence. But care can also take place at the carer’s house, depending on the regulations in your state or country. The nanny will only care for the children and tidy up any work areas. They will not do any housekeeping duties for the children or family.
A nannyshare is when you and another family share the cost associated with employing a nanny. They will care for the children from both families at the same time and place.
The carer will only care for the children and tidy up any work areas. They will not do any housekeeping duties for the family. For more information on nannyshare, please click here.
A mother's helper is 18 years and older. The helper usually has no formal qualifications but has experience with looking after children, or has qualifications but no experience. A mother's helper works on a team basis with the parent/guardian, sharing childcare and domestic cleaning duties with them.
A mother's helper is usually employed to help parents during sickness, injury or disability, or during the early stages after a newborn baby is welcomed into the home. The job is designed for the carer to gain more experience. The position is not designed for the helper to have sole charge of the child/children for hours on end, nor is it designed for the helper to clean the house for hours on end. The duties are shared 50:50.
A live-in helper is paid a lot less, as food and accommodation are provided by the family. The nanny should not work more than 12 hours per day with weekends off. He/she may work an extra one or two evenings per week of babysitting for a negotiated fee. If you require them to work the occasional Saturday or Sunday, most helpers won't mind working for extra money or an extra day off. A live-in nanny usually doesn't have a car but usually has access to the family car during employment. A live-in helper should have his/her own bedroom and bathroom, or a self-contained granny flat or quarters.
Before and after school carers are usually 18 years and older. They have experience in looking after children. They are usually tertiary students who are studying childcare, nursing, teaching, or they’re former nannies furthering their education.
In the mornings, the carers will prepare school lunches, tidy up the kitchen area, get the children ready for school and accompany them to school.
In the afternoons, they will pick children up from school, take them to after-school activities and appointments, supervise homework, attend to the children's washing and clean any work areas.
He/she will work for a minimum of three hours per shift. They may provide extra care in school holidays for the same hourly rate, and also work the occasional Saturday or Sunday for an extra fee.
The carers usually have their own car. If the carer uses his/her car during employment, then you will be required to pay them a travel allowance.
Babysitters are 18 years and older. They are usually nannies, mother’s helpers, childcare workers, teachers or after-school carers or students who are studying in relevant fields. Babysitters usually do not do any housekeeping duties for the children or family, except clean up after the children and any work areas.
In Australia, we provide babysitters in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In New Zealand, we provide babysitters in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. This can be for hotels, serviced apartments, functions, corporate businesses or private homes, whether it be daytime, evenings, weekends, overnight stays, temporary live-ins or live-out positions, or for children with special needs. If you require information regarding rates, please click on babysitting.