Is there a difference between a Nanny and a Babysitter?

Updated: Feb 3

Is there a difference between a Nanny & a Babysitter?

This is a question I come across very often!

Many student babysitters call themselves a nanny ( is this ok or is this detrimental to a professional nanny?) The majority don't hold a paediatric first aid certificate or had a DBS check.

What is a NANNY

A nanny is a qualified or very experienced person with expertise in sole charge care of children and organising all nursery duties

What is a Mothers Help?

A Mothers help is usually an unqualified person but with some experience of childcare, such as babysitting or newly qualified

They are usually 18- 24 years of age and work alongside the parents.


Nanny agency insurance doesn’t allow registration of anyone under the age of 18yrs and without a years childcare experience

A professional nanny has years of experience, and many are also qualified. They

have a DBS and a paediatric first aid as standard. At present they aren’t legally bound to get nanny insurance but the majority of nannies chose to do so.

Professional nannies have invested in their chosen career path. They have joined professional associations, such as BAPN, and attended courses and CPD workshops to remain up to date


So whats the definition of a BABYSITTER?

Somebody who looks after the children when the parents are out in the evening.


ALL our babysitters are professional nannies or nursery practitioners, which means all of them are DBS checked and paediatric first aid trained. When booking a babysitter my clients need to know that they are leaving their children with somebody who can cope in an emergency situation.

Parents should ask themselves if their 14 year old neighbours daughter/son would know what to do if their child : choked, hit their head, cried constantly because their parents have left home, a fire broke out, a stranger knocked on the front door plus many more scenarios!


By hiring a professional nanny or nursery practitioner to babysit you can go out for the evening knowing that your children are being well cared for.


Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release this should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is the opinion of Savernake Nannies. Copyright 2019 SavernakeNannies.co.uk

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