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What's the difference between a nanny and an au pair?

(27 Posts)
HeadFairy Thu 14-Feb-13 14:00:27

Don't flame me, I know there is a difference of course. Nannies are highly qualified and experienced and have tons of training. Au pairs don't. But if an au pair has been working in childcare for 10+ years, usually sole charge but she has no formal training can she call herself a nanny?

Can Nanny A call herself a nanny? She has no formal training, has been working 10+ in childcare in various settings. She works a 30hr week and she works though she does no nursery duties (ie washing children's clothes, tidying bedrooms etc), does no structured activities with the children (one is at school all day and one is at nursery/pre school for 7 of the 30 hours. She usually lets the children entertain themselves and she is there as a responsible adult. She doesn't really cook beyond reheating food that's been cooked by the employer.

SamSmalaidh Thu 14-Feb-13 21:55:01

The job title doesn't really matter as much as the job description. You could just as well describe all nannies, babysitters and au pairs as "home childcarers".

Scarletlips Thu 14-Feb-13 23:54:38

Take a look at the blog entry on kangarooa*p***.com 'the difference between au pair and nanny'. Explains the difference well

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