Nanny vs. Babysitter

Nanny vs. Babysitter

What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?

Although nannies and babysitters both provide quality childcare, there are some basic differences between the two. While some of these differences may vary from family to family there are also some generalizations that can be made regarding the two positions.


  • Hired for childcare and perhaps some additional duties on a scheduled full-time or part-time basis and may live with the family.

  • Generally an employee of the family, with the employer responsible for their half of the Social Security taxes and for income tax withholding.

  • Maybe paid a salary or hourly wage and may also receive vacation and/or holiday pay and perhaps other benefits.


  • Provides childcare "as-needed" often for multiple families.

  • Considered a contract worker. The babysitter is responsible for all taxes.

  • Paid only for hours worked.

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