According to the International Nanny Association the role of a nanny is:

 

A nanny is responsible for the complete care of the employer’s children.

 

A nanny’s duties may include:

  • Tending to each child’s basic physical needs

  • Meal planning and preparation for the children

  • Laundering and caring for clothing belonging to the children

  • Organizing play activities and outings

  • Setting behavioral guidelines

  • Providing discipline when appropriate

  • Providing social and intellectual stimulation

  • Providing transportation

  • Housekeeping, when related to the children

  • Traveling with the family.

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Nannies must also be able to communicate effectively with both the children and their parents. Depending on the individual family, the nanny may be treated as an employee, as a cherished friend or as a member of the family.

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