The difference between Nannies, Au Pairs and Night Nurses

At some point or another, all parents need to put their little one/s in the helping hands of professional at-home childcare.

This is not because of your capabilities as a parent, but rather, because of the rigorous schedule of modern working life.

What kind of child-care is right for you?

Help comes in many forms, tailored to different needs for different parents. In this article, we will be explaining the difference between Nannies, Au Pairs and Night Nurses.

What is a Nanny?

A Nanny is an at-home caregiver who, ideally, should have completed a First Aid and Nanny Training Course.

Nannies watch over your child during the day, making sure they are bathed, fed, stimulated and safe.

In South Africa, it is normal for Nannies to couple both domestic cleaning and child minding as one service.

The ideal Nanny would have an understanding of early childhood development and provide a stimulating role in teaching your child. This is ideal for parents with young children who do not need academic help.

 

What is a Night Nurse?

Night Nurses will normally work a 12-hour night shift, making sure that your child is put to bed and tended to if they are crying or hungry. This is ideal for parents who need to get rest during the night hours.

It is recommended that Night Nurses should also have completed a First Aid and Nanny Training Course.

 

What is an Au Pair?

Au Pairs are usually range in age from 18 to 25 years old.

They are recent school-leavers and normally students in child care or education.

An Au-Pair will usually work for half a day, picking your child up from school and assisting with their academics.

 

Sugar & Spice Nanny Training Courses for Nannies and Au-Pairs

Sugar and Spice Nanny Training in Cape Town offers courses that equip your child’s caregiver with all of the above.

Our available courses include:

After completing our nanny training, your Nanny will receive two certificates, A Sugar & Spice Nanny Training Certificate as well as a First Aid Certificate.

Additionally, our 4-week part-time nanny course helps to build a great foundation for your nanny, equipping her with child safety and first-aid skills, knowledge of early childhood development and an understanding of child nutrition.

For more information about our training courses, please contact us.

 

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