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Nanny  What They Do

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Cares for children in private households and provides support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities and transportation.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when required.
  • Instructs children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects.
  • Teaches and performs age-appropriate activities, such as lap play, reading, and arts and crafts to encourage intellectual development of children.
  • Models appropriate social behaviors and encourages concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
  • Observes children's behavior for irregularities, takes temperature, transports children to doctor, or administers medications, as directed, to maintain children's health.
  • Helps prepare and serves nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children.
  • Assigns appropriate chores and praises targeted behaviors to encourage development of self-control, self-confidence, and responsibility.
  • Instructs and assists children in the development of health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet behavior.
  • Removes hazards and develops appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children.
  • Works with parents to develop and implement discipline programs to promote desirable child behavior.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work