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Caregiver Definitions

Of the millions of parents who rely on childcare, more and more are turning to nanny care as the best option for their families. Children thrive on the consistency and nurturing environment that a qualified childcare provider can provide – all in the comforts of your home.

Even within the in-home childcare industry, childcare isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are different types of in-home childcare providers, each fulfilling a unique role and providing a specific type of childcare to families.

At Morningside Nannies, we represent a variety of types of in-home childcare providers.


Nannies are employed by parents to provide attentive, customized and personalize childcare to the couple’s children in the family’s private home. Nannies may be employed on a full-time or part-time basis and may live with their employing family or may live in their own home and commute to and from work each day. Full-time nannies work on average, 40 to 60 hours per week.

Nannies partner with parents in raising their children. They are concerned for the children’s health, safety and well-being and strive to meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of the children in their care. Nannies become a trusted companion to the children in her care.

Nannies typically work unsupervised and as such, must be self-motivated. Nannies must also have good judgment, be good communicators and be responsible. Since nannies spend most of their time with children, they must be nurturing, patient and creative. They must also be practical, resourceful and flexible.

Nannies engage children in stimulating age-appropriate activities. Nannies also may transport children to and from activities and outings. In addition to providing childcare, nannies undertake all tasks related to childcare. This includes doing the children’s laundry and keeping the children’s areas neat, clean and tidy, bathing and dressing the children and preparing the children’s meals and snacks. Nannies are typically not responsible for general housekeeping tasks.

Since parents depend on nannies to meet their business and personal obligations, nannies must be dependable, reliable and trustworthy. Nannies must have a positive attitude and be able to multitask.

Most importantly, all nannies must have a genuine love for children, a working knowledge of childcare best practices and a sincere interest in contributing positively to the life of a child.

To be represented by Morningside Nannies, all caregivers must:

  • Have at least two years of recent childcare experience.
  • Have verifiable, professional childcare references.
  • Be able to legally accept employment in the United States.
  • Be able to read, write and speak English fluently.
  • Have a valid U.S. driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • Have access to a vehicle.
  • Be a non-smoker.
  • Be a minimum of 19 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or formal education in child related studies.
  • Have current first aid and CPR certification.

Newborn Care Specialists

Newborn care specialists specialize in caring for newborn babies. Individuals working as newborn care specialists have extensive experience and often have specialized training in infant care. Newborn care specialists may work 24 hours shifts and typically work short-term assignments ranging from one week to several months.

In addition to caring for newborns, newborn care specialists may prepare the nursery, maintain a log of sleep times, feedings and diaper changes, prepare and sterilize bottles, sleep train infants and help parents learn to care for their new baby.

Baby Nurses

Until 2005 when a law was passed in many states, including Texas, making it a felony to use the title of “nurse” by any individual who was not a licensed nurse and had not graduated from a nursing school, newborn care specialists were referred to as baby nurses. Today the term refers to registered or practical nurses working as newborn care specialists.

Mother’s Helpers

Mother’s helpers are childcare providers who assist stay-at-home mothers. Mother’s helpers serve as an extra set of hands and assist parents with childcare responsibilities. While mother’s helpers may care for the children alone while mom runs and errand, they do not typically provide prolonged unsupervised care.


Babysitters are hired by parents to provide occasional childcare services. Unlike a nanny who is responsible for the daily care and well-being of the children, a babysitter’s main responsibility is to keep the children safe and meet the children’s needs in their parent’s absence. Babysitters provide short-term, temporary, back-up or emergency childcare.

Our caregivers are available for:

In addition to childcare providers, we place:


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