If you are looking for personalized childcare right in the comfort of your own home, a nanny will suit your family well. A professional nanny is more than a glorified babysitter. She goes above and beyond providing your child the opportunity to grow and learn every day! What should you expect the role of a nanny to be when hiring one? Let us, an experienced Boston nanny agency, jump in and discuss each important responsibility a professional nanny will fulfill to provide your precious child with a well-rounded early childhood experience.


Parents, educators, and professional nannies have the opportunity to make quite an impact on young minds. A child’s experiences in his first 3 years of life form the structure of the brain. How it is formed will decide the brain’s future organizational development and functioning.

There are many important parts of being a teacher: educator, mediator, playmate, and photographer. A nanny doesn’t just provide education to your child. They also help mediate conflict between friends and siblings. When there aren’t other children around, they are a playmate encouraging social and emotional development. Lastly a good nanny is also a photographer, capturing pictures to share with the parents and also hang in the playroom to show learning in action. Children benefit from photographs, by gaining self-esteem and reflecting on their learning opportunities to digest it further.

Developmental Milestones

A nanny who cares for a child who is not yet in school, has a big responsibility. They should be offering daily activities that encourage age-appropriate development. This requires a nanny to know the updated CDC early childhood developmental milestones and how to intertwine them into play opportunities. There are four developmental areas: social/emotional, language, cognitive, and physical. Check out Nanny & Doula Training Academy’s online classes to learn more: Early Childhood Milestones – Caring for Young Children and Encouraging Curiosity & Learning Through Play.

Playdate Organizer

Offering social opportunities is a must in the nanny community. Children learn many important skills before they enter kindergarten. However, the most critical are their social and emotional skills which are necessary skills for the rest of their lives.

If children are not in a childcare setting that has multiple children their age, they will need the opportunity to connect with more kids. It is a nanny’s job to set up social opportunities at the park, a playgroup, library, or inviting friends over with the parent’s permission.

Providing Nurture

Forming an attachment and positive relationship builds trust and leads to children building the foundation to a lifestyle with confidence, strong self-esteem, independence, and the ability to share feelings. Providing nurture is a key role for a professional nanny as she is the one helping form a child’s being at such a young and important stage in life.

Assisting with Cleaning

A professional nanny will often define what cleaning means in her contract with the family before beginning employment. Some nannies, also act as a family assistant and clean more if the children are at school part of the day. Other nannies may only tidy up the children’s rooms and play area. A professional nanny will of course clean up after meals and even help with cleaning bottles.

Tending to Nutrition & Hygiene

A nanny should provide healthy meals and snacks to help young developing minds continue to grow. Some prep meals to be easily finished in the evening or even cook dinner for the entire family. Additionally, a professional nanny puts the child’s hygiene at the top of their list. They are often asked to bathe the children, trim their nails, keep teeth clean, help with toileting, and more. Parents expect their nanny to bring their children into public looking clean and presentable.

Finding the Perfect Professional Nanny

Above all, a nanny is a role model for your child and helps shape who your child will become. Finding the perfect nanny and one who can meet all your family’s unique needs is a hard task to take on by yourself. Experience peace of mind with our expert nanny placement services. Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny offers highly qualified, professional nannies tailored to support your family. Let us do the hard work so you don’t have to. Reach out today to begin your nanny search; we will find you the perfect match. Call 781-444-4063 or email info@bostonbabynurse.com.

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About The Author

Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Potty Training Expert. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she is the eLearning and Social Media Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her children, going for walks with her family, and discovering local wineries in New England.