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A nanny is a person who looks after the child or children of one family in their -- the child's -- home. Modern nannies may live in or out, like other domestic workers, depending on their circumstances and those of their employers. The traditional nanny was a servant in a large household and reported directly to the lady of the house. A governess, in contrast to a nanny, concentrated on teaching and training children. It has been suggested that servant (domestic) be merged into this article or section. ... A governess is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle. ... In education, teachers are those who teach students or pupils, often a course of study or a practical skill. ...



In the 19th and early 20th century, the position was usually known as a "nurse", and was, as for many childcare jobs, invariably female. In a great house the nurse ran her own domain, a suite of rooms called the nursery, supported by at least one assistant, known as a nursemaid (or nurserymaid). Because of their role in child care, nannies were somewhat more indulged than junior servants. Nannies may have remained in the employ of the same aristocratic family for years, looking after successive generations of children. Childcare (also written child care[1] and babycare) is the act of caring for and supervising minor children. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A bedroom within a house or other dwelling set aside for an infant or toddler. ... A nursemaid is a girl or woman hired by an individual family to take care of the child or children of that family. ... Junior servant is a young servant boy or servant girl. ... Aristocracy is a form of government in which rulership is in the hands of an upper class known as aristocrats. ...

Nannies today

Today, although many families employ or use professional child care, full-time nannies in the classic sense can only be afforded by upper-middle to upper class families. Uniform (normally a dress or black skirt with white belt and a white blouse or shirt and black shoes) may still be worn, but is becoming less common today. Perks of the job may include a nanny flat and a car. Some nannies are highly trained, e.g. at Norland College, but there is no restriction on the use of the word, so many have no training at all. The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... Upper class refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ... A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organisation whilst participating in that organisations activity. ... Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres depicts the Comtesse dHaussonville, wearing a dress. ... A skirt is a traditionally feminine tube- or cone-shaped garment which is worn from the waist and covers the legs. ... A blouse A blouse most commonly refers to a womans shirt, although the term is also used for some mens military uniform shirts. ... Business shirt A shirt is a piece of clothing for the trunk of the body. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Secondary Suite is an urban planning term for an additional separate dwelling unit on a property that would normally accommodate only one dwelling unit. ... Norland College was founded in 1892 by Emily Ward and is internationally recognised as a premier provider of childcare training and education. ...


A nanny may perform tasks such as:

  • Providing childcare during the hours agreed upon with the employing family
  • Supporting the physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual development of children
  • Protecting children from harm and ensuring that they have a safe environment
  • Preparing appetizing and nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks
  • Maintaining good communication with the parents, informing them of each child's development and concerns
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and neatness of the house as affected by the children


Typically, women in their 20s take up employment as nannies. Some are younger, though normally younger workers are nursemaids or au pairs rather than nannies in the traditional use of the term. A nursemaid is a girl or woman hired by an individual family to take care of the child or children of that family. ... Au pair is an anglicization of the French term au pair, which means on par or equal to and describes a young person living on an equal basis with a host family in a foreign country. ...

A few positions are filled by men; the term manny is sometimes used for a male nanny, especially in the US and the UK [1].


There are a number of national and international professional associations representing nannies and nanny agencies. The International Nanny Association (INA) was founded in 1985. INA is a non-profit organization which provides an educational association for nannies with placement, employment, and professional support. The Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies (APNA) was founded in 1993. It is a non-profit organization that promotes professionalism in the nanny placement industry.

Famous fictional nannies

Famous fictional nannies include:

Mary Poppins is a fictional character and the protagonist of Pamela Travers Mary Poppins books and all of its adaptations. ... Nanny McPhee is a 2005 childrens film. ... Information Age 36 (last appearance) Occupation Nanny Shop assistant Family Sylvia Fine (mother) Morty Fine (father) Nadine Fine (sister) Neddie Fine (grandmother) Yetta Rosenberg (grandmother) Joe Rosenberg (grandfather) Jack Norman (uncle) Rose Norman (aunt) Freida Fine (aunt) Spouse(s) Maxwell Sheffield Children Eve Katherine Sheffield Jonah Samuel Sheffield Margaret Sheffield... Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is a film and television actress. ... The Cast of The Nanny The Nanny was an American sitcom that first aired on November 3, 1993 on CBS. It starred Fran Drescher as the nanny named Fran (as Ann Hampton Callaway sang in the theme she wrote). ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Wendy Craig (born 20 June 1934) is an English actress who is best known for her appearances in the sitcoms Butterflies, ...And Mother Makes Three and . ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Nanny And The Professor was a 1970s U.S. fantasy sitcom that was produced by 20th Century Fox Television. ... Juliet Mills - Juliet Maryon Mills (born November 21, 1941) is a British character actress, most famous for her roles on shows such as Nanny and the Professor and Passions. ... Richard Long (December 17, 1927 - December 21, 1974) was an American actor best known for his roles in The Big Valley and Nanny and the Professor. ... Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1991 on CBS. It was loosely based on a sequence in the Muppet film The Muppets Take Manhattan, in which Miss Piggy imagined what it would be like if she and Kermit the Frog... The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the title of a number of works of art: A poem, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, by William Ross Wallace A song, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, (1984) by The Smiths A film, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, (1992) starring... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

  Results from FactBites:
Nanny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (500 words)
The traditional nanny was a servant in a large household and reported directly to the lady of the house.
Nannies were always female and this remained the case through most of the 20th Century Today a few men do hold the role, although normally under a more generic title such as childminder, or occasionally manny.
Nannies may have remained in the employ of the same aristocratic family for years, looking after successive generations of children.
INA Publications-A Nanny for your Family (2325 words)
These nannies may currently have a job that doesn't offer the same personal rewards that being a nanny and caring for children would offer or they may be taking a break from college or suspending a long-term commitment to another career.
Nannies who do not live with the family and work part-time may be paid an hourly rate of $7 to $20, or earn a weekly salary for full-time of $350 to $1,000.
Nannies who travel to the United States on tourist visas and accept jobs as nannies are working illegally; their employers are subject to fines, and the nannies themselves can be deported.
  More results at FactBites »



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