We define a nanny as someone who has been or is awaiting to be matched with, placed with, and employed by a family and fully invested in their children’s development and well-being.
(We provide placement services for live-out/live-in, part-time/full-time, and specialty nannies.)
Many of our nannies are certified, credentialed, or have received a certificate in a given specialty from a reputable program that has been accredited by a U.S.-based accreditation body and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or other state, federal, or private authority. To learn more about our nannies and their specialties, visit the Childcare Superheroes page.
Types of Specialty Nannies
Newborn Care Specialists
A newborn care specialist (a.k.a. “night nurse” or “baby nurse”) is a highly specialized and trained in-home childcare provider who focuses on the care and well-being of an infant, especially the first 12–16 weeks of life.
Hired predominantly to care for newborns, either overnight shifts or around-the-clock care.
Work independently with only minimal guidance from the parents.
Familiar with the behaviors, appearance, and general care of the newborn.
Often have experience working with preemies and multiples.
Well-versed in helping establish proper feeding and sleeping habits.
Well-versed in supporting family values.
Well-versed in various sleep conditioning methods and can develop a successful plan to getting the baby to sleep throughout the night, and nap well as soon as reasonably possible, in a healthy manner.
Have the goal of a healthy, educated, and empowered parent.
Understand the value of and can support, a breastfeeding mother.
Have a basic understanding of Postpartum Mood Disorders and can recognize and confidently address the possibility with parents.
Understand and can recognize the signs of possible food allergies, intolerances, and reflux, and know how to help.
Are willing to share information with healthcare professionals to support optimal baby health.
Keep up on the latest information and studies in newborn care.
Behave professionally and maintain family confidentiality.
Understand the limits of their scope of practice and abide by them.
Willing, at the appropriate time, to be both mentored and mentor others.
Special Needs Nannies
A special needs nanny is one who specializes in handling children with special needs and typically is more skilled and often has more experience than their peers since these children can have varying communication abilities, dietary concerns, mild-to-severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities, social-emotional needs, and behavioral differences depending on the specific situation.
Provide extraordinary care while maintaining a safe environment.
Are First Aid/CPR/AED certified, experienced with administering medication, and willing to receive specialized training.
Attend to medical or behavioral challenges.
Are unique individuals with big hearts, who provide an elevated level of patience, compassion, and empathy.
Have a genuine passion for working with children with special needs.
Happily work alongside speech and language specialists and physical and occupational therapists and teachers and are naturally collaborative and team-oriented.
Come from a variety of settings, and their backgrounds often include teaching, experience as a therapist or school aide, volunteer work, or personal experience with children with special needs.
A sleep trainer is a nanny who specializes in developing individual routines and systems for helping babies and children develop regular, healthy sleep habits.
A temporary nanny accepts short-term employment with assignments lasting anywhere from a few hours to several months. Temporary nannies may provide emergency care, sick care, or backup care. Some temporary nannies travel with families to assist with childcare.
A multiples specialist is a nanny who has extensive experience caring for multiples and works with families who have twins, triplets, or higher order multiples.
A governess is an educationally qualified nanny employed by a family for full- or part-time home education or tutoring of the family’s children. A governess functions as a private educator and is not usually employed to perform domestic tasks or to meet the physical needs of the family’s children.
A nanny/family manager is a nanny who performs household- and personal-related duties in addition to their nanny position of caring for the children. Tasks can include household/family-related errands, shopping, meeting with service repair technicians/household vendors, cooking, overseeing additional household staff, etc.
We define a babysitter, or sitter, as someone who serves as an independent contractor on a per diem basis for a family and provides supervisory, custodial care for their children.
Many of our babysitters, like our specialty nannies, are certified, credentialed, or have received a certificate in a particular area of focus such as newborn care, sleep training, children with special needs, etc., from a reputable program that has been accredited by a U.S.-based accreditation body, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or other state, federal, or private authority. To learn more about our babysitters and their qualifications, visit the Childcare Superheroes page.
A Nanny’s or Babysitter’s Duties May Include:
Tending to each child’s basic physical needs.
Meal planning and preparation for the children.
Laundering and caring for clothing belonging to the children.
What Makes Our Nannies and Babysitters So Special?
808Nanny recruits experienced, trained, reliable, and proactive nannies and babysitters. We require our candidates to have at least 3 years of professional childcare experience along with impeccable references.
Due diligence is at the heart of our placement process and safety is our #1 priority. Our trained recruiters are experts at digging into a candidate’s background and thoroughly analyzing their work history and references. We look for top-notch candidates who leave an overwhelmingly positive and lasting impression.
For our Childcare Superheroes, childcare isn’t just a “job” — it’s a labor of love. Most of them began their careers as neighborhood babysitters and camp counselors in high school, served as preschool teachers or part-time nannies in college, and are now professional nannies and babysitters. Our Childcare Superheroes love their jobs, and we think that’s pretty cool.
In addition to having a passion for working with children, in our industry, experience and formal college education is invaluable to a caregiver’s future success. Therefore, we require all our nannies and babysitters to have at least 3 years of professional childcare experience and some college education.
Whether it’s texting you a picture of your little one at the park or arranging a Skype session to say goodnight to your child when you are out of town, the Childcare Superheroes at 808Nanny are forward-thinking, aware, and tech-savvy.
We believe that a caregiver’s moral and ethical character is as important as what’s on their résumé. Our nannies and babysitters are more than just caregivers — they are mentors and role models and serve to uphold your family’s values to the highest level. We emphasize recruiting candidates who display character traits such as loyalty, dependability, honesty, and respect.