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In this guide the words "in-home caregiver" or "in-home provider" are used to describe any person who cares for children in your home. As you search for in-home child care, you'll probably hear a variety of other terms as well. Many are used interchangeably - one family's nanny is another family's babysitter. The definitions below are based on those used by the International Nanny Association for some of the most common terms. It's useful to understand the distinctions, especially if you decide to work with an in-home placement agency. (Please note: salaries mentioned below do not include other potential costs, such as health insurance and other benefits, travel expenses for non-local caregivers, and so on. For more information on total costs, see page 24.)

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