Employed by the family, on either a live-in or live-out basis to undertake all tasks associated with the care of children. The nanny may be encouraged or expected to plan developmental activities for the children. Duties are generally restricted to child care and related domestic tasks. May or may not have had any formal nanny training, but will generally have an advanced degree and/or a good deal of actual child care-related experience. A nanny's work schedule typically ranges from 40 to 60 hours per week. But nannies may also work part-time, possibly even as little as one or two days a week.

About 30 private and public nanny schools now exist in the United States. Such schools offer programs ranging from short 40-hour child care orientation classes through three- to six-month vocational training programs emphasizing child development, nutrition, play activities, and child safety. Some are actually two- or four-year early childhood college degree programs. In addition to the very small but growing number of formally trained nannies graduating from these schools, there are many individuals who rely on past experience as mothers, grandmothers, babysitters, child care teachers, owners of family child care homes, nurses, and nurses' aides to qualify them as in-home child care specialists.

Depending on professional and personal backgrounds, nanny salaries vary widely, usually starting in the range of $250 to $500 per week. Experienced nannies can earn up to $400 to $1,000 per week.

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