Types of Carers

To help you find the right kind of carer for your family, we’ve put together a list of the types of childcare offered by Granary.

If you’re not sure what kind of carer you’re looking for, why not get in touch? We’ll be happy to help find care options to suit your family’s needs.


A nanny is a professional, in-home childcare provider capable of caring for babies and children of all ages.

Some nannies hold professional qualifications such as BTEC, NVQ in childcare.

A nanny can often be an affordable alternative to daycare/childcare facilities, depending on the salary range being offered and especially if there is more than one child to be cared for.

Additionally, having a nanny can provide individual and experienced attention and caring to your child/children in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Live In Nanny

A live-in nanny normally works a 11-12 hour day, Monday to Friday, together with two nights babysitting included.

The nanny can be in sole charge of the children and perform “nursery duties” i.e. doing the children’s washing and ironing, keeping their rooms tidy, clearing away toys, cooking for the children and clearing up in the kitchen afterwards.

The primary role of a live-in nanny is the care of the children and therefore household cleaning is not normally included but should be specifically discussed if required.

Live-in nannies are provided with appropriate accommodation either in the home, or separate to it free of charge.

At weekends live-in nannies should be allowed free time but still be permitted to stay in the accommodation offered.

Live Out Nanny

Live-out nannies usually work a 10-hour day, Monday to Friday.

They only do babysitting if this is agreed in advance and is paid on top. They can be in sole charge of the children and they perform “nursery duties”.

Temporary or Part-time Nanny

Nanny positions can be temporary or part time. Having a temporary nanny for up to six months may be ideal to cover your existing nanny’s maternity leave.

Nannies can also be recruited to do holiday cover, go abroad with a family on a vacation or be an extra pair of hands.

Part time nannies can work any periods of a few hours a day to four days per week.

It may be worth considering a nanny share as it is more difficult to find childcare for short periods of time during the day.

After School Nanny

An after school nanny is idea for families that require pick up from school and taken home or escorted to after school activities.

They are able to supervise and help with homework, oversee play activities, prepare and serve a meal.

After school nannies can also supervise bath and bedtime for young children. An after school nanny could also suit your needs for school INSET days and school holidays.

Baby Sitter

A baby sitter is qualified or unqualified, over the age of 16 and cares for a child in the home during the evening or at weekends.

Our babysitters hold a recognised childcare qualification or have two years experience of working with children.

If you require a babysitter, please follow our Babysitting Guide.

Mothers Help

A Mothers Help may not be a qualified nanny but has experience in looking after children.

Duties include assisting parents with all childcare duties such as looking after their rooms, clothes, and food.

Mothers Helps are also expected to do some light housekeeping duties.

They can live in or out.

Au Pair

An au pair is from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family.

Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use.


For individuals who demand a clean and organised home, hiring a private housekeeper can help.

Housekeepers are employed by individuals to care for their private homes and are responsible for making sure all assigned areas of the home are clean, neat and organised.

Depending on the needs of the individual, housekeepers may do basic cleaning and laundry one per week or provide complete daily and ongoing care of home, including cleaning, grocery shopping and home-related errands.