When it comes to taking care of your house and your kids a person will sometimes need a housekeeper and/or a nanny. You will find people who does both jobs and sometimes you will find people who does one job only, making it difficult to know the difference between a housekeeper and a nanny as their job is centered around the same things. Here are some distinctions, however.
Nanny (Live-in Nanny):
A nanny is someone who basically does the job of taking care of your children, while at the same time, cleans the house, does the laundry, and cooks food for the children they are looking after, but also for the family on occasion. A nanny will assist parents who are at work during the day or who simply need extra help around the house, giving them time to do other things in or around the house making their job full-time.
Nannies will also do the job of dropping a child off and picking them up from somewhere if necessary. They will also accompany parents who need help while grocery shopping or they can do it alone while they are taking care of the children just like parents do.
What makes a housekeeper different from a nanny is, the housekeeper basically has the job of taking care of the house. Their jobs involve cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning up the house on a daily basis but they don’t usually deal with taking care of any children that are in the house unless it’s in their job description. Most housekeepers do their job without having to worry about doing certain things that a nanny has to do involving children. Housekeepers go grocery shopping when they have to but they mostly take care of this by themselves, as they are the ones responsible for the cooking and making sure they have everything they need. Sometimes, they even run errands.
Like nannies, some house keepers have their own personal living space, but there are many housekeepers who don’t live with their employer. Some leave at the end of the their work day and go to their own home. The housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett, in the tv show Diff’rent Strokes lived with her employer, Mr. Drummond. The housekeeper, Berta, in the tv show Two and a Half men left to go to her own home at the end of her work day. Housekeepers are sometimes called maids because their jobs are exact. But with housekeepers, they aren’t restricted to wearing uniforms as you seen with most maids who work for employers who are distinguished and well known.