For many daycare professionals the child care provider vs babysitter title can be quite the hot button issue.
I’ll admit I’m not a super big fan of the term babysitter when it’s used in relation to what I do but I can see how easy it is to use by people outside of the profession. Below you’ll find information on the difference between daycare providers and babysitters.
Here’s my take of the difference between a babysitter and a daycare provider:
- Occasional, short term, not on daily basis
- Very short hours
- Usually in child’s home
- Does not guarantee hours/days that parent may need
- Little education in child development field
- May or may not have first aid/CPR training
- No background checks
- Is not limited to the amount of children they can care for at one time
- Per hour a babysitter will charge more ($7 an up usually, depends on your area and # of kids)
- Does not report income to IRS
- Regular, daily or consistent basis
- Care provided in home of provider
- Reliable and consistent schedule of availability to parents
- Generally first aid and CPR certified and have food handler’s certification
- May be registered or certified through a state/county office
- Most states require anyone providing consistent care (and all living in household) to any child must have a background check done and on file with the state
- Continued education in the field of child development
- Has limits on number of children and what ages of children they may care for by state laws to insure proper care of children
- May charge more monthly because care is more frequent, but when broken down hourly rate is cheaper than that of what a babysitter may charge ($2 -$3.50/hr typically while babysitters make $5-$10/hr)
- Reports their income to the IRS, which means you can claim it on your taxes as an expense
Personally I feel as a daycare provider I am more dedicated and invested in the care that the children receive while in my care. A babysitter does most likely will care about your child, but they are only there for a short time to entertain your child. A childcare provider on the other hand is with your child day after day teaching them life skills as well as providing a fun and safe environment. I do not expect as much from a babysitter as I do from a childcare provider.
There is a differences between the terms and many providers do not appreciate being called a babysitter as it generally feels more negative to them. Daycare providers work hard with their kids everyday, the children become like members of their family, and they want to feel respected by my families of the children they care for.