Nannies are live in personnel specialized in caring for children in their own homes. They have a thorough understanding of child development from prenatal to adolescent stages. Nannies plan learning experiences using their knowledge of age appropriate topics. Children's literature is embedded into every aspect of the educational activities. Nannies tend to all the needs of their charges. They shop for healthful foods and plan and cook tasty, nutritious meals. Nannies see that the breakfasts and lunches they serve are not only well-balanced, but also appealing to the children. Many Nannies keep a file of recipes the children like and may start dinner preparations. They make sure meals are attractive.
At mealtime, they teach table manners. Nannies wash the children's breakfast and lunch dishes, and clean up the kitchen or dining room. When caring for infants, Nannies prepare formula and soothe babies utilizing Harvey Karp's "The Happiest Baby on the Block" techniques.

Nannies wash, iron, and mend the children's clothing. They help older children learn to choose outfits right for the occasion. They teach the youngsters to keep closets and drawers neat.

Supervising toddlers during bath time is another duty of Nannies. So is bathing babies and changing their diapers. Nannies help with hair combing, shoe-tying, and homework. They put Band-Aids on scrape knees and take care of sick children. They follow the physician's instructions in giving medicine.

Planning safe amusement, both indoors and out, is a large part of the work of Nannies. They devise and play games suitable for the ages of their charges. They help youngsters learn to play alone and teach them how to get along with others. They may plan and oversee birthday parties and other social events. All Nannies read to their children; some sing. They give infants the rocking and cuddling so vital to normal growth. They soothe the hurt feelings of older children. They make children feel secure while their parents are away from home.