Are babysitting and childcare the same thing


If you’re a parent deciding between babysitting or childcare, we’ve got just the thing for you. In this blog post, we take a look at babysitting and childcare; what makes them different, and what you should consider when exploring care options for your little one.

Babysitting refers to a someone who is hired or tasked with the care of children when the primary carer needs some time away from home. Childcare, on the other hand, refers to an establishment where young children are looked after during the daytime when Mum and Dad are unable to be present.

Babysitting sounds simpler than childcare when looked at superficially. But the two are vastly different from each other.

In babysitting, a child is typically taken care of by a single person, unlike in childcare, where qualified educators look after multiple children of similar ages.

Babysitting Cost: Babysitters charge by the hour, unlike childcares that may charge a fixed long day care rate.

Babysitting may be preferred when children are younger, as the one-to-one care may offer a feeling of security. It is also ideal for the occasional parents’ night out as childcare providers only open during the day.

Long day care is a full-day childcare service that encompasses early childhood education aligned with the National Early Years Learning Framework, social benefits, and qualified educators.

Childcare is best-suited to working families that want to support their children’s early childhood development, whereas babysitting is more of an ad-hoc service that may not be as extensive.

Benefits of childcare:

– Your child can enjoy social interactions with other children of similar age and benefit from peer learning.

– They get to make new friends and explore in a safe early learning environment.

– They can enjoy a balance of fun, academics, and well-being in preparation for primary school.

– Children learn new things and build on their interests in a prepared environment.

Needless to say, there are many differences between babysitting and childcare. Whether you use one, or both services, make sure that the carers have a Working with Children Check (WWCC) or equivalent check, and consider your family’s values and goals. If you’re after a harmonious early learning environment with an abundance of social opportunities, then a Montessori long day care might be perfect for you.