In-home caregivers provide care for children in the child's home. They include live-in and live-out nannies and housekeepers. Most states do not regulate in-home caregivers, but some states regulate nanny-placement agencies. Many states do, however, require in-home caregivers receiving child care subsidy payments to be screened through a criminal history check and/or child abuse and neglect clearance. A few require minimal training in health and safety.

Why Do Parents Choose In-home Caregivers?

Parents choose in-home care because they believe their children will be safer and more secure in their own home. They believe that if they employ the caregiver to work in their home, they have more control over the care their children will receive.

Some parents find in-home care is a more convenient arrangement for the family and it may provide more flexibility. If there are several children involved, they may find that in-home care is not significantly more expensive than other forms of care.