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    Default Another word for Babysitter...

    Is it correct to say "Child keeper" as babysitter too?

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    I haven't come across it in BrE.

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    I've heard "baby minder" on British TV shows. Babysittter is the word in AmE, even if the "baby" is 10 years old.

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    Thank you very much for you help.

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    Quote Originally Posted by coldplay258 View Post
    Is it correct to say "Child keeper" as babysitter too?

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    Not in AmE, but "child care worker" is common as a professional or semi-professional occupation.

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    "Babysitter" is also used in BrE to cover a wide age range, from babies to teenagers. "Child Minder" is also used, but normally means someone who does it regularly [perhaps every day] on a professional basis - whereas a Babysitter will normally be an amateur, who does it occasionally for pocket money.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: Another word for Babysitter...

    There's also 'au pair' - pronounced without the slightest trace of a French accent - /ǝʊ peə/ An au pair, sometimes Italicized, lives in and receives pocket money rather than a wage; the idea is that they live on a par with the family - (au pair). An 'au pair' is usually a young foreign woman in her late teens or early twenties, possibly studying. (But I saw a TV piece about widows being sort of 'au pair grannies' - I don't think that was the word though. Anyone

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