2020-10-02

Are you a Chinese parent, a parent of a bilingual kid looking to hire the services of a Chinese nanny? The Chinese nanny industry is a fast emerging sector in and outside China.
Parents hire Chinese-speaking nannies for several reasons, but it mostly boils down to the language factor. Whatever the reason behind your interest in getting a Chinese-speaking nanny, we have put together some resources to help you answer some pertinent questions before hiring one.
How much do you know about Chinese-speaking caregivers? This article will cover the basics, including the different types of Chinese nannies, their duties, and how you can find them. 

What are Chinese-speaking caregivers called?

Generally, every Chinese-speaking nanny is called Ayi (Ah-Yee), which means Aunt. It is a family-friendly and respectful way to refer to a nanny in a Chinese family as the children can call her freely without any awkwardness between them. 

As the name Ayi already implies, Chinese nannies are often females, hence Aunt's wide acceptance. It also helps the nanny feel like a part of the family and helps the kids accept them.

Chinese caregivers are classified based on types or categories. Each category of nannies has its specific duties and a name for them based on these duties.

Let us find out how Chinese-speaking nannies are categorized. 

1. Child-Only nannies
As the name implies, child-only nannies take care of a child or children in a family, and their duties are restricted to caring for that child/children.

Child-only caregivers are in charge of a child's physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. They oversee every daily activity of the child under their care, with nothing left out.

A Child-only caregiver has to teach the child mandarin and any other subject that falls within their purview. They are also in charge of cooking, feeding, laundering, bathing, and clothing the kids, among several other things.
Nannies in this category are called "Yue'er Sao".

2. Hourly Domestic Nannies
Caregivers in this category are called 'Zhong Dian gong.' They are not often live-in nannies, and they don't work for monthly pay, unlike many others. Hourly domestic helpers carry out chores around the house like cleaning, washing, and cooking, and they get paid on an hourly basis. 

3. Maternity Nannies: 

Maternity nannies are arguably the most complex categories of all Chinese-speaking nannies. This category is called "Yue Sao," which means nanny of the month.

Maternity caregivers handle lots of work as they provide full-time care for newborns and mothers and prepare all maternity meals. The maternity nanny helps the new mother to take baby care and provide companionship while the mother heals from the physical and mental effects of childbearing. 

Maternity nannies are a treasure for new mothers as they share from their wealth of knowledge built from caring for many babies in their careers. Maternity nannies teach new mothers how to feed a baby, take care of a newborn, and encourage healthy development and good sleeping habits for newborns.

Due to the taxing nature of this job, maternity nannies often live with the new mother and serve as both day and nighttime nannies while cooking and caring for mother and baby. In some cases, maternity nannies assist in labor and childbirth. 

A maternity nanny often stays with a parent between 26 days to one month after the baby is born. Due to the high workload, the salaries of such nannies are pretty expensive.

4. Senior Caregivers/ Nannies for the Elderly
Senior caregivers attend to the needs of the elderly in the family, provide companionship, handle their feeding, walk them, bathe, clothe, and help them get in and out of bed, alongside any other duty that falls within this category.
Senior caregivers are called "Hu Gong".

5. All Round Nannies
Everything/ all-round nannies are called "Baomu", and they care for children while also handling house chores. Most times, they spend more time handling household chores like washing, cooking, and cleaning. Everything nannies don't spend as much time with kids as child-only nannies that focus solely on every aspect of the child's wellbeing. 


However, the parents can choose to let such nannies spend more time on the kids and less on chores, depending on their preferences.

How to Find a Chinese-speaking nanny

Are you seeking for Chinese speaking or bilingual caregivers for your family or kids?

You don't have to go too far to find such caregivers living in your city. We are a company that connects families seeking bilingual or Chinese-speaking caregivers to helpers who speak Cantonese or Mandarin.

We have trusted bilingual or Chinese speaking nannies who have worked with busy families with a track record of success handling kids and families.


If you are interested in finding a nanny with Chinese speaking ability, you can find them on our platform ayiconnection.com.

We offer self service or concierge service for busy professionals. For concierge service, all you need to do is to let us know your requirements and we will find you a Chinese-speaking nanny who fits into your description in no time.


AyiConnect is a platform to connect families with helpers who have a language specialty in addition to care. You can engage with them directly through self service or concierge service. The concierge 1:1 service can provide another option to ensure success matches for busy families who don't have time to search or need language assist. Schedule a free consultation here for our concierge service, or check us out on ayiconnection.com