How does educational childcare differ from babysitting services? If you're torn between hiring a nanny or sending your child to preschool, take a look at the differences between the two and how your child can benefit from an early learning experience. What Is an Educational Childcare Service? Educational childcare, or preschool, goes beyond what a sitter, nanny, or daycare center offers. Like the name implies, your child will get an education during their childcare day.