Before jumping into the world of being a nanny, it is wise to take a moment to determine if the nanny profession is right for you. Here are a few factors that nannies should consider:
-Nannies must love children and genuinely enjoy being around them.
-Nannies must be a calm, patient person who does not have a temper. Being around children for extended periods of time can easily become nerve racking and overwhelming (just ask any mom), so you really need to assess your personality traits prior to diving into the nanny world. (more…)
Are you wondering if you made the right decision? One of the key elements is to trust your gut instinct. If you had a great interview, received outstanding references from her former employers and had a great trial run, then you probably made the right decision. Also, don’t forget to make sure the nanny has a clear national criminal and sex offender background check as well as current CPR and First Aid certification. (more…)
The best place to find a nanny or babysitter is through word of mouth. Ask your friends, family and neighbors if they know of any good nannies and babysitters in your area. Most are willing to share a good babysitter since they are only using them occasionally when needed and it’s a nice gesture to give your babysitter referrals. If word of mouth doesn’t work to find a babysitter, try putting up a flyer at your church, local coffee shop or market. You can also look and see if any babysitters have left their phone numbers on the message boards for families to call. Another way to find a babysitter is to place a classified babysitter ad in your local newspaper. A great way to find a nanny or babysitter is through a reputable online nanny service, like NannyCare.com, where you will find a large pool of nannies and babysitters looking for jobs in your town. You can view their profiles with bios, work experience, references, reviews, qualifications and more. Most online nanny services also offer nanny background checks.
Lastly, if you don’t have time to do the screening yourself, you might want to use a local nanny agency. We recommend using Loving Nannies if you are in Southern California. They have helped over 5000 nannies and families since 2000. For other cities, we recommend going to nanny.org and looking for a nanny agency member near you. (more…)
Should I pay the nanny a salary or should I pay the nanny hourly? The answer to this question depends on what type of child care services you need and if you are hiring a part time nanny, full time nanny or live in nanny. It also depends on how often the nanny will providing child care services for your household. In general, a full time nanny and/or live in nanny will often receive a salary whereas a part time nanny will receive an hourly wage.
How much does a full time nanny make?
A full time nanny will usually come to your home M-F from 8am-5pm or 8-10 hours per day. It is common for a full time nanny to be paid a weekly salary however some request to be paid hourly. The going rate for a full time nanny based on 40 hours/week is $10-$18/hr or $400-$720/wk depending on the number of children and responsibilities (excluding a professional full time nanny who can make upwards of $800-$1000wk). It is highly recommended that you decide on an hourly rate for the full time nanny if she is used over her regular hours. You will want to go over exactly what child care services you are expecting the nanny to perform. (more…)