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How Much Housekeeping Should a Nanny Do?

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This really depends on the nanny. Some nannies are more than happy to help you out around the house, as long as it does not interfere with caring for the children. Other nannies are adamant about not doing any housework. You will need to ask the nanny during her interview how she feels about this subject. You will also want to ask her references the same question. Many nannies will tell you that they don’t mind just to get the job but you will soon find out that the chores are either not being done or are getting done with little effort. If you are looking for a “housekeeper/nanny” make sure you are straight forward in your ads and during the interview. Nannies get very upset when they are hired to be a nanny and are then given a laundry list of housekeeping duties. Make sure you go over exactly what type of housekeeping you need since you may have different ideas about what heavy or light housekeeping entails. You will also want to be clear on how much cooking and laundry is needed. (more…)

Advice For Nannies

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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…)

New To Hiring A Nanny?

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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…)

How do I find a Nanny or Babysitter?

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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. (more…)

What should I pay the nanny?

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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.

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