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What Can a Nanny Expect From Her Employer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’ve been a nanny before or are looking into being a nanny, there are certain things you should know before making any decisions. A question most nannies have is what to expect in terms of salary and how to determine what the salary should be for the job. (more…)

What Are the Basic Requirements for Nannies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a parent searching for a nanny, you’re probably wondering what makes a nanny eligible to be a nanny. Although there are no set guidelines for what a nanny has to have (besides legal work status and Trustline if the nanny is working in California), here is some advice to help you decide if the nanny is qualified enough for your job. (more…)

The 4 Main Types of Nannies: Full time, Part Time, Live-in & Babysitters

Full Time nannies usually come to your home M-F from 8am-5pm or 8-10 hours per day. Some full time nannies are paid hourly or earn a weekly salary. The going rate for a live-out nanny is $10-$20/hr or $400-$800/wk depending on the number of children and responsibilities (excluding professional nannies that can make upwards of $1000wk). It is highly recommended that you decide on an hourly rate for the nanny if used over her regular hours. (more…)

Nanny vs. Preschool

So, why do parents prefer a nanny over a daycare or preschool? Having your own nanny who comes to your home and takes care of your children can make life a lot easier on parents. (more…)

How Has the Economy Affected Hiring a Nanny?

Before the recession, most nannies were experienced professionals who had been doing it for years… but when the economy took a dive, many women became nannies solely to pay their bills. We saw many office and admin assistants and telemarketers step into the nanny world only as a means to make ends meet. On the flip side, during this time, many nurses and teachers who lost their jobs took up an interest in the nanny profession. This created an assortment of women, ones who were looking to get into the field as well as the ones who had been there for many years working as nannies. It was very hard for the career professionals to compete with nannies who were willing to take much less, especially when families couldn’t afford to pay what they were paying in better times. (more…)

Deciding Which Type of Nanny is Right For You

There are different types of nannies. Some examples include college aged nannies, grandmother nannies, retired teachers, baby nurses, night nannies, housekeeper nannies and babysitters. It is important to decide prior to your search which type of nanny is the best fit for you and your family. Keep in mind that a college aged nanny is probably not going to be around for the long-run – whether it’s due to more schooling, travel or taking the decision to settle down themselves. College aged nannies are usually recommended to families that are looking for no more than a yearlong commitment. If a family has a newborn and is looking for someone until the baby starts school, then a more experienced nanny that can give a longer commitment of 3-5 years would be a better fit. If the family has school aged children, nannies with teaching degrees or who are in college studying to be a teacher are always great, especially if they need tutoring. For a family that has an infant and toddler, it’s wise to hire someone that is in the middle – a nanny with enough energy to keep up with the children and give a longer commitment. (more…)

Definition of Nanny and Other Household Help

Nanny – A nanny is employed by a family in either a live-in or live-out basis and can be full time or part time. The function of a nanny is essentially to be responsible to care for all the children in the home in a largely unsupervised setting. Duties are typically focused on childcare and any household chores or tasks related to the children. A nanny may or may not have any formal training; however, many have significant actual experience. A full time nanny typically works at least 40 hours a week while a part time nanny works an average of 20 hours/week. Most live-out nannies are paid between $12-$20/hr depending on their experience level. Live-in nannies are paid between $400-$800/week plus room and board (depending on experience). (more…)

How To Choose The Right Nanny Agency

If you’ve tried finding a nanny yourself and have decided that it’s just too much work, you may want to try hiring a nanny agency to do the job for you. Here are some questions to consider that will help you decide which nanny agency to use. (more…)