What is a nanny?
Nannies are professional childcare providers, who are employed by a family to care for their children on a regular basis.
Every family is unique, with their own set of needs, which leads to many reasons for wanting or needing a nanny. Families may opt to hire a nanny when both parents need to work and prefer not to put their children into a daycare center, while others families may have multiple children with a busy household and need that extra set of hands. Another reason for parents to hire a part-time nanny, for example, would be simply to sustain a healthy balance in their lives.
For whatever the reasons may be, hiring nanny is a very important decision and should not be taken lightly. While parents are away, your nanny will act as the parent, so it is important to make sure you hire a nanny who is experienced, has a proven track record, clean background and shares similar child-rearing philosophies as your family.
A nanny can play a very significant role in your household. Often times, a nanny becomes an extended member of the family.
Below is a list of responsibilities a nanny may have:
A live-out nanny's salary can range from $15-$20+ per hour. Factors that would determine their salary include their level of experience, number of children, if he/she drives, etc. Hours worked can be anywhere from 15-30 hours for part-time and 30-50 hours per week for full-time. Salaries for a live-in nanny differ.
Some live-out nannies will also consider combining other non child care related duties such as running errands or light housework for a higher salary; however, this should never compromise the care and needs of the children.
Our nannies are required to have a minimum of 4 years relevant work experience to work with babies and toddlers and a minimum of 6 years for infants. Additional requirements can be found here.