Live in Nannies

Hiring a Live-In Nanny may be a wonderful option if you are looking for full-time, in-home child care. Live-In Nannies can help your children get off to school in the morning, can greet them when they finish their school day and bring them to practice and play-dates. They can also make your evening comfortable and positive by encouraging good study habits and proper hygiene from your children.

When you hire a Live-In Nanny, you are creating a personal bond that involves you and your children, so it may take some time to make everything work, and to see the real benefits of having a full-time in-home child care provider to help you bring up your children.

Before the interviewing process, outline in detail the schedule you will need your Nanny to follow and exactly what role you expect your Nanny to fill. These should be laid out in detail within the Nanny work agreement. To find the right person for the job, you will have to be both honest and realistic in your expectations for what duties you think Live-In Nannies should handle. Negotiate a fair salary and make sure that your potential Live-In Nanny is comfortable with the housing arrangements you plan to provide.

One important thing to remember when you are looking for Live-In Nannies is that you are not hiring a housekeeper or a personal assistant. That is, of course, unless you specify that you are interested in hiring someone willing to fill more roles than in-home child care itself. In this case, you may want to look specifically for Live-In Nannies who are also housekeepers, which Nanny Poppinz™ can also help with).

When you hire a Live-In Nanny, you are hiring a dedicated child care professional. Live-In Nannies may hold a degree in early childhood education, may be healthcare professionals, or may be experienced nannies who have decided to make a career out of bringing up children. For a talented, creative individual, working as a provider of in-home child care is a challenging and rewarding career.

Make sure that your home is ready to welcome someone offering full-time in-home child care. Make sure that the living quarters for your Live-In Nanny are adequate, and private and that you are willing and able to give your Nanny privacy during off-hours. Most Live-In Nannies will expect two consecutive days off a week, and you should negotiate a fair work agreement that includes rules for overtime, time off, vacation and on-call hours.

If you want your Live-In Nanny to perform duties beyond in-home child care, such as light cleaning or meal preparation (which would also be considered a Nanny housekeeper), or to run errands or help you with at-home office duties, make sure that your Nanny has enough time at home-when the kids aren't around-to finish the tasks you expect. And when it comes to overtime or extra work, although overtime rates do not apply to a Live-In Nanny your Nanny should be given extra compensation.

A Live-In Nanny is not only a talented caregiver, but also should be a family friend for life. Be fair and honest with your Nanny. From working out the work agreement to watching your children grow, it is extremely important to build a trusting relationship with your Live-In Nanny, one that will last a lifetime.

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Live-Out Nannies

About 92 % of nannies working in the United States are Live-Out Nannies, or Nannies who do not live with the family for whom they work. The general duties of a Live-Out Nanny are similar to those of a Live-In Nanny. Live out nannies should also be compensated for any extra time or babysitting done outside of regular working hours.

Duties

Whether they are live in or Live-Out, nannies are generally responsible for all aspects of childcare during their working hours. Transporting a child to after-school activities or play dates, helping a child with homework, arranging and supervising play time activities for a child and taking a child on outside activities are all common duties of a Nanny. Doing the child's laundry, preparing a child's meals and may also be the responsibility of a Nanny.

Wages

Full-time nannies are usually paid a strict weekly or bi-weekly salary. For live out Nannies, Nannies salaries vary based on your location.

Average National Nanny Salaries
Live in (average 45-50 hours - $700-$1,300 weekly) Live out (average 40-45 hours - $600-$1,200 weekly) Mother's helper/Babysitter - negotiable
Hours

Live-Out Nannies often work 8 to 10 hour days, however if they are to stay longer than these agreed upon hours then they should be compensated for this extra work. It is standard to pay overtime on any hours over 40 per week. Nightly babysitting, for example, should not simply be assumed but should be offered to a Nanny who has the right to refuse these extra hours or accept them for extra pay. The hours worked per day or week should be agreed upon by the Nanny and parents.