Deciding What Type of Nanny to Hire
Determining your family's care giving needs will help you to identify what type
of nanny to hire. There are several different types of nannies. The nanny that will
suit your family best is the one who can best meet your family's needs.
- Live-in nannies
Many parents, especially those with larger homes or those who work longer and/or
sporadic hours, seek live-in nannies. Typically live-in nannies are given at minimum,
a separate bedroom and private bathroom. Some families are able to provide a live-in
nanny with a guest house or an in-law apartment or a suite with a separate entrance.
Live-in nannies are offered room and board in addition to their salary, not instead
of a salary. Live-in nannies must be paid for each hour that they work and in some
states, live-in nannies are entitled to overtime. While a live-in nanny lives with
the family, she is not on call 24/7. When hiring a live-in nanny, it is essential
to clearly outline your nanny's schedule, duties and responsibilities and to maintain
healthy boundaries. Live-in nannies may or may not have their own vehicle.
- Live-out nannies
A majority of nanny positions are live-out positions. Live-out nannies are employed
by the parents for whom they work to provide childcare during the hours and days
agreed upon. Live-out nannies must be paid for each hour worked and are entitled
to overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a 7-day-period. Live-out nannies
typically have their own vehicles, except in some urban areas where this isn't customary
(like in NYC for example), but many parents provide a special vehicle for the nanny
to drive during working hours. Choosing a live-in
or live-out nanny article
Full-time nannies work on average, 40 to 60 hours per week. Part-time nannies typically
work 30 hours or less per week.
All nannies, both live-in and live-out, full-time and part-time are responsible
for providing quality child-care and undertaking all tasks related to the care of
the children. These tasks can include meal planning and preparation, children's
laundry, transporting the children to and from activities and keeping the children's
areas neat, clean and organized.