Diana started nannying for us when my children were 2 and 4. They are now 11 and 13 and we are still very close with Diana. She’s like family to us which shows how much we value her. She did a wonderful job with my kids. She took them to all the parks, the museum, library, etc. They were her priority. She also helped with meals and tidying. She will forever be a special part of our family. - Heather
We look for consistency and fun first and foremost in a nanny, and that is Diana all around! Our kiddos never want us to pick them up when they’re with her, and she’s always willing to go the extra mile with things like cleaning, cooking, and arts and crafts! - Sonja
To understand if a live-in nanny is right for you, it’s best to start by assessing your family’s needs. Live-in nannies are best suited for families’ that need flexible, full-time, in-home child care as live-in nannies reside with the family that they care for. A live-in nanny offers support with housekeeping, errands and other household responsibilities, similar to mother’s helpers, au-pairs, and full-time nannies. However, the perk that live-in nannies offer that sets them apart from other types of nannies, is round-the-clock and emergency coverage. These instances, as well as your location and the nanny’s experience are some of the many factors to consider when deciding how much you should pay a live-in nanny.
When hiring potential live-in nannies, you should conduct interviews. Interviews are a great opportunity to get to know your live-in nanny candidates better. Here are some questions to consider asking:
When finalizing the details of your live-in nanny position, it’s important to make sure that everyone is on the same page. The easiest way to do this is to create a job offer for your live-in nanny position.
In your job offer, you should communicate the responsibilities and compensation for your live-in nanny position. In writing out the responsibilities of your live-in nanny, you might also choose to add some responsibilities that are specific to your families’ needs like if you expect your live-in nanny to travel with you and the details around travelling with your live-in nanny.
When considering what it means for your live-in nanny when you take vacation, you should also consider how you want to handle their vacation time, and other aspects of their compensation. This includes a live-in nanny salary, over-time, benefits, and any expenses like food and gas. And don’t forget to be clear about how and when you plan on paying your live-in nanny with a nanny payroll service or by yourself.
After presenting your job offer, you can create a contract for your live-in nanny to create the foundation for a good relationship with your nanny. And of course, as you learn how to hire a nanny, Nanny Lane's nanny services are here to help you along the way.