There are a variety of share options available and what might work well for one share, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best fit for every case. Nannies are meant to provide a personalized approach to childcare, and every person, child, and family is different. Keep reading to find possible share options that might work for your family.
Many families form a nanny share when they’re going back to work after maternity or paternity leave, and their immediate vision is to share a nanny with another family who has a baby the same age. For the nanny, it would be similar to caring for twins. This option allows for children to grow up together and have a life-long buddy. It’s also good for new families to support and learn from each other.
Another scenario may be when a family with an infant shares a nanny with a family who has school-aged children. In this case, the baby gets one-on-one time until the afternoon and then has "big kids" engaging with him or her after school. This is a great learning opportunity for both groups of children. The younger child gets to speed up their learning process by watching older children, and are a reminder of the importance of gentle behavior for the older child. It will support the development of empathy and learning for both children.
Many families who welcome a second child realize that daycare for two kids is more expensive than hiring a nanny, and even more expensive than a nanny share. In this case, a family with a toddler and a newborn might pair up with a family with one or even two kids to create a nanny share. This is more affordable for both families than daycare. This option also provides the benefits of the others listed above. The children can find friends in a safe, familiar setting, the children learn and guide one another through their stages of development and the parents have the ability to make friends of their own as their children grow up together.
The moral of the story is that nanny share arrangements can accommodate a diverse range of possible setups, age ranges, and distances. There is no set strategy as a one size fits all, but it’s important to ask yourself what you’re looking to get out of a nanny share, aside from the cost savings.