Nanny Sharing – Get Professional Nanny Service for Half the Price!
Though it is not a new concept, not everyone has heard of a Nanny Share. Nanny sharing is exactly what it sounds like. When two families would like to employ a nanny to take care of their children, but neither can afford it alone, splitting the cost and sharing the nanny’s services with another family can be the perfect solution!
Benefits to a nanny share are:
- Children get more individual attention than at most daycare facilities.
- Children are cared for in the comfort of their own home or at a friend’s home.
- Nannies typically provide light housekeeping and sometimes start dinner.
- Children are exposed to less germs than when they attend a daycare facility simply because they come in contact with fewer children.
- Usually there are no late fees as there are at many daycare facilities if parents get held up at work or caught in traffic.
A nanny share can work extremely well when both sets of parents involved share the same ideas about homework, snacks, TV viewing, etc. But, there are also some negative aspects of a nanny share.
- Both families need to have similar work schedules as far as starting and finishing so that the nanny is caring for the children of both families during the same hours.
- Families also need to coordinate vacations unless it is in the contract that the nanny gets paid a salary no matter if she or the families take vacation.
- If you are nanny sharing and the nanny gets sick, there probably isn’t any back up unless she belongs to a nanny agency or nanny service that provides back up or temporary nannies.
- There may be issues with homeowners insurance by having someone else’s children being cared for by a paid child care provider in your home if the child gets injured.
- If one family decides to leave the nanny share arrangement, it leaves the remaining family to pay the nanny’s entire weekly salary themselves.
Another form of a nanny share is when two or three families only need a part time nanny. For example, if the father works full time, and the mom only works a couple of days per week, but they would like to have nanny care as opposed to using a day care center, they can share a nanny with one or two other families that are in the same situation. This way, each family receives professional private nanny care a couple of days a week, but the nanny receives full time pay when she combines the payments from each family.
Nanny sharing can be a fabulous way to get private or semi-private childcare at an affordable price. Whether you find your nanny through a nanny agency or not, you should ask for at least 3 references and check them all. As I always say…. Keep your standards high – your children are worth it!
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