Arranging childcare for the summer when your kids are out of school can seem stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Candi Wingate, president of Nannies4hire.com, shares some great information and tips with us for hiring a summer live-in nanny.
Before proceeding, consider the following:
"If you decide you want a live-in summer nanny, be aware that you provide her with a private bedroom and either a private or shared bathroom," says Wingate. First determine whether you can accommodate this. Perhaps you'll be giving up a guest room or office. Will this arrangement work for your family?
Determine your needs when it comes to hours. Do you need full time help or part time help? Wingate suggests discussing the hours you need early in the interview process. "If your schedule is not flexible, make sure she's not taking summer classes that would interfere with your needs," Wingate advises.
There are some benefits to hiring a summer live-in nanny. For example, if one or both parents travel for work, your concerns about arranging overnight care are addressed. Other families want a nanny that can travel with them during the summer, says Wingate. Alternatively, if you wish to travel just as a family, having a live-in summer nanny means you won't have to arrange housesitting or pet care.
While these are great conveniences, Wingate reminds you to honestly assess your needs for space and privacy. If you require family time and privacy on a regular basis, a live-in summer nanny probably isn't a good match for your family.
One of the benefits of having a live-in summer nanny is the reduced cost of childcare. "Often, you can pay a live-in nanny less because you're also providing room and board," says Wingate. Research the going rate for both live-in and live-out nannies in your area so that you can determine whether the lower salary expense in relation to providing room and board is beneficial to your family.
As always, pay varies based on experience. Also, Wingate notes that a nanny who prefers to live out but is willing to live in to meet your requirements will expect the same salary.
Having a live-in nanny means you need to set reasonable rules. Are you willing to do this? You're already a parent, but your live-in nanny will become a member of your household for the summer, so she needs to respect your house rules.
Wingate suggests addressing the following, at a minimum:
College students who live in the dorms are great candidates for a summer live-in nanny position. Other nannies are willing to take short-term live-in assignments. Consider the following sources for finding a live-in summer nanny:
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