A live-in nanny is a childcare provider that resides in the family home throughout their employment and as well as childcare, they usually also assist with light household tasks.
They often become an extended member of the family and as they live in your home, they offer a level of flexibility that other forms of childcare do not.
What does a Live-in Nanny do?
A live-in nanny will provide wraparound childcare, looking after the children in their home environment. Live-in nannies usually work between 10 and 12 hours per day, five days a week.
The role of a live-in nanny will vary from family to family but generally speaking, live-in nanny responsibilities and duties include:
Engaging with the children with play and learning-based activities
Keeping bedrooms and play areas clean and tidy, and assisting in general tidiness of the home
Bathing children and getting them dressed
Prepare snacks and cooking meals for the children
Laundry and ironing of children’s clothes
Assisting with homework
Organising social events for the children
Babysitting 1-2 weekday nights per week
Dropping off and picking up children from school
What does a Live-in Nanny NOT do?
The exact tasks that a live-in nanny will carry out will depend on the contract that you have will them, but live-in nannies are not normally expected to do the following duties:
Housekeeping or gardening
Whole household washing and ironing
Liaising with schools and teachers
Attending children’s medical appointments
Looking after additional children such as school friends or family members
Benefits of having a Live-in Nanny
How much does a Live-In Nanny Cost?
Does a Live-in Nanny pay rent?
The short answer is no. Providing accommodation for a live-in nanny is part of their employment contract.
This can be a room in your home, but it should offer them privacy.
The main reason for this is because the wage of a live-in nanny is more affordable in comparison to a live-out nanny.
What to consider when recruiting a Live-In Nanny
Finding the right live-in nanny for your family is important and it takes time, so it is worth doing your research and ironing out details before you offer a placement.
What goes into a Live-in Nanny job description?
Following on from these considerations, the next thing you will want to do is create a comprehensive job specification that will help in your search for a live-in nanny. Details to include in the job specification include:
A short section about your family and home life
Live-in nanny responsibilities and duties
Working hours (including which days of the week and any babysitting expectations)
Rate of pay and any benefits
Desired qualifications and skills
Required education and experience
Live-in Nanny Interview Questions
Once you get to the interview stage of recruiting your live-in nanny, make sure you take the opportunity to ask them questions about themselves, their experience and any questions specific to your family.
Try starting with questions such as:
Why did you leave your last job?
What ages of children have you previously cared for?
What is your favourite part about being a live-in nanny?
Do you have paediatric first aid training?
What childcare related qualifications do you have?
What is the most challenging experience you have had when taking care of children?
How can myTamarin help you recruit your Live-In Nanny?
If you want some help finding your perfect live-in nanny, myTamarin are here for you.
By registering with us, you can be confident that one of our matching specialists will take all of your requirements into consideration and, once candidates have been picked, we will work with you to make contact, arrange interviews and organise trial days.
Even once you have been matched with a nanny, we are on hand to support you with any questions you might have, and we can even sort out payroll for you as well. To start your nanny search with myTamarin, sign up today.
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