Live-In Nannies

Live-in Nannies

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What is a Live-in Nanny?

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

Family cooking

Benefits of having a Live-in Nanny

One of the main benefits of a live-in nanny is that they are one of the most affordable forms of childcare, especially for families with more than one child. 

They also offer convenience for you and consistency for your children.

  • They get to know your children on a deeper, more personal level
  • They become a valued member of the family
  • With no commute, they can offer more flexibility with their time
  • Availability for early mornings and late nights
  • Support the family routine
  • Support your children’s educational, social, and emotional development

How much does a Live-In Nanny Cost?

Based on a 50-hour working week, the approximate cost of a live-in nanny is £400 - £650 gross per week. 

In London, this rises slightly to a starting point of £433 gross per week.

This cost excludes the following:

  • Employer National insurance contributions
  • Employer pension contributions
  • Accommodation
  • Board

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.

There are some important things to consider before hiring a live-in nanny:

  • You will be required to register as an employer and pay their tax and N.I contributions from their gross salary
  • You will pay employer N.I and pension contributions in addition to their gross salary
  • A nanny requires, at minimum, a private bedroom in the family home
  • What additional perks, if any, you will provide such as internet access, a TV, personal bathroom, etc. 
  • Which house rules you will expect your live-in nanny to follow
  • Whether you expect your nanny to drive as you will need to ensure they have a valid license and appropriate insurance plus you will also be responsible for the upkeep and petrol costs of the vehicle where they relate to work duties

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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