10 Things a Live-in Nanny Should Request
A live-in nanny has unique employment challenges. Unlike live-out nannies, a live-in nanny should request the following:
- 1. Her own bedroom is a must. Her own bathroom is ideal.
- 2. Her job description and/or nanny contract. While these are important for live-out nannies too, they are even more important for a live-in nanny whose job, residence, and much more is all combined in this one job.
- 3. Access to a vehicle.
- 4. Mileage reimbursement if she must use her own vehicle for work. While this is important for live-out nannies too, it is even more important for a live-in nanny who likely spends even more time shuttling children from activity to activity.
- 5. A suitable pay rate relative to the cost of living in the community in which she will work: this pay rate will need to factor in the cost of housing provided.
- 6. Employment benefits (i.e., paid vacations, health insurance, etc.). While these are important for live-out nannies too, they are even more important for a live-in nanny who is less likely to have a spouse or second job to provide her with the benefits she needs.
- 7. Her precise off-the-clock time. Live-in nannies can be all too convenient: it’s best to have designated off-the-clock time in which live-in nannies can pursue their own personal interests.
- 8. Clearly communicated boundaries regarding whether she can have friends visit her, whether her boyfriend can visit her, and what hours visitors are allowed in the employer-family’s home.
- 9. Clearly communicated boundaries regarding her use of her cellular telephone and computer. Is the nanny allowed to use her own personal telephone while she is on the clock? Are her calls respected as private? Is she allowed to use her computer as she pleases (within reason)? Are the children in her care able to access her computer? While these issues are important for live-out nannies too, it is even more important for a live-in nanny who is likely to experience a blurring of these lines due to her workplace and residence coinciding.
- 10. A discussion with the family on how taxes will be withheld.
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