Nanny: Maid or Childcare?
As a nanny, your main job is to care for the children. If the family is expecting you to clean their home or clean up after their pets, you should question whether they are looking for a nanny or a housekeeper.
Generally, a nanny will do some light housekeeping, such as picking up after the children in her/his care. You should also be prepared to cook and make meals for the children you are watching. Most children don’t have elaborate tastes, so some basic kitchen skills are usually all that is required. If the parents expect dinner to be served for the entire family, make sure this is clearly outlined in your nanny contract that you are paid accordingly. You may also be asked to do laundry for the children.
Most families will understand that it’s near impossible to care for their children 40 hours a week and keep their home immaculate. However, if you’re looking for extra money, it might be worth asking your employer if you can do some housekeeping to help them out.