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Things to Consider Before Accepting a Nanny Job

Congratulations!  You’ve been offered a nanny job.  Is this the nanny job that’s right for you?  Below please find some of the most important things you need to consider before accepting a nanny job.

  • Are you currently employed? Or, more precisely, does your budget afford you the option of turning this job down if you are not currently employed?
  • What is the pay rate for the job you’ve been offered? How does that pay rate compare to the cost of living in the community where you would be working? Is that pay rate less than, equal to, or more than you have earned before? Is the pay rate commensurate with the work that is to be asked of you in the new job?
  • What are the employment benefits of the job you’ve been offered? Does your new job offer health insurance? If not, do you need your job to provide you with health insurance? And what are the costs to you for your employment benefits?
  • What are the hours and days that you would be expected to work in the job you’ve been offered? Full-time or part-time? Daytime or nighttime? Weekends? On call? Temporary or permanent? Are you comfortable with these hours and days?
  • Where is the job? Is it near your home? If not, is that a concern for you?
  • Is the job a live-in or live-out nanny position? Either way, is that what you would like it to be?
  • How do you like the parents in the job you’ve been offered? Did they seem safe, nice, and easy to work for? Do you understand what they expect of you? Are you in agreement about basic childrearing matters (i.e., methods of discipline, appropriate versus inappropriate foods, etc.)?
  • How do you like the kids in the job you’ve been offered? Are they well mannered? Funny? Disrespectful?
  • How many kids are involved in the job you’ve been offered? One? Six? How well do you think you would handle that number of kids?
  • What are the ages of the kids? Are they all toddlers? Is one a newborn? Is one a pre-teen? How well do you think you would handle kids in these age groups?
  • What are the job tasks involved in the job you’ve been offered? Would you have to drive your own car when taking the kids to their various appointments? If so, do you have a vehicle of your own? Would you have to do laundry for the family? If so, are you comfortable performing that job task?
  • When do the parents want you to start the job you’ve been offered? Is that timeline reasonable given your commitments to your current employer, your family, and other facets of your life?

These are but a few of the things you will need to consider before you decide whether to accept a nanny job.  Deciding whether to accept a job is a tremendous responsibility.  No one wants to start a job and then resign shortly thereafter because the job is not a good fit for them.  That is hard on the nanny and hard on the family as well.  By giving your decision the thought it deserves, you will increase the likelihood that you will make the correct decision the first time.

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5 comments to Things to Consider Before Accepting a Nanny Job

  • Hi,
    I’ve been offered a nanny job, and fell in love with the family and kids.
    On both interviews they offered me a pay. It took them two weeks to call me back. I am in real need of a job, and was very excited withe the hourly rate they offered me at the beginning. When she called me yesterday, she told me that they will reduce two dollars in what they had promised before, because they talked to my previous employers, and they told them how much they use to pay me.
    Anyways, what should I do? Just accept it and not say anything, if I were to say something, what should I say. I really liked them, and know the reason they changed their minds was because of my prior bosses. Which, I didn’t have that much experience when I worked for them, but now I do. Please help me out.

  • Emma

    Hi Hacacia,
    It depends on when you were employed in the previous jobs, was it 3 years ago? more less? You deserve more as the cost of living goes up. Also you have more experience having had other jobs in this industry. Tell your prospective boss that you are more experienced now and deserve a higher wage, or except on a trail basis and if they are happy with you after a month then they increase the wage.
    Good Luck.

  • Patricia

    Hacacia: This is not fair. If they offered you the pay amount first on first interview, and you agreed on that amount, then that is what they should pay. You have several more years experience now. If you take the lower pay, you may never get what you really wanted and what they agreed upon at first. You will always have this bad feeling to deal with while working for them. This would send me a Red Flag immediately. Sometimes employers offer more to snag you and when they know you want the job, they decrease the amount. This has happened to me and I quit after two months. I would pass on this job, keep looking. It just doesn’t sound right or safe.

  • Tia

    Pass! That is not right…I make it a point to tell my previous employers to discuss my pay rate bc what I choose to accept and when is up to ME. My first nanny job was that way…initially paid time off was offered and then not after I was hired. Found out when a holiday came and holiday pay was missing…unless you are a high school student that doesn’t have responsibilities, don’t short change yourself bc they will get over on you when they can. I learned the hard way. Good luck!

  • Tia

    * not to discuss my pay rate

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