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Nanny Share

Many nannies prefer to work full-time.  For the nanny, the advantages to full-time work (rather than part-time work) include increased pay and benefits.  For families that employ nannies, full-time employment increases length of employee retention.  So, employing a full-time nanny is a win-win.  But what if you can’t afford a full-time nanny?  What if you need only a part-time nanny?  Perhaps a nanny sharing arrangement is right for you.

Nanny sharing involves one nanny providing childcare for two families.  This can manifest in a variety of ways. 

  • 1. Family A has a dad that works full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) and a mom that works part-time (8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday). Family B has a dad that works full-time (3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) and a mom that works full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). The nanny goes to the home of family A and watches the kids of family A each work day from 7:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. When family A’s mom returns home after her morning of work, the nanny then goes to the home of family B and watches the kids of family B from 2:15 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. (providing childcare for that family in the time in which dad has left for work and mom has not yet come home from work).
  • 2. Family A has a single mom with two kids, aged one and four years. This mom works full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Family B has both a mom and a dad working full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Family B has one child who is three years old. The nanny goes to the home of family A each work day of week one: she watches the kids of both families in family A’s home this week. The next week, the nanny goes to the home of family B each work day of that week: she watches the kids of both families in family B’s home this week. The host home alternates each week accordingly.
  • 3. Family A has a dad that works full-time (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) and a mom that works full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Family A has two grade-school aged kids. Family B has both a mom and a dad working full-time (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Family B has two grade-school aged kids. The nanny goes to the home of family A each work day of week one: she watches the kids of both families in family A’s home this week. She arrives at 7:15 a.m., picks up the kids from family A, drives to the home of family B, picks up the kids from family B, takes all four kids to school, and returns to the home of family A to attend to light housekeeping and other chores. At 3:00 p.m., the nanny picks up the kids of both families from school: she shuttles them to their various lessons (dance, piano, and karate). The nanny and all four kids then return to the home of family A for play and study time until parents from families A and B resume supervision of the kids. The next week, the nanny performs the aforementioned tasks based out of the home of family B. The host home alternates each week accordingly.

In order for a nanny sharing arrangement to work well, both families must be in synch about what is expected of the nanny.  Are kids allowed to be reasonably self-directed, or are the kids used to highly structured activities?  What foods are appropriate in each family?  Are video games and television viewing acceptable in each family?  What communication style do the parents use when communicating with the kids?  What method of discipline is used?  If families have differences on important aspects of parenting, these differences will need to be reconciled for nanny sharing to be effective.  For example, a shared nanny can’t allow one family’s kids to eat mac-n-cheese while telling the other family’s kids that mac-n-cheese isn’t acceptable because it’s insufficiently good for their little bodies.  Families must also be in synch about what is expected of both families in the nanny share arrangement.  Will there be host families?  If so, who will host when?  How will the nanny be paid?  What will the nanny receive for employment benefits?  For families considering nanny sharing, it is essential to discuss thoroughly the expectations associated with nanny sharing and what methods will be used to reconcile any differences that may be discovered.  This discussion (or, more likely, these discussions) should occur before a shared nanny is hired.

Once the expectations are set, nanny recruitment can begin.  We at Nannies4hire.com are here to help you recruit and hire the perfect nanny for your nanny share arrangement.  We look forward to assisting you by being your source for qualified nannies and information to help you hire and employ the best childcare for your situation.

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