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Transitioning from a Full-Time Nanny to a Part-Time Nanny

Your youngest child is just started pre-school.  You no longer need a full-time nanny: a part-time nanny is what you will need going forward.  How do you tell your existing full-time nanny about this change?

1. Determine if there are other jobs that she can absorb that will keep her employed full-time and not have to leave employment with you. This would be ideal, as it is hard on your family and your nanny if your nanny has to leave. Other jobs may include absorbing housekeeping, cooking, or other job duties in your household . . . or performing job duties part-time in your household and part-time or full-time for another household. For example, if you know a family that needs a part-time nanny during school hours or a full-time nanny that they are willing to share, a coordinated nanny-share arrangement may benefit everyone.

2. If there are no other jobs that your full-time nanny can absorb, then perhaps your nanny will be willing to work part-time. If she transitions from full-time to part-time, will you give her a commensurate cut in pay and benefits? If you reduce her pay and benefits only a little, perhaps she would be happy to remain in your employ.

3. If you need to cut her pay such that she can no longer afford to work for you, then you will need to lay off your full-time nanny and hire a part-time nanny.

4. Regardless of which of the above three outcomes comes to pass in your household, ensure that you are thoroughly thinking through your alternatives and communicating well with your nanny. For example, if you speak with another family who is interested in a nanny-share arrangement, you should then speak with your nanny to inform her of your situation and obtain her consent to move forward with the nanny-share plan. Your nanny may be unwilling to consider working with the other family. If she is willing, you will need to coordinate a meeting of all parties involved to ensure that this is a good fit for everyone and to set forth the details of the nanny-share arrangement. If you decide to offer your full-time nanny the part-time nanny position, ensure that you know and communicate up front how that transition will affect her pay and benefits. In case you ultimately have to lay off your nanny, have a separation offer pre-prepared. A separation offer may include a severance payment, continuation of health insurance for a specified period of time, paid travel back to your nanny’s home community, a glowing letter of recommendation signed by you, etc.

By taking these steps, you can do your best to make the transition from full-time nanny to part-time nanny as smooth as possible.

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