It’s important to know whether you are looking to hire a live in nanny or a live out nanny. You must consider the following when deciding.
A) The time you need your nanny to start work.
If you need a nanny to start early in the morning between the hours of 6am- 8am, you probably want to consider having a live-in. Simply because having your nanny commute before getting to work can end up becoming very wearisome by the end of the day which can lead to a lack of enthusiasm when your nanny comes in to work the next day. I always highly recommend an energetic nanny when caring for your children. An energetic nanny is a happy nanny which in turn leads to a happy child.
B) How demanding your profession is.
If you have morning meetings you know your job requires you to be at, or a job that demands your punctuality, then you definitely need to consider a live-in nanny to avoid situations that cause your nanny to be late such as traffic or transportation issues.
C) Room and board.
Do you think you have the room and space to have a nanny? This plays a key role to the nanny. Making a nanny feel comfortable and assurance of privacy is very important. Please don’t have the nanny share a bathroom with you or your kids. A well cared for nanny should have her own bedroom, bathroom and private entrance if possible. Remember your nanny has a life apart from child rearing and her privacy is most appreciated. Some families are able to provide a separate apt in the house, which is wonderful, because then the nanny can feel the liberty to come in and go as she pleases. Also make sure you go over household rules at the time of the interview with your nanny just so everyone is clear on what is to be expected. NEVER wait after you have hired your nanny and lived with her to set some household rules such as curfew and what not! That’s where you both jeopardize your relationship with each other. Adjustments are welcome especially during the first few months of living together, that’s why weekly or biweekly meetings are vital to have with your nanny.
The difference between a live in nanny and a live out is mostly the issue of privacy between the both of you. So you want to make sure you pick someone that will be compatible with your lifestyle, someone who understands your family’s personality. A live-in nanny’s pay is abit less than of a live-out depending on the number of children she has to care for, hours and the household responsibilities required, it can range anywhere from $350-$800.
Live in nannies are to be treated with as much respect as a live out nanny. DON’T overwork your live-in nanny just because she lives with you. Some live-in nannies feel a lot taken advantage of because the family assumes she around. It’s a job with set hours just as you would a live-out. Don’t ask her to work on holidays unless it’s been arranged prior, and if you do, additional pay is required. Overtime and last minute late nights are not to be assumed without discussion between you and the nanny.Some states have a law whereby it is illegal to have your live-in nanny work for you for over 12 hours and or more than 5 days a week. Also, remember if you overload her household chores, then your children will not be getting the attention they so deserve. DON’T expect her to do more than what was discussed at the interview. Adding more responsibilities without compensation and discussion can slowly crush the nanny’s interest for working for you.
A live-nanny is still entitled to holiday pay, salary increase, sick pay the basic just like a live-out. The best way to get your relationship with your nanny bearable is to make sure you treat her like family. It doesn’t always mean you invite to every family function but just making sure she feels comfortable to call your place her home.
Its always advisable to offer some incentives or perks in a live-in package. It just makes it more comfortable for the nanny to feel much more welcome and appreciated. Incentives such as gym memberships, health insurance, a car, e.t.c are helpful in making the nanny feel a part of the family.
Live-in nannies are also entitled to raises, salary bonuses, vacation pay, sick pay, overtime pay and appreciation gifts, just as you would do to a live-out nanny.