Live in Nannies and Live out Nannies

November 4, 2017 | Leave a Comment

What is the difference between a Live in Nanny and Live out Nanny?

When it comes to hiring a Nanny to help you care for your children, it can be difficult to know what you are looking for exactly. There are lots of questions that you have to think about and consider.

Do you want someone to work on a full time or part time basis? Is this going to be a permanent or temporary placement? What will their role include exactly? And not forgetting one of the most important questions, are you looking for a live in or live out Nanny?

Before you decide what the best option for you and your family is, it is important to know the difference between a live in and live out nanny so you can find the childcare solution.

So, what is the difference?

What is a Live In Nanny?

As the term suggests, a live in Nanny is someone who lives with you and your family in your home on a full-time basis. They would usually be expected to work between 11 – 12hours per day, Monday – Friday, with the occasional evening babysitting, 1 or 2 times a week.

When it comes to the cost of having a live-in nanny, the wage they would be paid would tends to be less than that of a live out nanny. This is because their board and lodging would be included. If hiring a live in nanny, you would be expected to be able to provide some sort of living accommodation for them. This may be in the shape of their own bedroom and bathroom, or in some cases a shared bathroom with the children in the home, or, separate living accommodation offsite but still close to the family home. Some families are able to offer an outbuilding or converted space solely for the nanny.

A special relationship is often built up between the family and the nanny. Even though many consider their live in nanny as a member of the family, it is important to remember that they may need their own time and privacy.

Live in nannies are able to provide care to your children on a sole charge or shared basis, and may have professional Nanny Qualifications such as a Norland Diploma.

Role and Responsibilities of a Live in Nanny:

It is extremely important to agree and set out the roles and responsibilities of a live in nanny in their contract prior to employment. They should be aware of their daily duties and what is expected of them.

The primary role of a live in nanny is to care for and look after your children, taking care of their needs. A live in nanny is also able to take on all additional nursery duties.

Main roles and responsibilities include:

  • Keeping bedrooms tidy
  • Bathing and dressing the children
  • Maintaining play areas – Cleaning and tidying away toys
  • Prepare and cooking meals for the children – these should be healthy and nutritious
  • Do the children’s washing and ironing
  • Maintain the general tidiness of the home.
  • May help with homework
  • Organising social events for the children

A nanny is not a housekeeper and is not there to clean the house or perform tasks such as washing and ironing. If you are looking for someone who is able to carry out these tasks, a nanny housekeeper would be ideal.

Advantages of hiring a Live in nanny:

There are many benefits of hiring a live in nanny. Consider:

  • Flexibility Guaranteed – A live in nanny can offer the flexibility that a daily or live out nanny may not be able to. If necessary and agreed, they can start early and finish late. This is especially beneficial if you are working parents and can give you the reassurance that you need, knowing that childcare is covered if you should work late unexpectedly or work irregular shift patterns.
  • Gain a member of the family – A live in nanny is more than likely to build up a relationship with you and your family. Offering you loyalty, security and a great level of care.
  • Gets to know your family’s needs.
  • Many will take on light housekeeper duties – A live in nanny will take on housekeeping tasks relating to the children. For example, doing the children’s washing and tidying their bedrooms.
  • Can be more affordable.
  • Limits the possibility that they will be late for work
  • Opens up the search – As accommodation is covered, it gives you the opportunity to open up your search across the country and even internationally.
  • Lasting bonds and special relationships are built up and established.

What is a Live Out Nanny?

A live out nanny, also known as daily nanny, is either employed on a part time or full time basis. On average, they will work up to 10 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Babysitting and additional care will need to be arranged and added on to their agreed number of hours.

The main difference to a live in nanny, is that a live out nanny will travel to and from the family home each day to start work and finish work at an agreed time.

Role and Responsibilities of a Live out Nanny:

A daily live out nanny can be in sole charge of your children and perform nursery duties, just as a live in Nanny would.

Main duties include:

  • Maintaining and keeping areas clean and tidy
  • Organising children’s clothes and belongings
  • Bathing and dressing the children
  • Preparing healthy nutritious meals
  • Organise social events

Advantages of hiring a Live out nanny:

  • A professional, friendly relationship between you and the nanny can be maintained.
  • You don’t have to worry about providing accommodation for the nanny.
  • Usually a live out nanny is local to the area you live in, thus meaning they are familiar with the community and suitable areas to take your children.

Both child care options are good and will benefit you and your family in different ways. The important thing to remember is to find what works for you and your family.

Harmony at Home Nanny Agency can help find the perfect childcare solution for you. To register and begin your search, click here >>>

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Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

How to show your Nanny that you appreciate them in 15 easy ways

September 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Have you recently employed a nanny for your family? Do they make your life so much easier, and provide your children with endless activities and fun? Perhaps you are trying to think of a way to show your appreciation, but don’t know the best way to do this. Here are just a few fun and different ways to show your nanny how thankful you are for all their hard work.

Nanny Appreciation Tips

  1. Simply say ‘thank you’ in a meaningful way
  2. Ensure that your children say thank you and show their appreciation
  3. Tell friends and close relatives about their great work, so that the information gets back to your nanny.
  4. Give them a surprise day off
  5. Treat them to a homemade breakfast at the start of their shift, or a family dinner at the end of their day if they are a live in nanny
  6. A simple thank you card or gift such as a photo frame of your nanny and your children
  7. Help towards tuition fees, if they are studying whilst nannying, up-skill them by gifting a nanny training course
  8. A nice bottle of wine, some chocolates and flowers are always appreciated
  9. Take them out for dinner, or money towards going out for dinner with friends
  10. Offer a pay rise, and / or a bonus for staying with you
  11. Organise a weekly fruit box or snack box delivered to their home address
  12. Give your nanny a gift card for their favourite shop
  13. Give a chance to pamper themselves with a spa day voucher, or gym membership
  14. Give simple homemade gifts from the children, hand prints on ceramics are always a hit
  15. Give the chance to have an extra few days off with their family at Christmas and Easter

These are just a simple few ideas that can make your nanny feel very loved and appreciated. This creates an even stronger relationship between yourself and your nanny as they are aware that their work has not gone unnoticed. This in turn helps to keep your nanny happy, and they will work even harder knowing that you are grateful for everything they do.

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Thinking about having an Au Pair?

August 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment

628 x 1200 family in carWhat is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a young foreign person aged 18+ who lives as part of the family and is given pocket money (typically £70-£125 per week). In return for pocket money, board and lodging your Au Pair will help you with the children and housework for around 25-35 hours per week.


Au Pairs are seen as being low cost compared to having a professional nanny. They are given a certain amount of pocket money depending on how many hours they help plus full board and lodging.

Au pairs can babysit a couple times a week. You leave the house knowing your children are being looked after by someone you have gained a trusting relationship with.

Having an extra pair of hands around the house is very beneficial when living a busy life. Au pairs can do light house work and other duties around the house. Unlike nannies, Au pairs help you out with simpler tasks around the house. Whereas a nannies sole job is to look after children and nursery duties.

A final pro of having an Au pair is that your children are being introduced to a new culture and language. Living in a world full of diversity it is a good experience for your child to spend time learning about other cultures.


An extra person is staying in your home. This means buying more food, and paying for another person to use your water, electric etc. Therefore expect your bills to be higher than they were before. As well as this, if you are going on holiday and they are coming, you will have to pay for their share etc.

Unlike nannies, Au pairs do not necessarily have the same qualifications. As a result of this, Au pairs should not be left in sole charge of babies and children aged under 3 years. However, they can pick up older children from school / pre-school and babysit. Therefore if you have young children perhaps look at hiring a nanny.

Its worth noting that Au pairs typically like staying with families in London, or in large Towns – preferably a city. If you live in the country side the Au pair will find it isolating and may well become home sick unless you can provide good links to transport, a language course and opportunities to meet with other Au pairs.

Finally, it takes a while to get used to having a stranger in your house with a potential language barrier. Bear this in mind when thinking about an Au pair as the initial few weeks/months may not be easy.

However, like all childcare, different types of childcare work well in different families. With Harmony at Home you will be able to find the perfect childcare for you.

REMEMBER: an Au Pair is not your employee. You can expect most Au Pairs to babysit for 2 nights a week, attend a language course during the week, and generally spend the weekend meeting friends and exploring the UK.

Register here now to find your perfect Au pair.

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