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.

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

What all nannies and employers need to know about the SNOW!

January 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Today the BBC indicated that there may well adverse weather conditions. This may mean the chance of snow, and for some people, this can be a worry and a concern and can cause some serious problems – especially for parents and nannies.

Many people think of snow as a ‘Winter Wonderland’; a chance to build snowmen, have snow ball fights and make snow angels. However, for parents and nannies, this can mean having to take time off work, and risk the chance of missing out on pay! This article will examine the challenges that some parents have to face when it comes to snow and employment as a nanny, or nanny employer.

One of the most important things to remember is to only drive in the snow if the journey is crucial! Do not drive unless you have to – check the Met Office website and weather websites for snow warnings and advice. Be sure to call your employer and let them know that it’s unsafe for you to travel, don’t risk having an accident.

When it comes to snow, ice and adverse weather conditions, not only getting to work can be the problem. Most employees will have families and will have the added complication of making childcare arrangements for children with closed schools and nurseries. This tends to be given at short notice and can cause complications for the employer. They may also not be able to rely on a relative or another care giver thus meaning, employees not being able to attend their place of work.

Due to this, employees are entitled to take off a reasonable amount of time in order to take the necessary action due to the unexpected disruption of the snow. Strictly speaking, this would result in unpaid leave. However, some employers may decide not to take this approach and offer a good will payment. This is dependent on your employer and your relationship you have with them.

What about being a nanny or a child carer? What do you do then? Being a nanny or a child carer also gives you the opportunity to stay over at the family home, if the weather conditions are severe and you don’t think you would be able to make it home again after work, then consider the possibility of staying over.

When the snow comes, it undoubtedly brings with it problems. Parents will be trying to source emergency childcare, as the may otherwise miss out on pay. What exactly can be done? Our best advice is to ensure you have a backup plan, and to speak to your employer in advance, and make sure you understand the protocol for adverse weather.

If you do have to take a few snow days we recommend that you use the opportunity to enjoy a few days at home, perhaps undertake a spring clean or fill a box for the charity shop. There are lots of rainy day ideas to be found here.

Finally, please remember to ensure you keep safe and warm in the snow. The impacts of the cold weather are worse for young children, babies and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone you may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help make sure that they stay warm and well

  • Stay tuned in to weather forecasts
  • Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21C
  • Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain it at 18C or warmer
  • Keep warm and active and if you must go out dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.

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

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