What, exactly, is a nanny share? A nanny share can look different for each family, but it involves a nanny working for more than one family throughout the week. Here are three typical ways that a nanny share can be set up:
1. Family A has the nanny in the morning, Family B has the nanny for the afternoon
· Care typically takes place at each family’s home; the nanny has an hour or so break to travel between homes
2. Family A has the nanny certain days of the week, Family B has the nanny for the others
· Ex. Family A needs care Mon, Wed & Fri; Family B needs care Tues & Thurs
3. Family A & B share a nanny full-time
· Care typically takes place at one of the homes
There are many advantages to a nanny share, the main one being cost. However, in order for a nanny share to work well, there are several factors that need to be considered ahead of time. They are as follows:
· Good communication between the families is essential
· Both families should be looking for similar qualities/qualifications in a nanny
· Families should interview the nanny separately to ensure they are a good fit
· Child-rearing philosophies should be similar, such as food/nutrition, discipline, screen use, etc.
· Each family needs to have a contract with the nanny as well as a contract with each other. Each family is considered an employer and must pay taxes accordingly
· Whose house will be used? Will families trade off?
· What if a sick parent is home at the house?
· Who pays for supplies & equipment?
· How will illnesses be handled amongst the children?
· How will vacation time be handled?
· How will it be determined when the nanny can take vacation?
· How will nanny performance reviews and raises take place?
· What if one family wants to leave or needs a decrease in hours?
A nanny share arrangement can certainly be a wonderful way for families to afford a nanny. However, it is best to ensure that both families are in agreement up-front on certain factors to avoid any surprises.
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