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Is Hiring A Nanny Right for Your Family?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017



Leaving your child in the care of others is one of the hardest things parents face, and it is important to make the right decision for your family. When I do in-home child care consultations with families, one of the most commonly asked questions is ‘I think I want a nanny, but how do I know if it is right for my family?’ It is a great question, and one that deserves a lot of thought.

Here are FIVE questions to ask yourself when you are thinking of hiring a nanny:

1. Do you prefer to have your child with a single caregiver?

o A huge plus of having a nanny is that your child can have individualized attention. You will also have more control over their routine, the activities they do, and any specific parenting philosophies you prefer.

o Intense screening of a nanny is a must – detailed interviews, reference checks, national, state and county background checks as well as a driving-record check should always be done before hiring a nanny.

2. Do you need things done around the house other than child care?

o There are different types of nannies – some nannies only want to focus on the care of your child, but other ‘nanny household managers’ can do much more – laundry, errands, dinner prep, grocery shopping, etc. You will certainly have to pay more, but for some families it is worth it!

3. What hours do you really need?

o When thinking through the hours you need, remember to factor in time in the morning to finish getting yourself ready to leave, commute time to and from work (unfortunately traffic is ONLY getting worse here in Austin), and time to talk to the nanny when they arrive and at the end of the day.

o One of the great thinks about nannies is their flexibility. Nannies can be a great option for families whose work schedule fluctuates or who have non-traditional hours.

4. Do you have a back-up plan if your nanny is sick or on vacation?

o One huge plus of having a nanny is that if your child is sick, the nanny is there to take care of them so you can go to work. However, if the nanny gets sick or is on vacation you will need to be able to stay home yourself or have back-up care. That might be a fill-in nanny, grandparents or friend, but it is important to know how you will handle these situations when they arise.

5. What is your budget for child care?

o With the cost of living in Austin continuing to increase, costs for nannies are increasing as well. Most of my clients budget $15-$20/hr depending on their needs. That is $600-$800 per week for a 40hr work week. Employer taxes are also required by the IRS, so be sure to factor that in.

o Make sure to budget and plan for babysitters too as date-nights for mom and dad are important!

Hiring a nanny to care for your child could certainly be the right decision for you. Nurture My Child has been serving Austin families since 2007. Let us help you find the perfect nanny for your family. Contact us today at Rebecca@nurturemychild,com or 512-394-1009.




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