In a typical nanny share, two or more families employ one nanny, sharing the cost of her salary. Most nannies watch all the children together, but many families work together to come up with a schedule that is tailored to their needs.
Since both families are contributing to the nanny’s pay, the nanny is usually able to earn more than she would make working for a single family.
Why opt for nanny share?
Among the benefits of sharing a nanny with another family are:
- Quality care at an affordable price. Sharing a nanny can bring the cost of childcare down to the same price level as a day care, or even lesser depending on the number of children.
- Personal attention, even though the nanny is watching multiple children.
- Flexibility. This is one of the major reasons for parents to opt for a nanny; when sharing a nanny, this factor remains a major benefit.
- Socialisation. With more children in the group, more bonds are developed between children and their parents. This is great for a child’s development.
Choosing wisely is the key
Not only do you have to choose the right nanny for your family, you also need to ensure that you have chosen the right family to share your nanny with. Here are some things to keep in mind in order to make this work successfully.
- Look for families with similar parenting outlook as yours; education, diet, behaviour, etc. It also helps to find a family that has same aged children as yours.
- Put everything in writing – sick days, routines, timetables, etc. An agreement or contract gives everyone a common road map to refer to when issues come up.
- Communicate and stay flexible – once everyone has settled on the details, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open and the drama to a minimum.
How we can help?
Once you have found someone to share your nanny with please contact us and we can help you find the perfect nanny to meet your ‘joint needs’.