Revealed : Who Really Uses A Nanny These Days ?
If your knowledge of nannies is limited to Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, it might be time to re-evaluate. Sure the idea of a nanny might seem to go hand in hand with English-style formality and rather expansive mansions, but in truth, nannies are now an option for anyone who needs childcare.
So just why are nannies so popular?
The childcare dilemma
So you’ve no doubt heard that childcare places are rarer than tantrum-free toddlers. It’s no exaggeration to say that childcare centres are very busy, under-resourced and yes, rather expensive.
For those looking for early childcare, it’s essential to apply while you’re pregnant, and even then it can take well over a year (often several) to be offered a place. Some people have better luck with council-run family day care programs, but these too require early applications – and patience – as carers look after much smaller groups of children.
The cost is another factor that is prohibitive for many. While there is some government support available, it’s mean-tested and capped, so that even with Centrelink assistance, the amount you are paying is likely to be a significant portion of your wage. For a lot of parents in fact, housing costs and childcare are the two biggest outlays.
How a nanny can help
And that’s why many more people are considering a nanny these days. With childcare places so hard to come by, and no guarantee of one even with an early application, a nanny can be a great alternative.
You can hire a nanny as soon as needed and for the exact days and hours you require. You can personally choose a nanny that fits your childcare values, and check references so that you know exactly who is looking after your child. And you have the added convenience, which should never be underestimated, of having childcare at home without the need for excessive travel.
Share and save
Now if you can see the benefit of a nanny, but are deterred by the cost, you might also consider sharing your nanny with others. If you have friends or colleagues who are in need of childcare, there is always the option of hiring a nanny between you and rotating the care between homes.
This option does require some agreement in terms of days and hours, but it’s certainly a great alternative to traditional childcare. And it’s just another reason why nannies are used by more and more parents.