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In House Nannying

In House Nannying

Live In Nannying, or In House Nannying is an age-old profession. Nannies were regarded as slaves in history, though today that has changed vastly. The profession of In-House nannying still prevails, though. Live In nannying is a full-time job, and gives the opportunity of an extended family.

Though their roles are quite the same, the difference between a live-in and a live-out nanny is substantial. Each profession comes with its benefits and drawbacks.

Families requiring 24/7 care for their children, and more flexibility, often benefit from a Live In Nanny. However, it is vital to fully understand the Live In Nanny definition, and job description to make a positive choice. 

Live In Nanny Definition

A Live In Nanny is a professional, or Traditional Nanny that resides with a family. They mainly have a primary residence within your home. Live in nannies still require relevant nannying qualifications, and first-aid training.

They sometimes have separate accommodation on your property. Live In nannies may live with a family on working days only, or permanently. Often they prefer to keep their own home to spend time on weekends.

The hiring family ensures accommodation, utilities, food, and other benefits. Similarly, a live-in nanny offers a more flexible schedule and working hours.

It is, however, critical to have an explicit employment agreement for a live-in nanny.

What is the Difference  Between a live-in and live-out nanny

You may be wondering whether a live-in or Live-out nanny setup is more suitable for you. Fundamentally every family is different. Similarly, every child is unique regarding their care needs.

Thus, it is vital to first consider your family’s precise needs and schedule. Ideally, you must consider the potential benefits and concerns of a Live in or Live Out Nanny:

  • Live In Nanny – Live In nannies will eat, sleep, and entertain on your premises daily. Thus, they are completely involved in your family life. They are mostly beneficial individuals with unpredictable schedules, or who need constant assistance.
  • Live Out Nanny Live Out nannies are more traditional. They have set work hours, with some flexibility. Live In nannies have their residence and require less from their employers. They are ideal for basic childcare.

Live-in nannies are often compared to Au Pairs. In this case, the setup is similar, though vast differences exist:

Live In Nanny VS Au Pair

Concisely, a Live-In nanny is a professional child caretaker, usually local. Whereas an Au Pair is a foreign individual or student. They usually lack experience and qualifications.

Though many Au Pairs can be somewhat qualified or experienced as nannies, they are not a permanent solution.

There are more evident differences when looking at the Pros and Cons of Au Pairs:


  • Au Pairs are generally more affordable than nannies. They operate onboarding as payment, with a small weekly or monthly remuneration.
  • They are not around the Clock caregivers. However, their schedules are usually more flexible.
  • Au Pairs are more suited to families with older children. This is especially because they are almost always college students.
  • Some may be studying in a similar field such as Caregiving or education.


  • Au Pairs are foreigners, so there may be a language barrier.
  • They are not a permanent solution. Au Pairs usually only stay for a year or two.
  • Most Au Pairs lack experience or any form of education in childcare.

Concluding that an Au Pair is essentially not a nanny as such. However, delving more into nannies. What can you expect from a live-in nanny, or as a prospective live-in nanny?

Job Responsibilities of a Nanny

As established, a Live-In nanny is a traditional nanny who resides with a family. Furthermore, there is much to discuss regarding the expectations and requirements of Live-In nannies. First and foremost a live in nanny must truly love children. They essentially become the “other parents” of a child

As a parent hiring a Live In Nanny or an aspiring career seeker, it is critical to understand their role:

What to Expect from a Live-In Nanny

Most Live-In nannies work between 10 – 12 hours daily. They have a five-day week, Monday to Friday.

In some cases, nannies can request a nanny to work overtime or weekends. Any additional hours or days are usually remunerated extra.

Firstly, discuss additional duties or overtime with the nanny beforehand.

Some duties of a Live-in Nanny include:

  • General Child Care – All nursery and care duties related to the children.
  • Daily Care – The provision of care such as bathing, feeding, dressing, and preparing meals.
  • Cleaning and Organizing – General cleaning and organizing of children’s clothes, toys, and belongings. Additionally, light housework is done for the family.
  • Trips – Organizing and performing daily activities and outings. These are usually school-related, play dates, baby classes, and more. Live In nannies may have to join family trips and vacations.
  • Transportation – In some cases transportation of children to school and from school. Also, transport for other outings and appointments.
  • Recreation – Creative arts and crafts for children. Creative learning such as singing, reading, and exercise or sports.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities – Transporting, organizing, and joining children in these activities. These include any activities outside the home. They are sports, arts and crafts, dance, exercise lessons, and more.
  • Education – Educating children in general, and helping with homework. Educational play is also advised.
  • Appointments – organizing and taking children to doctor appointments, and other appointments.
  • Assisting Parents – Assisting parents in general childcare duties. Similarly reporting to parents on any needed information regarding the children.
  • Available for Emergency Situations – Most nannies receive training in CPR and First Aid. They have the skills to react quickly, and effectively in an emergency.

Thus, are you an aspiring Live In Nanny, or a parent requiring a nanny? Well, these are some expectations and job descriptions.

In case an employer needs a Live-In nanny who also performs domestic work, there is a Live-in Nanny Housekeeper.

Traditional nannies are not required to perform any household cleaning or domestic work. This is unless it is part of their job description.

Keep in mind housework may reduce the time needed to properly care for children.

Employers Responsibilities

Regarding what parents hiring a Live-In nanny anticipates, there are a few requirements:


Separate accommodation or a furnished room inside your home. Bathroom facilities, kitchen, and washing facilities are shared or provided. Live In nannies need a private space to relax. A television, desk, and enough storage space are basic needs.


Live In nannies must require three meals a day. You can also provide them with snacks and beverages, or request that they get their own. Always discuss Live In nannies’ dietary requirements and special food needs or likes. The employer must provision foods that are acceptable for the nanny. The nanny, in turn, could prepare meals to her liking from your pantry.

Holidays and Trips

In some cases, Live In nannies can join their families on vacation. Taking that, they have similar provisions as to the home environment.


Live In nannies have entitlement to paid holiday, and paid sick leave. By law, you must allow a minimum of four weeks’ holiday. Employees can take leave at once or divided into two weeks. The employer must discuss leave dates with the employee beforehand.


Nannies get paid weekly or monthly wages according to their contracts. Wages must get paid on a specific date and must meet minimum requirements at least. Essentially a live in nanny is given “pocket money” rather than an actual wage. Their accommodation and food forms part of their remuneration.

Employment Contract

It is vital for both the nanny and the employer to have a legitimate contract. The contract must stipulate the following:

  • Job description and duties.
  • House rules and regulations.
  • Requirements from employers.
  • Wages.
  • Leave and sick leave.

Keep in Mind these are only basic examples.

 Nanny Benefits

There are quite a few benefits to having a Live In Nanny, as well as for the Live In nannies:

Benefits of Having a Live-in Nanny

A Live-In nanny is an excellent opportunity to have one-on-one care for your children. You will be able to enjoy much more time for yourself and a happy home life.

More Free Time

Though you may develop a close bond with your nanny, you can still enjoy free time. A family is not reliant on their nanny. Whether for socialization or involvement outside work hours. On the contrary, a nanny can care for children to give you a day or night off. You can relax and enjoy some time with your partner, while the children are well cared for.


Having a nanny at home gives you much more flexibility for certain situations. You could rely on a nanny when you need to work late or need some help at short notice. However, it is important to respect their free time. Unless you have stipulated that they are on call for 24 hours.

Additional Security

A nanny can help take care of the home and pets when you are at work. Similarly, you may request them to care for your home and pets when you are on holiday—the advantage of having someone look after your home provides peace of mind.

No Transport Issues

A Live-In nanny does not need to transport, to and from work. Likewise, they are without the fear of being late for work or getting caught up in traffic.

More Cost Effective

Another perk is saving on wages. Wages can be less, considering accommodation and meals included. However, you cannot just deduct anything from their salary. Boarding can be discussed as a part of their salary.

Ideal In Emergencies

A live-in nanny is always on hand. Should there be an emergency in the family, they will assist. In case of an emergency with the children most nannies are fully trained on how to react. Similarly, they can assist when you need to go out for an emergency call.

Good Credentials

Most nanny agencies ensure you have a fully qualified professional nanny. A nanny from your own country, as opposed to an Au Pair, has understandable credentials. Professional nannies ideally have some form of educational, or childcare qualification. More experienced nannies are available, with contactable references.

Trial Periods

You can hire a Live In Nanny on a trial period. As a family, you can request a nanny for a trial working day or week. This ensures that you make a good decision, that is a good fit for your unique family.

Benefits of Being a Live-in Nanny

Just as there are benefits for families hiring a Live In Nanny, they apply to the Nanny. An ambitious Live In Nanny can likewise enjoy many benefits:

  • A New Family – As a Live-In nanny you become close to a family. You develop a mutual caring relationship with the family.
  • Save Money – Live In nannies do not have to worry about rent and utilities. Also, grocery bills are much lower.
  • Career Advancement – The experience gained from nannying, will advance your career in the field. You can even transition into other roles such as a Home Manager.
  • No Commuting – You do not have to drive in and out of your workplace. In most cases, employers entrust Live In nannies with a vehicle to run errands.
  • Vacations – Many families take their nannies along on vacations. It is almost like a free vacation for yourself. You can enjoy visiting new places, and a different setting.
  • Professional Development – Some families pay for their nannies to further their studies. Even travel expenses for conferences.
  • Your Accommodations – Nannies obtain a room or sometimes an outside living space of their own. Your living quarters are also fully furnished.
  • Cell Phone Allowance – Many families entrust their nannies with a cell phone for work. If a cell phone is a requirement, it usually is a must. Cell phone charges for work are also covered.

The Rate for a Live-in Nanny

Besides receiving accommodation, food, and other services, nannies also get a wage. Wages are usually weekly, two weekly, or monthly.

Average wages range between $23 – $50 per hour, usually part-time nannies. Though, a full-time Live-in Nanny earns anything between $1600 – $2000 a week.

Live In nannies earn a bit more.

Keep in mind the rates are subject to the specific area in your country, and job description. Some Live-In nannies get paid an hourly rate, and extra for weekends.

In the end, a Live-In nanny can provide many benefits for the right family. They become a part of the family. Similarly, there is always care for your children, and assistance for you. However, the greatest downfall is the factor of privacy, in the case of the family, and employee.

Do Live In Nannies Pay Rent?

In most cases no. Accommodation, food, and utilities are included for Live In Nannies. In rare cases, the employer may negotiate on these options.

What are Live In Nanny Rules?

They are usually the house rules. These rules depict conduct and other given subjects, in the family’s home.

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