What’s ‘normal’ when thinking about nanny services?A nanny is generally hired to look after your children, keep them safe, and to provide fun and educational activities on a daily basis. It’s fairly standard for nanny services to include some or all of the following tasks:
- General childcare and, if negotiated beforehand, school drop-offs and pick-ups
- Taking your children to appointments or other activities as organised
- Preparing a variety of healthy meals for your children
- Tidying up play areas
- Occasionally, only if agreed beforehand, tidying up of children’s bedrooms and/or bathroom
Having the right expectationsAs fabulous as it sounds, a broader range of household chores is not normally in a nanny job’s general scope. So it’s unrealistic to expect your nanny to also do things like: the grocery shopping, cook family meals every night, or general housework. Some or all of these things can be negotiated with the nanny at the interview stage. But expect to pay a higher hourly rate to include tasks that aren’t directly related to childcare in the job. Also, consider how the quality of your nanny’s care for your children might be affected if they have a number of other less relevant tasks to perform.
Is the job of a nanny negotiable?The short answer is ‘yes’. The key when finding and hiring a nanny is to discuss the detail before hiring, making sure that both parties are clear on what’s expected of them and what the job is going to involve. Then put everything into a contract. The nanny contract will:
- outline how many children the nanny is going to look after and their ages
- include basics such as hours and wages, and
- provide a full job description of exactly what is included and expected by both parties.