Now that we’ve shared on this blog a bit about your choices for childcare (Parts 1 & 2) and the legal aspects of hiring in-home help (part 3), it’s time to discuss the Pros and Cons when hiring in-home help (specifically nannies). Tanya Jeannet, owner of Rockmybaby Nanny & BabySitting agency has compiled this list, to help parents make informed choices about the kind of care they need.
When deciding to hire live-in help, parents have to be aware of both the pros and cons and to carefully consider whether this arrangement would be suited to them and their family.
Pros of a Live-In Nanny:
- The person becomes part of the family, providing support to the family when parents have to work and need an extra pair of hands
- Children are secure in having the same caregiver on a consistent basis
- Live-in nannies have a more flexible schedule and can be there should you work late or need to leave early or watch the kids overnight
- There is someone at home already so there is no need to rush the kids off to daycare early in the morning before heading to work
- You have someone you can use for babysitting (at an extra cost)
- Live-in nannies often help with light housekeeping and run light errands
- Live-in nanny salaries are more cost effective as you are providing the food and accommodation
- There is some anecdotal evidence that the retention rate of a live-in nanny is better than their live-out counterparts
Cons of a Live-In Nanny
- Monthly food and utility expenses will increase but this is evened out with the lower salary cost of a live-in nanny
- Space needed in home to provide accommodation for the nanny
- Less privacy as you are in essence sharing your private space with another person
- May need to provide use of a car to the nanny
- When you have a dispute can make things more awkward
Is a live-in nanny suited to your family?
- Do you mind having someone’s dirty socks lying around besides your family members?
- Can you deal with conflict constructively? Would you ignore the nanny in a conflict situation or communicate and resolve the issue openly?
- If your nanny comes home from a late night out, knocking over the pot plant on her way in, how would you react?
- Are you happy to have your nanny watch tv with you with her running commentaries?
What I’m trying to say here in a light hearted way is that hiring a live-in nanny is like accepting a new member into your family and that even though the family and nanny’s new lifestyle may need some adjustment, the pros sometimes outweigh the cons. When they do, this can be the start to a long, mutually beneficial collaboration.
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This post originally published on the Rockmybaby Blog on 28 July 2013.
Copy-edited for expatparent on 9 August 2013
- Childcare Part 1: In-Home Help
- Childcare Part 2: Help outside the home
- Childcare Part 3: Additional Legal Aspects to Hiring In-Home Help