What is a nanny?
What is a nanny?
A Nanny is employed by the family on either a live-in or live-out basis to undertake all tasks related to the care of children. Duties are generally restricted to child care and the domestic tasks related to child care. A Nanny may or may not have had any formal training though often has a good deal of actual experience. A nanny's working week ranges from forty to sixty hours per week.
A Nanny arrangement can include:
- Live In Nanny – a nanny who lives in your home
- Live Out Nanny – a nanny that comes to your house each day
- Nanny Share – the nanny works for two families either at different times or cares for both sets of children at the same time
Advantages & Disadvantages
How to find a nanny?
- Nanny Agencies - while it is possible to find child care independently, using an agency can make the process easier and less time consuming by taking away a lot of the leg work involved in advertising for and interviewing potential candidates. Use our guide on how to use an agency to assist you further.
- Advertising – place an ad in your local paper detailing your child care needs
- Network – speak to other parents to see if they know of any nannies who are available in your area although this maybe difficult as parents tend to keep good babysitters and nannies to themselves for fear of losing them
- To find agency screened nannies operating in your area click here
Interviewing a Nanny
Our Interviewing a Nanny or Au Pair Checklist has been developed to help with interviewing a potential nanny. It covers off on security, safety and questions for specific age ranges.
Child care costs vary based on experience and qualifications and they are not regulated by the federal Government. A guide to assist you further is $10-$25 per hour live in $14-$35 per hour live out (+agency fee)
Other Useful information
We have developed a handy guide to provide parents with information on key responsibilities and considerations for hiring a Nanny, also including a sample guide to assist in creating an employment contract for a Nanny. The guide can be printed out, along with a Nanny/Parent Diary that is useful to keep lines of communication open and keep you up-to-date with your child's development.
This child care article was last updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017
- Retaining your nanny
- What are your obligations when you employ a nanny?
- How to use an agency to find a nanny, au pair or babysitter