Updated: Mar 9
Of the many different domestic staffing services that we provide at Patty Cake Nannies, our nanny placement services are always among the most popular and widely used for families. There is some truth to the old saying that “it takes a village to raise a child,” and for this reason, a dedicated and caring nanny can greatly benefit parents and children in our busy modern world.
Having a live-in nanny takes these benefits one step further by having a childcare professional easily accessible and able to help when needed. With the COVID-19 pandemic many families are preferring a live-in nanny to a live-out nanny. Primarily due to the ability to "shelter-in-place" together, a live-in nanny is truly the safest childcare option for your family. Read on to find out why many families are choosing to hire a live-in nanny.
What is a Live-in Nanny?
As the name suggests, a live-in nanny is a childcare professional who lives with the family she or he works for. Instead of the nanny having to commute to work at your home each day, this arrangement can be more convenient, allow greater flexibility, and let you and your kids get to know the nanny on a more personal basis. Live-in nannies may have their own room in a house, have an entire basement to themselves, or stay in a detached guesthouse next to the main house. Live-in nannies should not be expected to share rooms with children or stay in common areas in your home, like the living room or an office that would need to be accessed by family members during the day.
What are the benefits of a Live-in Nanny?
There are so many benefits to hiring a live-in nanny, for one, it may be the safest option for your family during the COVD-19 pandemic. In addition, one of the best benefits about having a live-in nanny is being able to get to know your nanny better and have the nanny spend more quality time with your kids. Without the burden of a commute, a live-in nanny can be more available to help in the early mornings and late evenings. Because a live-in nanny spends more time in your home, he or she may be able to help out more with light housekeeping duties and errands. Surveys have shown that live-in nannies often have more job satisfaction and are happier with their careers because of what their employers provide; such as rent-free housing, access to a car, meals, a cell phone, and other perks.
When to hire a Live-in Nanny?
Parents who have very busy schedules or frequently changing schedules benefit from live-in nannies because they don’t have to worry about coordinating hours and days for care. Live-in nannies offer a valuable convenience and are more flexible if parents have to work late in the evenings, early mornings or on the weekends.
Meanwhile, many other families hire live-in nannies simply so that they can bond more with their nanny and make the nanny a more integral part of the family.
What are Live-in Nannies qualifications and skills?
Live-in nannies require certain skills to excel at their jobs, such as dedication, discretion, organization, and patience. A live-in nanny also needs strong verbal communication skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, and basic first-aid training. Over the course of a day in the life of a live-in nanny, the list of responsibilities are centered on childcare but may extend to some cooking, cleaning, and household duties too. Child-centric live-in nanny duties typically include feeding, changing diapers, putting children down for naps, transporting children to appointments and activities, organizing play time, and keeping children on a steady routine.
What does a Live-in Nanny cost?
There is a misconception that live-in nannies should be making less money because their accommodations are being provided. Live-in nannies should not be confused with au pairs who get paid less because they are students with limited child care experience. It’s important to understand that live-in nanny costs can actually be considerably higher than families expect, especially if a specific schedule isn’t set and followed. The minimum hourly rate for a live-in nanny starts at $15/hour, however most nanny rates typically start no lower than $20/hour and range significantly higher depending on the responsibilities, number of children, experience, and other factors. The weekly salary for a nanny starts at $600 per week and can range up to over $1,000/week depending on your area.
How to hire a Live-in Nanny?
At Patty Cake Nannies we specialize in placing live-in nannies nationwide. We work with only the very best live-in nannies in the industry. Our expert team of placement specialists will pair you with the best nanny for your family. We work with families all over the country, get started by completing a Parent Registration Form today!