A Daily/Live-In Nanny – What To Expect If You Employ One
Well, first of all, good news! Employing a Daily Nanny can transform family life. You can expect to have more time to plan, easier schedules to manage (for everyone!) and consequently more time to enjoy time as a family. A professional and committed daily nanny will facilitate these opportunities and here’s how you can count on them to help:
Areas of Expertise & Knowledge…
A professional and well qualified daily nanny, will be taking care of your child/children in your home. They will be charged with the responsibility for a number of key areas of your child’s well-being and development and will be expected to use their experience and knowledge of early years’ development to teach and inform. Their work for example should include teaching through play, early education (simple language/words and maths/numbers skills) and social awareness and development (such as playing together and sharing), they will understand the benefits of, and provide well balanced nutritional snacks & meals and they will ensure hygienic and tidy play areas that encourage good habits for the future.
Their Daily Tasks and Responsibilities…
Obviously the list is endless and a lot will depend on the age of the child/children and what you as parents, would like the Nanny to achieve during the day.
On average a Daily Nanny will be working for you for around 12 hours a day from Monday to Friday. This means therefore that they will be there to take over and supervise a morning routine for the child and their bedtime/evening routine. As continuity is key for children, this makes for a much smoother (and hopefully calmer!) day. Also it crucially gives you, the parent, flexibility around your working day, knowing that this structure is in place.
So, here is an overview of a typical Daily Nanny day:
- Get the child/children out of bed, dressed, breakfasted and ready for the days’ activities – play group/nursery/school
- Ensure that snacks/packed lunches are ready to go
- Drive to activity/school as appropriate
- If you have a non-school aged child then the day will probably include elements of the following: fun play (inside and outside), outings/socials/parties, music & teaching activities and quiet/story/nap time.
- Organise, keep record of and take to play dates and appointments
- Whilst a child is resting the Nanny will be tidying the play areas/bedrooms, preparing meals/drinks and snacks, dealing with the children’s laundry
- Pick up school aged children
- Where appropriate, assist with homework
- Cook and supervise tea/supper time
- Bath time, wind down/story time, bed time
- Plan a schedule of activities and ensure everything is cleared up and prepared ready for the following day
- There may also be some ‘babysitting’ agreed in advance and this would be in addition to the agreed number of hours per day and extra is paid for this service
If you are expecting your Daily Nanny to do more household chores that are not specifically related to the children, then this really must be discussed from the outset (ie before they are in the role) in order to head off any issues once they get there. If expectations are well managed on both sides, everything should go smoothly and according to plan!
And don’t forget, you can also expect that your child/children will become quite attached to your Nanny as they become more and more an integral part of your family unit.
If a Daily Nanny sounds like exactly what you have been looking for, then Eden Private Staff can offer you excellent advice regarding this role, including salary information. By calling +44 (0)207 471 6000, you can get started on finding the right Nanny for your family.