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A professional nanny provides peace of mind for busy working mums and dads. Parents have the option of two different arrangements with nannies, offering varying levels of childcare - the live-in nanny or the live-out nanny.
Live-in nannies normally work for around 11 to 12 hours each day, Monday to Friday and their contract usually includes two nights of babysitting to free up parents for leisure activities. Nannies who live in the home may carry out additional duties such as the children’s washing and ironing, and keeping their rooms tidy by clearing away toys as well as cooking healthy, nutritious meals.
The hiring family will provide a live-in nanny with his or her own accommodation, either in the house, or adjacent to it. At the weekend, when a live-in nanny is off duty, he or she should still be permitted free time while remaining in the accommodation.
Live out nannies, normally work a 10 hour day, Monday to Friday. Again, his or her duties will routinely include doing the children’s laundry, ensuring bedrooms are tidy, assisting with homework, preparing meals and often carrying out babysitting duties in the evenings.
Hire rates are dependent on the nanny’s experience and the daily routine that the parents want them to follow. Live-out nannies generally receive a higher salary than live-in nannies because they do not benefit from accommodation.
A live-out nanny will travel to the family’s home each day. They sometimes work in shared style arrangements, where two or more families take on the same nanny to care for all the children at the same time, or the nanny may simply work part time with each family.
A night nanny or maternity nurse cares for babies, from newborns up to one year. They usually work around eight to 12 hours a night. The night nanny takes care of the baby’s needs during the night, and duties include changing the baby, ensuring the baby gets into a good sleeping pattern and feeding.
Nannies allow parents to enjoy flexibility
The fact that a child is cared for in his or her home means that he or she will feel comfortable in the familiar surroundings and their sleeping and eating patterns will remain consistent. Nannies are completely focused on delivering a very high standard of care and hiring a nanny thus gives parents a degree of flexibility that isn’t always possible in childcare facilities or playgroups. If you are late home from work, for example, you won’t incur the late fees associated with nurseries.
Reputable agencies such as Little Ones represent nannies for hire, and when choosing a nanny through this route, you can be assured that he or she is fully vetted and that thorough background checks including enhanced DBS checks have been completed.
Historically, the process of finding a suitable nanny and going through the interviewing and hiring process was often long and drawn out. With many years of experience and a vast registered base of carefully selected nannies, Little Ones can conduct a search to find the nanny that precisely meets your family's needs.