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5 things you should know about a live-out nanny before hiring one

  1. Availability - A live out nanny can be part-time, full-time or more than full-time. Most nannies nowadays are older than 21 and have some college or university education. They are often either younger (students or recent graduates) or older women (immigrants, transitioning between jobs or retired).
  2. Experience - They come with various degrees of experience and also varied perspectives on what is optimal child care and development and it’s important to discuss this.
  3. Rate - Live-out nannies usually make between $10 to 20/hr and most are in the $12 to $15 range. Nannies used to stay with a family for years, often going from housekeeper to nanny to housekeeper again. The new reality is that for many, it’s a temporary career, usually lasting one to three years, so families end up having to look again.
  4. Payment - When you employ someone regularly, whether part or full-time, you may be considered an employer and have to manage payroll and other obligations. Check local laws to see if that ‘s the case (you can also contact us for help).
  5. Nanny Sharing - For both live-out and live-in nannies, you can look for nanny sharing arrangements with another family. If you are interested, our Nanny Sharing Guide will help you figure out if this is the right option and how to make it happen.

Need more advice? This and much more available in our free child care options guide.

Posted: July 23, 2015