By: Michelle Moloney & Katrina Lubiano
Choosing the right child care for your child is an important decision. For most families, becoming a stay-at-home parent is not an option. If you're living in a city, finding a day care center that is not over crowded can be a challenge, and of course, we all want what is best for our children. Nannies give your child that one-on-one attention and support in the comfort of your own home. The convenience of having child-care provided for your family at your home solves the pick-up and drop-off situation, especially if you live in the city and have to deal with rush-hour traffic.
Less Germ Exposure
Your child won't be exposed to as many germs at home compared to a day care center. This means significantly less sick days for everyone, allowing you to focus more on your day job and quality time with your children. Some children find it difficult to settle into unfamiliar environments. Hiring a Nanny to care for your children in your home will ensure your child is settled in their familiar and safe environment and stay on track with a regular home routine.
More Help Around The House
Nannies also go the extra mile in helping out around the house with light household duties- now, isn't that a bonus!? It will be such a great feeling to know that your home will be tidy, and your children will be well taken care of when you come home from a long day of hard work.
Create A Sense Of Harmony In The Household
It's a nanny's duties to support your family. This means ensuring the minute you get home, everyone is feeling settled with the sense of peace and harmony. Let's face it, who wouldn't want that every day? Arriving home never sounded so exciting! Nannies not only love, but enjoy making families feel at ease the moment they step into their household.
Extracurricular Activity Support
Most nannies will have access to their own vehicle and are available for work purposes. This may include picking up the kids to and from school, or their extracurricular activities. However, it is usual for the family to provide a suitable car seat and may prefer the nanny to use the family car. This is something that can be discussed at interview. It's also advisable to discuss a petrol allowance – some nannies will want to be reimbursed but not all!
The beauty of hiring a nanny is that they offer the flexibility when required because they understand that work can be busy and that sometimes, you need to put in those extra hours at work to meet that deadline. When you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, your nanny will be there to lend a helping hand with as much notice as possible!
The most important benefit of hiring a nanny for your child is the fun!
That’s a given! Nannies love to have fun with children and ensure they are provided with access to their activities of interests, going to the library, parks and museums. Hiring a Nanny allows your children to be outdoors more often, rather than kept indoors and who wouldn’t want that? We all would love to play more outdoors. Not only is it a great way to learn about nature but it's FUN!!
So, how long does it take to find a Nanny?
Finding the right nanny for your family can be a challenge, however, working with an agency can eliminate the stress and hassle that goes along with interviewing, background checking, and creating ads online.
Mini Nanny Agency is a reputable brand and has an excellent pool of network channels to source nannies quickly. We understand that each family situation is different, and it's all about timing. At Mini, we're all about efficiency, responsiveness, and personalization! We recommend you call Mini Nanny Agency with your vacancy as soon as you can to allow us plenty of time to interview.
What is the cost of hiring a nanny?
Care for Kids recommends, "When comparing costs it is also important to think about peripheral expenses such as the price of traveling to and from the child care service in terms of petrol, public transport, and/or convenience. These factors can have a considerable effect on the total price you end up paying for your child care." Care for Kids also created a chart on their site depicting the average costs of different types of childcare in Australia.
We can give you guidance on pricing, but we generally recommend somewhere between $24-28 per hour depending on the nanny's level of experience and the number of children being cared for. This is something you discuss with the nanny directly as to hourly rate, superannuation, method of payment etc. mini Nanny Agency can provide you with extra informational support along the way.
If you have any other questions about the hiring process of our nannies and the services we provide, please don't hesitate to give us a call or an e-mail!