Nannyshare is when you and another family share the costs associated with employing a carer. There are two simple concepts for nannyshare. One is when two families hire a nanny to take care of their children together. Or the second concept is when you employ a Mummy Nanny.
Nannyshare is becoming a popular childcare alternative as the care is provided by a professional carer and the children are looked after in a home environment. It works best if families have similar schedules and similar parenting styles.
The benefit in nannyshare is a reduction in cost. Your childcare cost is almost halved as most carers who work in nannyshare positions are usually paid by two separate families. However, there are some issues to consider before you decide on a nannyshare. Parenting styles, discipline, activities, food arrangements should be similar for both families.
Discipline: Are you a parent who believes a three-year-old should have time-outs for 10 minutes, or should a time-out equal their age, eg a three-year-old gets three minutes. Are you a parent who believes in giving a child three chances or only one chance?
Activities: Are you a parent who believes that children should have unscheduled activities and free play all day, or a parent who believes that activities should be structured and scheduled? Are you a parent who believes that children should stay at home or do you encourage your children to go on outings?
Food : Are you a parent who allows lollies every day or only on an occasional basis?
These are some of the issues you need to consider before you share a nanny with another parent. Nannyshare will work if all the children are disciplined the same way, enjoy the same activities and have similar diets.
If you think this could be a suitable childcare arrangement for your family and want to share a nanny with another family, we might be able to help. Fill in a nannyshare application form and we will start looking for another family – with similar needs, parenting styles and work schedules – with whom you can share a carer. Or you can click on families looking for a nannyshare to see a listing of current families looking for similar arrangements.
A mummy nanny is also becoming a popular childcare alternative as the care is provided by a professional carer in a home environment The benefit of hiring a mummy nanny is a reduction in cost. Your childcare cost is almost reduced by a third because the carer will bring along their child. You also will not have to worry about parenting styles, discipline, or activities as the professional carer will be caring for them the exactly the same way. You will also not have to worry about getting the child/children ready to be dropped off or pick-ups as with nannyshare.
If you think that employing a mummy nanny could benefit your family, fill in a family application form and we can start looking for one for you.
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