Your children love your nanny, and, you love your nanny. She’s been with you since your kids were crawling and you don’t know what you would have done without her. But once your children are of school age, they spend a large part of their day at school and all of your schedules change. full-time nanny may not be as practical. However, you may still need her help, so what can you do?
Here are some options that you can choose from, however it is up to you and your nanny to decide what is right for your situation.
Option 1 – Keep Your Nanny on Full Time
If it is financially possible for you to keep your nanny around full time, this is likely the easiest solution. This is what her day would look like, she comes in the morning to feed your kids and get them to school, comes back ad does some house work such as laundry and vacuuming and maybe even dinner prep, then picks them up a few hours later.
If your child gets sick, or if there is a power outage at the school or poor weather conditions and school closes early or incase of emergency, your nanny can be at school ASAP.
Option 2 – Part Time
If continuing full time just isn’t possible, you might need to cut back on hours, meaning you may need to ask your nanny to switch to a part-time position. Working part time will give her fewer hours thus less money which is a burden for her, so be prepared for your nanny to look for other work or find additional part-time work elsewhere.
Option 3 Try a Nanny Share
You know of another family in the area, a friend or a neighbor, who is facing child care scheduling issues discuss with this family and your nanny if you can work something out with them that will allow both families to have their needs met.
Just remember that it may not work out to be what you want. You nanny is doing a job, she needs to be able to make a good living and if you are unable to provide her with the means, she may need to find an alternative to your offer. It’s nothing personal, she’s trying to make a living. Just be honest and upfront with your nanny so she can make the best decision possible.