Finding a live-in nanny takes planning and preparation. Currently, the process takes about 9-12 months. Many families prefer this option as it provides flexibility. Live-in nannies take the stress off of working parents as she is there at all times. They can get the children ready in the morning, walk them to and from school or take them to programs and play dates, be there once they get home from school and supervise them until the parents get home. If your work schedule is unpredictable, you work shifts or travel for work, a live-in nanny is a great choice. If you live outside of the city limits, in the suburbs or a rural area a live-in nanny is definitely your best option.
You must ensure that your home is well suited for a live-in nanny. By law, live-in nannies require a private, furnished bedroom with a lock, safety bolt, and a window. Her room doesn’t have to be huge, but it should be a comfortable space as this is where she will spend the bulk of her off hours. A private bathroom is nice but not a requirement nor is a separate kitchen or separate entrance.
Live-in nannies typically stay with a family for 2-3 years although many stay longer. They often become an integral part of your family and remain in touch long after they have left to pursue other opportunities.
Live Out Nannies
Live out nannies are best for families that live in the city and are not in need of flexible hours. Many live out nannies were formally live-in. After receiving their permanent residence status, many choose to live on their own and work for families as live out nannies. Live out nannies work a regular workday and then return to their own homes and families.
In addition to childcare, both live-in and live out nannies can do housework and meal preparation, time permitting. Childcare is often the priority, but other household chores can be done when the children are at school, programs or taking a nap. This is an added bonus as parents can come home after a long day and spend quality time with their families without having to worry about getting the laundry done, cleaning the dishes, vacuuming or making dinner.