Of the many different domestic staffing services that we provide at Pavillion Agency, our nanny placement services are always among the most popular and widely used for families. There is some truth to the old saying that “it takes a village to raise a child,” and for this reason, a dedicated and caring nanny can greatly benefit parents and children in our busy modern world.
Meanwhile, having a live-in nanny takes these benefits one step further by having a childcare professional easily accessible and able to help when needed. Here’s why many families are choosing to hire a live-in nanny and what it takes to be a great live-in nanny as a household professional.
What Is a Live-In Nanny?
As the name suggests, a live-in nanny is a child care professional who lives with the family she or he works for. Instead of the nanny having to commute to work in your home each day, this arrangement can be more convenient, allow greater flexibility, and let you and your kids get to know the nanny on a more personal basis. Live-in nannies may have their own room in a house, have an entire basement to themselves, or stay in a detached guesthouse next to the main house.
Benefits of the Live-In Nanny
One of the best benefits about having a live-in nanny is being able to get to know your nanny better and have the nanny spend more quality time with your kids. Without the burden of a commute, a live-in nanny can be more available to help in the early mornings and late evenings. Because a live-in nanny spends more time in your home, he or she may be able to help out more with light housekeeping duties and errands.
Surveys have shown that live-in nannies often have more job satisfaction and are happier with their careers because of what their employers provide, such as rent-free housing, access to a car, meals a cell phone, and other perks.
Circumstances to Hire a Live-In Nanny
Parents who have very busy schedules or frequently changing schedules benefit from live-in nannies because they don’t have to worry about coordinating hours and days for care. Live-in nannies offer a valuable convenience and are more flexible if parents have to work late in the evenings or on weekends.
Meanwhile, many other families hire live-in nannies simply so that they can bond more with their nanny and make the nanny a more integral part of the family. Because live-in nanny arrangements include room and board in your home, this can be a more cost-effective option for parents who need frequent childcare.
Skills and Responsibilities of Live-In Nannies
Live-in nannies require certain skills to excel at their jobs, such as dedication, discretion, organization, and patience. A live-in nanny also needs strong verbal communication skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, and basic first-aid training.
Over the course of a day in the life of a live-in nanny, the list of responsibilities is centered on childcare but may extend to some cooking, cleaning, and household duties too. Child-centric live-in nanny duties typically include feeding, changing diapers, putting children down for naps, transporting children to appointments and activities, organizing play time, and keeping kids on a steady routine.
How to Hire the Best Live-In Nanny
At Pavillion Agency, we work with only the very best live-in nannies in the industry and have an expert team of placement specialists to pair you with the best nanny for your family. We’ve been the leader in the field of personal service since 1962 and are the trusted name to know for the live-in nanny services you need.
We would be happy to tell you more about live-in nannies, so contact us at 800-547-2018 or via online form. You can also get a better sense of the types of nannies we work with by browsing our candidates and injuring about the ones who stand out to you.