The issue of childcare is a complex one. If you have children in a household that takes both parents away from home, there are several options available to you. The trick is to figure out which one is the best option for you and your family. If you are considering hiring a nanny, then keep in mind the following things as part of your decision making process.
The Cost of Child Care
Odds are if you have gotten to this point, you have looked into the alternatives and found a reason to consider other options. Cost is an important part of the equation when looking for what child care is best for you.
You might be surprised to find that nannies are a very affordable child care option. Do not fall into the misconception that nannies are only something that can be afforded by the wealthiest of the population. There are many nannies that can fit into your budget.
The other side of that coin is making sure that you aren’t looking for someone who will be at your beck and call for the most meager of wages. There are standards for what a nanny can and should be paid for their services.
The truth of the cost lies somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, and as with any service, you get what you pay for. The more you are willing to pay, the more services you can expect your nanny to render.
Don’t Cheat the System
You may think that by hiring a babysitter and paying them “under the table” will help you save money. While it is true that the paperwork involved in legally hiring a nanny might seem intimidating, you are only opening yourself up for trouble by skipping this step. Having all of the documentation in place and properly hiring a nanny will ensure that everything legitimate and you are not open to any sorts of legal issues.
You may also be eligible for employer benefits where daycare or child care is concerned. Having a legal nanny will allow you to collect on those benefits.
Do You Want a Live-In Nanny?
Having someone who is a full time resident and caregiver for your children is a big commitment. While there are quite a few nannies who do reside with their employers, there are a vast majority who do not. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that if you hire a nanny they must reside with you.
If you are considering having a live-in nanny, there are several things to consider:
- Minimum contract terms
- Living space
- Nanny personal time and off hours
Before committing to this, give the idea very serious consideration and discuss it with your family.
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