What Exactly is a Live-In Nanny?
Live-In nannies are the least expensive kind of nanny because you are giving them room and board as well as a salary. Some Live-Ins go home for some portion of the week, and some stay with their employer’s family full-time because they don’t have another residence. A typical work schedule for a Live-In is five full days and nights on, and two days off each week. If you want additional days and hours, you will need to pay for the extra time. The big advantage of live-in nannies are that you know you have round-the-clock coverage for those five days: If you and your spouse both travel for work, you have someone to spend the night; if your child is up all night with a stomach virus, you have someone on hand to help; and your nanny will never be late for work because a snow storm hit or the train broke down.
To have a Live-In nanny, you need to be able to provide them with their own private, furnished bedroom and bathroom, and it’s helpful if the space is somewhat separate from the rest of the family. Live-Ins who drive also typically have a car at their disposal, either for transporting the children or for personal use; they also tend to cost more because they are the smallest percentage of nannies and thus are in high-demand. A lot of parents don’t initially like the idea of having someone else living in their home, but Live-Ins don’t necessarily mingle with the family after their hours are done. You want to map out your rules for privacy at the start—for example, do you want the nanny to go to her room at a certain time in the evening? Can she have a lock on her door so the children can’t go to her when she’s off duty? Can the nanny have a friend over or go out at night?—so that everybody is comfortable.
The Key to a Successful Live-In Nanny Arrangement – Personality
Whether they’re going to be living in for a year or a month, live-in nannies have to, by nature, be extremely adaptable and flexible. Live-In nannies don’t have much freedom, and they can get antsy because they’re stuck in the job for five straight days. A mellower, more accepting nanny will be fine with this, but a nanny with a stronger personality, who is used to working 9-5 and having plenty of autonomy, will have a harder time. I’m always wary when I interview a nanny who says, “I can do Live-In, I’ve done Live-Out for 20 years,” because more often than not, nannies who try to make the switch end up feeling suffocated and quitting because it’s such a huge change.
Should You Use a Live-In Nanny Agency NYC Families Trust?
Working with a really good and well-respected live-in nanny agency NYC families have trusted for many can be a good way to immediately gain access to a large pool of candidates, provided that you don’t mind the cost. A nanny agency will typically charge an intake/registration fee of several hundred dollars, and then, if you hire one of their nannies, 15-20% of the nanny’s annual salary. The pluses to working with an agency are that you’ll have someone to assist you and a ready supply of different candidates—if you don’t like the first five nannies that they send you, they can send you five more the very next day.
What Makes Tammy's Nanny
Placement Services Unique
We Have It Down To A Science
Psychological research proves that each childhood stage requires a specific caregiving skills set. Tammy’s team matches your nanny to the specific developmental needs of your child. Our sole purpose is to find professionals who can deliver the developmental support your children need from infancy through their teenage years, therefore allowing your children to thrive.
We Assess Your Family’s Needs
The Family Needs Assessment (FNA) is based on Tammy's years studying psychology. Our goal is to ensure that the nannies we present can handle your family’s specific childcare requirements. If a child, for example, has Type 1 Diabetes, we find a professional that is adept at caring for such a medical situation. If a child comes from a divorced, dual-family household, we find a professional that can maneuver these circumstances. We do not rush the process; the stakes for your children’s futures are high, so we act accordingly.
Too many placement agencies cut corners when it comes to interviews, screening and reference checks. Tammy Gold and her team individually speak with each candidate in person. In addition, we have the only double verified reference check in the industry to assure the reference is real. We also conduct background checks to double-verify identifies and social behavior. Your children’s safety is our first priority- this is not the place to skimp.
We Find Your Perfect Nanny Type
Just like parents, nannies’ personalities and methods of caring for children vary greatly. That is why there is no one-size-fits-all approach with Tammy’s team. By using “Nannyology,” to assess the nanny’s personality type and job preferences, Tammy Gold and her team are able to find more specialized and lasting matches for nannies and families.
Each Search Includes Nanny Training, Trials and Assessment
Determining if a match has been made is only possible once the nanny, the children, and the parents interact. Nanny Trials are essential for ensuring a successful match. We build a trial period into the every nanny search process; each trial period includes training, coaching, and education for both the nannies and families alike. The Feedback and assessment of the prospective match is the ideal way to judge if the nanny is a good fit
Our team is on hand to help with the training and integration of your nanny. Tammy can also handle any bumps along the road (e.g. children not listening to the nanny) or relationship challenges (e.g. communication issues between parent and nanny) that are bound to arise during the initial stages of the parent-nanny relationship. Past and current clients say this added support has helped build stronger relationships, long-lasting placements, and most importantly, optimal caregiving.