In April, we explained the differences between a live-out nanny versus a live-in nanny to help you evaluate your choices.Generally, a live-in nanny expects that some household duties will be included in their day, whereas a live-out nanny is generally hired for the time required to care for the children, so may not have time or not be willing to take on household duties.
We always recommend discussing the scope of the position before signing an agreement with a nanny, and include the full range of duties in the employment agreement so it's clear what duties are expected. Typical duties of a live-in nanny include:
- Picking up after the children
- Doing the children's laundry
- Preparing and serving the children meals
- Taking the children to and from school and activities
- Preparing the children for naps or bed
Additional duties that may be asked of live-in nannies compared to live-out nannies include:
- Tidying the house for the parents
- Folding family laundry and/or ironing
- Prep work or starting the family's meal
- Grocery shopping and/or errands
- Doing the dishes
The duties the nanny will do will depend on if she is willing, capable, and has enough time in her day. We can't stress enough how important it is to discuss these things in advance, and not just expect the nanny to pick up on these. Every family is different and has different needs, just like every nanny is different and has different skills.
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