Summer Nanny FED UP!
Advice for Caregivers

Summer Nanny FED UP!

by Martha Scully

We recently received an email from a Toronto nanny who is frustrated with her current work arrangement. Can you help provide her with some advice on what to do? Is this fair?

I started working for a family in May that has 2 children. I love spending time with these kids! I took the position based on the job being for two kids, but since school has been out, I have had at least 4 children a day. These kids are play-dates arranged by the parent, favours my family are doing for another family, or just kids dropping by from the neighbourhood (sent by their parents). I am completely worn out! I haven't received any addiitonal compensation for the extra care that I have done and they haven't even checked with me to see if I am okay with the extra work. Am I being difficult in feeling that I should be compensated for this extra work? Or should I expect this as part of my job? I was hoping to do fun things with the kids this summer, but at this rate I will not be leaving the house. Help? What should I do?

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.