Why Share a Nanny?
by Rachel Willits of NannyShare.co.uk
A nanny has always been my preferred childcare choice - high quality and flexible home care, but oh so expensive!
For me, a nannyshare is the best of both worlds, the childcare I'm after at a much more manageable cost, and depending on how the share works, a really sociable solution too.
Nannyshares can work in all sorts of ways. I've now had 4 nannyshares, all different but equally effective. I consider myself a bit of an expert now!
Sharing a nanny for the 1st time?
||My first experience of sharing a nanny came when I was expecting my second child. I couldn't afford to keep my full time nanny whilst on maternity leave but didn't want to lose my fabulous nanny. I found another family who needed a part time nanny and we shared Victoria between us. I kept her for 2 days a week, the other family for 3, until I was ready to go back to work.
I did another similar share when we moved to Northamptonshire and then when I became involved in Nanny Share I actually shared a nanny with my neighbour. Our daughters were the same age and the best of friends and the nanny looked after them both for 3 days a week in whichever of our houses was most convenient.
|My current share is probably the most complicated. A friend and I employ our nanny full time between us, the nanny works for me 1 day a week, for my friend 2 days a week and the remaining 2 days she works for us both, looking after all of our children (5 in total!) together.
It's sometimes chaotic, always lots of fun and the children have a ball. We're all as flexible as we can be which means we both get the benefit of a nanny being available 5 days a week, at a fraction of the usual cost.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to sharing a nanny, you just need to find out what works for you. It's important to be as open and flexible as you can be and regular communication is vital.
Good luck. Rachel x
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