Nanny Shares – The advantages and disadvantages

With more parents choosing to go back to work on a part-time basis. Nanny shares are increasing in their popularity.

What is a Nanny Share?

A nanny share , means the nanny is employed by one or more family.

The Advantages

Nanny share arrangements can help to reduce the costs of childcare, but it can also be a good way of allowing an only child to socialise with other children without going to nursery.

It can also increase your chances of finding a nanny particularly if you are only looking for childcare for a few days a week or a few hours a day.

A nannyshare position can be an attractive proposition for a nanny as it means she will get a higher hourly rate.

The families can divide the time equally, so the nanny goes to one home for half the week, and the other home for the rest of the week.

Your children will have the best of both worlds. Almost individual care, but with other children for play and company

You have the flexibility of a nanny with lower costs

You will have additional backup if the nanny is ill – you could share the childcare between both families.

Choose Nurturing Nannies to help you find you nanny and the fee will be split between both families!

The Disadvantages 
If you’re not joining an existing nanny arrangement, expect the group compromise and negotiation to begin before you even start your nanny search. You’ll need to make sure that you and the other parents share similar parenting philosophies on discipline, what foods to serve the kids, how much (if any) television they can watch, and the types of activities you want the nanny to include during the day.

Sharing a nanny also has disadvantages if your child — or the other child or children in the arrangement — are particularly demanding or have special needs. It can be challenging for a nanny to care for several children at once if one child needs an unusual amount of attention.

 The cost of a nanny share
Nannies will charge more for a nanny share position. The nanny you get will depend on how much you can afford to pay. Nannies that have experience with working in a share are the preferred choice by most families as they will be used to dealing with 2 sets of parents and juggling children of similar/different ages.
The hourly rate is between £12-£14 an hour net , the higher end being a nanny with experience and the lower end will most likely be a nanny with 2 years experience of being a sole nanny only.