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Live-In Nannies

Life can be exhausting and live-in nannies can offer a tremendous amount of flexibility. Whether you have an infant who needs constant care, a toddler who is always on the go, or a small hoard of school-age children, a live-in nanny is a constant presence you may need.

We encourage time boundaries with our nannies and offering them a private living quarter to allow them to refresh themselves. 

 

A live-in nanny can provide structure to your busy family. The alternative to an au-pair, a live-in caregiver can help with cleaning, cooking, running errands, and transporting the children to and from school or after-school activities.

 

This is a long-term relationship and finding the perfect nanny for you is crucial to ensuring a lasting relationship.

 

The Elite Nanny Team of Minnesota requests 3 months to locate the best live-in nanny for your family.

Live-In Household Manager

Having a live-in nanny can be a wonderful addition to your home. Often times a live-in caregiver can be more affordable than a live-out caregiver. A live-in household manager is a great substitute for a night nurse for infants or multiples. A live-in childcare provider can offer greater flexibility in terms of scheduling. 

 

However, there are pluses and minuses to hiring a live-in nanny.

 

First, let’s go over the difference between an Aupair and a live-in nanny. 

Recruitment Cost for a Live-In Nanny: $6,000

Looking for a Full-Time Nanny?

Infant Specialists are available full-time. Special Needs Caregivers are available full-time or part-time, depending on your childcare needs.

 

All nanny services are available as Live-In Nannies.

If you need a date night nanny or other temporary childcare, such as a Summer Nanny, we have you covered!

What is an Au-Pair?

An au-pair is an international childcare provider that is recruited by an au-pair agency to work for a family. 

 

Rarely are au-pairs personally matched to your family’s characteristics. 

 

Sometimes international nannies may have an under-developed command of the English language, but not always.

 

Au-pairs are imported from abroad to live in your home full-time. Their visas are usually for one or two years, but an au-pair cannot remain with your family for longer than 2 years. 

 

Au-pairs earn a weekly stipend and can not work more than 45 hours a week. 

 

There are pluses and minuses to hiring an au-pair: 

Benefits of Hiring an Au-Pair

  • They are paid an average of $200 a week.

  • They expand your child(ren’s) experience with other cultures

  • They introduce your family to other culinary flavors.

Negatives to Hiring an Au-Pair
  • The recruiting and upfront matching fees are around $9,000.00

  • Many international caregivers have a limited understanding of English

  • Au-pairs can’t drive your children around until they pass the English-based driving test

  • High Risk to Benefit ratio considering an au-pair will not be with your family for longer than 2 years. 

There is an enormous amount of risk involved including:

 Mismatched personalities between family and au-pair

 Visas falling thru

 Unknown criminal past

 Extreme commitment since they immigrate from abroad

How is a live-in nanny different than an au-pair?

A live-in nanny is a domestic childcare provider who is frequently a professional, career nanny who adores working with children and is extremely knowledgeable. 

 

S/he will live in your home full-time and be available as needed. Live-in caregivers are paid the local minimum wage.

 

In addition, the family usually covers the nanny’s utilities, living expenses, and the cost of food. 

 

Just like au-pairs, there are pluses and minuses to hiring a live-in professional babysitter. 

Negatives of Hiring a Live-In Nanny:
  • Live-In Caregivers in America can be younger

  • You may be limiting your children’s worldly experiences

  • Career Live-In Nannies are more expensive in the long run.

Benefits of a Hiring a Live-In Nanny:
  • The childcare provider is able to drive your child(ren) around

  • Domestic caregivers are familiar with American cultures and habits

  • A lower degree of commitment

  • Has a strong command of English

  • A trial period is possible with locally recruited live-in nannies

  • Your family can establish a long-lasting relationship with the nanny.

Principles Our Agency Stands Behind when Matching Your Family with a Live-In Childcare Provider
  • We encourage parents to have a defined schedule for their nanny. Live-in sitters need the same time off that parents do. 

  • You want your caregiver to occasionally decompress so that they can be their best selves for your children.

  • We encourage parents to give their live-in professional babysitter livings quarters separate from the family’s. It is important both parties have their own private spaces. 

  • Some live-in caregivers do not prefer to be alone, but it is always important to have that option. This also allows parents to maintain a certain level of privacy in their homes.

* Ideally, in a perfect world, the nanny would have a kitchenette in their personal living area, however, this is not always feasible.

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