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: $7,000
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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.