FAQs for the Nanny
TheNannyShare is a meeting place for families to meet families, for families to meet Nannies, and for Nannies to find employment. TheNannyShare provides resources to both families and Nannies to form lasting and successful Nanny Share Relationships.
We at TheNannyShare, believe a Nanny is not a luxury but a necessity. Being part of a Nanny Share Relationship brings the Nanny great benefits. Here we outline a few of these benefits:
In the future TheNannyShare hopes to celebrate Nannies, by rewarding âThe Nanny of the Monthâ and âThe Nanny of the Yearâ and also providing scholarship opportunities and education webinars for both Nannies and families.
A Nanny is experienced in childcare, and majority have qualifications in childcare. A Nannyâs vocation is in childcare. They work throughout the day, evenings and nights. A Nanny provides educational activities for the children and may also conduct household duties.
A babysitter is usually someone who works on weekends and evenings. Babysitters generally have another career or are studying in another profession.
We do not physically screen Nannies. Nannies are required to acknowledge that they meet our registration requirements, and provide a warranty to TheNannyShare that all information provided is true and correct at time of entry. All Nannies are required to have the below criteria to register:
It is highly recommended during the interview process, evidence of the above are presented and references are reviewed. If a Nanny has registered and does not have the above criteria, TheNannyShare will remove the Nanny from the website, without any refund.
We recommend that Nannies have an agreement in place with each family, as a matter of sound business practice.Â Nannies can be either contractors or employees, for tax and employment law purposes.Â The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Fair Work Australia (FWA) have their own tests for whether an arrangement is an employment or contractor arrangement.Â We recommend that you seek advice and/or check their websites. www.ato.gov.au, www.fairwork.gov.au for further details and clarification.
The children can be cared for in any of the familyâs houses. The families can share this, (eg: one week/month in one home, the following period in another).Â One family may require the Nanny most of each day, with a second family using the Nanny for a couple of hours during the day.Â In this case it may make sense for all care to be conducted in the home where majority of Nanny hours occur.
It is up to the families to negotiate the place of care. This is also to be discussed with the Nanny, to ensure the Nanny agrees to the place of care.
Connecting Nannies to family groups is what TheNannyShare is all about. Find a family group close by whose needs match your requirements, click the connect button, and send the family Â or family group a message indicating your interest in their role. If you and the family group feel you are compatible an interview can be arranged.
See how this is done in our instructions.
If you feel you are not the right Nanny for the family group, be honest with yourself and the family group and politely decline the role.
The Nannyâs role is to take over where the family has left off. The Nannyâs priority is the welfare of the children and then complete any additional duties requested. At first it may take a couple of days for the Nanny and children to get a routine/schedule and understanding of each other.
The families can provide timetables, schedules, likes and dislikes of the children, sleep routine information etc, which can help with the new transition. Some families have strict routines, others flexible. Everyone is different.
The Nanny should gain clear expectations of the familiesâ needs on an ongoing basis, especially early on in the relationship.
TheNannyShare has provided meal schedules, a daily activities schedule, medication logs and a family details form in our resource pageÂ to help Nannies and families share daily information and to help with the initial transition.
Your subscription can be for 3, 6 or 12 months. Prior to the expiration of your subscription we will send you a reminder that your subscription is ready to be renewed. You can opt out of the renewal at any time.
TheNannyShare is a meeting place for families and Nannies – an online platform where Nannies can advertise their services and families can search for a Nanny who suits their needs.
TheNannyShare does not employ Nannies – the family is the employer of the Nanny. TheNannyShare platform allows Nannies and families to decide if, and how, to work together.
TheNannyShare also facilitates families connecting to engage a Nanny together.
Agencies employ Nannies and handle all of the administration and services.Â They also charge various fees for their service (eg hourly booking fees, and agency fees).
Communication and flexibility are key to a successful Nanny sharing relationship. TheNannyShare has provided resources such as Family details, Parent-Nanny Daily Diary, re-imbursement log and more, to help a Nanny transition into the family. These can be found in the resource section.
There is no official qualification or formal training for Nannies. Since 2012, Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education and Care is the minimum requirement for all workers in the childrenâs services industry. The Diploma in Early Childhood and Education and Care is education required for management or supervisor roles in a childcare environment.
The demand for qualified Nannies has increased in recent years, as parents and employment agencies prefer Nannies to have formal education. In future years it is expected that formal qualifications will be a requirement for Nannies.
TheNannyShare only permits experienced Nannies to register with the service (those with 2 or more yearsâ experience with at least 3 references) and/or formal education (eg: a degree in teaching, experience as a kindergarten teacher or childcare worker, experience as a teachers aid).
Each Nanny will negotiate their own rate with the family.Â To assist you in understanding what you might expect to pay, generally Nannies are paid between $18-25 per hour, depending on experience. It is important to understand that if the Nanny arrangement constitutes an employment agreement you must be paid in accordance with the fair work requirements, including the minimum wage requirements.Â TheNannyShare recommends salaries based on your experience/education and number of children you care for. This is advantageous to both the Nanny and families, as Nannies receive a higher hourly rate and families pay less per child compared to other care services.
In the USA and UK the hourly base rates increase on average 20% (plus tax) in a Nanny share agreement.Â This rate is also negotiated on the number of families and/or children cared for.Â In Australia, the Nannyâs salary quoted usually includes tax.Â It is common to expect to receive an hourly rate which will increase per child in your care.Â An example of an hourly rate; if 5 children are being cared for you might negotiate to be paid a rate of $50 per hour, whereas if there are 2 to 3 children, you might negotiate to be paid an hourly rate of $30.00 to $35.00.
Due to child to carer ratios we recommend that Nannies care for a maximum of 5 children at any one time, although ultimately this is dependent on the agreement between the families and the Nannies.
No. One family might have a need for 20 hours per week, another family 10 hours per week.Â This is known as a partial Nanny share. These families can share the Nanny as both families benefit, and the Nanny can increase their hourly rate during the period they care for more children.
This will be part of your arrangement between the families and the Nanny is to agree. Options to consider are;
Ensure you have copies of your CV and references and/or contact details of your references, proof of education/experience, WWC, Police Check, First Aid Certificate, any other qualifications, such as CPR, Anaphylaxis certificate, Carer Registration, drivers licence etc. Have all the documents collated for each family and provide them to the families in a well presented manner, eg in a manila folder, or display folder.
Know as much as you can from the families prior, review their profile, the childrenâs ages, and if they are boys or girls. Have an hourly rate in mind, and that you can commit to the hours required by the families.
Plan you trip to your interview.Â Ensure you are punctual, dress appropriately, and relaxed when you arrive.
Remember the interview is as much about you getting to know the families as them getting to know you. If you feel you are not a best fit for the family, be honest, and explain your position. The families will respect you for this.
Each family pay the Nanny as per the agreement between you.