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"Ask the Nanny Expert" Week 2

Posted By Melissa McKenzie, Monday, January 22, 2018

Question: How do you recommend temporary “nanny sharing” if you’re taking a long vacation over the summer, so you aren’t paying for a nanny who isn’t working?

Answer: This is a tricky arrangement. Considering that you wish to retain your nanny so you can continue to employ her upon your return but are not willing to employ her during the time you are out of town. Be aware that you are severing your employment relationship.

However, IF you can find a family who is willing to employ you nanny during this period, I recommend you consider the following:

  1. Your nanny should have the option to opt out if she doesn’t feel a fit with the other family

  2. Risk of nanny and other family forging a bond, and you lose the nanny

  3. Risk of the nanny and other family parting, leaving your nanny searching for a job

For the reasons stated, our standard recommendation is to pay your nanny for the time you are away even though she is not required to work. Another option upon mutual agreement is to “meet in the middle” and offer to pay your nanny 50% of her compensation and refer her to a reputable temporary service to find her interim work. This takes the burden off of her to fill every hour of her time, which can be difficult. We have helped several nannies in these situations. You want to be sure to choose a source that is reputable like Stanford Park Nannies.

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