Full Time Nanny
Full time Nanny work is exactly that – full time. Generally speaking, as a full time nanny you would be expected to work at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. But that might not be the standard 9-5. As anyone who has spent time with children will know, their needs never stop. Ever. Which you’d know if you had ever tried sneaking to the bathroom when they want to have a deep and meaningful conversation about the colour purple. Start and finishing times should be discussed directly with the family.
Being a full time nanny is not a walk in the park - although you’ll most likely become well acquainted with the local park. You spend nearly as much time with the child/children as the parents do. As such, you need to be on the same page when it comes to boundaries and rules relating to behaviour, activities and eating. Your job is as much about education as it is entertainment.
Part Time Nanny
As a part time nanny you can expect to work anywhere from 2 to 3 days a week, 8 hours a day.
In Australia there’s also a strong demand for part time nannies who work fewer hours per day, 5 days a week. Parents often require a nanny for part-time after school care, generally from around 3pm until when the parent arrives home from work, around 6:30pm. If you’re helping with after school care you could expect to do the after school pick up, make healthy (read: yummy) snacks, keep kids stimulated and help with any homework or projects that they’ve tried to hide in their bag.
The working hours and responsibilities for a part time nanny will vary from each family. And even though the hours are fewer, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the duties and responsibilities are less.
Occassional Care Nanny
Occasional care nannies are very handy for parents who need a nanny every now and then. With hectic schedules and last minute commitments, it can be difficult to lock in permanent times.
An occasional nanny can expect to work sporadically and at times with very little notice, this means you need to be flexible. If you’re a parent requiring an occasional nanny, it’s a good idea to have 2 or 3 that you can call on, particularly on short notice.
Weekend Child Care
Weekend child care is great for busy, growing families. The family might have young kids and need an extra set of hands or the parent’s might be escaping for a romantic weekend away. Note: taking kids away with you automatically ensures a weekend is anything but romantic.
Weekend care is exactly that – care for weekends. It may be permanent or sporadic. Overnight stays might also be an option in weekend care. This is something to be discussed between the nanny and family.
Weekend care is fun. The kids’ are away from their day to day routine so they have plenty of time to explore, create, run around and play. It’s a good idea to have lots of activities planned to avoid bored children making kitchen utensils into weapons or having long conversations with the ants in the backyard.
Before/After School Care
After school care is a very common need for parents that have to work normal office hours.
After school care can include picking the kids up from school, making snacks, helping with homework as well as driving them to various after school activities, if required. In some cases, parents may require a nanny to help get the kids ready in the morning by flying the aeroplane spoon, chopping crusts of sandwiches and driving them to school.
Before school, nanny hours may range from 7:00am to 10:00am whilst after school hours generally range from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.
Even though after school hours are a time for kids to unwind – there are also a number of responsibilities for the nanny. Such as helping kids with their homework and/or various school projects - exploding volcano anyone? Essentially, after school care involves a lot of fun but also a lot of responsibility.