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How to Get a Nanny Job with The Nanny Solution

 

The Nanny Solution is known for providing trust-worthy, high-end childcare. As such, we have the most rigorous screening process in the industry — with only 10% of applicants making it through to Round 2. If you are interested in applying for a nanny job and having a nanny interview through our agency, we highly recommend reviewing these useful tips to help you stand out from all the other qualified candidates. 

Read the job postings thoroughly

Before you apply for a position, be sure to read the job description thoroughly and make sure you have the specific skills and qualifications required for the position (e.g., driving, Early Childhood Education, etc.). The more information you provide, the better.

Be open to other positions

You may have your heart set on one specific job, but it is important to keep an open mind and pursue other opportunities as well. We receive numerous applications for each position, and each family is at different stages of the interview process, so your odds of being placed with a family increase if you are open to applying for multiple positions. You never know, your second or third choice may end up being the family you fall in love with!

Own your strengths and skills

What makes you exceptional? When applying for a Nanny position, it is important to be honest, but there’s no need to be modest. Let us know about all of your childcare experience, education, and other qualifications. What are your special skills? What are your passions? These are the things that will make you stand out against other candidates.

Write an outstanding résumé

Your résumé gives us our first glimpse into who you are as a professional Nanny. It helps us determine whether to consider you for the position and invite you to an interview or not. Please make sure your résumé is up to date and has all of your childcare experience listed, including the ages of the children you worked with, duties, and employment dates (please note that we recognize not only nannying, but also babysitting, volunteering, coaching, tutoring, teaching, etc., as all are relevant childcare experiences). You can also use this sample résumé for reference.

Make your social media accounts private

Being a professional Nanny means ensuring that your online social media presence is professional as well. As it is becoming increasingly common for families to Google their Nannies before their arrival, it is always a good idea to know ahead of time what is out there for them to find. Please take the time to make your social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) private. You want families to consider you for the position based on your childcare abilities, not based on the party you attended or the swimsuit you wore last summer. 

Get your documents in order

After your interview with The Nanny Solution, if we are interested in working with you, you will be asked to provide additional information about yourself and your experience. Find our list of required documents HERE.

In preparation, take a moment to watch our video with 5 Tips for Your Nanny Video Interview. We also recommend that you take a look at our guide: 8 Tips for a Successful Video Interview.

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Wondering what to do with your ECE background? Become a Nanny!

 

An increasing number of Early Childhood Educators are leaving the daycare world and are finding jobs working as professional nannies in private homes. Parents want the best for their children and many families are choosing to hire Early Childhood Educators to provide in-home, one-on-one learning throughout the day. 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the reasons why ECEs are transitioning from working in a group childcare environment to becoming professional Nannies.

Nannying gives you the opportunity to continue using your education and expertise

Do you have a diploma or degree in Early Childhood Education or Child and Youth Care? Being employed as a Nanny is a wonderful way to make use of that education. Nannies are not glorified babysitters; they are caregivers, teachers, and a source of support and guidance for children during their most formative years! 

Fewer children = more time to form quality relationships

When you’re working one-on-one with a child, rather than with a group of children, you are able to develop a special relationship with them. You will form a close bond that they will likely remember and carry with them for the rest of their lives! 

Competitive Wages

Nannies with ECE diplomas and backgrounds in Education are currently being paid $25-35 gross per hour.  

Not paid “under the table”

As a Nanny, you are hired as an employee. You will receive a payslip, have taxes deducted from your pay, and receive a T4 at tax time. This also makes you eligible for Employment Insurance and other applicable government financial supports and subsidies. 

Not required to do housekeeping

Nannies are not required to do housekeeping. Their primary purpose is to provide care for the child and ensure they are safe. Aside from tidying up after any meals or activities they may do with the children, Nannies do not need to do any cleaning for the family. In fact, many of our clients also hire housekeepers to take care of that.

Paid vacation and Benefits

That’s right, Nannies get benefits and paid vacation, often receiving anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks of paid vacation!  Do you even need another reason to make the switch? 

Health and safety

Working in a private home, as opposed to a daycare centre, means you’re exposed to far fewer bugs and viruses. You’re able to limit exposure and better protect yourself and any “at risk” people in your life, which is especially important in light of the recent global pandemic. 

Appreciative parents

When you work for a family, the parents come to depend on you and regard you as part of the parenting team and family unit! You are invaluable to them and that level of appreciation sure feels nice. 

More autonomy and independence

As a Nanny, the parents are your employer. Aside from that, you have autonomy and the ability to work independently without constant supervision. The family trusts that you know what’s best for the children and can make decisions and plan around that.

No workplace politics

When you work in a private home, there’s none of the usual workplace drama. No conflicts with co-workers, unfair power dynamics, lack of cooperation and communication, etc. When you’re just working with the family, the structure is far more simple.

It’s free to register with an agency

Working with an agency comes at absolutely no cost to nannies! The families pay the agency a finder’s fee.

Opportunities for fun field trips and activities

Taking the children out for a field trip or even to the park for an afternoon doesn’t require extensive planning, waivers, and coordination when you’re just working with one family. Think of all the fun places you can explore and activities you can do with the children in your city! When the weather is nice, you get to spend the days outside in fresh air.  

World-wide travel (if that interests you)

Some families hire Nannies to travel or go on vacation with them as well. They cover the expenses and you have the opportunity to visit new places while also getting paid to do so!

Need more convincing? Here’s a testimonial from nanny Sarah M.

‘After graduating from George Brown College with my ECE diploma I worked in centres for 11 years. Initially I was happy and I loved my job, but then I started to feel undervalued, underpaid and burnt out.   

My friend recommended that I register with Nannies on Call/The Nanny Solution as a nanny.  I ended up finding the most amazing family to work for. I work full time caring for the sweetest kids, who were 14 months and 3 years old when I started with them. We’ve become the best of friends and they are going to be in my wedding this year! 

The parents and I work like clockwork and I really feel respected. I get 5 weeks of paid vacation each year, sick pay, and I earn $60,000 a year.  Looking back, I wish I had made the switch to nannying sooner. I LOVE being a nanny!

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Why Can’t I Find a Nanny? 4 Challenging Scenarios and Solutions

Are you a parent currently looking for a nanny to cover any of the following scenarios?⁠ ⁠

  • Split shifts⁠
  • Rotating shifts⁠
  • Before/after school care⁠
  • Nanny-housekeeper⁠

Maybe you’re at your wits’ end trying to figure out how to solve these childcare situations?

We have some not-great news.⁠ 😬⁠

It’s extremely challenging to find nannies for these situations. This was true before the pandemic and it’s even more so now.⁠

 

Why is it SO HARD to find nannies for these types of scenarios?

  • Nannies are in VERY high demand right now. After years of going without proper childcare due to the pandemic, parents are literally scrambling to find nannies. Many are being put in a position of having to hire a nanny as an alternative to unreliable or unavailable daycare. There are more childcare positions than ever before. It’s a Nanny’s market!
  • There are fewer nannies currently working with families due to the pandemic.
  • In general, even Nannies looking for part-time hours prefer to work full days, 2 to 4 days a week, instead of half-days. This includes nannies who only babysit occasionally. Since they may be working during the day until 5 pm or so, they are not typically available to do after-school care shifts unless they start after 6 pm.
  • It’s a lot harder to make a living & organize life around work that takes place in bits (i.e. a few hours in the mornings or afternoons, very short shifts, shift work coverage, or split shifts).
  • More nannies will choose to work one job with longer hours over several jobs with shorter hours.
  • A Nanny and a housekeeper (or cleaner) are 2 very different job roles!

 

 

For most people, split shifts and rotating schedules ARE NOT attractive job scenarios.

So what can families do INSTEAD?

Depending on your situation, you can:

  • Offer more/longer consecutive work hours.
  • Hire a full-time Nanny/Household Manager – someone who can provide the childcare you need, plus some home organization tasks. Think grocery shopping, paying bills, organizing the children’s rooms and closets, light meal prep, the kids’ laundry, etc. (but no household cleaning duties)
  • Hire a live-in nanny
  • If you need childcare AND housekeeping, hire 2 different people for those 2 job roles
  • Consider hiring a student enrolled in a Faculty of Education or Early Childhood Education program. Students sometimes have more flexible schedules that may allow them to work short shifts during the day. Plus, you know that they have at least some experience working with children and have undergone a preliminary background check to be admitted into their education program.
  • Tap into your community! Make friends with your neighbours who also have kids to see what childcare solutions they use. Many families are opting to share nannies between close neighbours and this solution may work provided the nanny’s job responsibilities are balanced and they are compensated accordingly.

Parents, we know finding a professional Nanny is a tough, time-consuming task. The Nanny Solution, can help you hire a regular nanny on a part-time or full-time basis in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Ottawa.

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What can an NCS offer you if you already have a child and know the routine?

You are an experienced parent; you already have 1 or more children, so what could an NCS possibly offer you that you don’t already know?

This is a great question actually, and one we hear more often than you might think, so we wanted to share with you the top three things an NCS can offer an experienced family like yours.

Time with your current child or children|

We know that sounds odd, but think back to your first child’s arrival for a minute. Their arrival dominated everything in your life. You were lucky to take a shower or grab a quick snack. And while you are much more experienced now, another baby is going to recreate much of that same environment again. Except that now you have a 3 year old who does not understand why their parent doesn’t have as much time for them, is too tired to play tag or cannot toss them in the air like before. And so they are hurt and

confused. They might even be feeling jealousy or resentment towards this new arrival and not have the words to articulate their emotions. While your new baby certainly needs you and will definitely consume much of your time, having an expert to care for them while you spend some much needed time with your first child can really allow you to be present in that moment. And, when it is time to feed or care for your new baby, they can often also distract your current child with an invitation to help or to read a short story.

Opportunities to learn

Even the most experienced parent may not be up on the latest evidence-based information or products. Or maybe, without professional help the first time around, you might even have incorrect information from well- meaning friends or family members. An NCS who is up on current information, familiar with current products and well-educated around best practices can share that information with you so that you, as the parent, can make the best decisions for your family. Whether it is around sleep, feeding, safety or other baby related topics, a quality NCS stays in the know and can help you learn also.

Sleep

Every new parent, whether they have 1 child or 5, wants and needs sleep. And having a qualified caregiver in your home to handle night wakings, diaper changes and to bring the baby to you for feeding can make that possible. Science clearly shows us that sleep is key to recovery from any medical procedure or event that is taxing on the body. Birth, in all its forms, falls into one or more of these categories. And knowing your baby is being well cared for, having their needs met and brought to you for feedings can allow you to rest and recover much faster and better than you would if you did not have the help.

The Nanny Solution is committed to helping your new or expanding family be the best they can be; let us help you find support and care for you and your new baby and make this wonderful life transition go smoothly.

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What exactly IS an NCS?

So often we hear the term doula or sometimes even night nanny, but the term newborn care specialist (or NCS) is newer to the childcare world. There are distinctions to each role, both in their scope of practice and what they bring to families. Each family, together with our agency help, needs to know what is best for their needs.

 

An NCS focuses primarily on newborn care and parental education and while they work hard to educate and build up the parents and support the family values, they primarily work independently with only minimal guidance from the parents. NCS are hired most often for overnight or 24/7 support but some will offer daytime only support as well.

 

NCS are familiar with the typical behaviors, appearance and general care of the newborn and young infant and keep up to date on the latest information and studies on newborn care. They are quick to realize when something is outside of normal. A newborn care specialist is trained to ‘stay within their scope of practice’ and is committed to directing parents to the appropriate resources when an issue falls outside of their scope of care.

 

An NCS is highly trained in establishing good feeding and sleeping habits and is well versed in various sleep conditioning methods. They typically have an established plan for successfully getting the baby sleeping through the night and on a predictable daytime routine. They work towards helping an infant sleep through the night (STTN) as soon as is reasonably possible.

 

There are a few different types of doulas, but the two most common are labor doulas (or birth doulas) and postpartum doulas. A labor doula educates and supports a pregnant parent throughout pregnancy, before and during labor. A postpartum doula helps to provide support to the postpartum family in the first few weeks of life.There are other less common doula types as well, including bereavement, antepartum, abortion and adoption doulas. All types of doulas have specific training and certification options through various training organizations. At this time, there are no specific doulas that focus solely on the newborn and/or sleep guidance for infants.A postpartum doula is most similar to an NCS and there are many areas in which the type of care provided overlap, but there are also many distinct differences.

 

A postpartum doula is a highly specialized and trained childcare provider who focuses on the care and well-being of the newborn as well as the care and well-being of the entire family unit, specifically the birthing parent. Doulas work closely alongside the family and offer assistance with not only baby duties, but through education, breastfeeding support, parent care and household assistance. They often provide some assistance with sibling care as well. Doulas traditionally offer either daytime or overnight support but rarely offer 24/7 care.

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8 tips to hire the perfect nanny

You are about to hire a nanny and put the livelihood of your children into the hands of someone that you do not know, and for most parents, hiring a nanny is an overwhelming process. Ultimately, you want to find someone whom you can trust to provide the best care for your children while you are away. If you follow these tips during your nanny search, you can ensure your chances of hiring the perfect nanny for your family.

  1. Establish the needs of your family

    Make a list of requirements that are important to you. This can include personality traits, specialized skills, amount of experience, age and education and training. You will also want to take into consideration the scheduling requirements, salary and benefits that you are willing to pay, the responsibilities that the nanny will be expected to handle and what types of discipline the nanny will use.

  2. Create a job description.

    Just like a business would create job descriptions for their employees, you will want to type up a one-page job description that entails all of the nanny’s duties. This will not only be helpful to share with potential candidates and nanny agencies, it can also help you come up with interview questions and lay the foundation for the employment agreement.

  3. Advertise the position.

    If you are thinking about going through a reputable nanny agency, you will certainly reduce a lot of the legwork of performing the search for that perfect nanny. However, if you want to find a nanny on your own, you can type up a condensed version of your job description and advertise the position in the local newspaper, online and/or on flyers posted at nearby churches, fitness centres and local community centres. In this case, you may get swarmed with applicants and you will have to sift through the applications carefully and make sure that they are qualified before proceeding onto the next steps.

  4. Conduct initial screenings with phone interviews

    This step can be reduced tremendously if you choose to utilize a nanny agency – they will perform the initial screenings and send you only candidates who match your requirements. If you are performing the search on your own, you will want to discuss the criteria that you listed in Step #1 first. Of course, personality and chemistry are vital for a perfect fit and you will get a good feel for this over the phone. You will want to narrow your applicant pool down with the initial screenings over the phone.

  5. Start the face-to-face interviews

    Once you have narrowed the applicant pool down to several serious potential candidates, make arrangements for them to come to your home, one at a time. You may want to interview each candidate alone, without the children first, just in case the candidate is not the perfect one. If the interview goes well, there is a great chemistry between you and the candidate and your gut feeling is good, go ahead and invite the children into the room to see how the candidate interacts with them. Remember, your children will also have to like the nanny in order for her to suit your family perfectly.

  6. Hold working interviews/paid trial time

    This is an observation period that will allow you to watch potential candidates in action. Set up 3-5 days that are similar to a “regular” day for the nanny so that you can accurately assess their performance. During this time, you will be able to pick up on any problems or issues, such as lateness or inability to handle the tasks at hand…or it will strengthen your decision about who would be best for the job. If you are utilizing a nanny agency, they should provide you with a period of time within which they will send a replacement if the nanny is not working out, which is typically 90 days, so be sure to use your trial time wisely.

  7. Perform background and reference checks

    A good nanny agency will handle this step for you comprehensively. They have the know-how to obtain this information and may even provide monitoring services throughout the term of employment. If you are conducting the search on your own, contacting references and checking for any bruises in the candidate’s backgrounds can certainly provide you with enough information to make a final decision. (A background check is absolutely vital to provide you with the peace of mind that you want.) Be sure to ask previous employers about timeliness, attitude and behaviour, and if they think the candidate will be suitable for the duties on your job description – as well as handling the amount of children that you have.

  8. Present the job offer and employment agreement

    You’ve finally found your perfect nanny! Smart businesses present their employees with written employment agreements to promote clear expectations and minimize the potential of misunderstandings. This can also be a crucial step for you and your nanny. A good nanny agency will assist you with creating an employment agreement that works for you and the nanny, presenting the job offer and mediating during the negotiations. If you are hiring without a nanny agency, you will want to create an employment agreement that is extensive and all-inclusive. In addition, you will want to type up a job offer and be prepared for negotiations and to alter the job offer as necessary.

Once an agreement has been made, it’s time to enter into the relationship by signing the employment agreement and setting the start date for your new nanny. You should build on your relationship by setting up monthly evaluation meetings with your nanny. These meetings can be the perfect time to discuss any issues or problems that the nanny is encountering and come up with solutions as a team. In addition, this is a great time to provide her with both positive feedback and constructive criticism. In addition, you will want to set up a meeting that marks the yearly anniversary for your family and the nanny to discuss the possibility of a bonus or a raise. We hope that these steps help you find that perfect nanny for your family. If you find that you do not have the time that is required to do the footwork of searching for that perfect match, we are here to provide you with our expertise and experience! Feel free to contact us any time.

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What should I pay my nanny?

At Nannies on Call, we find that that the average hourly rate that nannies seek is sitting between $25 – 40+ (Across Canada), with the average being about $30 gross per hour.  At $30/hour and 40 hours per week, this equates to about $63,000 annually. This is a fair wage considering the forever rising cost of living, and the professionalism shown by these nannies.  If these figures are not in your budget, there are a few options to reduce your costs.  Nanny shares, allowing a nanny to bring his/her own child to work with them, or hiring a nanny who is less experienced are just a few examples.  The old adage of ‘You get what you pay for’ is very true!

A few other things to consider:
1) How many children do you have? Their ages? Multiple children in a household will warrant a higher wage.

2) Are you looking for full time or part time hours? How many hours/days per week do you need the nanny? Typically a Nanny will be seeking a higher wage for part time hours. 

3) Will the nanny be required to live in or out? What and where are the accommodations if live-in? Live in is more cost effective but you will have someone living in your home.

4) Will you require any overtime? Depending on what province you are in, there may be overtime after a certain number of hours per week. For example, in BC, anything over 8 hrs a day or 40hrs per week, the employee is paid time and a half. Anything past 12hrs a day is double time.

5) What types of benefits do you plan to offer? (i.e. Health insurance, holidays, sick days, cell phone, car?) Many of these are tax deductible for the employer.

6) Do you need a nanny who drives? Would the nanny need their own car or do you plan to provide one? Driving nannies are paid more. If they are using their own vehicle to drive your children, they will be required to track their kms (for work purposes) and reimbursed the current government standard (currently $0.61 km).

7) Do you expect the nanny to perform any non-child related duties, such as housekeeping or errands? A nanny that can offer both child focused care as well as additional housekeeping or cooking should be paid a higher wage. Often House Managers are offered the top end of the pay-scale in any given city.

8) Do you require the nanny to have an education degree? Early childhood degree? Nursing degree? Teaching degree? Expect to pay top dollar for someone with an education background as well as nanny experience.

9) Will you need your nanny to travel with you? This should be discussed ahead of time. Plan to pay your nanny’s travel expenses including their regular wage. If they are working more, overtime rates would be included. Depending on if the nanny has their own room, you should consider a per diem as well.

10)  Do you want someone who speaks another language?

11) Taxes – There are things involved other than just paying someone’s salary. You are required be paying someone as an employee as per the CRA which means remitting taxes on their behalf as well as paying an employer portion. Depending on what province you live in, this will range from anywhere from 7 – 12% over and above your nanny’s gross wage. This would also include having appropriate in home insurance with Worker’s Compensation.

Extra Tips: If a nanny is looking for a higher wage than you are willing or able to pay, consider offering a competitive package that includes more vacation (the standard is 2 weeks paid per year as well as any other time not needed), metro/transit passes, medical benefits and attentional paid sick time. Do you want your nanny to be paid biweekly, bimonthly or even monthly? Make sure you know the rules for your province before making that decision. Carefully look into what the overtime rules are as well. Pay your nanny what they are worth.  If they feel that they are underpaid, they will be looking for another job in no time. Bottom line is that you should carefully consider what you can afford before hiring a nanny, so that you are not stuck making changes after someone has started.

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Nannies and Divorce: Three Helpful Tips

Divorce is a reality that affects many families nowadays.

As a Nanny, you’ll likely encounter families and children who are facing the challenges and pressures that result from the impact of divorce and their unique circumstances.

For example, you might be employed by a family that’s currently working through a divorce or by a family that has already been a single-parent family for many years. Both families have been affected by divorce, but they will each present their own set of challenges.

Different families. Different divorce scenarios.

You may find a family where the parents work well together and you’ll work seamlessly with both parents, even though they have been separated for many years. The parents want the best for their children, which, to them, means hiring one person to care for their children.

You may, however, find another family where the parents don’t get along and are in the middle of a very nasty divorce. You were hired before they decided to separate and they both might want to continue to use your services, but it might put you in an uncomfortable situation, right in the middle of their nasty divorce.

What is your role as a Nanny? How do you support divorced parents and their children?

In spite of the possibly volatile and emotional situation at hand, it’s important that you keep in mind your first, and foremost, responsibility: to be a constant source of support and comfort in the children’s lives.

As a Nanny, you’ll also need to stay impartial and professional in your interactions with the parents (your employers).

Here are 3 helpful tips to help you handle this tricky scenario, while keeping things as constant and stable as you can for the children in your care:

1)     Establish a clear Employment Agreement –  If the divorce occurred prior to your start of work, but you realize that there are issues that need to be addressed, make sure that the issues are included in the Employment Agreement. If, on the other hand, the divorce occurs in the middle of your employment with the family, you may want to discuss which parent is the actual employer and how their expectations of you will change. You need to know if it’s okay to contact the other parent in an emergency situation and if there’s a problem with you working for both parents. Your nanny agency can help you with these negotiations if you’re uncomfortable talking to the parents about them.

2)     Maintain consistency –  You might be the only constant thing in the life of the children right now, so it’s up to you to keep a consistent schedule for them and continue to set clear expectations for them. While they’re going through this time of turmoil and confusion, you may find that the children will resort to testing limits and acting out, even if it’s been a while since the divorce has been finalized.

Nevertheless, what they need is the clear expectations and boundaries you set for for them. They need as much consistency as possible and you’ll be doing them a big favor by standing your ground and being unswerving. Keep your time with them as stable, normal and secure as you can.

3)     Compassion – You can help the children by providing a listening ear without passing judgment or taking sides. A little bit of compassion can go a long way with children; you can provide a safe place where they can talk about their feelings – something that they may not have anywhere else at this point in time. Let them know that they can come to you to talk anytime they want and you will not judge them or tell anyone else how they feel.

Divorce definitely presents many complicated situations and causes a plethora of emotions for the parents and the children. As the nanny, you can make a difference by being a neutral part of the equation, supporting the children with compassion, love and understanding while they work through the confusion that they’re facing.

Of course, if you encounter any of these situations and want some advice, we are here to help and you support you.

 

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COVID For Parents

The Rising Demand for Nannies During the Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, parents had to scramble to find childcare as daycares, preschools, and elementary schools closed their doors. As a result, the demand for Full Time Nannies increased drastically. At the same time, families with existing Nannies extended their contracts in order to secure long-term childcare, which in turn, slowed down the usual Nanny turnover rate, making available Nannies even more scarce. These factors are how the Nanny labour shortage began, so what’s been keeping it going over a year and a half later? Where are all the Nannies and what does the labour shortage mean for your family?

There are a number of reasons why families are still struggling to find a Nanny to care for their little ones. A few that we’ve encountered here at The Nanny Solution are: 

  • Many families acted quickly and either hired a Nanny at the onset of the pandemic or retained their existing Nanny. This took many professional childcare providers off the market early on.
  • Some former Nannies have made the decision to transition out of working in childcare during the pandemic, out of concern for both their own health and safety and their loved ones’. 
  • There are currently fewer Nannies available to work, as many of the Nannies in Canada are/were only here on two-year work visas. 
  • The majority of families only want to hire a Nanny that has been fully vaccinated, and unfortunately, not all Nannies are vaccinated. 

The demand for qualified, professional, fully-vaccinated Nannies is exceptionally high, while the supply is lower than ever. So, what does that mean for your Nanny search?

  • Expect to pay a higher wage. Nanny wages have soared as a result of the pandemic labour shortage, and we are seeing rates of $25 to $40 per hour across Canada.
  • Nannies may require medical benefits and/or additional paid sick days in their contracts. You can also expect to see a COVID-19 clause in the contract.
  • Nannies’ roles have changed over the past couple of years, as parents have transitioned to working from home and many children are attending school from home as well. These changes require increased communication, flexibility, and boundaries, as well as appropriate compensation. 

All that being said, if you’re just beginning your Nanny search, or if you’re coming to the end of your contract and trying to decide whether to hire a new Nanny or not, don’t get discouraged! There are still wonderful Nannies out there who are looking for work. It may take a little extra patience to find the right one for your family, but the peace of mind that comes with having safe, reliable, professional childcare is well worth it! 

Start your search today!

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Establishing Healthy Boundaries

We believe that nurturing the nanny-family relationship is key in creating a harmonious environment for nannies, parents, and kids, and helps nannies want to stay with their work families for the long haul.

Here are 3 actionable steps to set up healthy boundaries in the nanny-family relationship.⁠

Know Your Responsibilities

Nannies: as an employee, parents are counting on you to be punctual and to perform your nanny duties diligently with care and enthusiasm.

Parents: As employers, nannies are counting on you to respect and honour their work hours, timely payment of their salary, and duration of the work contract.

When both parties respect and honour their obligations, they both have peace of mind and trust.

Prioritize Communication

Nannies: Speak with your employers about any work-related questions or concerns you may have sooner rather than later. Be assertive and proactive.

Parents: Nannies are amazing, but they are not mind readers. If you like things done a certain way then you have to show your nanny, train them, and give them regular feedback and praise.

Remember: Lack of communication is the #1 cause of relationship breakdowns!

Be Realistic

Nannies: Be proactive in completing your work tasks and offer flexibility (additional time or tasks) to your employers when you can. But remember that your free time outside of work is valuable, necessary, and important too.

Parents: Give your nanny a reasonable list of daily tasks; be respectful and realistic when asking for additional responsibilities or additional work hours. Remember that your nanny has a life outside of work and needs downtime too.

In establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, both nanny and family feel appreciated and respected.

To learn more about how we can help you find a wonderful nanny that is a perfect match for your family, start here.

To join our pool of extraordinary, professional nannies, see our requirements.