Nanny share is becoming increasingly popular with London families, and it’s not hard to see why. Childcare costs British parents up a third of their income – a much larger proportion than in other developed countries.
In a nanny share, instead of having their own nanny, the children of two local families are looked after by one nanny at the same time.
This means parents save 30% on their monthly childcare bill, in comparison to sole care, allowing families to choose from a bigger pool of nannies, and expand their contracted hours to cover all weekdays and even holidays.
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But the benefits of nanny share aren’t just about saving money and having more flexibility.
Growing up alongside another child is also great for emotional and social development. Children learn to share, take turns, and resolve conflict by having another child around, just as they would in a natural family grouping.
Whether you’re arranging your own local nanny share or doing it via Koru Kids, here are 3 tips to help make sure your nanny share is successful.
1. Walking distance is best, but not the only way.
We’ve seen nanny shares that are a few tube stops apart, with both families very happy with this arrangement. However, most of our shares are within walking distance. This makes things easier for both the families and the nanny, especially if any after school activities are involved.
2. Children of all ages can work well together.
Just like natural families, nanny shares come in all shapes and sizes and may involve children of different ages. Different age combinations can be beneficial for both older and younger kids. Younger children can benefit from having an older role model, but older children also benefit from being able to teach and support those younger than them.
3. Be guided by the nanny’s enthusiasm.
In a nanny share, the nanny gets paid more per hour, so experienced nannies tend to really like it. For many nannies, it’s a career progression to take on a share. Of course, not all nannies want to take on more responsibility for more money—just like in any other part of the workforce. If you are interviewing a nanny for a role that you hope will eventually become a nanny share, be explicit about your plans at the interview.
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