WHAT TYPE OF NANNY IS RIGHT FOR FAMILIES?
Finding the right nanny is paramount in assuring that your family’s needs are successfully met. When parents know the type of position they want to fill and what type of child care provider they wish to hire prior to their nanny search it will assure employment success.
Agencies can assist families in determining what type of nanny they are looking for. When searching for a nanny for your family, you’ll want to consider: Whether you want to hire a full-time or part-time nanny Whether you’d like to hire a live-in or a live-out nanny The type of experience you wish your nanny to have The type of educational background you wish your nanny to have What household chores, if any, you expect your nanny to perform Your family’s lifestyle and how a particular nanny candidate may be compatible. Considerations include pets in the home parenting philosophies personal or religious beliefs, etc. Parents are also encouraged to carefully consider which nanny care model suits them best when searching for a nanny.
There are three main models of nanny care. These include custodial care, coordinated care and surrogate care. All models provide valued contributions to the family and support the parents as they raise their children. In the custodial care model, the nanny’s role is limited to meeting the children’s physical and emotional needs during their parents’ absence.
In this model, the parents manage the children’s day by providing the nanny with specific guidance. A nanny who provides custodial care will not have input into the child’s scheduling or activities and does not have a voice regarding childrearing practices or parenting philosophies. In the coordinated model of nanny care, the nanny’s role is to be a team player in raising the children. Nannies who engage in the coordinated model of care are viewed as true parenting partners. Nannies in this model have a voice when it comes to childrearing practices and parenting philosophies.
Their input is not only sought but highly valued by the parents. These nannies tend to be full charge nannies who are given the freedom to make the day to day decisions regarding the children’s activities and outings. In the surrogate model of nanny care, the nanny’s role is to be the primary caregiver for the children. In this model of nanny care, the nanny may have limited interaction with her employers and may be left to make many decisions for the children in her care. Nannies who engage in the surrogate model of care may work for parents who travel extensively and require a guardian type of caregiver while they are away from the home.