The Value of Nanny Care
A blog by Amanda Ferguson (@nannyofoz).
Our Partners at Nanager published a blog on this topic last year, in April 2020. Since then we have seen major shifts in the nanny and childcare industries in Australia, as the needs and priorities of families changed. Hiring a nanny is a form of childcare that does incur a higher cost than centres. But if you’re here on the NannyPay website, you either recognise the benefits or are curious about the value of employing a nanny.
To begin with, nanny care is individualised, quality, home-based care for the children. Regardless of a child’s age, they need consistent caregivers to meet their needs. If parents are working (whether that be in the community or from home), a nanny can step into the role of caregiver during the hours needed. For young children this will often be full day care. For school age children they may need someone to supervise them as they participate in online schooling from home. With nanny care the activities and routines can be catered to suit a child’s interests, developmental stage, and learning style. They can focus on the children’s emotional needs, help them learn vital life skills, and create educational experiences through play. Nannies can allow children the freedom and safety of being in their own home environment. This is where children are often most relaxed, unlocking a higher level of focus and creativity. This also provides the flexibility for neighbourhood walks, and activities in the community, giving children a change of scenery, fresh air, and exercise.
Nannies typically care for just the one family during each shift, whether they work full-time with one family or have a roster of several part-time roles. This means they are usually better able to focus on the needs of individual children compared to educators who have a large group of children to care for at one time. Nannies can cater the activities and routines to suit a child’s interests, developmental stage, and learning styles. They can focus on the children’s emotional needs, help them learn vital life skills, and create educational experiences through play. What about social needs? Nannies organise playdates, and attend classes and activities to facilitate social experiences.
In addition to meeting the children’s direct needs, nannies help parents immensely by taking care of other child-related tasks. Responsibilities such as children’s laundry, meal prep, and tidying/cleaning of toys are all things that fall under standard nanny duties. When using childcare or after school care, parents may need to rush children home at the end of a long day and make a meal. Bedtime routine may be rushed with children who are potentially overtired and overstimulated. Parents then need to spend precious time in the evening or on weekends taking care of basic household chores. A nanny who is in and around the home all day has time to keep the children’s environment organised. This help provides high value to parents because it allows them to spend more time focusing on their children and other interests when they are finished with work.
The decision to employ a nanny is one that can provide benefit for the whole family. Not only by the nanny covering childcare needs and helping out with basic household duties, but also by the security the nanny’s relationship with the family can provide. When you decide to utilise the care of a nanny, make sure you are providing them with the security of employment. NannyPay believes in the value of professional nanny care, and that these caregivers should be paid legally. This is why NannyPay makes it easy for families to meet their employer obligations.
Reach out to learn more about how NannyPay can support you in supporting the nanny who supports your family!