When most people think about nanny jobs, they assume it is the type of traditional position in which the nanny lives with the family, day in, day out, for years on end. However, in today's rapidly changing labor market, even traditional work like nanny jobs is changing. Enter the new, modern, part time nanny.
A part time nanny lives in her own dwelling and is only available on certain days for a fixed schedule. She may or may not assume other housekeeping and driving duties for the household, but the main difference between a full time, live-in nanny and a part time nanny is that the part time nanny is not expected to be available 24/7 for the children. Also, because she must maintain her own living space, her hourly or monthly wage for her duties may be much higher than that of a live-in nanny. However, depending on the family's need for her hours, it still may be ultimately more affordable for a family to fund a part time nanny job than a full time one.
Some families are becoming very creative with this new niche in the domestic childcare labor market by proposing that a nanny be “shared” between two families. It essentially comes down to two different families using the same nanny, who has a part time nanny job with each family. Since most nannies are unable to support their own living expenses by only working part time, “nanny sharing” can be an affordable and sensible solution for everyone involved.
If you are looking for part time nanny jobs, you will have to take some extra steps to differentiate yourself from a babysitter, since in some ways the job description may look somewhat the same. In an interview and on your resume, be sure to highlight your experience as a nanny, rather than as a babysitter. Also point out any childcare-related courses you have done, and be sure that you have written letters of references to attach to your resume, not just simply names and phone numbers of referees listed at the bottom.
If you are looking for a part time nanny, then you will need to be very specific with regards to the hours and schedule you are offering. You will also need to offer more than a traditional babysitting hourly wage, and consider offering additional benefits, such as the use of your car during her shifts. Your part time nanny should ask you to provide a written contract, and if you do, you will be required to inform the government that you have hired a domestic worker, even on a part time basis.
Part time nanny jobs are on the increase as the labor market becomes more fragmented and, as gas prices keep rising, more and more parents are telecommuting for part of their work weeks. This has led to a shift in the types of child minding working parents need. Additionally, as real hourly wages continue to erode, traditional daycare costs have become less and less affordable. This creativity, flexibility, and “re-imagining” of a traditional nanny job will continue to shift and morph as time goes on and the labor market adapts to ongoing economic turmoil and instability.