A temporary nanny can be employed for as little as one morning, afternoon or day. They can be required by families in various circumstances for example, to cover a current nannies time off or illness, to enable a parent to attend important meetings, functions or appointments, to assist a family whilst a parent recovers from an injury or illness or even to cover a current nannies maternity leave. Temporary nannies can also be employed on a live in basis. (If you are considering employing a temporary live in nanny please see our live in nanny page for additional information on accommodation and food requirements).
Temporary nannies can also be hired to care for your child/ren along with other family members or friend’s child/ren whilst you attend an event such as a conference or wedding. Nannies will care for your child/ren based either at the event itself or from whichever venue you require, including hotel rooms etc. Many couples who marry choose to hire nannies to oversee and care for the children attending their wedding for part of or throughout the whole day. Please be aware that the amount and ages of the children will determine the amount of nannies or babysitters that will be required.
A temporary nanny will usually work up to 12 hours a day. They can be employed full or part time with their working days usually falling between Monday and Friday. A temporary nanny may also consider proxy parenting, working 24-hour shifts, six day weeks, covering weekends or working unsociable shift patterns, usually for a higher salary.
Depending upon the length of the booking some families also require babysitting duties in addition to the agreed daily hours, any babysitting hours should be paid on top of the nannies normal salary and a babysitting rate of pay should be discussed and agreed prior to the post commencing.
A temporary nanny will carry out all the same duties as a daily nanny. They are expected to undertake all aspects of childcare including morning and bedtime routines, school/nursery runs, homework supervision, preparing and organising your child/ren’s social calendar which can include play dates, age appropriate classes and groups, swimming, and visits to the parks/museums etc as well as home based activities such as painting and baking. A temporary nanny can also be asked to book and attend hospital, doctors, dentists, optician and hair appointments with your child/ren if required. Their primary aim is always to nurture the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of your child/ren.
A temporary nanny can also be responsible for undertaking nursery duties which relate to the child/ren. These duties include washing, ironing and organising the child/ren’s clothes and belongings, cleaning their bedrooms and if applicable the child/ren’s bathroom along with any play areas. The nanny will also ensure that toys are put away at the end of the day and will prepare nutritious meals and snacks. Some nannies may be happy to cook a larger meal and leave a portion for the parents, however this should always be discussed and agreed prior to the role commencing. Naturally these duties should be proportionate to the amount of days/hours the temporary nanny works and the exact extent of their duties will be determined by the length of the booking.
A daily nanny is not expected to do any household chores which are not related to the child/ren. If you require additional, heavy or extensive household duties to be preformed alongside childcare duties you may wish to consider employing a temporary nanny housekeeper.
If you think you require a temporary nanny, would like more information or wish to discuss your requirements please contact us on 01347 822208, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download a registration form here.