If you are involved in a nanny share or are considering joining or starting one, take the time to read the important information below. I am not an attorney and the information I provide below should be used at your own risk.
A nanny share is defined as two or more families sharing the expense of employing one nanny to care for their children as a group. A nanny share can be a more cost effective option for utilizing a nanny. Care is provided at one family’s home or a combination of both.
There are many benefits to belonging to a nanny share, both for the parents and the children including:
- For parents, it means a lower hourly wage than shouldering the entire cost of a nanny alone
- For the children, a nanny share can be a great opportunity for socialization and having a playmate
Note: A nanny bringing his or her child to work with them is considered a perk of employment and not a nanny share. If you are bringing your child to the nanny’s house, that is considered to be in-home childcare that requires the care provider to obtain a license and is not a nanny share.
Over this past summer, I set out to learn more about nanny shares as many of our members are turning to this option due to the high cost of childcare in our region. What I learned was troubling.