Best Perks of Working as a Nanny

Nanny Confessions

Beyond being paid an hourly rate and provided standard benefits, there are a lot of great perks that nanny jobs provide. I confess, the added perks can save me a ton of money. Here are just a few:

Meals
A great way for nannies to save money is eating meals with the children while working. Nannies typically share the food they make for the children at meal times or are welcome to have left overs. Although some nannies bring their own lunch to work, employers should always pay for their caregiver’s meals when they take the kids out to eat.

Memberships
Parents pay for their kids and nannies to attend to museums, zoo, gym, even Costco.

Travel
Although nannies are working while traveling with their Nanny Families it is a great opportunity to for them to visit locations they would not have been able to afford on their own. Employers pay for all travel costs and lodging. Nannies should discuss their travel rate and hours to ensure they get plenty of time-off to site see and explore the travel location.

Professional Development
Nannies should ask to be partially or entirely reimbursed for professional development by attending nanny conferences or taking college courses.

Live-Ins Save on Expenses
Live-in nannies are typically provided all the perks listed above but also have room and board expenses covered by their employers. Live-in nannies save a lot of money since the don’t have to pay for rent, utilities, laundry, cable, wifi, and often a car is leased and provided for the live-in caregiver to use.

What are your favorite perks of your nanny job?

Valentine Emojis

Creative Wednesdays

For more than 23-years of making Valentine Cards with my nanny kids I needed a new idea I hadn’t tried before. The brilliant 7-year-old I care for thought of making these cute Valentine emojis.

You Will Need:

Yellow Card Stock Paper
Red and Black Construction Paper
Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
Safety Scissors
Pencil
Glue
Black Marker

What to Do:

1. Trace the heart-shaped cookie cutter on yellow card stock. Cut out heart.

2. Cut out little hearts from red paper and smiles and circles for eyes from black paper.

3. Attach hearts, circles and smiles with glue. Use a marker for small details such as puckering lips or eyebrows.

4. Let dry. Flip over to write message.

Hands-Free Baby Bottles

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Helpful or Hype Baby bottles are one of the most essential baby items nannies need when caring for babies. I’ve seen a few Hands-Free Baby BottlesĀ on the market promoting a way to safely feed babies in the car seat while their caregiver is driving, or while pushing a stroller, or simply need an extra pair […]

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Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

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Cooking for Kids My nanny family said this recipe was best meat dish they ever had last night. It is so tender and flavorful.The family doesn’t even like sweet potato but the sweet potatoes flavors the cooking liquid perfectly. I just used pre-crushed garlic bought at grocery store and ground cinnamon instead of a cinnamon […]

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Shaving Cream Marbleized Paper

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Creative Wednesdays It’s winter here in New Jersey and I need to keep my six-year-old nanny kid busy indoors. We decided to make marbleized stationary to use for birthday cards and thank you notes. There are tons of different ways to marbleized paper but the kiddo I care for just loves playing with shaving cream […]

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Hosting a Nanny Play Groups

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A Happy Nanny Makes Happy Kids Working as a nanny can be an isolating caring for kids in a home all day. It’s essential for in-home childcare providers to make friends, just like the kids. The best way to keep happy at work is scheduling plenty of playdates and play groups with other moms, nannies, […]

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Paper Lanterns

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Chinese New Year Chinese New Year celebrations start this upcoming Saturday, January 28, 2017. The Lantern Festival marks the last day of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. My six-year-old nanny kid and I made several simple and colorful paper lanterns to adorn her room in preparation for Chinese New Year. Here is how to make […]

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Best Chicken and Dumplings

Cooking for Kids Nothing warms a tummy on a cold winter’s day more than chicken and dumplings. Former nanny and current mother, Heather Marinkovic made this delicious dinner for us following a recipe from Taste of Home which we share below. You Will Need: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly […]

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Hush Baby Noise Reduction Hats

Helpful or Hype? Do you care for a baby that is sensitive to noise? If you have to tip toe through the house, pray the phone doesn’t ring, or hang notes for people not to ring the doorbell during nap time, the HUSH Hat Sound Absorbing Baby Hat will be your savior. It is also […]

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Cooking for Kids My nanny kids love Chinese take-out! That’s why I tried this homemade sweet and sour chicken recipe for them. Made with pineapple, onion, bell peppers, and chicken sauteed in a sweet and sour sauce, this dish is best served with steamed rice. You Will Need: 20 ounce can pineapple chunks in 100% […]

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