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As a parent / employer, you’ve probably saved your receipts, collected your documents and spoken with your accountant, but have you declared your nanny as a lawful employee?
For the most part, no, nor does unpaid volunteering count towards experience. Only paid opportunities with someone outside of your family count towards your childcare experience.
It depends on a number of factors, mostly pertaining to reaching out to various parties involved (families, nannies, references), but typically we like to wrap everything up in 2-4 weeks.
At Los Angeles Nannies, we charge a search fee to begin a job search, and a commission only once a nanny we have provided for you has been hired. The flat fee is to cover background checks and time spent searching, reviewing, interviewing and reference calling.
Remember that your nanny is a caregiver to your child first and foremost. Their utmost responsibilities should involve primarily the maintenance of the health, safety and happiness of your child. It is absolutely within your discretion to request that your nanny assists in household chores such as laundry, meal prep, tidying and errand running, but it is paramount that you lay out the expectations during the hiring process, and that the added responsibilities do not interfere with the quality of support the nanny may lend as a child caregiver.
A nanny is an employee just like in any other business. They work hard and deserve access to healthcare, paid sick leave, and annual reviews with the possibility for a raise. While we at Los Angeles Nannies cannot require our families to supply any benefits to their nannies, we do gently recommend that treating your childcare provider well and with respect is an investment in your family. Our hiring packet for families details benefits and how to give them. Should you have any further questions about the specifics of benefits, please reach out to us.