Nanny at home: how to do childcare with a parent at home

by | Mar 22, 2021 | Babysitting, Babysitting tips | 0 comments

"It's great, I feel like I'm living in a movie: a day without end." - Exhausted parent. If there is one thing we will have learned in 2020 and even in 2021, it is that no one is safe from confinement! And as a result, any sane parent who wants to stay sane will not hesitate to call a nanny at home. Especially, if he is telecommuting!

But, babysitting with a parent at home, can seem complicated, even, stressful for many babysitters. No worries! Babysitting with a parent nearby is not as difficult as it sounds.

To do this, we will explain to you, dear nanny, how to manage a childcare with a parent at home. But before that, we start with the basics: how to become a babysitter?

How do I become a live-in nanny?

Becoming a self-employed babysitter

Word of mouth, local ads or ads on specialized websites. So, you have a wide choice of tools to make yourself known. Therefore, you will have the status ofauto-entrepreneur. However, it is important to know that you can only access this service if you are over 18 years old.

Become a babysitter through an agency

Today, many parents use agencies to find the perfect childcare provider. If you want to know more about how the recruitment process works, it is here. In addition, at KidleeIn addition, babysitters are paid €14 net per hour and can benefit from training and ongoing support.

How to prepare your childcare? 

Bingo, you've just landed your first babysitting gig. Congratulations! Last minute information, one of the parents is telecommuting from home. It is said that babysitting with a parent is more complicated than babysitting without one. But don't panic, Kidlee has prepared a few tips to help you meet this challenge.

First, the nanny and the parent must be in agreement

No-no, you don't need a violin. We just want to tell you that you need to dot the i's with the parent. During the first contact, it is essential to define your responsibilities. For example, the parent cannot expect to find the kitchen tidy if it is not included in your tariff. You also can't know in advance if the children have a food allergy or intolerance. 

As an example, here is a list of questions for the first day:

  • What are the children's favorite activities?
  • Are they allowed to use the screens?
  • Who is responsible for preparing the meals?
  • Are you allowed to take the children out? 

Second, division of space between the parent and the in-home nanny

It's not easy to keep the kids busy with an activity when their parent walks past them to go to another room. And not very professional either if one of the kids walks into the office if the parent is in the middle of a tele-work session. In short, it is super mega ultra important to define the spaces. Here's what we suggest: 

  • Zone I: accessible only by the parent
  • Zone II: accessible only for the nanny at home and the children for babysitting activities.
  • Zone III: accessible to everyone as the kitchen for lunch all together!
  • Non-category zone: the toilets.

Third, between the in-home nanny and the parent, who decides?

At first, the young child may be confused. For example, you ask the child to help you put away his toys, but he doesn't respond. You might think of calling the parent. But that's not the best idea. Rome wasn't built in a day, so be patient. With the parent's cooperation and a little patience, everything will go smoothly.

Lately, establishing a routine

We will never stop repeating, you need a routine for your children. Between homework, baths, naps and outings, it is more than necessary to establish a schedule. This way, everyone will find their way around.

All this may seem difficult or even insurmountable, but it is not. Nothing is impossible! In addition, as time goes by, you will find your balance and it will become a real child's play. At that point, the title of top nanny.

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Baby sitting with Kidlee 

Don't forget that at Kidlee, a team of advisors will be there to answer all your questions and support you. In addition, on the blog from Kidleenewsletters and accounts Instagram. Kidlee provides comprehensive support and advice so that you never run out of ideas and resources. You wish to make baby sitting with Kidlee ? Register by clicking just here

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