Choosing your nanny: Live-in or Live-out?
We're often asked by parents which type is the better option for their family. Realistically, there’s no 'one-size-fits-all' - the type that works best for you depends on your budget and home space, as well as your needs for flexibility and privacy. That being said, there are some differences that in certain scenarios can impact on the choice you select for your family, read on!
What's not the same?
A Live-out nanny lives outside the place of work and travels to the family home on a daily basis - which is why they're sometimes called a 'Daily' nanny, they do not take up residence with the family. Whereas a Live-in nanny is employed to reside with the family, living in the place where they work or nearby.
The option that's right for your family may simply be determined by the extent of space, if any, you have available or it's suitability.
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Living space & privacy
In terms of overall size, houses in London are small compared to the amount of space available as you head out towards Greater London and the suburbs.
Sharing your space may simply be a non-runner
If you do have the space and need a more flexible care arrangement for your children, then a nanny that lives in may be the best solution for you. Also, it's possible to find a nanny who will work weekdays living in and spend weekends living out, which may be an attractive childcare choice for some families.
Even if you do have the space, privacy can be an issue for some families so a Live-in nanny won't necessarily suit everyone.
Our Parent Services are the place to start if you want a nanny. Whether you need a temporary nanny for short-term assistance or you're looking for someone on a full-time basis to Live-in or out, a nanny can be the practical, hands-on solution to your need. You can register with us and have us begin searching for a nanny in no time at all.
Quality of care is the same
Whichever choice you make, Live-in or Live-out, the main thing to keep in mind is the quality of care is the same with both options.
All nannies perform the same professional duties.
Residential nannies are also a good choice if your budget is a little tight.
Consider the costs of other childcare options. Though the cost of a nanny might be more than you expected, it can still be a more affordable option than others. You might be considering a daycare service for your children while you're at work. Remember, though, that those daycare services can be just that - daytime hours only and if you're delayed they'll normally charge you a late fee to boot. Whereas a nanny is focussed on your children only, a Live-in nanny can add value for both you and your family - not just in terms of costs but in providing flexible cover that you know you can rely on.More about finding a nanny
What hours do nannies work?
In London, Live-in nannies commonly work from 7 am to 7 pm most days, with two nights babysitting included in the nanny's weekly salary. Live-out nannies tend to work slightly shorter hours, e.g. 7.30 am to 6.30 pm.
However, as parents' own working hours get longer we've started to notice a trend towards Live-out nannies being engaged to work longer hours - in some cases working the equivalent of their residential nanny colleagues.
Naturally, Live-in nannies expect board and lodging in the family home - this can mean anything from a bedroom with en-suite bathroom or shared bathroom with the children, to a complete separate apartment for the nanny.
Jobs that come with separate accommodation for exclusive use by the nanny, or with a basement area which is private to the nanny, are the most sought after by nannies. Even if you only have a loft or nanny floor with a little kitchenette there will be more interest in the role from nannies.
Nanny's living accommodation
Most Live-in positions normally come with a bedroom and private bathroom for the nanny, and anything extra is considered a bonus.
If you employ a nanny to live with your family it's very important to be completely clear right from the start as to the agreement with your nanny regarding house rules, so that everyone knows where they stand in relation to use of the home telephone, visitors, and use of the kitchen. Every family is different and as long as everyone is aware of the expectations then all should be fine. Families often worry that the nanny will want to sit in their living room with them every evening, but this is hardly ever the case, as most nannies are childcare professionals and will value their own free time away from their charges and the work environment. Some residential nannies are happy to go off at weekends, if they're not needed during this time, and such an arrangement can work very well for some families. Parents should recognise that their nannies free time should be respected, so that once their nanny has clocked-off for the evening they should be afforded time to relax away from the little ones.