The Nanny profession is one that has evolved over the years and is continuing to evolve. There are many different types of Nannies: part-time, full-time, summertime. Many Nannies start with their families when the children are very young and stay with them for many years until they are no longer needed, or until their role evolves into a Family Assistant position where they help to care for the needs of the children, but also help to assist with the needs of the whole family as well since the children are more self-sufficient and in school. For example, helping to run errands, schedule appointments, planning events, administrative tasks, etc.
There are a few ways for a nanny to find a family to work with. There are different websites that nannies can join to search for a family and for families to search for them, but these websites will sometimes ask for a fee to boost the nanny’s profile so it will be seen before others. There are various types of online groups or communities that nannies can join where families post their positions, and there are agencies that nannies can work with to help them find a family. There are fewer resources for a Family Assistant to search for a family to work with, which is why we are excited to now offer this service as well within our Motherhood Center.
There are a lot of myths and assumptions made about working with an agency by some Family Assistants and Nannies, and because of this, they choose to find a family on their own. Of course, every Family Assistant and Nanny will have their own reasons and preferences in the route they choose to find a family to work for, but it is important that they have all of the factual information behind each option available to them when making the decision of which avenue to take. Below, we have listed the benefits of working with our Motherhood Center Family Assistant & Nanny Department to help debunk the myths that have developed over time:
1) Family Assistants and Nannies do not have to pay any fees to work with Motherhood Center and their pay is not affected.
Many Family Assistants and Nannies assume they have to pay an agency to work with them or that they will earn less due to the agency taking a percentage of what they earn. This is not true! Working with our Motherhood Center is completely free.
2) Motherhood Center advocates for our families, but ALSO for our Family Assistants & Nannies.
Many Family Assistants and Nannies are not aware of the legalities associated with working in their profession. For example, nannies are considered household employees, should be paid an hourly wage, and are entitled to overtime pay. Nannies are also entitled to be reimbursed for mileage at the standard IRS rate if they are driving their own vehicles, and taxes should be taken out of their checks, etc. We go over these aspects with our families so our nannies do not have to worry about it. Pay for a Family Assistant can be hourly or salaried, but we also ensure families are aware of all the legalities associated with employing a Family Assistant as well.
3) Motherhood Center acts as a support and helps to guide our Family Assistants and Nannies.
We are always here for our Family Assistants and Nannies to answer any questions they may have. There are no questions too big or too small. Whether they be related to pay, what is acceptable to be asked of them, what is acceptable for them to expect of their family, etc. – we are here for them. With our years of experience, we enjoy being able to offer support and guidance as our Family Assistants and Nannies are searching for a family to work with.
We also offer our Professional Nanny School, which is a two-day course that covers all aspects of the Nanny profession to include childcare safety, hygiene, nutrition, development, and even topics such as how to interview, what to expect when traveling, questions to consider asking, etc. It is an in-person course that includes hands-on demonstrations and practice. This course is open to all Nannies, not just the ones who choose to work with us, and is great for Nannies just starting out, or as continuing education for the experienced Nanny. For more information, regarding cost, and to see an outline of what is covered, please visit our website at www.motherhoodnetwork.com.
4) We build a relationship with our Family Assistants and Nannies.
At Motherhood Center, we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our Family Assistants and Nannies. We always check in with them to make sure they are enjoying working with their new family, and many of our Family Assistants and Nannies keep in touch beyond that. Some even drop by the center to check in and say hello. We truly enjoy being able to match our amazing Family Assistants and Nannies with our wonderful families, and because we have mastered the process, many of our Family Assistants and Nannies return to us once their contracts have ended and they are ready to start searching for a new family. We love it when they return to us and have another chance to help them find their next Motherhood Center family to work with. We feel very lucky to have so many kind and loving families searching for Family Assistants and Nannies within our department!
If you are a Family Assistant or Nanny looking for your next family to work with, please fill out our application on our website at www.motherhoodnetwork.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our recruitment specialists at (713) 963-8880 ext. 103. We look forward to hearing from you!