Hiya - we have a wonderful nanny, but as first time employers I wanted to ask your advice.
Our nanny has 4 weeks holiday - we choose 2 and she chooses 2. We're going away for over 3 weeks this year, but as that's our choice, we won't penalize her or make her take her holiday during that time.
However, there are few child jobs that need doing like sorting out their playroom, going through too-small clothes, etc. Could I ask her to come in 1 day during the two weeks that we're away to do that work? I know she hasn't booked a week away, and is having a 'staycation'. She can choose any day in that two week period to come in, as its probably only 2 - 4 hours of work.
Completely reasonable. It's also worth asking her if she wants to do anything like do some batch cooking for the freezer while you are away so you have groceries in/have left her with cash to buy food.
utterly reasonable. If you were going to give her six weeks holiday a year, i'm sure the annual salary would be adjusted to reflect that. Ours will do the nametapes for next year's uniform, feed the cats, go through the playroom and bedrooms and generally get things sorted before term starts. If she could cook well, i'd definitely ask her to get the freezer sorted too, but that's not her thing. I know you'll get responses from some outraged nannies saying how they wouldn't lift a finger while their bosses are away but in the real world, people continue to go to work while their boss is away.
Jobs like sewing the name labels into school uniform sounds great - so useful. The fact you are being flexible about when she does the work will be appreciated.
If you ever sign another contract, perhaps you could add to it, that if you go away on holiday during her usual working time, there would be an expectation of her coming in some do a number of simple jobs, but on no flexible basis.
Tranmere it sounds like you have a bee in your bonnet about nannies?? Don't tar everyone with the same brush. OP asked about asking the nanny to do nanny related stuff, and yes, she is perfectly within her right too. What would get a nannies back up would probably be stuff along the lines of 1. Sorting out bosses knicker drawers, wardrobes, dry cleaning.. 2. Handwashing all their delicates. 3. Putting new plants in the garden and mowing the lawn every day. Etc etc etc. you get the idea. Nonchildcarerelatedduties. PS I do help out, but, I've never been asked to do this type of stuff for years. Older and wiser now.
Back to the OP. Your requests are perfectly within reason and I can't see why she wouldn't agree to it.
Hi OP Perfectly reasonable to ask nanny to do jobs on the days you have holiday and she doesn't. You mentioned four weeks holiday I assume that your nanny works Mon to Fri and this doesn't include bank holidays? Statutory minimum for holiday is 5.6 weeks. Most employers in professional jobs have more than stat hols As a nanny I would expect to work any days employer has holiday and I don't. If she is away I would be available to work so child related jobs are totally expected.. I wouldn't be happy to do other household chores, although happy to water plants , feed cats etc.
Perfectly reasonable, but I'd never ask (I'm an employer)! I don't have so much that needs doing and I think the odd extra bit of leave builds up goodwill that might be useful in future if you are home late etc.