My youngest starts at nursery this week and my nanny will now have at least 2.5 hours free every day whilst the kids are at school/nursery.
Please can those of you with nannies or nannies themselves tell me what they do during these "free" times. What sort of jobs/help around the house is it reasonable to ask them to do. Up to this point my nanny has focussed on looking after the kids, providing their meals and doing some loads of washing for us. Thanks
clean and tidy his room prepare bits and pieces for craft activities/English worksheets (he's bilingual) do incidental bits of shopping for him - keeping medicines in date, making sure we have enough wipes for his glasses do laundry and ironing batch cook to freeze, parents are welcome to have some of this too! run other child related errands
As long as everything is up to date my time is my own but when he is with me I focus on him and not on cooking/nursery duties.
I would say talk to your nanny - there may be things she isn't willing to do but she might have good suggestions that could suprise you.
I'd second what Fran said - i would do my child related duties then - so the children have my sole attention when they are around. Having said that i also agreed to do dry cleaning runs, family shop, car through car wash and any odd errands mum and dad needed doing - these were not obligatory though i had the option to refuse without causing offence.
I always think this is a difficult time for parents - you still need a nanny - who now appears to have oodles of time free (please be aware of time it takes to get to and from nursery!) yet asking them to perform 'extra' or non child related tasks is a minefield!
When caring for a family with 3 children... once all were at school/nursery, I would:
Finish stacking dishwasher and put it on. Hoover around. Sick a wash load in the machine. Cook lunch. Drink a cup of coffee. Plan what was happening that afternoon. The time can go surprisingly fast, hardly seems like anytime until doing the nursery run.
Shop for birthday presents (for children's friends whose parties are comming up). cook either for same day or in bulk and freeze. Tidy rooms/toys. Kids laundry. Shopping for kids (i.e. school uniform, new tennis raquet, etc.) Make a scrapbook of the kids in place of nanny diary which they may have outgrown. Make star charts. Make some activities to compliment homework (i.e. if child having trouble with math, might make up some flash cards or related math game)
So long as the activity is specific to careing for / feeding / entertaining / educationg the kids I think it's okay (unless of coure your contract says otherwise).
If the nursery session is 2,5 hrs then this is not her 'free time', you need to deduct the travelling time. And i would also deduct her 'lunch time' because the children probably dont nap anymore? If she works 10 hrs then 1 hr break is not unreasonable.
in all of my jobs where i have had childcare duites (i dont in this one) as long as washing is done/bedroom/playroom tidy then the time was my own to do as i pleased - ASLONG as i had my phone with me, as I was on call
I would normally do the familys weekly shopping one am
sometimes i would go to my home (5mins away) or go to the gym, other times stay at work
i am happy to do some stuff during that time, but also nice to be able to sit down and have a cuppa in peace (esp as often dc will have stopped pm nap)
Hi Thanks for all your suggestions. The 2.5 hours is after travel time to nursery (5 mins)and picking up time taken into account. You are right it is a minefield but also i think its fair to expect a bit of help on things would have overlooked before when they were looking after kids all day eg sweeping and washing kitchen floor that kids have messed up, a bit more cooking for kids and sorting and tidying toys rather than just shoving them away - hopefully this sounds reasonable.