Am curious if people allow this? I've just recently noticed that my live-out nanny has been doing her laundry at our house. Of course she should have asked, but aside from that, I wonder if it's common? I suppose if she can get it done without neglecting her duties, the extra cost to us is really not a big deal...
I think it's cheeky! She should at least have asked if you minded. What next? Cooking her dinner? Doing her ironing? To me, this is similar to someone in an office-bound job helping themselves to stationery or stamps, making personal phone calls etc.
I agree it is a little cheeky, especially as she did not bother to ask, but on the other hand I would not get too wound up about iit if she is otherwise a good nanny.
I once interviewed a nanny who asked to do her cooking in my house but she said she would do all of our family's cooking at the same time. I thought it was a fair deal although I did not offer her the position for other reasons.
Agree that she should have at least had the decency to ask! perhaps lightly ask her about it - you never know, her washing machine could have broken down and she could have been embarassed to ask if she could use yours. It doesn't excuse the fact that she should have been polite enough to ask. I for one am quite happy if it's the occasional cooking/washing etc but not if its a permanent thing - to me, it's not so much about the costs but it feels like they are taking advantage and that's just not right.
I once used my boss's house for laundry but had mentioned probably a week before that our dryer was broken (being American I'm used to tumble drying everything ) and my bosses (also being American and sharing the same sentiment!) were horrified and said I could of course use theirs as long as was necessary.
As a nanny I would say that is over stepping the mark. When my washing machine broke my boss insisted I use their washer and as she worked from home she put a second load in for me and put the first load in the dryer while I was out with the children
It would have been polite to ask first. Having said that, I am very sympathetic to her. For many folk, the memory of not having a washing machine is very distant, or even an experience which they have never had. Thoughout my twenties I had to spend long long afternoons at the laundrette fending off neighbourhood nutters and spending pounds and pounds so my clothes could be washed/ boiled (the temperature is always a bit dodgy on laundrette machines IMHO). And they never smelt quite right either. You are probably richer than your nanny. Being able to do her washing at yours may make quite a big difference to her week. If, as you say, she can get it done without neglecting her duties (you don't say you are unhappy with any other aspect of her work), then I really think you would be very very tight to insist on principle that she did it at home. Though, like I said, she should have asked first.
The same thing happened to me... i discovered my previous live-out nanny was doing her washing regularly. It is not an acceptable thing at all! I later discovered that she also lied about many of the activities she was doing which only came out by chance when the other nannies mentioned this on a playdate recently.
I think almost everyone would agree its dishonest but what I discovered was that with dishonesty comes other white lies....
Sorry for not responding earlier - have been busy. Thanks for all your advice. Have not confronted nanny yet as I recently commented on something else and don't want to be overly negative all at once, but I think I'll ask about it when I do her review.
Try and get some good reasons why you object to it (apart from not being asked). I'd feel the same but I think I'd find it difficult to put into words what was so terrible about it. As you say, the cost to you is marginal. provided it's not all sheets and knickers, it's not for hygienic reasons either (and, anyway, that's what the washing's for).