Summer is upon us. Do you have a plan for childcare when school ends to keep your kids engaged and entertained? Hiring a qualified nanny may be a summer solution that checks all the boxes.
A qualified nanny can help keep your kids learning.
School may be out for summer, but learning doesn’t need to stop. Nannies can help keep your children’s minds engaged with fun adventures, outings to local museums, and creative lessons at home. If your kids struggled in specific subjects in school during the year, talk to your nanny about working with your kids for a brief time each day to reinforce educational concepts that might be lost during summer. For example, have your nanny help practice multiplication tables or come up with fun science experiments they can do together. Not all learning has to be tied to school, talk to your nanny about your children’s specific interests. They can come up with a plan to customize activities that will keep your children engaged and help them expand their interests as they learn through play and exploration.
Most nannies can help with transportation.
If your vacation time is limited at work and you are struggling to find time to get your kids to and from music lessons, sports practices, day camps, or other planned summer activities, your nanny can likely help get them where they need to be reliably and on time. Make sure you discuss how your nanny will get the kids there, too. Will they use your vehicle, or will they use their own car and how you will reimburse them for gas and other associated expenses? These details should be outlined ahead of time and written down in a work agreement, so there is no confusion.
A nanny is a positive role model.
Hiring a summer nanny gives your children the opportunity to build a relationship with another positive role model. A nanny that provides compassionate, attentive care while you are away, not only gives you the peace of mind, but it can also expand your children’s circle of trusted adults. Sometimes these temporary hires turn into longer term relationships, with summer nannies who are open to date night babysitting during the school year, or even summer care next year.
Finding an experienced, attentive temporary nanny for the summer is a treasure! To ensure both you and your nanny are clear on expectations, be sure to set up a written agreement or contract. Also, don’t forget to factor in the tax obligations that come with even a short-term hire. If you are unsure how to withhold taxes from her paycheck, or stay in compliance with labor and tax laws, the experts at HomeWork Solutions can help! We will ensure things are deducted and filed correctly so there will be no surprises later. We’ll get you registered with the IRS and state tax authorities, and make sure your nanny is paid accurately. We have flexible, customizable service plans, so you can find the one that’s right for you.