I'm a shift-worker and childcare isn't working out with my ever-changing shifts so I'm thinking of hiring a nanny. Can anyone tell me their own experience with a nanny - good, bad or indifferent?
I have looked at a few agency websites plus some ads on Gumtree. The price varies hugely and I'm starting to get overwhelmed. Obviously I will pay more for an agency - especially one that does reference checks, insurance, etc - but I'm wondering if anyone has hired a nanny via a personal ad before? Did you withhold tax and get liability insurance? I would make sure I checked all the references and got a police clearance.
And can you tell me what was expected of your nanny with regards to the care - did they come up with activities to do? Take them places? Clean/tidy?
My kids love their child care centre so I'm reluctant to take them out but its such a hassle and stress every week trying to get babysitters for the other day/s that I can't get them into child care. They are always full when I need to pick up an extra day Any advice would be appreciated!