We’ve placed ads in newspapers on two occasions and have gone through an Au Pair program twice. This has been our best experience by far!
During our search for our current nanny I used several well-known services in Houston. I found that Morningside Nannies had the highest- quality applicants in town.
Originally, I tried to find a nanny on my own and it took me much, much longer and only half of them spoke English. I had to do my own background checks. Morningside Nannies made it much easier, faster and more efficient.
Objective and professional with an obvious personal touch, small but important comments about each person.
Morningside Nannies was outstanding. The process was stress free and the caliber of applicants was far superior to that of other agencies. Morningside Nannies was thorough in their review and timely presentation of candidates.
We used two other services and an online service. Morningside Nannies had the most highly qualified candidates, one of whom we selected.
Morningside Nannies only sent me nannies that fit my needs. I felt that I wasn’t sent the resume of everyone on file.
We made you work and you did! I was extremely picky! Thanks.
Compared to other agencies Morningside presented a higher caliber of candidate.
The first person you recommended met my needs perfectly.
Very rarely does a nanny leave her position as a result as an issue with the children. Most nanny and family relationships end because either the family has outgrown the need for the nanny or an issue arises between the parents and the nanny that remains unresolved.
One of the several benefits of employing a nanny is to provide consistent high quality care for your child. Having a mutually agreed upon written contract can help to ensure both you and your nanny have a clear understanding of the roles, duties, responsibilities and expectation of both parties. Adhering to that agreement is essential for the longevity of a healthy working relationship.
Open and honest communication can also help to ensure that the relationship stays on the right path. Parents should foster an environment where communication is encouraged. Parents and nannies should have a weekly check-in meeting and a review at the six month and one year mark.
Showing your appreciation is also important. Salary increases and bonuses are always appreciated. It is appropriate to give a salary increase and if another child joins your family or if the nanny’s duties increase. A salary increase and bonus should also be considered on the completion of each year of service. Holiday and birthday gifts from your family to your nanny are also appreciated. If your nanny is doing a good job you want her to know.
Nanny cams are designed to deter abuse, not to capture it.
Legally, if you’d like to install a nanny cam in your home it’s up to you. Do note, however, that there are restrictions on audio recordings and where the cameras can be placed. Never put a camera in the nanny’s bedroom or in a bathroom where it is reasonable to expect total privacy.
Although it may be legal to secretly videotape your nanny, it doesn’t seem respectful or ethical.
We suggest to parents that they discuss installing a nanny cam with their nanny ahead of time. Most nannies will not object to being videotaped. They will, however, object to being videotaped without their consent.
We suggest to nannies that they always behave professionally and always to work under the assumption that cameras are in the home, whether they are told about them or not.
We encourage parents to drop in on their caregiver unexpectedly, to keep in contact with their caregiver throughout the day and to ask others, such as moms in your child’s playgroup, how they view your nanny and child’s interactions.
The bottom line is if you hire a trusted caregiver you shouldn’t feel the need to spy on them. If you do, you should reconsider your hiring choice.
Most nannies who register with Morningside Nannies command a wage of $12.00 to $18.00 per hour for temporary, short term, part-time or full-time live-out positions when caring for one or two children. The average full-time weekly salary for a nanny may range from $500 to $1000 per week or more.
Nannies set their own salary ranges based on their experience, education and past earnings. Higher salaries may indicate formal child care training, a degree in early childhood education or a long-term employment history. Other factors that affect salary include the nanny’s schedule, duties and the number of children that will be in her care.
Legally nanny employers do not have to provide benefits or health insurance; however most nannies require paid vacation time, paid personal or sick days and partial or full contributions to their health insurance premiums. Nannies who already have health insurance through a spouse may not require coverage.
Nannies are paid 52 weeks per year, whether or not you require their services. When nannies are available to come to work, but you provide them with time off, they are still entitled to be paid.
It is important to keep informed about your child’s daily activities. Many nannies keep journals or logs and document the activities of the day. Having a daily check-in call or email during or just before naptime is another way to stay connected and informed. With today’s technology parents and nannies can video chat in an instant.
Parents and nannies can also set aside time each week to discuss how things are going. Doing so provides an opportunity for parents and nannies to discuss issues and concerns and questions. The meeting should always include positive comments and information sharing on a more personal level.
Your nanny will understand that you care about her as an individual if you ask how she is personally and show interest and concern regarding her family. If she understands that you care about her she will enjoy working for you and her loyalty and enthusiasm for her position within your family will be strong.
If you do hold scheduled meetings, please be considerate of the nanny’s time by coming home early on those days or paying her for overtime if you meet outside of her normal working hours.