The 411 on Hiring a Nanny

Making the decision regarding childcare is a big one. It's a very personal and individual decision for each family and one that requires that you consider a variety of factors, both practical and emotional.

Personally, I have gone the route of many scenarios when it comes to childcare. My plan has changed over the years due to varying circumstances. When my first daughter was born, I opted to stay home for the first two years of her life and I was thankful to have the option to do so. But, after two years of being a full-time stay-at-home mom and the decision to wait a bit longer before adding to our family, I went back to my job as an elementary school teacher because it was what felt right for us. As a result, I decided to put her into full-time childcare. At the time, the school we placed her in was just down the road from where I worked, many of my co-workers had their children there, and it was also, on a teacher's salary, affordable. The best part was, I was lucky enough to work for a school who would let me slip out on occasion to participate in my daughter's school functions for 30 minutes. 

As a military spouse who's in the process of expanding my at-home working hours, having the option of in-home care has become even more vital because we do not have family nearby to help when ‘duty calls'. 

Fast forward to today, and I have three children, two of which are 3.5 year-old twins. Since that first experience with full-time childcare I've done full-time preschool, part-time preschool with a friend caring for my daughter (for free) , back to being a full-time at-home parent, which eventually trickled into part-time freelancing from home.

When I started to get my itch to go back to work while staying home with the twins, it didn't make fiscal sense to put them in daycare and go back to teaching. Additionally, they had so many needs with various therapies from being born premature, that their added scheduling needs made working a traditional schedule outside of the home more complicated. With that in mind, I opted not to go back to teaching. As a military spouse who's in the process of expanding my at-home working hours, however,  having the option of in-home care has become even more vital because we do not have family nearby to help when ‘duty calls' – which is often.  We were managing alright when my schedule was just starting to get busy, but now I am keeping longer work hours being the Blog Coordinator here at EverydayFamily and I find myself in need of more professional services. 

With that in mind, it was great to have a conversation with Stephanie Breedlove, the VP of Care.com Homepay regarding the logistics of securing a nanny and the best way to manage the responsibilities of making that type of childcare decision. We discussed common misconceptions when it comes to hiring a nanny and there were definitely some things I didn't consider. One important fact, is that at the end of the day, your nanny is your employee and there are responsibilities on your side as the employer that come with that. I found my conversation with Stephanie to be enlightening and great food for thought as I begin to expand my work-from-home status. As a mom, who is now using in-home childcare as well as outside preschool, the information that Stephanie provided was invaluable. If you find yourself considering this for your family, click  Click the Nanny 411 link  below to hear my discussion with her and gain some valuable tips. Then head to their site for additional resources. They are a content rich site which offer many free resources as you navigate this childcare option. 

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Stephanie Breedlove, VP of Care.com HomePay℠

Stephanie brings more than 20 years of financial services expertise to her role as VP of Care.com HomePay℠, primarily responsible for the strategic direction of all future payment initiatives for the Company. Having co-founded Breedlove & Associates in 1992 to help families manage household employment payroll and taxes, today she is one of the country’s foremost experts on federal and state household payroll, tax and labor law. Co-author of the Household Employers Financial, Legal and HR Guide, Stephanie is also a fervent supporter of household employee education. A 17-year member of both the International Nanny Association and the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, she has held various roles of distinction including treasurer and consultant to the board of directors, respectively.  Additionally, Stephanie is a regular contributor to professional nanny blog, Regarding Nannies, and is a member of both the American Payroll Association as well as the Domestic Estate Managers Association. She is a frequent speaker on household employment, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Stephanie began her career as a financial analyst and senior consultant at Accenture in 1989. She holds a BBA in finance from the University of Texas (1987) and an MBA with concentrations in tax and marketing from the University of Houston (1988).

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The 411 on Hiring a Nanny

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3 comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    This article really has helped me. I have a while until I have to make the choice its good information to have thank you!!!

  2. Good luck on your search, Nicole! I love the audio element in this blog!

  3. Timothy says:

    I am the nanny.. it would be cool to have some help i suppose.. but i am a big guy i can handle it and am actually looking forward to being daddy day care..

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