Finding and selecting a nanny for your child has to be one of the most stressful experiences a parent can go through. Not only do parents often feel guilty for leaving their child, but they also have the worry of leaving them with someone who is often little more than a stranger. To help parents through this process, ParentSource.ca recently spoke with Moyra Stephen, the owner of Cardinal Nannies and Companions in
According to Moyra, more and more parents are considering nannies as their childcare option because it helps provide for more flexibility and balance in their lives, especially when parents are working long or irregular hours, or have a child with special needs.
Many parents have the misconception that the nanny must live in, but parents have the choice of having a nanny live in or out. Parents that work shift work, however, often opt for a live-in nanny, so they don’t have to worry about finding childcare for late nights or early mornings.
Other benefits of having a nanny live in might include light housekeeping (laundry) and meal preparation. Parents need to remember, however, that if you have very small children, it’s not reasonable to expect that nannies take care of all of your housekeeping duties, says Moyra. Parents must ensure that the first responsibility of their nanny is watching and playing with the children, not housework.
A popular trend is nanny-sharing, where two or more families share one nanny for the care of their children. In a nanny-sharing situation, one nanny may take care of all children at the same time, or the nanny may work for each family on a part-time basis. Nanny agencies, like Cardinal Nannies, can help you find and share a nanny.
If you think that hiring a nanny might be the right childcare option for you, Moyra has provided some tips to help you get started:
For additional information on hiring a nanny, contact your local nanny agency, or Moyra Stephen at Cardinal Nannies and Companion in