The 'Wright' carer for you

Family Carer Types

In order to help ensure that the expectations of both the family and carer are met, the Wright Nanny offers the following guidelines. Use this page to help identify what level of carer staff is most suitable to your needs.

Babysitters

We define a babysitter as a carer who supervises children during the evening. A babysitter should not be expected to undertake any housework whilst in your home. We believe that continuity is important and so seek to establish ongoing relationships between our babysitters and the families we match them with whenever possible.

We will provide you with full details of the qualifications and experience of your babysitter at the time of booking.

Permanent Nannies (short- or long-term positions)

A nanny is someone who cares for your child within the family home. Nannies may live in or out, depending on the families requirements. Your nanny should take on all tasks involved in the care of your child. These tasks include the sole care of the child and any domestic duties involved in their health and well being.

The level of experience and qualifications may vary from nanny to nanny. Typical qualifications held include childcare certificates, diplomas or teaching degrees. However, this is not a compulsory requirement and we put more emphasis on ensuring a harmonious match between nanny and parents.

Normal nanny duties include:

    * Ensuring that the environment your child plays in is free from harm, safe and secure

    * Providing stimulating and educational play, crafts and other activities

    * Preparing nutritious meals

    * Following set routines such as meal and sleep times

    * Attending to outside activities such as Playgroup, etc.

    * Tidying the child's room and any other areas designated to them for meals or play

    * Providing a positive role model by acting in a mature and sensible manner

    * Ensuring their personal knowledge and training is kept up to date, eg. first aid and professional development

Nannies are available for short or long term bookings. Light domestic duties may be negotiated and included in the nanny's duties as long as they do not conflict with their primary responsibility of caring for your children.

Live-in nanny

A live-in nanny cares for your child and resides within the family home. In turn they are provided with board and a reduced wage. Live-in nannies can provide families with greater flexibility. Day-to-day stresses such as getting home in time to relieve your nanny, having someone to care of your children in case of illness, or even just having that extra hand around the house, can make your hectic life a little less pressured. Having all the members of your family interact with your nanny will result in you getting to know your nanny much more quickly, with a resulting increase in satisfaction for both parties.

Your nanny should provide a safe and loving environment for the child and be expected to plan activities that help with learning and development. A live-in nanny may also be responsible for general housework or chores, depending on the amount of free time they are provided with.

Typically duties for a live-in nanny include:

    * Ensuring that the environment your child plays in is free from harm, safe and secure

    * Providing stimulating and educational play, crafts and other activities

    * Preparing nutritious meals

    * Following set routines such as meal and sleep times

    * Attending to outside activities such as Playgroup, etc.

    * Tidying the child's room and any other areas designated to them for meals or play

    * Providing a positive role model by acting in a mature and sensible manner

   * Ensuring their personal knowledge and training is kept up to date, eg. first aid and professional development

    * Transportation to and from school, day care and after school activities

A live-in nanny will require, at a minimum, their own bedroom, and most will prefer their own bathroom. Additional amenities such as a television, computer and telephone will make the position more desirable.

A live-in nanny should not be expected to work more than 50 hours per week, with 2 consecutive days off.

Casual day Nannies

A casual nanny is available at short notice to help you with short term and /or emergency childcare needs.

Their duties are the same as a permanent nanny (see PERMANANT NANNIES) however, due to the short period of time spent with one family, they may not have the opportunity to perform the same tasks. Their focus is dedicated to the care of your children and therefore they should only partake in light domestic duties as long as they do not conflict with the responsibility of caring for your child.

Sole charge staff

A sole charge carer is an experienced nanny who lives in and takes responsibility for children in the absence of their parents, for example whilst the parents are away on holiday or due to business travel. A sole charge carer acts as a 'proxy parent' in this situation and ensures that the day to day routine of the children is followed, ensuring their safety and well being.

Au Pair

By tradition an au pair is a young foreign person helping with housework and child care in exchange for room and board.

Quite often they have little to no experience with children.

Here at The Wright Nanny we believe in only offering experienced, professional carers and therefore do not genreally supply this service, however if this is your requirement please let us know and we will endeavour to find an appropriate carer for you.

Should you have any further question send us an email.