Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference of a Nanny and of a babysitter?


Nanny

A nanny is a child care provider employed in a family’s private home. A nanny has a regular schedule with the family they are working with. It can be a full time or a part time position. They can also live with the family they work with as a Live-in nanny. They are expected to provide a great level of child care and to give personalized attention to the family’s children.

The nanny’s role is to provide support to the family by serving as a loving, nurturing and trustworthy companion to their children. Most nannies have extensive childcare educational background and training. They focused on personalised care like facilitating a safe home environment , coordinating age appropriate activities and socializing them with other children in the community. A nanny offers the family convenient and consistent high quality child care by meeting each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.

Babysitter

A babysitter provides the same care like any childcare provider would. It is usually a temporary position or for only a certain period of time. Mostly it is on an as - needed basis like for date nights, special occasions, or while parents are doing their personal errands. These could be temporary, permanent or occasional jobs. But they should have a background and knowledge in childcare and training, too




I am a parent and I want to hire a nanny. What is the current rate of a nanny now in the city?


A nanny is paid by the hour and is not a salaried employee. The rate of the nanny per hour varies. It is based on their child care experience, educational background and training, job description and the number of children in care.

Currently a NYC nanny may earn from $20-$45 an hour.




How do I pay my nanny? Are there services out there who can help us domestic employers?


Yes. First, you might want to speak with your personal accountant about the needed requirements to start the process in your state. Then after speaking and receiving advice from the appropriate professional. You can start inquiring with a payroll service. I worked with Sure Payroll and with my domestic employer’s own personal account. If you need assistance with this process. Kids and Kaboodles are happy to help.

Great article about nanny payroll services.




What are the other benefits I can give my nanny while working with us?


With our recent poll , we asked a few nannies about what work benefits are really important to them.

Here is the list, listed from no. 1 is the highest concerned.

  1. Health Care insurance

  2. 401K

  3. Continued reimburse child care trainings

  4. Life insurance




I am a nanny, what if I decided not to be paid on the books?


First of all, it is the law. You and your domestic employer can face fines and penalties for not following the law from your state and possibly the federal gov’t. If you also get hurt in the job, you can claim and be protected by the workers compensation insurance. You don't have to depend on your employer to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. This kind of situation can make a healthy relationship turn sour fast.

You can also file for unemployment benefits if you and your employer decide to part ways. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the childcare industry was hit hard. Most of the nannies were lucky to file for unemployment benefits while waiting for another nanny job. Most important of all, your domestic employer while paying you on the books will help you set your future retirement goals through your Social Security contributions.