Many nannies in Canada are assuming more responsibility in their job description than as traditionally defined. While childcare should always take priority in positions with young children, more and more families are utilizing the household management skills of their nannies to contribute to the improvement of the overall well-being of their family life and home. This is typically more common in households where the nanny has time without the children present and can contribute more to the needs of the entire family. It is important for an employer to clearly define their needs and outline an appropriate job description for their nanny prior to hiring. A nanny position may include any of the following from these three main categories, and compensation should reflect the amount of responsibility. Keep in mind that you must communicate your priorities to your nanny on a regular basis and be mindful of how much time she has to fit these tasks into a regular work day.
- Child Centered Duties- All tasks related to the children she is taking care of. This may include meal preparation for the children, taking the children to and from school/activities, help with homework, educational play, arranging and attending play-groups, children’s laundry and tidying up after the children.
- Household Management Duties – Tasks related to maintaining the overall functioning of the household. This may include meal preparation for the whole family, monitoring household inventory, family laundry, general housekeeping, and scheduling or overseeing household maintenance and repairs.
- Driving related Duties – Tasks requiring the nanny to drive which may include pick-ups and drop-offs, running errands, grocery shopping etc.