Traveling with a Nanny - Setting Expectations
Holly will be vacationing with a nanny (how awesome is that?) and she wants to know a fair wage. Any thoughts?
We are planning a family vacation to Hawaii in October. We’ve invited a college-age sitter from our children’s daycare to travel with us and act as our nanny for the week. We’ve never traveled with a nanny before and have some questions about compensation, time off and reasonable expectations.
So far, we have purchased a plane ticket for the sitter and she has agreed to sleep in the kids’ room – in her own bed. We also intend to provide all meals and give her some free time off each day.
Our initial thoughts are to pay the nanny between $8 - $10 per hour. We are thinking that this will cover the money she could have made by working at the daycare for the week, and it’s tax free. This is for two preschoolers and one infant.
We don’t plan on being absentee parents on this vacation. We see nanny acting as a helping hand and extra pair of eyes. We are hoping to reach an agreement that is favorable for nanny and us. We would love to hear from the UrbanMamas. What sounds fair to you and is there anything else we should consider?