The rise and rise of the Nanny Housekeeper
Until recently these were two separate roles and undertaken by two very different people. The nanny only ever dealt with childcare and things related to the children of the house while the housekeeper took on all management of the cleaning, cooking laundry, running errands and sometimes PA duties as well. But now, pure nanny roles and much harder to find as families have discovered it is much more cost effective to have a combined role of nanny housekeeper with one person taking on the responsibility of both roles.
Some nannies will not consider this and do not want to be involved with any household duties as they feel this undermines their place in the home as the child carer but others feel it is better to engage with the family and get stuck into all levels of cleaning and laundry .Some even go as far as taking on PA duties and can find themselves taking the car for its MOT ,paying household bills, planning menus for dinner parties and sorting out guest lists or even booking the family holiday!
There seem to be lots of candidates who are looking to pack their day with all kinds of jobs be they childcare or household related and feel that bring added value to their role as they are versatile and make the families spare time free from these types of small jobs that can sometimes take ages like queueing at the bank or post office or picking up the dry cleaning. There is no end to the bits and pieces the nanny housekeeper can do to help the family and enhance the role within their home.
If you are looking for a nanny but have school age children and need help at the start and finish of the day and nothing in between having a nanny housekeeper often solves this problem in one go and is always worth considering . as working parents we all know that time at the weekends is precious and nobody really wants to spend their time sat in a queue or paying a bill when we could be making the most of time with our children or doing better things..
For more information on how hiring a nanny housekeeper could work in your household please give Hummingbird a call and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.