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Spring break is just around the corner (or here already for some)! While you are thinking about what to pack, don’t forget to consider the pros and cons of taking your nanny. According to the International Nanny Association, over 35 percent of live-out nannies and over 45 percent of live-in nannies travel with their families. Many families bring along their nannies simply because their nanny is an integral part of their functioning family. Others choose to bring along their nanny because they want an extra pair of hands in crowded places, or a few nights of no kids dinners and a few mornings of sleeping in. Whatever your reason, it is important to think about your nanny’s role while you are on your getaway and how you will pay her.

The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies gives some quick tips and compensation guidelines on their website 

  • Before the vacation begins, outline exactly what the nanny’s job responsibilities will be during the trip and the hours she will work.
  • Communicate effectively what the expectations are, particularly when the nanny and the family are all together; the nanny is likely used to being the authority figure around the children, so have some clear discussions before the trip about how the roles will work.
  • Your nanny needs to be paid for all travel time to and from the destination.
  • All travel expenses are to be covered by the employer. This includes flights, accommodations, meals, and any other travel related expenses.
  • Your nanny needs to be paid her normal salary for all hours they are responsible for the children.
  • Your nanny’s privacy is important – she should have her own hotel room/living space for when she is not on the clock.
  • You do not need to pay the nanny for rest time, as long they receive 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a row, and receive a total of 8 hours rest time.

Remember this is YOUR vacation, not your nanny’s

While you may feel that you are whisking your nanny away on a vacation she couldn’t afford otherwise, to her it is still work. She can’t drink too much sangria at dinner, or spend all day on an adventure away from the hotel. Even if she has time off while she is there, it was not her choice to be there in the first place, and I doubt that she would choose to spend her vacation time with you and not her own family and friends. Do not count her days/ time off as her vacation time.

It is important to think about all of this before asking your nanny to come along on that spring break trip, but whatever you decide, remember that every family/ nanny relationship is a little bit different. While the above rules are a great set of guidelines, they aren’t set in stone, so talk to your nanny and find out what works best for both of you.

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