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What to Expect When Hiring an Afterschool Nanny

As the kids return to school, you may have less time than you expected between the last bell and family dinner time. Whether you work from home or commute to an office, having someone reliable to care for your children during those precious afternoon hours is essential. This is why many families decide they need to hire an afterschool nanny.

So, what should you expect when hiring an afterschool nanny, and how does an afterschool nanny differ from a full-time nanny? We have the answers you need to help you with your nanny search.

What An Afterschool Nanny Does

The first thing to know when hiring an afterschool nanny is what an afterschool nanny does. The specifics of what you should expect your nanny to do for your family may vary, but, in general, an afterschool nanny can help with the following:

  • Picking kids up from school
  • Transporting the kids to and from after-school activities
  • Preparing and providing parent-approved afterschool snacks
  • Assisting with homework
  • Providing quality and engaging childcare (i.e., not simply watching TV)

Notably, an afterschool nanny is different from a babysitter. While a babysitter’s responsibilities are primarily dedicated to ensuring the children’s safety, a nanny will engage and interact with your children to enrich their lives outside of school hours.

What to Consider When Hiring an Afterschool Nanny

Once you’ve decided that hiring an afterschool nanny is the right decision for your family, it’s time to think about the type of nanny you want in your home. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Experience

You don’t want just anybody watching your children, even if only for a few hours a day. Instead, you want to hire someone who has quality experience in childcare. At Ease Family Solutions vets our nannies to ensure they meet our high standards and that they are highly qualified. We can help match you with a nanny with experience working with school-age children.

2. Responsibility

You always want to hire a responsible nanny. But this becomes increasingly important when you need your nanny to provide transportation for your child. So, you will need to find a nanny who you feel will be responsible while driving, including following all safety laws and ensuring that your child is safe the entire time they are in the car together. Your nanny will also need to be on time when picking up your child and dropping them off at events, so time management is key.

3. Homework-Knowledgeable

While your nanny should not do your child’s homework, they may need to help them from time to time. That’s why finding an afterschool nanny who is comfortable helping with homework is important, no matter your child’s age. Your nanny should also be comfortable communicating with a tutor if that becomes necessary to help your child.

At Ease Family Solutions Can Help with Hiring an Afterschool Nanny

Are you ready to hire an afterschool nanny for your family? We can help! Fill out an application to get started. We’ll schedule time to meet with you and learn more about your family’s needs. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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