Whether looking for a trusted backup caregiver, short-term coverage, or support during a transitional period, such as a move, temporary nannies are a wonderful resource when looking to fulfill a gap in childcare coverage. If employing a nanny is a new experience for you, hiring someone on a temporary basis is a great resource when deciding if private childcare is right for you and your family.
What is a temporary nanny?
A temporary nanny is a childcare professional who provides short-term coverage. You may seek to employ a temporary nanny if your full-time nanny is on medical leave or away on holiday. You may also seek short-term coverage if your family is away on vacation and you need coverage while traveling! There are many reasons a family may need short-term coverage and in addition to filling a gap in childcare coverage, a short-term placement may be required if school is closed for your older children and you need a supervisor during a break.
What should I look for when searching for a temporary nanny?
When looking for a short-term nanny you should look for most of the same criteria you would expect when searching for a full-time nanny.
- Three or more years of experience as a childcare taker in private households
- Verifiable references
Some of the things we would recommend you consider when seeking short-term care would be searching for someone who:
- Familiar with the city/neighborhood you live in
- On-call availability/flexibility
- Accustomed to supporting families through transitions
- Provided temporary coverage in the past
- (If you are looking for seasonal/summer coverage) has the summers off and works as either a nanny or an education professional during the academic year
- Fits your family’s needs if you are traveling with them! Going somewhere by the water? Make sure this person is a strong swimmer!
We are going on vacation. Why hire a temporary nanny?
While there are some hotels that have babysitters on staff, it is important to know the limitations of what kind of support a hotel sitter can provide. Do you need someone to accompany your family on excursions outside of the hotel grounds? Most likely, a hotel childcare provider will not be authorized to take your child outside of the hotel. It is important to have someone who is authorized to supervise your child within and outside the environment where you are staying as a guest. It is also vital this person can communicate with your child and language is not a barrier to them providing appropriate care for your little ones.
SOURCE: The Nanny Authority