As families grow and children begin attending school or daycare, families are often looking for a part-time nanny to step in and help cover scheduling gaps rather than providing full-charge care for their children. These schedules can often look like split shifts (i.e. working a few hours in the morning before school and a few hours in the afternoon/evening after school), afternoon shifts (i.e. school pick-ups through dinner or bedtime), and often come with a request to be flexible to work earlier or later, work weekends occasionally, or travel with the family. However, families often have a difficult time filling these roles with qualified candidates, or experience frequent turnover.
Why are these part-time roles so difficult to fill and retain?
Simply put, the nature of any part-time role is going to be seen as a temporary fix or a patch in someone’s schedule, not a long-term opportunity. The majority of nannies who apply for part-time roles are either looking for a chance to earn some extra money while balancing your family’s schedule with an existing full-time or part-time position, or college coursework or ongoing education classes. In either scenario, the nanny your family hires for a part-time role will be unlikely to have room in their schedule for flexibility around their other commitments, and your family’s schedule may need to be flexible around their existing schedule, rather than the other way around. Similarly, candidates accepting part-time roles are often not receiving enough pay from the position to cover their living expenses and will typically need to balance your position with other work, which could take priority over your family’s role based on financial need or opportunity at any time.
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