There are a lot of options when it comes to childcare: daycares, nannies, Grandma…
At Guidepost at Home, we believe the best option is a blended one, which is why we create nanny shares. Nanny shares are a modern childcare model we believe in and work hard to create for both families and nannies.
What is a Nanny Share?
There are a few variations of nanny shares. Split-time nanny shares are what they sound like—the nanny splits time between two families. So, the nanny might watch one child two days a week and another for three days. Same-time nanny shares are when one nanny watches two children at—you guessed it—the same time. Guidepost at Home Nanny Shares are the latter—one nanny providing care for two little ones.
What are the Benefits of a Nanny Share?
The main benefits of a nanny share is that your little one has the personalized care of a nanny but also built-in socialization since there is another child to play with and learn from. Daycare centers and in-home daycares can provide socialization, but with so many kids to care for at once, teachers don’t have the time to provide the same kind of personalized care that a nanny can. And while private nannies (who watch just one child) can provide personalized care, the little one misses out on socialization, which is incredibly important, particularly for younger children. At Guidepost at Home, we like to say that our nanny shares provide the best of both worlds.
How Do I Set Up a Nanny Share?
First, you have to determine your own needs (How many days do you need care? What kind of nanny do you need? What’s most important to you?). Then, you need to find a like-minded family (after all you’re sharing care…you all need to be on the same page with what you want for your little ones). And then, you find a nanny.
Sounds easy, right? It can actually be quite tricky to find the right family and nanny and plan all the logistics. And this is definitely not a process you want to rush. At Guidepost at Home, we’ve spent years creating our nanny share model—how we match families, find the right nannies and more.
We’ve taken our experience and learning lessons over the years and created guides and checklists that will help you set up a nanny share the right way to make sure your caregiver is happy, the families are happy, the little ones are thriving and everyone is set up for long-term success.
What Makes a Guidepost at Home Nanny Share Different?
We know families can set up their own nanny shares. But we also know just how hard it is to find the right family to partner with, to find the right nanny and to take care of all the details like payments, health insurance, vacation schedules and more. That’s why we take it all on. We match families together based on more than physical location, making sure they both want the same things in care and are like-minded in their parenting and lifestyle. We then work hard to pair the families with the right nanny for them. And that nanny is a Guidepost at Home employee, which means we handle their pay, taxes, benefits and more. Families don’t have to worry about the paperwork. Nannies don’t have to worry about finding reliable work. Everyone can focus on what matters most—the little ones.
We also provide a support team for both families and nannies. We help you build your little village and then we’re here for you throughout care. We’re creating more than nanny shares. We’re creating community.
If a Guidepost at Home Nanny Share sounds right for you, we’d love to meet you.