In Austin, popular childcare options include day cares, nannies, mothers-day-out programs, stay-at-home parents, and possibly family members. There are pros and cons to every option, and there is no right childcare solution for every family.
Unfortunately for the Giovannoli family, they were stuck on waitlists for all of their top daycare options, nannies felt too expensive, and their families lived too far away. Out of necessity, parents Drew and Alexandra discovered the concept of a "nanny-share". They found a wonderful family who brought their child to their house every day, where they shared the services and cost of a single incredible nanny.
Since that experience, Drew started Village Childcare
, a service to help parents in Austin organize trusted, affordable nanny-shares. He has spoken to hundreds of parents and nannies, and he wants to share the top four reasons why a nanny-share may be a great fit for your family.
Nanny-share’s most commonly involve just two children with one nanny, although there’s flexibility for whatever your family situation requires. This means more personalized care when it comes to sleep, food, play development, eye contact, and safety. Your child still gets the socialization of another child, but because you are hiring the nanny directly, you’re in control of that experience.
On average, families pay $8-11 an hour for a nanny-share. Even with taxes, this costs only slightly more than daycare. All payments are handled directly through a payroll system, so no money exchanges hands between families, and you get private care at half the cost. Pretty awesome, right?
This is childcare on your terms. You pick a family to share with that is both convenient and compatible. You select your nanny that meets your needs. You design the type of care you want. If you’d like, Village Childcare does the work to organize it, check referrals, and run the appropriate background checks to set you up for success.
Nanny-shares expose your children to less sickness that gets passed around childcare situations with more kids. All children will get sick at one time or another, but limited exposure means fewer days off from work for mom and dad.
Drew, Alexandra, and Elouise Giovannoli
Ready for nanny-share?
If a nanny-share seems right for your family, visit Village Childcare to get started. Village Childcare will match you with great families nearby, talented and trusted nannies, and handle all the logistics. Submit your childcare needs today and talk to a Village Childcare coach.
Questions? Email Drew Giovannoli at email@example.com.
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