It’s tempting to want to find that one magical employee that can take care of everything; from kids’ meals to scrubbing floorboards to managing household renovations. The truth is, that magic employee will burn out quickly and leave you with work unfinished or improperly completed. When they do leave, you will be back at the beginning of a hiring search.
By Anita Rogers, British American Newborn Care
You have a baby on the way. You and your family are excited, exhilarated, over-the-moon. Most new mums and dads start organizing everything in preparation for the birth as soon as the pregnancy test is positive. The questions you ask yourselves are endless: What will the baby be like? Are we ready? Should we move? Should our parents or family come and stay with us for the first few months? Can I handle my family living with us for the first few months? Will I be able to leave the baby and exercise? Should I study more about sleep training? What about breastfeeding? Should I pump? What if I can't?
When you work with British American Household Staffing, every nanny you meet will be thoroughly vetted, experienced and knowledgeable on childcare. When you meet a potential nanny for the first time, the most important thing, is to gauge their personality and temperament and compare it with your family’s and your child’s.
What Are Tax and Labor Laws for Household Staff?
Many families organize payroll and taxes through their business office or a third party service. Whether you operate with a home office, business office or third party, you must have an employer identification number, confirmation that the employee is allowed to work and all relevant tax forms completed for each member of your staff. This includes W4 and I-9 forms.
Understanding each family’s specific needs are necessary in order to match the perfect nanny. What are the ages of the children? Would a nanny specializing in education and tutoring be ideal? Does the family travel extensively? Do the children need full-charge care? Would a high-energy nanny that can keep up with busy schedules be best? Or would your children thrive with a calm, quiet presence? Do you employ other staff in your home and need a team player, or a nanny that works best autonomously and knows what to do with little direction?
A private chef’s overall responsibility is to prepare meals for an individual or family. They may live-in with the family to provide on-call service or plan weekly meals according to a set schedule. A common schedule for a private chef is to work mid-morning to evening in the home preparing lunch, dinner and breakfast for the next day. A private chef will also be essential in planning any hosting event in the home and able to implement their expertise in meal planning and execution.