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Reasonable duties for your nanny during coronavirus

You need to ensure your nanny is fully on board with any additional duties (Shutterstock)

When hiring a nanny, you normally ask yourself if they will only be taking care of the kids or if they will also need to clean the house, do laundry and cook.

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On the whole, it is important to know which duties are typically standard for your nanny and which ones are seen as additional work.

It is essential that you have an understanding of what you expect from your nanny. To do this, you need to decide on what duties are right for your family and then consider which ones are right for your nanny.

In regard to the resolutions you make, you can decide on how you are going to compensate your nanny for any additional work.

When you do this before your nanny starts working for you, it becomes easier to handle any situation involving duties and roles that may arise.

However, due the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social distancing regulations put in place in bids to flatten the new infections curve, it has become a little complicated to determine whether your nanny is working either below or within the preexisting limits. Are they carrying out additional duties as a result of the adjustments surrounding the pandemic?

Childcare duties should always come first in what you expect from your nanny and here are some typical childcare duties your nanny can carry out during this period.

  • Looking after small babies including changing their diapers and giving them bottles
  • Bathing and dressing the kids
  • Organizing and cleaning out the kid’s closet and room
  • Cleaning and disinfecting toys
  • Doing the child’s laundry
  • Teaching kids to read and write
  • Teaching the children new skills like tying shoelaces; doing arts and crafts or helping children discover new hobbies
  • Potty training
  • Playing games with the children
  • Teaching the kids manners
  • Caring for the kids when they’re sick, including giving them medicine
  • Cleaning up messes made after arts and crafts activities
  • Preparing and cooking meals for the children


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Housekeeping duties can come second and you can consider them additional duties:

  • Doing all laundry for the household
  • Making up beds in the house
  • Preparing and cooking meals for the entire family
  • Organizing or cleaning rooms beyond the duties of caring for children
  • Cleaning the kitchen and the house in general
  • Caring for a sick family member

You need to ensure your nanny is fully on board with all the additional duties and new assignments you might need them to carry out. It is quite common for employers to ‘push out’ their nannies by arbitrarily changing expectations. 

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