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About Nanny Sharing

by Sarah Blatchford, My Family Care

Thinking about employing a nanny? Are you put off either by the cost, or the possible lack of social contact that your child would have?

Nanny sharing - a flexible childcare solution for you

Nanny sharing is an arrangement whereby a nanny is employed by more than one family to care for the children in each family. Flexible nanny shares can work in a number of ways. For example:

  • 2 families share the nanny all the time
  • The nanny looks after 1 family for some of the time,
    the other family for some of the time
  • The families can divide the time equally, so the nanny goes to 1 home for half the week, and the other home for the rest of the week.

The decision about how the time is arranged will partly depend on how many children need looking after. The smaller the number of children both families have, the easier to look after them all at the same time. As the families grow larger it may be more difficult to manage.


It's probably easier to share a nanny with someone you don't know extremely well.

The relationship will benefit from a business-like approach, which can be hard to maintain with a life-long friend. A friend or acquaintance who you know shares the same general values as you and whose views you can respect, would be the right sort of person.

It's very important that you are both flexible and tolerant, and you have to be prepared to trust each other.

We hope is able to help you find your share.


You will need to talk to your nanny share partner and work out:

  • What your childcare needs are
  • How you both want them to be managed.

For example:

  • How many hours do you each need a nanny?
  • Where will the nanny be working?
  • What salary will the nanny be offered?
  • Will she be offered any other perks or benefits?
  • Who is going to take responsibility as the employer
    or will it be shared?
  • What qualities does the nanny need to have?

First you need to find your family (hopefully Nanny Share is able to help). Together you will need to decide how your nanny's hours will be divided, and where the children will be looked after.

Remember that if you are splitting the week equally, the person who normally has the nanny on a Monday will draw the short straw because there are usually 4 English bank holidays that fall on a Monday. You could resolve this by sharing the bank holidays.

It is not unusual for niggles to arise over the fairness of an arrangement, or perhaps one parent having a 'better' relationship with the nanny than the other. Issues of favouritism can arise, too.

The best way to resolve or diminish these problems is by planning to stay in regular contact and talking openly to one another. A fortnightly lunch or meeting after work will probably nip any potential problems in the bud.


A three-way arrangement means that there are more relationship combinations and it is important that everyone gets on:

  • Plan how you want the arrangement to work before you interview any nannies. Keep it clear, simple and in writing. By being professional and well prepared, you will create an appealing job
  • Arrange an interview where everyone can meet up, or set 2 dates so that the numbers (mums, dads, children, nanny) don't get too overwhelming
  • Decide beforehand whether anyone can have an absolute veto on the appointment of the nanny, or whether it will be a majority decision
  • Listen to the children if they're old enough to express an opinion - they have a right to be heard, too.

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Once you've created your family profile with Nanny Share and subscribed you're able to post a FREE job.

Each job thereafter has a set fee. You can also choose not to create a profile, and just post a job.


There are several advantages for many families:

  • Your children will have the best of both worlds. Almost individual care, but with other children for play and company
  • You have the flexibility of a nanny with lower costs
  • You will have additional backup if the nanny is ill - you could share the childcare between both families.
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