Many parents are juggling professional expectations and childcare responsibilities. It is an exhausting constant struggle, but childcare is not optional, it is a pressing need. With many parents skeptical about schools reopening and the safety concerns of daycares, many parents are turning to in home childcare. In a recent national survey of parents by the world’s largest matching service for families and caregivers, Care.com, 63% of those who use daycare are uncomfortable with returning to daycare as an option. A recent study by the Center for American Progress reports
“Black parents who have problems who have problems finding childcare quit their jobs, do not take employments or change their work at a rate double that of White parents facing a lack of care.
According to CNBC, Black families generally spend more than half of their income on child-care costs. Afrinanny.com has compiled some helpful tips for our community on safely obtaining caregivers for your kids during the pandemic.
Understand the difference between a nanny and a sitter.
According to the expert caregiver, Hassanatou Barry from www.thebabysitterguru.com, a nanny is usually a caregiver who has long term relationship with family deeply intertwined with child’s development, academic journey, and overall well-being. Nannies usually work full time hours and have advanced childcare skills and training. Depending on your relationship with the nanny, some may require taxes taken out, benefits and leave time. Many prefer weekly payments and expect bonuses for exceptional work. Hassanatou also says a babysitter is a caregiver who provides short term care for families. Babysitters usually work part time at an hourly rate. For additional earnings, they may be willing to help more in the home. Have your expectations in writing. Never assume that the caregiver you hire is a mind reader. In order for consistency to occur, write down daily schedule you would like the caregiver to follow.
Check the average pay in your area for caregivers.
Ziprecruiter.com has a helpful graph on what the average nanny salary is by state. In Texas, a little over $29K is normal and North Carolina is about $27K. NEVER EVER PAY BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. Childcare providers are an essential part of the economy. If they do not show up to work, you cannot show up to work. They should be compensated for the work they do especially because they are helping your family in such an intimate way. Respect their craft. Do not offer low wages. You get what you pay for and want a happy caregiver around your child!
Have open conversations about Covid 19 Status.
It is only fair that both family and caregiver discuss how they are taking precautions against Covid 19 exposure. Families want to limit their children’s exposure as much as possible, that is why they are turning to in home care. Ensure that your caregiver practices routine good hygiene and practices social distancing outside of the home.
Do your due diligence and check all references, background checks, and certifications the caregiver provides.
You want to ensure that the person you hire is not only safe but able to perform the tasks you require. Please become familiar with various childcare certifications and their meanings. Always pay attention to your gut instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it is not right. Do not overstep boundaries. Maintain a cordial yet professional relationship. Do not be afraid to terminate a relationship that is not working out. Constant open communication is necessary to avoid awkward conversations. Finding and maintaining trusted childcare can be frustrating but implementing our suggestions will help you champion this task.
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