Several months ago I was searching for a babysitter to help me with my son while I get some work done at home (I'm a PT WAHM). At the same time, Family A was helping their nanny acquire additional hours because they'd just cut her schedule from M-Thurs to 3 days per week. (The nanny works another job in another industry on Friday and Saturday.) Anyway, the nanny interviewed well, so I came to hire her at $15 per hour for work on her day off from Family A. At first we started with a few hours of help, but she was wonderful and soon it came to be the entire day, 9a-5p. I think she's really great. I buy her lunch every week. When her Family A needs to switch days with me or needs her the whole M-Thurs, I never complain. After all, that is her main job and she is their nanny, right? If she stays with us until Christmas, I plan to give her a very nice bonus. Well, our family travels out of town 3-4 times per year. We are out about 2 weeks at a time. We told her about the traveling up front.
I give as much advance notice as possible, I tell her as soon as we know the dates. The first time we went away, the nanny had been with us only a month and working a few hours, so I really thought nothing of it. Now she has been with us 4 months, 9-5, and we are going away again. I know a FT, salaried nanny gets this time paid, as well as benefits, etc. But what happens in a PT, one day a week situation like this? Can anyone give some advice or share their experience with PT positions?