Tuesday

Quitting My Nanny Job

Currently I am a nanny for a 3 year old and 3 month old, I have been with the family about a year and a half. Originally I had the 3 year old in daycare when she was 1 in the toddler room. At the time the Directer was very mean to parents and staff. I had told the mom I might be leaving for a nanny job, unfortunately that fell threw so she offered me a job to watch the little girl at home. We agreed upon paid holidays and 650 every two weeks ( watch child and clean floors once a week). And when the baby was born I got a raise to 680 every two weeks. The family is very nice and I get along with them for the most part pretty well. But being I'm 23 I'm at the point where I wanna start my own family soon and go back to school. In a month I'm going to give my 8 week notice buy for some reason I feel extremely guilty.? Like they won't be able to find another nanny ( pays kinda low but that is what i agreed to )or get into a daycare. I just want end on a good note and dread the 8 week notice. I've never been good a quitting jobs but nannying is more personal than a typical office job. Any advice, stories, would definitely help me out.

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10 comments:

Jenny said...

At the end of the day, you have to live your life. The low pay is their issue - ans yours since you agreed. I would just give proper notice. As much as you can. Ans move on. It's nice that you care, but they're responsible for their kids' childcare

nc said...

You've got to take care of yourself first. They'll make it work. Plus, you're giving them an extra 4 weeks of notice!!

Nadine Johanna Stewart said...

If you heart is not in it, you should leave. I am in a similar situation at the moment and I am not sure what to do as well.

Anonymous said...

Move on with your life - they will find someone very quickly at the rate they pay you. It's their children not yours they will find a way.

i win at life said...

$60 a month extra for a newborn AND a three year old? How generous!

Anonymous said...

They're lucky you didn't leave sooner with that pay!

Lise Depoli said...

I'm curious : how many hours a week do you work for that pay?

D said...

I have been a professional nanny for 20 years now .I have watched real nanny agencys close there doors .At the same time I have watched websites in more numeras numbers.With this said I have also seen pay for nanny's go down.This makes me very sad to see one of the most important hardest job at times have such insufficient pay.If you look at England they have a nanny union that has worked for years to keep nanny Rites and pay at a respectable level.I don't mean to be harsh but when you have girls and migrants being taken advantage off with such low pay ,it makes it tough on us professional nanny's and real nanny agencys. I definitely don't think you are looking at this in a professional way.Its a job not your family or your children. You are being very reasonable with your notice.If for some reason they didn't need you anymore I'm very sure they would not give you all that time.This job is very hard line when you work in someones home.You get very attached to the children ,I know.There is no HR department you have to be that for yourself.

Anonymous said...

I would say... NOT to feel guilty! At the end of the day, you are the one who has to live your life, not your boss, and not the kids you look after! I am 23 myself, and a university graduate who has been stuck nannying for the past eighteen months - far too long. I am just at the point now where I feel I am able to move on, and I am glad for it. Eight weeks, I would say, is extremely generous in terms of the amount of notice you're planning on giving. The very most I have ever gotten from a nanny employer is five, my last boss gave me two which is the bare minimum considered acceptable here. It would be useful for you to keep in mind that the children, if they are anything like most children, value their parents above all else. And their parents will value their kids as their pride and joy. So, if you leave to start your own family and further your education, you will be sorely missed and added on facebook and hopefully encouraged to return for babysitting and very frequent visits, but at the end of the day, they will most likely understand your reasoning and accept it - and if the family is at all decent, they will be excited for you.

Anonymous said...

As for pay... How many hours a fortnight? If you work 80 hours a fortnight, your current pay would be $8.50 per hour - not particularly brilliant at all. I think you're being very generous with the notice in light of that - although, if they are a nice family and are willing to be generous with their next nanny or look at hiring a couple of students, they should be ok with getting decent care.